Grading referrals to specialist breast unit may be ineffective

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7348.1279/a (Published 25 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1279
  1. S Thrush, specialist registrar,
  2. G Sayer, specialist registrar,
  3. D Scott-Coombes,
  4. J V Roberts, consultant surgeon
  1. Kent and Sussex Hospital, Tunbridge Wells TN4 8AT
  2. King's College Hospital, London SE5 9RS

    EDITOR—Since the two week directive was introduced considerable debate has been surrounding certain aspects of it, especially how appropriate it is for general practitioners to determine urgency.1 It was our aim to examine how effective general practitioners' grading of urgency of referrals to our unit has been, comparing the referral grade with the eventual diagnosis.

    The database of the breast unit at King's College Hospital retrospectively examined all general practitioners' referrals to the symptomatic breast clinic between …

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