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As part of an audit of clinical practice in an orthopaedic unit for elective surgery, a study was made of the causes of cancellation of operations. Despite careful liaison with general practitioners, and a booked admission policy, over 6% of patients were cancelled as unsuitable. The results of this study suggest that the number of cancellations on medical grounds would be reduced by closer liaison with general practitioners, and the establishment of preadmission clinics. Ensuring that only consultants book patients for surgery would also reduce the number of cancellations due to incorrect indications for surgery.

Type

Journal

Health Trends

Publication Date

1991

Volume

23

Pages

115 - 116

Keywords

Appointments and Schedules, Data Collection, England, Evaluation Studies as Topic, Health Services Research, Humans, Operating Rooms, Orthopedics, Process Assessment (Health Care), State Medicine, Surgical Procedures, Operative