Can guidelines improve referral to elective surgical specialties for adults? A systematic review.
12 May 2015

The aim of this study was to assess effectiveness of guidelines for referral for elective surgical assessment using systematic review with descriptive synthesis. The article concludes that guidelines for elective surgical referral can improve appropriateness of care by improving pre-referral investigation and treatment, but there is no strong evidence in favour of other beneficial effects.

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Authors: A Clarke, N Blundell, I Forde, N Musila, D Spitzer, S Naqvi, J Browne



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