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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 article

Journal

Health trends

Publication Date

01/1991

Volume

23

Pages

115 - 116

Addresses

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Headington, Oxford.

Keywords

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