Referral system situation in hospitalized patients, Shiraz-2000

AUTHORS

Negin Hadi 1 , * , Seyed Reza Hosseini 1 , Gholamreza Talei 2

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1 Departments of Community Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.

2 Microbiology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Hormozgan Medical Journal: 8 (3); e90710
Published Online: September 06, 2004
Article Type: Research Article
Received: March 06, 2004
Accepted: September 06, 2004

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Abstract

Introduction: Many people from different parts of the country become ill yearly.
The process that patients follow to each medical service, confines the type of
referral. This study is a review in referral method and efficacy of that in Fars
province of Iran.
Methods: This study was performed cross-sectional on 4101 hospitalized patients
in medical university hospitals in 2000. The information was collected from the
patients monthly by face to face interview method and filling forms about:
hospital, referral type, diagnosis, age, sex and residence. Statistical comparisons
were made using Chi-Square and Z tests.
Results: 60% of patients were male and 40% were female. In sparing the number
of patients was more than other seasons, surgery wards have more patients
compared with others. 48% of patients were admitted in Nemazi hospital. 48% of
patients were referral from other provinces and cities other than Shiraz and urban
areas. 44% of patients referred by themselves. Trauma and poisoning were the
dominant diagnosis among patients.
Conclusion: A high percentage of hospitalized patients were out of referral
system. Increasing their information in this field and having referral form can
reduce the number of patients that are admitted in Shiraz hospitals. Trauma
center and emergency rooms need more attention because trauma was the
dominant diagnosis among patients.

Keywords

Hospitalization – Shiraz – Patient Admission – Hospital Referral

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