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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 70-73

Opinions of Nigerian dental consultants on ideal content current quality and attitudes to referrals


1 Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, College of Health Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
2 Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

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A O Arigbede
Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry, College of Health Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State
Nigeria
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Aim: The current study was designed to ascertain the opinion of a cross-section of Nigerian dental consultants on: current quality of referral sent to dental specialists; what should constitute the ideal content of referral letters and to ascertain their opinion on attitudes of colleagues to referrals. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted using a structure questionnaire hand delivered to a cross­-section of Nigerian dental consultants. Information requested includes: demographic variables; current quality; constituents of a quality referrals and current attitudes to referrals. The respondents were asked to rate their responses to the questionnaire items on a 3-point and 5-point Likert scale respectively. Results: Only 6.23% (SD ± 7.66) referrals was perceived as excellent, while most of them, 42.63% (SD± 31.51) was reported as adequate. The result shows that response to referral is not always prompt while feedback to referral is hardly provided. Undergraduate students are hardly taught the art of referral writing. The consultants agreed that date of referrals, patient's name and address, accurate description of complaints, history of patient's complaint and steps taken by the practitioner so far, should be included in a quality referral. Conclusion: The quality of referral sent to dental specialties at the moment was considered unsatisfactory. The consultants agreed that date of referral, patient's name and address, accurate description of complaints and steps taken by the practitioner so far, should be included in a quality referral.


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