Prospective comparison of curbside versus formal consultations.

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Prospective comparison of curbside versus formal consultations.

J Hosp Med. 2012 Oct 12;

Authors: Burden M, Sarcone E, Keniston A, Statland B, Taub JA, Allyn RL, Reid MB, Cervantes L, Frank MG, Scaletta N, Fung P, Chadaga SR, Mastalerz K, Maller N, Mascolo M, Zoucha J, Campbell J, Maher MP, Stella SA, Albert RK


BACKGROUND: Curbside consultations are commonly requested during the care of hospitalized patients, but physicians perceive that the recommendations provided may be based on inaccurate or incomplete information. OBJECTIVE: To compare the accuracy and completeness of the information received from providers requesting a curbside consultation of hospitalists with that obtained in a formal consultation on the same patients, and to examine whether the recommendations offered in the 2 consultations differed. DESIGN: Prospective cohort. SETTING: University-affiliated, urban safety net hospital. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Proportion of curbside consultations with inaccurate or incomplete information; frequency with which recommendations in the formal consultation differed from those in the curbside consultation. RESULTS: Curbside consultations were requested for 50 patients, 47 of which were also evaluated in a formal consultation performed on the same day by a hospitalist other than the one performing the curbside consultation. Based on information collected in the formal consultation, information was either inaccurate or incomplete in 24/47 (51%) of the curbside consultations. Management advice after formal consultation differed from that given in the curbside consultation for 28/47 patients (60%). When inaccurate or incomplete information was received, the advice provided in the formal versus the curbside consultation differed in 22/24 patients (92%, P < 0.0001). CONCLUSIONS: Information presented during inpatient curbside consultations of hospitalists is often inaccurate or incomplete, and this often results in inaccurate management advice. Journal of Hospital Medicine 2012; © 2012 Society of Hospital Medicine.

PMID: 23065716 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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