Criteria for a good referral system for psychiatric patients: The view from Saudi Arabia

N. A. Qureshi, H. T. Van Der Molen, H. G. Schmidt, T. A. Al-Habeeb, M. E.M. Magzoub

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Abstract

The development and implementation of quality referral systems reflects sound national health planning. This review appraised the data on referral systems, in particular psychiatric referrals, with special reference to Saudi Arabia. A computer search was made of relevant literature in the past 2 decades. The rate and process of referring patients through referral letters varies globally across practice settings and is initiated by an array of factors linked with health consumers, health providers and delivery systems. Referral systems, including consultation-liaison services, are an essential component of any health care organization for offering a complete range of good quality, specialized health services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1580-1595
Number of pages16
JournalEastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Volume15
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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