curbside consultation


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An informal and unofficial consultation obtained from a health professional by either a lay person or a fellow health care professional

curbside consultation

Sidewalk consultation An informal and unofficial consultation obtained from a health professsional by either a layperson or a fellow health care professional
Curbside consultation  
Layperson A layperson may 'corner' any physician, seeking an opinion about a medical condition, diagnostic modality, or therapeutic option; this form of consultation is particularly dangerous to the physician offering the opinion, as
1. the physician being cornered may not have expertise in the area–eg, a plastic surgeon being questioned about minutiae related to the complications of chemotherapy.
2. The person may be asking for information about another person–eg, Aunt Gertrude with gallstones, in which case the information being exchanged with the consultant is confusing–for both the consultant and the surrogate consultee and/or becomes complete gibberish by the time that Aunt Gertrude recieves the 2nd-hand consultation, and.
3. The consultant may be liable for a lawsuit for misinformation that a damaged party may allege was provided
Physician A physician may ask a colleague in another specialty for the best method for managing a particular clinical problem NEJM 1995; 332:474c   
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curbside consultation

(kŭrb′sīd″)
An informal discussion between two health care professionals about the likely causes of a patient's illness, the natural history of the disease, possible interventions, remedies, or treatments, etc. Unlike a formal consultation, it does not involve a detailed history, physical examination, or review of laboratory and radiographic studies.
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There was some evidence to suggest that, following the educational curbside consultations, fewer children referred to the behavioral health provider had previously received a diagnosis of ADHD and/or pharmacological treatment for ADHD.
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In 98% of cases, curbside consultations focused on a specific patient, rather than on theoretical patients or general topics.
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