referred care

referred care

Healthcare provided to a patient when referred by one healthcare professional to another with more specialised knowledge. Referred care can be secondary (e.g., provided by general surgeon, obstetrician) or tertiary (e.g., provided by a neurosurgeon or neuroradiologist).
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For the entire study group of 1,374 randomized patients, participation in the group eligible for referred care cut the primary endpoint by a relative 41%, compared with the controls, a statistically significant difference.
STUDIED * The patients included were women in a referred care setting presenting with preterm labor.
Since there were more male than female patients in the low SES group, women being in the lower SES group cannot explain the greater number of women's health problems and greater use of referred care found in our study.