What impact does day surgery have on primary treatment? AIMS: highlighting the impact that day surgery has on the system of primary treatment. RESULTS: The study highlighted a lack in continuity of treatment due to a breakdown in communication between hospital specialists and general practitioners. This reflects the growing habit in the medical field whereby hospital surgeons take charge of surgical indications and carrying out the operation, thus focusing their attention on their own limited scope of action. On the other hand general practitioners are called upon merely to hand out prescriptions and certificates. However, it seems obvious that general practitioners should be involved in the selection phase and discharge of the patient, as occurs in countries where one-day surgery is now in widespread use. That is the only way to improve the quality of healthcare assistance and contain costs to the national health service.
|Translated title of the contribution||The impact of day surgery on primary care|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Igiene e sanità pubblica|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|