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Meta-analysis: effect of interactive communication between collaborating primary care physicians and specialists.
Foy R, Hempel S, Rubenstein L, et al. Ann Intern Med. 2010;152:247-258.
This meta-analysis found that interactive communication between collaborating primary care providers and specialists (psychiatrists and endocrinologists in this study) is associated with improved patient outcomes. The interactive communication methods included joint consultations, scheduled phone discussions, and shared documentation, with the authors suggesting a need for changes in reimbursement models to support such interventions.
Cameron M. St. John's, NL: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador; 2009. ISBN: 978551463537.
This government report investigated certain laboratory tests conducted from 1997 to 2005 in Newfoundland and Labrador. The investigation revealed test result errors and failure to notify patients, as well as a lack of oversight. The report makes numerous recommendations with respect to ethics, standards of care, and disclosure of medical errors and adverse events. (Click on the volume titles on the cover page to view the full report.)