Boneline: evaluation of an initiative to improve communication between specialists and general practitioners

J Public Health Med. 1992 Sep;14(3):307-9.


In response to a previous study of GPs' and consultants' satisfaction with orthopaedic outpatient referrals, orthopaedic surgeons at Doncaster Royal Infirmary made themselves available for telephone consultations with general practitioners (GPs) at advertised times. This service, called 'Boneline', was used infrequently, though the GPs who did use it found it valuable, and reported that a number of referrals had been avoided by speaking to the consultant. There was, however, no significant change in the rate at which requests for out-patient appointments were received during the six months of Boneline's operation. Opportunities for improving telephone communication between GPs and consultants are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Consultants*
  • Family Practice*
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Orthopedics*
  • Referral and Consultation*
  • Telephone