Improving care coordination in the specialty referral process between primary and specialty care

N C Med J. 2012 Jan-Feb;73(1):61-2.


There is growing evidence of sub-optimal care coordination in the US. Care coordination includes the specialty referral process, which involves referral decision-making and information transfer between primary and specialty care. This article summarizes the evidence of sub-optimal care coordination in this process, as well as potential strategies to improve it.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Continuity of Patient Care / organization & administration*
  • Continuity of Patient Care / standards
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Primary Health Care / standards
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / standards
  • Referral and Consultation*
  • United States