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Contribution of consultants to care of compromised pregnancies.
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PMID:  8776065     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Obstetricians often seek consultative services of other specialists in the management of compromised pregnancies. However, the extent of such consultations and the contribution of these consultants have not been addressed in the literature. This study is addresses the contribution of consultants to the care of complicated pregnancies at a tertiary care center. During the 2 1/2 years of this retrospective study, 2263 antepartum admissions were made for pregnancy complications. One hundred sixty-six of those patients were hospitalized 176 times and were treated by one or more consulting physicians for a consultation rate of 7.8%. Eighteen specialties were consulted, including 54 (32%) consultations from maternal fetal medicine, 44 (24%) from internal medicine, 28 (16%) from general surgery, and 22 (12%) from endocrinology. Of the initial admission diagnoses, 87.9% were confirmed and 46 new diagnoses were made by the consultants. A significant positive correlation was noted between the number of consultants, maternal length of hospital stay, and maternal hospitalization cost.
J S Bird; M M Taslimi; A R Gonzales; M Duggan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the National Medical Association     Volume:  88     ISSN:  0027-9684     ISO Abbreviation:  J Natl Med Assoc     Publication Date:  1996 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-12-06     Completed Date:  1996-12-06     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503090     Medline TA:  J Natl Med Assoc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  97-100     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga, TN 37403, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Hospital Charges
Length of Stay
Pregnancy Complications* / diagnosis
Referral and Consultation* / economics
Retrospective Studies

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