Examining the extent to which the hospital criteria for referring patients with chronic renal failure from the GP to the specialist match the criteria in the Dutch National Transmural Agreement (LTA) for 'Chronic renal failure'. Descriptive study. Comparison of referral criteria in ZorgDomein ('Care Domain'), an Internet application available nationwide that facilitates referrals to medical specialists, with the criteria in the Dutch National Transmural Agreement (LTA) for 'Chronic renal failure'. More than half of the hospitals in the Netherlands use the referral application ZorgDomein. Thirty-one hospitals in ZorgDomein have criteria for referring patients with chronic renal failure. Four referral criteria are defined in the LTA. Depending on the criterion reviewed, they could be found in the referral agreements in 8-25 of the 31 hospitals. Referral criteria that were given often deviated from the content of the LTA. In nearly half of the hospitals, the limit values of the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGRF) for referral were higher than the values included in the LTA. There is an undesirable variation in the referral criteria for chronic renal failure in the hospitals that use ZorgDomein. This can result in unnecessary referrals to the hospital. Medical and scientific associations, hospitals and ZorgDomein should adopt the referral criteria from the national guidelines.
|Journal||Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2012|