Referrals to pediatric cardiology outpatients: Continued evidence of increasing workload

Margaret Louise Morrison*, Brian A. McCrossan, Andrew J. Sands, Brian Craig, Frank A. Casey, Brian Grant

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In Northern Ireland, approximately 200 babies per year are born with congenital heart disease. Although the incidence of congenital heart disease and other pediatric cardiac pathology remains largely static, there is anecdotal evidence to suggest that the number of referrals for specialist assessment continues to increase. The general impression is that nonspecialists are increasingly reluctant to provide reassurance or take responsibility for patients presenting with symptoms of possible cardiac etiology, and such increased demand has obvious implications for allocation of limited resources.1-4 We aimed to determine the volume and range of outpatient referrals to tertiary pediatric cardiology services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1346-1349
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Issue number14
Early online date08 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2016

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The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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