Ophthalmologists in teaching hospitals: Do we make a difference to patient outcome?

Chandra Bala, Alexander C. Poon, Paul Joblin, Peter J. McCluskey*

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Purpose: To determine the type and frequency of consultations with the eye department of a major tertiary care teaching hospital. Methods: A retrospective review was undertaken of the medical records of inpatient consultations within the Ophthalmology Department of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital over the period from 1 July 1995 to 30 June 1997. The consults were divided into six types of consultation. A determination was made of the outcome and effect on patient management of each consultation. Results: There were 506 consultations over the 2-year period. For 389 patients a full ophthalmic assessment was requested and 175 of them (45%) had an ophthalmological diagnosis made or had change in management as a result of the consultation. Conclusion: Ophthalmological consultation is a valuable inpatient consultation service that makes a significant difference in the management of patients from other medical and surgical units within the hospital.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-63
Number of pages5
JournalClinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Consultations
  • Inpatients
  • Ophthalmology
  • Outcomes


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