Specialists on speed-dial

Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2020

When Dr. Clare Liddy had given her family medicine patient a full workup and tried a variety of approaches to her issue, it was clear she needed advice from an endocrinologist. She referred the patient to specialist Dr. Erin Keely but received a discouraging reply: “Please telephone the patient and let her know that this is very important, and she is going to be seen,” Dr. Liddy remembers as the gist of the response. “And by the way, the appointment will likely be in nine months’ time.” It prompted Dr. Liddy, an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine, to reflect on the way things are done in Ontario—surely there were other ways that primary care providers could access specialist advice in a timely way. Continue reading.

 

Photo of Dr. Clare Liddy

 

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