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See detailRetrospective analysis of a suburban out-ofhours clinic in Belgium
Belche, Jean-Luc ULg; Berrewaerts, Marie-Astrid ULg; Burette, Philippe ULg et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2014), 69(5), 341-347

Introduction: In many countries, out-of-hours medical care is under scrutiny. The aim of this article is to study the activities recorded by the first out-of-hours clinic that has been opened, as a pilot ... [more ▼]

Introduction: In many countries, out-of-hours medical care is under scrutiny. The aim of this article is to study the activities recorded by the first out-of-hours clinic that has been opened, as a pilot study, in two Walloon communes. Material and method: A retrospective analysis of anonymized data was conducted for 2009. Coding of diagnoses was conducted using the International Classification of Primary Care (ICPC-2). Results: A total of 3949 contacts were recorded in 2009 with the out-of-hours clinic, 3294 related to inhabitants of the two communes covered, which was equivalent to 13% of the total population in question. Compared to 7.2% of contacts between midnight and 8 a.m., 82.9% of contacts took place between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., and 91.6% of contacts were handled locally, with only 8.4% resulting in hospitalization. In addition, 52% of contacts were with patients aged between 25 and 65; 29.9% of contacts were with paediatric patients (,15 years). Patients over the age of 65 made up 18% of contacts. The most common pathologies were respiratory (R). Analysis of flu diagnoses identified two epidemic peaks. Discussion: The suburban out-of-hours clinic studied fulfilled an important role in managing the demand for health care. The large majority of health problems were resolved locally, and the inhabitants did not need to go to hospital. Appointments between midnight and 8 a.m. were in the minority, which points towards adjusting the organization of the out-of-hours service during the night. The geriatric population is not highly over-represented contrary to what might be expected considering its largest number of pathologies. The on-call doctor’s skills profile should take account of the populations and morbidities encountered. Out-ofhours clinics could possibly play a sentinel role in terms of flu epidemics. Conclusion: This study describes a pilot suburban out-of-hours clinic which met three of recommendations set by the KCE in its report on out-of-hours care in general medicine: the organization of an out-of-hours clinic with logistical support, the use of a single telephone number and merging out-of-hours areas. While debate exists on the management of out-of-hours care, this study provides evidence on the role of the physician during these hours. [less ▲]

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See detailLa place et le rôle des médecins généralistes dans le suivi de chirurgie bariatrique en province de Liège
Gaspard, Stéphanie; Ketterer, Frédéric ULg; Belche, Jean-Luc ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69

This paper is concerned with the place and role of general practitioners in the follow-up of patients submitted to bariatric surgery in the province of Liège. The results of the analysis were compared ... [more ▼]

This paper is concerned with the place and role of general practitioners in the follow-up of patients submitted to bariatric surgery in the province of Liège. The results of the analysis were compared with clinical practice guidelines published by the French Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS). Fifteen interviews were conducted with GPs who follow up operated patients. The results highlight the GPs’ wish to fully participate in the follow-up of those patients. Their medical supervision is centered on the HAS clinical practice guidelines, taking into account the intake deficiencies as well as the patient’s psychological experience. However, some aspects are disregarded, mainly because of a lack of theoretical knowledge (some biological parameters, pregnancy and contraception). The short consultation time along with the poor communication with the hospital multidisciplinary team were mentioned as obstacles to a good quality follow-up. Progress is still needed to reach the clinical practice guidelines. However, there is a wish to better collaborate. Organising coordination meetings between professionals along with an early implication of the GP – even before surgery – represent possible solutions. [less ▲]

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See detailSuggestions for improving continuity of medication between hospital and home in a local context of Wallonia
Belche, Jean-Luc ULg; Berrewaerts, Marie-Astrid ULg; Duchesnes, Christiane ULg et al

Conference (2012, October 20)

Background: Unjustified modifications of the patient’s usual medication during his hospitalisation induce various problems for the patient (confusion, additional costs) and for healthcare professionals ... [more ▼]

Background: Unjustified modifications of the patient’s usual medication during his hospitalisation induce various problems for the patient (confusion, additional costs) and for healthcare professionals (work overload, additional cost). The principle of favouring dialogue between local actors to reach commonly accepted solutions (KCE, 2010) was used in the current study. Research question: Which local strategies could be implemented to improve continuity of drug therapy when the patient moves to hospital or back home? Method: The study took place in Liège (Wallonia). Participants were recruited within four professional groups: general practitioners, hospital specialists, pharmacists and hospital stakeholders. First, a nominal group was carried out for each professional group. Prioritized suggestions were obtained. In a second phase, Delphi method was used. Suggestions from the nominal group were submitted to representatives of each profession (a total of 40) to evaluate relevance, acceptability and feasibility of each one. Results: A total of 101 suggestions were evoked in the first phase. They were related to two main themes: implication of well-defined actors and development of specific means. Five consensual suggestions emerged from the Delphi process: provision by the general practitioner of a complete list of medication on hospital admission; provision by the hospital specialist of a list of drugs at discharge; development of formal hospital processes to keep the patient’s usual medication; centralisation of medication data; development and use of a unique medical record. Conclusion: A link medium handled by the patient when he moves to the hospital and back home is the major idea mentioned and accepted by local actors. [less ▲]

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