IMR Press / CEOG / Volume 49 / Issue 2 / DOI: 10.31083/j.ceog4902053
Open Access Original Research
Clinical characteristics of obstetrics and gynecology patients from other clinics who transferred through a referral center to a tertiary university hospital
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1 Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, 14584 Bucheon, Republic of Korea; (Hae-Hyeog Lee)
Academic Editor: Michael H. Dahan
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2022, 49(2), 53;
Submitted: 25 May 2021 | Revised: 26 July 2021 | Accepted: 9 August 2021 | Published: 18 February 2022
Copyright: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by IMR Press.
This is an open access article under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Background: Referral centers are important for tertiary university hospitals to receive patients from other clinics. However, no data are available about the clinical characteristics of patients transferred through a transfer center, particularly obstetrics and gynecologic patients. Methods: We conducted a retrospective study of patients transferred from local clinics through a referral center to our tertiary university hospital between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2011. One nurse and one doctor evaluated the medical charts. We excluded patients who transferred to the emergency room from other clinics. Results: A total of 249, 842, 93, and 76 patients were seen for diagnosis, management, operation, and delivery. Six patients received no recommendation from local clinics. A total of 178 patients were admitted and operated on the same day. Conclusions: The Korean government does not require that patients go to tertiary center by law, and it is advantageous that patients can choose their hospital. But a patient’s needs and the primary and secondary clinic’s requirements for transferring patients should be evaluated and considered in a multicenter study, and the role of the referral center should be remodelled accordingly.

Delivery of health care
Patient transfer
Referral and consultation
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