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Outreach programme: consultant visits to rural hospitals

B Gaede, N H McKerrow


Poor access to particularly specialist services in rural areas is a global phenomenon. Specialist consultant visits as part of a larger health care system can improve access both to specialsit care in the periphery, and also improve referral to a regional or central service. The article describes expereinces of conultant visits as well as outlines key components of a systematic approach to provide consultant support to rural hospitals.

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B Gaede, Department of Family Medicine, Univeristy of Pretoria

N H McKerrow, Department of Paediatrics, Greys Hospital, KZN

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rural health, outreach, clinical governance

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Continuing Medical Education 2011;29(2):54.

Article History

Date submitted: 2010-11-30
Date published: 2011-02-28

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