The Council of the College has approved in principle a new guideline addressing the Referral-Consultation Process.
Given the broad scope of this guideline, the Council directed that the proposed guideline be widely circulated to physicians, health care organizations and the public to seek feedback.
The College recognizes that significant work has been done by other stakeholder organizations in Saskatchewan in formalizing expectations for referring and consulting physicians. The guideline incorporates the Saskatchewan Quality Referral/Consult Pocket Checklist, and identifies the College’s expectations and recommended practices for referring physicians and consulting physicians, recognizing that the patient remains at the centre of the process.
The guideline is intended to assist physicians in understanding their professional and ethical obligations when involved in the referral-consultation process, and is intended to provide guidance across the spectrum of care. It identifies the applicable guiding principles, and the specific expectations of both referring physicians and consulting physicians. The guideline also specifically addresses responsibility for diagnostic testing.
The Council anticipates
that it will consider feedback from stakeholders, including members of the
profession, at its meeting in January 2021. The Council would like
to hear from you! If you have concerns
with the proposed guideline, it would be helpful if you explain the reasons for
How to Respond
In order for the College to consider feedback and correlate feedback for the Council in time for the next Council meeting, all feedback should be provided to the College no later than November 30, 2020.
Please complete the linked
survey. Alternatively, feedback can be
provided to firstname.lastname@example.org.