International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Open Access

ISSN: 2329-9096

Yuriko Watanabe

Yuriko Watanabe
St Vincent’s Hospital,

  • Research Article
    Referrals to a Regional Rehabilitation Clinic in South Western New South Wales, Australia
    Author(s): Yuriko WatanabeYuriko Watanabe

    An outreach fly-in fly-out rehabilitation medicine service has been established at a regional centre in south western, New South Wales, Australia to support local practitioners. This service includes an outpatient clinic, and an inpatients case conference and consultations. This study examined new referrals to the regional rehabilitation clinic over a 12 month period. There were 94 new patients with the median age of 57.5 years. The main reason for referral was noncancer pain assessment and management (60 patients, 63.8%); followed by post hospital discharge follow up (26 patients, 27.7%). The majority of patients with pain were already on opioid therapy at the time of initial consultation. 18 patients were found to be on a high dose of opioids (>100 mg/day of oral morphine or equivalent) with no recent pain specialist input. Risks of opioid related problems were a.. View More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2329-9096.1000167

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