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Level of training and experience in physicians performing interhospital transfers of adult patients in the internal medicine department
  1. P Hallas,
  2. L Folkestad,
  3. M Brabrand
  1. The Danish Society for Emergency Medicine, c/o Acute Admissions Unit 272, Esbjerg Hospital, Esbjerg, Denmark
  1. Correspondence to Dr P Hallas, Hojdevangs Allé 9 st, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark; hallas{at}


Aim: To establish the level of training doctors who participate in interhospital transfers in Denmark.

Methods: A questionnaire was sent to every hospital department in Denmark with acute internal medicine admissions.

Results: Eighty-nine internal medicine departments were contacted and 84 responded (response rate 94.4%). Of the 84 hospitals, 75 (89.3%) indicated that they perform interhospital transfers. Most transfers were performed by interns (61.3%) or senior house officers (10.7%) with only a few months’ experience in their current speciality. Training in interhospital transfer was offered by 24.0% of departments. When presented with cases of interhospital transfers of critically ill patients, 77.3% of the responders stated that their department would not follow guidelines when performing the transfer.

Conclusions: The gap between recommended professional standards and current practice shows a need to establish educational programmes in interhospital transfer.

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