Term: Consultations (Ambulatory)

Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2020-06-18


Consultations are a subset of ambulatory visits: they occur when one physician refers a patient to another physician (usually a specialist or surgeon) because of the complexity, obscurity or seriousness of the condition, or when the patient requests a second opinion. A consultation can be with either a GP/FP (now referred to as a family physician) or a specialist, after which the patient usually returns to their GP/FP (family physician) for ongoing management.

In Fransoo et al. (2019) consultations to family physicians, specialists and nurse practitioners were included.

For a list of tariff codes used to identify consultations, please read the Physician Consultation Visits concept.

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