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Most e-consults not followed by specialist visit

Key clinical point: Physicians used e-consults appropriately, and the interactions were highly useful.

Major finding: More than 80% of e-consults resulted in an avoided visit to a specialist.

Study details: A total of 741 e-consults were analyzed.

Disclosures: One of the study authors reported receiving personal fees from Bayer outside the submitted work. The other authors reported no conflicts.


Ahmed S et al. Ann Intern Med. 2020 Apr 14. doi: 10.7326/M19-3852.