What is the difference between the selection of the first-listed diagnosis for inpatients and outpatients?


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In the UK the General Practitioner - GP - that is within the NHS system is the first referral, should the treatment need to be referred to a hospital, for example, then that will usually if not private care, come from the General Practitioner.If the diagnosis means hospitalisation, then the individual patient will become and inpatient if what is required needs for him/her to stay in hospital. On the other hand, the referral may be to a specialist unit, again for example, and the patient need not stay in hospital and will be referred to as an outpatient.
The GP will send a referral letter with his diagnosis, and the hospital will send a discharge summary to the GP. Well, that's is gnerally and hope useful.

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