The decision to refer a patient is also another important skill. It is often difficult to find the right balance. Some practitioners refer excessively—others cling to the patients inappropriately. It is a mistake not to refer a patient with a serious chronic or life-threatening disease. Apart from consultants and hospitals, referral should be considered to GP colleagues or partners with special interests or expertise, support groups and other members of the primary health care team such as physiotherapists, dietitians, chiropodists and social workers. At all times the GP should act as the focal reference point and maintain control of patient management.

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