Factors Affecting the Completion of Genitourinary Physical Examinations Prior to Urologic Consultation Article

PMID: 29559874 Web of Science: 000436981800021

Cited authors

  • Stryker, Megan A.; Patel, Raunak D.; Khaled, Dunia T.; Saltzman, Amanda F.; Konheim, Jeremy; May, Danica; Feibus, Allison; Fougerousse, Joseph; Richman, Ashley; Chastant, William; Prats, Samantha; Baksa, Brian; Montgomery, Melissa M.


  • Background: Proper instruction during medical training regarding performing adequate physical examinations prior to urologic consultations greatly improves patient care. We evaluated the frequency of genitourinary (GU) physical examinations performed prior to urologic consultation to determine the influence of factors affecting the completion of these examinations.; Methods: Between January 2013 and December 2014, 1,596 consultations were requested by primary providers and completed by the urology department at a major tertiary care teaching institution. We reviewed patient medical records retrospectively and recorded the number of GU examinations performed prior to consultation. Patient demographics were evaluated for trends in the rates of examination. A total of 9 available urology residents saw at least one consult each.; Results: We identified a total of 1,596 urologic consultations during the study period, of which 233 of 407 (57.2%) (51 female and 182 male patients) received GU examinations prior to the urologic consult in the emergency department (ED) and 394 of 1,189 (33.1%) (118 female and 276 male patients) received GU examinations by the inpatient care team. Staff in the ED were 3.11 times more likely to perform a GU examination on a male patient than a female patient, and the inpatient teams were 1.48 times more likely to perform a GU examination on a male patient than a female patient. The likelihood of examination by either team was low in patients aged >= 65 years.; Conclusion: Prior to urologic consultation, GU examinations are inconsistently performed. This variability may affect patient care and could be the subject of a future study.

Publication date

  • 2018

Published in

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1524-5012

Start page

  • 72

End page

  • 75


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