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The Place and the Efficacy of Infectious Disease Consultations in the Hospitals

Erdem, Hakan*; Kurtaran, Behice MD; Arun, Özgür; Ylmaz, Havva§ı; Çelebi, Güven; Özkaya, Hacer Deniz MD; Kaya, Selçuk#; Birengel, Serhat**; Güner, Rahmet††; Demiroğlu, Yusuf Ziya‡‡; Demirdal, Tuna§§; Tekin-Koruk, Süda∥∥; Coşkun, Ömer¶¶; Kazak, Esra##; Çelen, Mustafa Kemal***; Akova, Murat†††; Timurkaynak, Funda‡‡‡; Alpay, Yeşim MD§§§; Ylmaz, Emel∥∥∥ı; Saçar, Suzan¶¶¶; Aydn, Ahmet Fakih MD###ı; Bodur, Hürrem****; Elald, Nazif††††ı; Inal, Ayşe Seza; Saba, Rabin‡‡‡‡; Tok, Duran MD§§§§; Ağalar, Canan∥∥∥∥; Candevir, Aslhan†ı; Parlak, Mehmet¶¶¶¶; Sipahi, Oğuz Reşat####; Ylmaz, Gürdal; Koçak, Nafiz*****; Öncü, Serkan†††††; Srmatel, Fatma‡‡‡‡‡ı; Küçükardal, Yaşar§§§§§ı; Güzel-Tunçcan, Özlem MD∥∥∥∥∥; Mete, Bilgül¶¶¶¶¶; Doyuk-Kartal, Elif#####; Ulcay, Asm MD; Şenol, Esin∥∥∥∥∥; Dayan, Saim***; Leblebicioğlu, Hakan§; Tabak, Fehmi¶¶¶¶¶; Gorenek, Levent******; Ulusoy, Sercan####; Ayaz, Celal***; Ergonul, Onder††††††; Aksu, Hasan Salih Zeki

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: March 2012 - Volume 20 - Issue 2 - p 131–136
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e31823c4b25
Original Articles

Our study aims to determine the efficacy of infectious disease consultations and the interrelations between doctors in this social laboratory. This study was conducted at 34 centers located in 22 cities across Turkey and contributed by 210 infectious disease specialists (IDSs) and 970 non–infectious disease specialists (NIDSs), totaling 1180 medical doctors. Infectious disease specialists and NIDSs have separately contributed by responding to questionnaires designed specifically for the consultation process. It appears that a satisfactory collaboration has been established between IDSs and NIDSs during the consultation practices. There are some discrepancies in the perceptions of some of the NIDSs. These are the evaluation of patients holistically, the expectation of NIDSs in critical infection cases to start the therapy immediately, losing the support of drug companies by NIDSs, and the restriction of NIDSs in routine medical practice. On the other hand, NIDSs seem to have real problems in the diagnosis or treatment of infectious diseases. The consultation service provided by the IDSs in Turkey is widely accepted among other clinicians and appears to be of a crucial importance.

From the *Kasimpasa Hospital, Istanbul, †Çukurova University Faculty of Medicine, Adana, ‡Department of Gerontology, Akdeniz University, Antalya; §Ondokuz Mayıs University School of Medicine, Samsun; ∥Zonguldak Karaelmas University, School of Medicine, Zonguldak; ¶Karsiyaka State Hospital, Izmir; #Karadeniz University School of Medicine, Trabzon; **Ankara University School of Medicine, Ankara; ††Ataturk Training and Research Hospital, Ankara; ‡‡Baskent University School of Medicine, Adana; §§Kocatepe University School of Medicine, Afyon; ∥∥Harran University School of Medicine, Sanliurfa; ¶¶Gulhane Medical Academy, Ankara; ##Cekirge State Hospital, Bursa; ***Dicle University School of Medicine,Diyarbakir; †††Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara; ‡‡‡Baskent University School of Medicine, Ankara; §§§Cengiz Gokcek State Hospital, Gaziantep; ∥∥∥Uludag University School of Medicine, Bursa; ¶¶¶Pamukkale University School of Medicine, Denizli; ###Military Hospital, İzmir; ****Numune Training and Research Hospital, Ankara; ††††Cumhuriyet University School of Medicine, Sivas; ‡‡‡‡Akdeniz University School of Medicine, Antalya; §§§§Military Hospital, Kayseri; ∥∥∥∥Kırıkkale University School of Medicine, Kırıkkale; ¶¶¶¶Ataturk University School of Medicine, Erzurum; ####Ege University School of Medicine, Izmir; *****MilitaryHospital, Derince; †††††Adnan Menderes University School of Medicine, Aydin; ‡‡‡‡‡Izzet Baysal University School of Medicine, Bolu; §§§§§Yeditepe University School of Medicine, Istanbul; ∥∥∥∥∥Gazi University School of Medicine, Ankara; ¶¶¶¶¶Istanbul University Cerrahpasa School of Medicine, Istanbul; #####Osmangazi University School of Medicine, Eskisehir; ******Gulhane Medical Academy, Haydarpasa Hospital, and ††††††Marmara University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey.

Correspondence to: Behice Kurtaran, MD, Department of Infectious Diseases, Cukurova University Faculty of Medicine, Balcali, Adana, Turkey. E-mail: behicekurtaran@gmail.com.

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.