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Requesting physicians' experiences regarding infectious disease consultations

Patricia Pavese1, Elodie Sellier23*, Laurent Laborde2, Stéphane Gennai1, Jean-Paul Stahl1 and Patrice François23

Author Affiliations

1 Infectious Diseases Unit, Grenoble University Hospital, F-38043, Grenoble, France

2 Quality of Care Unit, Grenoble University Hospital, F-38043, Grenoble, France

3 UJF-Grenoble 1/CNRS/TIMC-IMAG UMR 5525, Grenoble, F-38041, France

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BMC Infectious Diseases 2011, 11:62  doi:10.1186/1471-2334-11-62

Published: 14 March 2011



Solicited consultations constitute a substantial workload for infectious disease (ID) specialists in the hospital setting. The objectives of this survey were to describe requesting physicians' experiences regarding ID consultations.


A cross-sectional survey was conducted in a university-affiliated hospital in France in 2009. All physicians were eligible (n = 530) and received a self-administered questionnaire. The main outcomes were reasons for request and opinion. Secondary outcomes were frequency of request and declared adherence to recommendations.


The participation rate was 44.7% (237/530). Among the responders, 187 (79%) had solicited the ID consultation service within the previous year. Ninety-three percent of the responders (173/187) were satisfied with the ID consultation. The main reasons for requesting consultations were the need for therapeutic advice (93%), quality of care improvement (73%) and the rapidity of access (61%). ID consultations were requested several times a month by 52% (72/138) of senior physicians and by 73% (36/49) of residents (p = 0.01). Self-reported adherence to diagnostic and therapeutic recommendations was 83% and 79%, respectively.


The respondent requesting physicians expressed great satisfaction regarding ID consultations that they requested principally to improve patient care and to assist in medical decision making.