Module 5: Referral and Network Development WHO Regional Office for South East Asia Rationale for the development of a referral system and networks; continuum of care; levels of care; case study
(6 pages, pdf 60KB)
Developing and maintaining a functioning referral system A Chapter from "Care of mother and baby at the health centre: A practical guide"
Referral protocols, specifying when and to where, should be an essential part of the standard management protocols developed for all health workers; Functional links with referral centres; transportation and communication; reception of referred cases in referral centres
Referral Hospitals pdf, 349kb Martin Hensher, Max Price, and Sarah Adomakoh, 2006, Oxford University Press and The World Bank
see Chapter 66 from "Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries"
Characteristics of referral hospitals; unit costs of care; equity and access; improving efficiency of referral hospitals; improving functionality of the referral system;
(27 pages, pdf 341KB)
Referral Hospitals: Vital Services, not Disease Palaces Disease Control Priorities Project, 2008, The World Bank and World Health Organization Providing specialist services; equity in access to services; balance of services; value for money from hospital services; management of referral services; enhancing referral system functioning; (4 pages, pdf 283kb)