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“Special Clinics” represent a promising emerging trend for the treatment of a variety of conditions, and simultaneously providing for education and research.
We are exploring use of “Special Clinics” for methodical learning and maximizing the opportunities for teaching and training medical professionals, including continuing professional development.
A review of the current evidence reveals advantages in reducing frequency and duration of hospital stays by treating more comprehensively in the outpatient setting, including patients with complex disorders. This consequently has cost advantages as well as reducing the adverse side-effects of hospital stays.
Evidence is drawn from the establishment of an Asthma clinic in a teaching hospital, run by specialists and postgraduate students, which led to the significant beneficial results of reduced hospital…