Definition of referral in English:

referral

Line breaks: re¦fer|ral
Pronunciation: /rɪˈfəːr(ə)l
 
/

noun

  • 1An act of referring someone or something for consultation, review, or further action.
    More example sentences
    • Peters and Wade reviewed 2038 referrals to the Auckland Court Liaison Service over a two year period.
    • Initial referral to a review pharmacist included a copy of the patient's discharge letter.
    • As the previous speaker has said, National supports this legislation and its referral to the Regulations Review Committee.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] The directing of a patient to a medical specialist by a GP.
    More example sentences
    • No effect of referral from medical or social service providers was detected.
    • We selected patients by examining all referral letters to the hospital's gastroenterology outpatient clinics and open access endoscopy service.
    • Your most important task is to detect potentially serious ocular presentations for immediate referral of the patient to an ophthalmologist and treatment.
  • 1.2A person whose case has been referred to a specialist doctor or a professional body.
    More example sentences
    • Botha says the centre gets lots of referrals from doctors and physiotherapists.
    • Now I get referrals from medical doctors who have seen their patients lose weight or quit smoking.
    • The authority is now receiving about 80 referrals a quarter, including doctors working in primary care.

More definitions of referral

Definition of referral in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kərf
noun
a slit made by cutting with a saw