1. Providers self-learn about referral resources, including adoption: To facilitate referral, healthcare providers should educate themselves to be aware of the relevant components and resources of the healthcare system that can be used to support patients when treatment has failed.
Healthcare providers should be knowledgeable of the resources that are available to them in their point of care and elsewhere in the health system.
The rapidity in referring to the next level depends on the facilities that are available and the providers’ appropriate use of them.
A referral policy should be based on the facilities available at the point of care and the local healthcare structure. The effectiveness of these treatments should be known and used appropriately. Referral to the next level of care can then be made accordingly.