Background and Objective: Consultation for medical services outside Government health facilities is prevalent all over the world but reports of the pattern of such consultations are scant. The aim of this study, therefore, was to describe the pattern of clinical consultations in a nascent specialist clinic according to ICD-11 classification over 19 months (January, 2019 to July, 2020). Materials and Methods: A retrospective study of 2,348 patients who received medical attention in the clinic for various health challenges. Patients’ data and essential clinical information were extracted from their case notes and analyzed with SPSS, version 22. Results: A total of 2,348 consultations, 1,369 females and 979 males (Male: Female = 1:1.4). Consultations for under-5 age group 959(40.8%) were the highest. Their ages ranged from 1 h to 99 years with a mean age of 19.38 years. Diseases of the respiratory system 629(26.8%) were the most common disease managed. There was male predominance in the younger age group while females were more in the older age groups. Seven (0.3%) mortalities were recorded, 6(0.3%) were referred to the tertiary health facility, while 2335 (99.4%) were discharged well. Out of the 7 mortalities, 6 were neonates while one was older, the difference was statistically significant (X2 = 5.88; p = 0.015). Conclusion: Children younger than 5 years of age and respiratory tract infection constituted the highest consultation. Mortality is more likely at the extremes of age. PDFFulltextXMLReferencesCitation
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I.O. Oluwayemi, M.A. Oluwayemi, E.O. Aremo, H.A. Amuda and A.O. Olowofila, 2021. Pattern and Outcome of Consultations in a Specialist Clinic, South-West Nigeria. Journal of Medical Sciences, 21: 1-8.