The accuracy of general practitioners' clinical assessment of chest pain patients
2008 (English)In: European Journal of General Practice, ISSN 1381-4788, E-ISSN 1751-1402, Vol. 14, no 2, 50-55 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: To study general practitioners' (GP) assessment of the probability of ischaemic heart disease (IHD) and GP action in daily practice regarding chest pain patients.
Methods: All chest pain patients aged 20-79 years, attending three primary health-care centres in south-east Sweden and assessed by the GP to have high, low or very low probability of IHD, were included consecutively over a two year period. The “GP action in daily practice” was classed as “active decisions” (investigation or treatment) or “wait and see”. “IHD” or “not IHD” was settled according to the results of acute hospital investigation or exercise testing/myocardial perfusion scintigraphy.
Results: 516 patients were included, 93 high, 145 low and 278 very low probability cases. The outcome was “IHD” in 47%, 9% and 1% respectively. The sensitivity and specificity of the “GP assessment of the probability of IHD” were 72% and 89%. The sensitivity and specificity of the “GP action in daily practice” were 88% and 72%, respectively. The negative predictive value was 98%.
Conclusion: GP assessment, after clinical evaluation, that the probability of IHD was low did not safely rule out IHD. GP action in daily practice however, indicates that general practice is an appropriate level of care for chest pain patients.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 14, no 2, 50-55 p.
Chest Pain, Primary Health-care, Myocardial Ischaemia, Decision Making
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13084DOI: 10.1080/13814780802342622OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13084DiVA: diva2:17795