Title: Chest pain - an evaluation of the initial diagnosis made by 25 flemish general-practitioners
Authors: Buntinx, Frank ×
Truyen, J
Embrechts, P
Moreel, G
Peeters, R #
Issue Date: 1991
Publisher: Oxford univ press united kingdom
Series Title: Family practice vol:8 issue:2 pages:121-124
Abstract: Twenty-five general practitioners collected information on 318 contacts of patients with a new episode of chest pain, discomfort or tightness. A list of complaints, signs and symptoms were checked, together with the initial diagnosis, made by the GP immediately after the physical examination. The initial diagnosis was compared to a follow-up diagnosis. The gain in certainty was also compared. The GP made a correct initial diagnosis in 82% of patients. In 8% there was a clinically important difference, and seven of 17 episodes of oesophageal disease were missed. For their initial diagnosis, the GP scored 74% certain, 20% uncertain and no diagnosis in 6%. For the final diagnosis, these figures were 88%, 8% and 4%.
ISSN: 0263-2136
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Academic Center for General Practice
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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