BACKGROUND: Chest pain is an initial symptom for several minor diseases but acute myocardial infarction (AMI) should not be missed. AIM: To assess the influence of initial diagnosis and degree of certainty of this initial diagnosis on the referral decision and the referral method (urgent-non-urgent) in patients contacting their GP with chest pain. STUDY DESIGN: Observational study. SETTING: The study was performed in a sentinel network of general practices in Belgium, covering almost 1.6% of...Expand abstract
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Why does the general practitioner refer patients with chest pain not-urgently to the specialist or urgently to the emergency department? Influence of the certainty of the initial diagnosis.
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