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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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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...

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10.2143/ac.64.2.2036147

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Bruyninckx, R More by this author
Van den Bruel, A More by this author
Aertgeerts, B More by this author
Van Casteren, V More by this author
Buntinx, F More by this author
Journal:
Acta cardiologica
Volume:
64
Issue:
2
Pages:
259-265
Publication date:
2009-04-05
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EISSN:
1784-973X
ISSN:
0001-5385
URN:
uuid:255237cf-7c92-4756-8011-0edc0becb53f
Source identifiers:
215561
Local pid:
pubs:215561

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