Journal article

Improving early exclusion of acute coronary syndrome in primary care: the added value of point-of-care troponin as stated by general practitioners

Michelle MA Kip, Amber M Noltes, Hendrik Koffijberg, Maarten J IJzerman, Ron Kusters

Primary Health Care Research & Development | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2017

Abstract

Aim To investigate general practitioners' (GPs') desire and perceived added value of point-of-care (POC) troponin, its effect on referral decisions, and test requirements. BACKGROUND: Excluding acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in primary care remains a diagnostic challenges for GPs. Consequently, referral rates of chest pain patients are high, while the incidence of a cardiovascular problem is only 8-15%. Previous studies have shown that GPs are interested in a POC troponin test. This test could enhance rapid exclusion of ACS, thereby preventing unnecessary patient distress, without compromising safety and while reducing costs. However, using this test is not recommended in current guidelines d..

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