What is the evidence status of Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC)? Insight from a matching exercise with the guidelines for echocardiography
R Fonseca, K Negishi, TH Marwick
INTERNAL MEDICINE JOURNAL | WILEY | Published : 2015
There is interest in adapting the American Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for transthoracic echocardiography to Australian practice. We matched 90 of 98 AUC with the guidelines (53 appropriate, 12 sometimes appropriate, 25 rarely appropriate), but eight lacked any match. Among the matched criteria, 76 (82%) indications were concordant with the guidelines. A stronger evidence base would be desirable to settle these discrepancies before Australian adoption of AUC.
R. Fonseca is supported by a scholarship from the Farrell Foundation, Hobart, Australia.