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Analysis of an Open Electrocardiograph Referral Service for Family Doctors

Br Med J 1970; 1 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.5687.41 (Published 03 January 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;1:41
  1. C. M. Morgans,
  2. D. B. Gillings,
  3. N. G. Pearson,
  4. David B. Shaw


    The results of a questionary to investigate an open electrocardiograph (E.C.G.) service for family doctors suggest that the service is useful in diagnosis (26% of the E.C.G. reports were unexpected) and in management (the result of the E.C.G. led to specific treatment or alteration to regimen in 22% of cases and in a further 46% to reassurance). The results suggest that during the 45 weeks of the study many outpatient appointments were avoided.

    Undoubtedly an open E.C.G. service allows the family doctor to give a quicker and better service to his patients. For this reason and because of operational benefits to the hospital the service must be recommended.

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