General physicians are as good as cardiologists at interpreting ECGs

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7031.639a (Published 09 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:639
  1. N Prasad,
  2. M Lindsay,
  3. V S Srikanthan,
  4. A C K Pell,
  5. F G Dunn,
  6. K J Hogg
  1. Career registrar Senior house officer Research registrar Senior registrar Consultant Consultant Department of Cardiology, Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow G21 3UW

    EDITOR,—A recent study identified major deficiencies in the ability of medical staff to identify normal electrocardiographic variables such as the QT interval.1 In the clinical setting, however, knowledge of such variables may be less important than the ability to use an electrocardiogram to achieve a diagnosis. Interpretation of the electrocardiogram in these circumstances is as much an art as a science, entailing recognition and assessment of subtle, frequently non-specific abnormalities.2 …

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