Analysis of an Open Electrocardiograph Referral Service for Family DoctorsBr Med J 1970; 1 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.5687.41 (Published 03 January 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;1:41
- C. M. Morgans,
- D. B. Gillings,
- N. G. Pearson,
- 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.