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Education And Debate

Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms in men

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 06 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1122

Ultrasonology and GPs Practice: is it feasible?

Primary care is the first step in every National Health System
(NHS)all around the world but bureaucracy is becoming the first GPs'
occupation in his daily practice. A lot of time spent to fill in a number
of various forms required by patients themselves and mostly by the manager
of our NHS, especially in Italy. No more time to be "doctors". The use of
many "new" thecnology in Primary Care could improve early detection of
various diseases (1). If well trained GPs could use this thecnology as
spirometry,ECG ultrasounds and so on as well as the specialists do. Why
this possibility is not took in account by our Government, at least in
Italy? How many abdominal aortic aneurysms could be detected by GPs? Why
does not ECM encourage the practical training more than theoretical ones?
Why aren't there more incetives for those GPs who use this "new
thecnology" in their daily practice? I believe that it should be usefull
even in reducing the costs and the waiting lists.

1- General practitioners can easily use spirometers
SAURO A, Ferdinando P, Scalzitti F, Mastroianni RA, Buono N, Diodati G.(13
July 2003)

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 May 2004
Alfonso SAURO
Responsable SNAMID South Italy - General Practitioner - EURACT and WONCA Member
SNAMID CE - 81100 Caserta Italy