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Accuracy of diagnosing atrial fibrillation on electrocardiogram by primary care practitioners and interpretative diagnostic software: analysis of data from screening for atrial fibrillation in the elderly (SAFE) trial

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 23 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:380

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Re: Thoughts from General Practice

Point taken that a GP would not normally file an ECG with an
'uncertain' diagnosis. However, as shown in tables 1-3 of the unabridged
paper, this only applied to 4 out of 1,454 12 lead ECGs, 8 out of 1,484
limb lead ECGs and 5 out of 1,457 single lead thoracic placement ECGs.
Therefore, this assumption did not make any difference to the summary
results for GP interpretation.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

11 September 2007
Jonathan Mant
University of Birmingham, B15 2TT