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British Journal of Cardiology

Clinical Articles, Lead Article

GPs not confident when reading ECGs

There continues to be a widespread lack of confidence in electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation within primary care, according to a survey of 119 GP practices within the North of England Cardiovascular Network area. The authors of this article,1 published recently in the British Journal of Cardiology, point to a lack of formalised training and assessment in recording and interpreting the ECG, suggesting that local solutions must be found for this…

Dr Andreas Wolff, a GP with special interest in cardiology (Whinfield Medical Practice, Whinbush Way, Darlington) and fellow authors  say: “We believe the ECG is an easily performed valuable test and should be available to patients in a primary-care setting, but needs to be carried out by trained staff to achieve quality recordings”.  However, this is “difficult to ensure in the large and diverse workforce that general practice represents”.

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Dr Andreas Wolff, GPwSI in cardiology

References

1 Wolff AR, Long S, McComb JM, Richley D, Mercer P. The gap between training and provision: a primary-care based ECG survey in North-East England. Br J Cardiol 2012;19:38–40. doi:10.5837/bjc.2012.008

Published on: April 18, 2012

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