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Table 4 Management by general practitioners after open access echocardiography (%)

From: Evaluation of an open access echocardiography service in the Netherlands: a mixed methods study of indications, outcomes, patient management and trends

Indication A: B: Management by GP  
  Patients with a relevant echocardiographic
diagnosis*, of whom the GP returned the questionnaire on management
Advice of cardiologist to refer patient
(% of A)
GPfollowed cardiologist's advice to refer patient
(% of B)
GP referred patientwithout advice of cardiologist
(% of [A-B])
Whole group
n = 625
397 114 (28.7) 81 (71.1) 47 (16.6)
Cardiac murmur
n = 368
237 73 (30.8) 56 (76.7) 26 (15.9)
Dyspnoea
n = 198
128 43 (33.6) 30 (69.8) 16 (18.8)
Peripheral oedema
n = 105
75 35 (46.7) 27 (77.1) 12 (30.0)
Other
n = 137
84 19 (22.6) 8 (42.1) 12 (18.5)
  1. Abbreviations: GP general practitioner; LVD left ventricular dysfunction
  2. *Relevant Echocardiographic Diagnosis: at least one relevant abnormality, i.e. valve disease or left ventricular dysfunction or left ventricular hypertrophy or pulmonary hypertension or septum defects