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Title: Evaluating the benefits of a rapid access chest pain clinic in Australia.
Austin Authors: Black, James Andrew;Cheng, Kevin;Flood, Jo-Anne;Hamilton, Garry;Parker, Serena;Enayati, Anees ;Khan, Faisal S;Marwick, Tom
Affiliation: Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart, TAS
Austin Health
Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart, TAS
Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, VIC
Issue Date: Apr-2019
Date: 2019-02-18
Publication information: Medical Journal of Australia 2019; 210(7): 321-325
Abstract: To compare the outcomes and safety of a rapid access chest pain clinic (RACPC) in Australia with those of a general cardiology clinic. Prospective comparison of the outcomes for patients attending an RACPC and those of historical controls. Royal Hobart Hospital cardiology outpatient department. 1914 patients referred for outpatient evaluation of new onset chest pain (1479 patients seen in the RACPC, 435 patients previously seen in the general cardiology clinic). Service outcomes (review times, number of clinic reviews); adverse events (unplanned emergency department re-attendances at 30 days and 12 months; major adverse cardiovascular events at 12 months, including unplanned revascularisation, acute coronary syndrome, stroke, cardiac death). Median time to review was shorter for RACPC than for usual care patients (12 days [IQR, 8-15 days] v 45 days [IQR, 27-89 days]). All patients seen in the RACPC received a diagnosis at the first clinic visit, but only 139 patients in the usual care group (32.0%). There were fewer unplanned emergency department re-attendances for patients in the RACPC group at 30 days (1.6% v 4.4%) and 12 months (5.7% v 12.9%) than in the control group. Major adverse cardiovascular events were less frequent among patients evaluated in the RACPC (0.2% v 1.4%). Patients were evaluated more efficiently in the RACPC than in a traditional cardiology clinic, and their subsequent rates of emergency department re-attendances and adverse cardiovascular events were lower.
DOI: 10.5694/mja2.50021
Journal: Medical Journal of Australia
PubMed URL: 30773636
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Acute coronary syndrome
Cardiac Imaging Techniques
Clinical decision-making
Heart diseases
Myocardial Ischemia
Risk Factors
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