Implementation of the new NICE guidelines for stable chest pain: likely impact on chest pain services in the UK

Br J Cardiol 2011;18:185–88 Leave a comment
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National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for the management of chest pain suggest a care pathway based on symptoms and clinical risk, which differs from that currently used in most hospitals. To compare the impact on workload, and costs of these guidelines with the current ‘exercise electrocardiogram (ECG)’-based service, a retrospective review of 150 patients referred to our rapid access chest pain clinic was performed. We compared investigations under the current system with that expected under the NICE guidelines. Cost analysis was performed to compare the two methods. GP questionnaires investigated likely changes in primary care referrals.

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