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May 2008 Br J Cardiol 2008;15:156–7

Patient-focused outcomes following open-access echocardiography for suspected chronic heart failure

Stephen J Leslie, Victoria M Snowball, Andrea Ness, Janet Reid, Martin A Denvir

Abstract

Introduction Open-access echocardiography is increasingly available to general practitioners (GPs) across the UK.1 It is valued by GPs2,3 and may reduce waiting times,4 however, patients’ perceptions and impact on diagnosis of open-access echocardiography have not been previously reported. We assessed the views of 111 patients referred with suspected heart failure at one-year follow-up in terms of satisfaction with open-access echocardiography, ongoing symptoms and personal health beliefs. Patients were contacted between October 2004 and January 2005. Results Despite the use of a structured referral form and pre-test electrocardiogram (ECG)

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