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Lancet. 1990 Jun 2;335(8701):1317-20.

Audit of coronary angiography and bypass surgery.

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Department of Medicine, University Hospital, Nottingham, UK.

Abstract

The appropriateness of coronary angiography and coronary artery bypass surgery in the Trent regional health authority was assessed by comparison with predetermined consensus criteria. 49% of coronary angiographies were considered to be entirely appropriate in relation to the patient's clinical condition, but 21% were deemed inappropriate. Coronary artery bypass surgery was considered appropriate in 55% of patients, but inappropriate in 16%. Audit by "appropriateness" scores may help to determine which patients should first be investigated and treated when resources are limited and waiting lists are long.

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PMID:
1971385
DOI:
10.1016/0140-6736(90)91196-h
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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