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The prevalence of non-cardiac chest pain (NCCP) using emergency department (ED) data: a Northern Ireland based study

McDevit-Petrvovic, Orla, Kirby, Karen and Mark, Shevlin (2017) The prevalence of non-cardiac chest pain (NCCP) using emergency department (ED) data: a Northern Ireland based study. BMC Health Services Research, 17 . p. 549. [Journal article]

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URL: https://bmchealthservres.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12913-017-2493-8

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-017-2493-8


BackgroundThe aim of this study was to assess the frequency of chest pain presentations and the subsequent non-cardiac chest pain diagnoses in an emergency department (ED) over a 3 year period.MethodsAdministrative data on ED attendances to an urban general hospital in Northern Ireland between March 2013 and March 2016 were used. Data were coded and analysed to estimate frequencies of ‘chest pain’ presentation and the subsequent diagnoses for each year.ResultsBoth chest pain presentations and chest pain presentations with a subsequent diagnosis of unknown cause increased each year. In total, 58.7% of all chest presentations across 3 years resulted in a non-cardiac diagnosis of either ‘anxiety’, ‘panic’ or ‘chest pain of unknown cause’.DiscussionThere is a significant amount of patients in the ED leaving with a non-cardiac diagnosis, following an initial presentation with chest pain.ConclusionGiven the link between non-cardiac chest pain and frequent use of services, the degree of repeat attendance should be investigated.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Prerevalence rates, non-cardiac chest pain (NCCP), emergency department (ED) data, Northern Ireland
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute > Population Health Sciences and Mental Health Services
Psychology Research Institute > Health, Education and Well-being
Psychology Research Institute
ID Code:38505
Deposited By: Dr Karen Kirby
Deposited On:13 Sep 2017 15:00
Last Modified:13 Sep 2017 15:00

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