Assessment of indications in interventional cardiology: appropriateness and necessity of coronary angiography and revascularization.

@article{Schilling2003AssessmentOI,
  title={Assessment of indications in interventional cardiology: appropriateness and necessity of coronary angiography and revascularization.},
  author={Julian Schilling and Peter Gerstl and Epaminondas Kapetanios and Chung-Yol Lee and Osmund Bertel},
  journal={American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality},
  year={2003},
  volume={18 4},
  pages={155-63}
}
In this study we present appropriateness and necessity assessments of coronary angiographies and revascularizations to determine adherence to Swiss guidelines by using the computerized second-opinion system (SOS) as a reference. We prospectively compared SOS ratings with ratings of treating cardiologists and surgeons for 203 coronary angiographies and 100 percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasties. We also retrospectively assessed indications of 103 coronary artery bypass grafts. SOS… CONTINUE READING

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