Comparison of the unstructured clinician estimate of pretest probability for pulmonary embolism to the Canadian score and the Charlotte rule: a prospective observational study.

@article{Runyon2005ComparisonOT,
  title={Comparison of the unstructured clinician estimate of pretest probability for pulmonary embolism to the Canadian score and the Charlotte rule: a prospective observational study.},
  author={Michael S. Runyon and William B. Webb and Alan E. Jones and Jeffrey A. Kline},
  journal={Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine},
  year={2005},
  volume={12 7},
  pages={587-93}
}
OBJECTIVES Clinical decision rules have been validated for estimation of pretest probability in patients with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE). However, many clinicians prefer to use clinical gestalt for this purpose. The authors compared the unstructured clinical estimate of pretest probability for PE with two clinical decision rules. METHODS This prospective, observational study was conducted from October 2001 to July 2004 at an urban academic emergency department with an annual census of… CONTINUE READING