Volume 69, Issue 12 (5 2012)                   Tehran Univ Med J 2012, 69(12): 799-803 | Back to browse issues page

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Mohammad-reza G, Mohammad-reza S, Amin S. Diagnostic accuracy of general physician versus emergency medicine specialist in interpretation of chest X-ray suspected for iatrogenic pneumothorax: a brief report. Tehran Univ Med J. 2012; 69 (12) :799-803
URL: http://tumj.tums.ac.ir/article-1-169-en.html
1- Trauma Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
2- Laboratory Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
3- Health Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical sciences, Tehran, Iran. , aminsaburi@yahoo.com
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Background: Pneumothorax is a potential life-threatening condition especially in patients with underlying disorders. In this study we compared the diagnostic accuracy of general practitioners and emergency medicine specialists in interpreting chest x-rays (CXR) suspected of having iatrogenic pneumothorax in emergency departments.

Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in Shahid Chamran Hospital in Tehran, Iran during 2008- 2010. The study was designed to compare the ability of general practitioners and emergency medicine specialists in diagnosing iatrogenic pneumothorax regarding 500 CXRs of one-hundred patients admitted for upper central venous catheterization.

Results: General practitioners and emergency medicine specialists could accurately (P<0.001) diagnose pneumothorax in 484 (96.8%) and 497 (99.4%) CXRs, respectively. None of the underlying causes of the condition affected the diagnostic accuracy of both physician groups (P>0.05).

Conclusion: These findings indicate that the diagnostic accuracy of emergency medicine specialists is significantly higher than those of general physicians. The diagnostic accuracy of both physician groups was higher than the values in similar studies that signifies the role of relevant training given in the emergency departments of the Hospital.

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