Important information that could optimise the diagnosis and management of chest pain patients is often lacking on referral between primary and secondary care, according to an influential multidisciplinary working group of the Angina Forum. In a bid to tackle the situation, the group has developed a template for use by both general practices and rapid access chest pain clinics (RACPCs).
The move follows a meeting of the Forum’s expert working group, which highlighted the major problems that can be caused when referrals of suspected angina patients, both to and from secondary care assessment, are not accompanied by adequate information. According to the group, this can result in delay, confusion, misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment.
The consensus guidance provides a checklist for the essential information which should accompany suspected angina patients on referral to rapid access chest pain clinics and on their return to primary care. The list is also available as a pro-forma which can be adopted or modified for local variations.
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