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Table 3 Comparison of GPs responses to the vignettes with the Dutch guideline on AF diagnosis (n = 76)a

From: How do Dutch general practitioners detect and diagnose atrial fibrillation? Results of an online case vignette study

Case vignetteGuidelineResponding GPs (n)
12-lead ECGAmbulatory monitoring
YesNobMissingHolterEvent recorderNonecMissing
A: Only risk factorsNo diagnostic tests2053374614
B: SignsECG7132246406
C: Non-frequent symptomsECG or event recorder. If negative ECG: event recorder344022426215
D: Signs & non-frequent symptomsECG or event recorder561732414335
E: Frequent symptomsECG or Holter. If negative ECG: Holter314232519275
F: Signs & frequent symptomsECG or Holter551832113375
  1. aBold numbers indicate the guidelines’ recommendation
  2. bIn this case ‘no’ means the GP did not choose to start the diagnostic process (for example would refer the patient to a cardiologist) or the GP would start the diagnostic process, but not with an ECG
  3. cIn this case ‘none’ means the GP did not start/continue the diagnostic process or did continue but chose something else, e.g. a repeated ECG measurement