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Table 4 GP’s reason, management, and satisfaction on tele-ECG consulting

From: Tele-ECG consulting and outcomes on primary care patients in a low-to-middle income population: the first experience from Makassar telemedicine program, Indonesia

Variables Normal ECG
(n = 253)
Abnormal ECG
(n = 252)
Total
(n = 505)
p-value
GP’s reason for tele-ECG:
 Manifested CVD symptoms 76 (30.0) 116 (46.0) 192 (38.0) < 0.001
 Unable to interpret the ECG 2 (0.8) 12 (4.8) 14 (2.8) 0.007
 Ask for an expert opinion 175 (69.2) 121 (48.0) 296 (58.6) < 0.001
 Othersa 0 (0.0) 3 (1.2) 3 (0.6) 0.124
Management after tele-ECG:
 Refer to hospital 0 (0.0) 88 (34.9) 88 (17.4) < 0.001
 Outpatient without medications 183 (72.3) 80 (31.7) 263 (52.1) < 0.001
 Outpatient with new or continued medications 70 (27.7) 84 (33.3) 154 (30.5) 0.167
Medications at primary care following tele-ECG consultation:
 Aspirin 2 (0.8) 49 (19.4) 51 (10.1) < 0.001
 Clopidogrela 0 (0.0) 8 (3.2) 8 (1.6) 0.004
 Beta blockera 0 (0.0) 8 (3.2) 8 (1.6) 0.004
 Calcium-channel blocker 53 (20.9) 95 (37.7) 148 (29.3) < 0.001
 ACE inhibitor 7 (2.8) 54 (21.4) 61 (12.1) < 0.001
 Angiotensin receptor blocker 4 (1.6) 10 (4.0) 14 (2.8) 0.102
 Diuretic 0 (0.0) 17 (6.7) 17 (3.4) < 0.001
 Nitrate 13 (5.1) 47 (18.7) 60 (11.9) < 0.001
 Lipid-lowering agents 8 (3.2) 39 (15.5) 47 (9.3) < 0.001
GP’s satisfaction on tele-ECG:
 Yes 232 (91.7) 247 (98.0) 479 (94.9) 0.001
  1. Values are n (%) or mean. Comparison was performed using Pearson Chi-square test
  2. ECG electrocardiogram, CVD cardiovascular disease
  3. aComparison using Fisher’s Exact test. The study design required the GPs to send all ECG assessments to the database center