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Comparing the diagnostic performance of 2 clinical decision rules to rule out deep vein thrombosis in primary care patients.

Authors
  • van der Velde, Eit Frits
  • Toll, Diane B
  • Ten Cate-Hoek, Arina J
  • Oudega, Ruud
  • Stoffers, Henri E J H
  • Bossuyt, Patrick M
  • Büller, Harry R
  • Prins, Martin H
  • Hoes, Arno W
  • Moons, Karel G M
  • van Weert, Henk C P M
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Annals of Family Medicine
Publisher
Annals of Family Medicine
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2011
Volume
9
Issue
1
Pages
31–36
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1370/afm.1198
PMID: 21242558
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In primary care, suspected DVT can safely be ruled out using either of the 2 rules in combination with a point-of-care D-dimer test. Both rules can reduce unnecessary referrals for compression ultrasonography by about 50%, though the primary care rule reduces it slightly more.

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