Diagnostics at the point-of-care in general practice: acute cardiopulmonary symptoms

Angel Maria Ronnie Schols

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisInternal

572 Downloads (Pure)


General practitioners would like to use more rapid tests, particularly to help them make decisions about patients with acute heart and lung problems. Unfortunately, there is limited and unconvincing evidence at the moment to suggest that the use of rapid tests by general practitioners would lead to more accurate diagnoses and improved policies for patients with acute heart and lung problems. The Marburg Heart Score, a simple clinical tool, cannot exclude acute heart damage in a referenced population suspected of acute coronary syndrome (oxygen deficiency in the heart). We argue that further research on diagnosing patients with acute heart and lung problems should focus on a strategy that combines a clinical tool with a rapid test.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Cals, Jochen, Supervisor
  • Dinant, Geert, Supervisor
Award date17 Oct 2018
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789493014626
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • rapid test
  • diagnosis
  • decision-making tool
  • heart
  • lung

Cite this