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Sneltesten in de huisartspraktijk: huidig gebruik en behoefte aan testen in de toekomst

By Jochen W. L. Cals, Angel M. R. Schols, Henk C. P. M. van Weert, Femke Stevens, Camiel G. I. P. Zeijen, Gea Holtman, Wim A. M. Lucassen and Marjolein Y. Berger


To provide insight into the current use, future needs, and attitudes towards point-of-care testing among Dutch family practitioners. Cross-sectional online survey. We performed a survey among 2129 Dutch family practitioners. We asked respondents to report on the current and desired use of point-of-care tests, frequency of use, their opinions on aspects of point-of-care tests and consequences of point-of-care tests on their practice, acceptable waiting times for test results to come in, the desire for point-of-care tests at out-of-hours services, and conditions for which a point-of-care test could assist in diagnosis. 639 family practitioners completed the survey (response rate: 30%). The most common point-of-care tests currently used by family physicians were: blood glucose (96%), urine leucocytes or nitrite (96%), urine pregnancy (94%), haemoglobin (58%), and CRP (48%). The most commonly desired point-of-care tests were: D-dimer (70%), troponin (65%), BNP (62%), chlamydia (60%), and INR (54%). Family practitioners expected point-of-care tests to have a positive effect on patient satisfaction (93%), diagnostic certainty (89%), antibiotics use (84%), and substitution to primary care (78%). They considered the proven effect on clinical management (46%) and the tests' reliability (35%) to be important aspects of point-of-care tests. Respondents wanted point-of-care tests to help them diagnose acute conditions, such as acute thromboembolic disorders (D-dimers), cardiac disorders (troponin, BNP), and infections (CRP, chlamydia). The current use of point-of-care testing in family practice is restricted to a limited number of tests. In the future, Dutch family practitioners wish to use more point-of-care tests, especially in acute conditions in which a diagnostic decision needs to be made immediatel

Year: 2014
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