Cost and Outcomes of Assessing Patients with Chest Pain in an Australian Emergency Department


Patients presenting with chest pain represent a large group of adult emergency department (ED) presentations. The most common serious underlying causes for this symptom are acute coronary syndromes (ACS), incorporating acute myocardial infarction and unstable angina pectoris.

Over 5.5 million people presented to EDs in the United States in 2007-2008 with a primary complaint of chest pain, yet only 13% of those were diagnosed with ACS.1 The number of patients presenting to EDs in Australia with a possible ACS is unknown.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Characterise the demographics, lengths of admission, final diagnosis, long-term outcome and costs associated with the population who presented to an Australian emergency department (ED) with symptoms of possible acute coronary syndrome (ACS)


Medical Audience
GP, GP Registrar, Specialist, Doctors in Training (DIT), Medical Student, International Medical Graduate, Overseas Trained Doctor


Medical Journal of Australia
Reading: journal; textbook; book; literature review
1h : 0m
MBA: 1h : 0m
Cardiovascular Diseases

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