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Table 2 Physicians’ appraisal of the importance of different aspects of the diagnostic process along a five-point Likert scale (n = 100)

From: Chest pain out-of-hours – an interview study of primary care physicians’ diagnostic approach, tolerance of risk and attitudes to hospital admission

   Degree of importance  
Aspects of the diagnostic process Very important Fairly important Neither important nor unimportant A little important Very little important Mean value
  (5) (4) (3) (2) (1)  
Patient's symptoms/history 80 19 1 0 0 4.8
"Negative" ECG findings 3 25 23 46 3 2.8
Effect of sublingual nitroglycerine 5 36 22 29 8 3.0
Chest wall tenderness 3 44 26 25 2 3.2
"Positive" ECG findings 90 10 0 0 0 4.9
Clinical examination 22 50 17 11 0 3.8
  1. Analytic value in brackets.