Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/189691
Title:
EEG use in a tertiary referral centre.
Authors:
O'Toole, O; Lefter, S; McNamara, B
Affiliation:
Department of Neurology, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork. ootoole@rcsi.ie
Citation:
EEG use in a tertiary referral centre., 104 (7):202-4 Ir Med J
Journal:
Irish medical journal
Issue Date:
15-Nov-2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/189691
PubMed ID:
21957686
Abstract:
The aim of this study was to retrospectively audit all electroencephalograms (EEGs) done over a 2-month period in 2009 by the Neurophysiology Department at Cork University Hospital. There were 316 EEGs performed in total, of which 176/316 (56%) were done within 24 hours of request. Out of 316 EEGs, 208 (66%) were considered 'appropriate' by SIGN and NICE guidelines; 79/208 (38%) had abnormal EEGs and 28 of these abnormal EEGs had epileptiform features. There were 108/316 (34%) 'inappropriate' requests for EEG; of these 15/108 (14%) were abnormal. Of the 67/316 (21%) patients who had EEGs requested based on a history of syncope/funny turns: none of these patients had epileptiform abnormalities on their EEGs. Our audit demonstrates that EEGs are inappropriately over-requested in our institution in particular for cases with reported 'funny turns' and syncope. The yield from EEGs in this cohort of patients was low as would be expected.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
MeSH:
Electroencephalography; Epilepsy; Female; Hospitals, University; Humans; Ireland; Male; Physician's Practice Patterns; Practice Guidelines as Topic; Retrospective Studies
ISSN:
0332-3102

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorO'Toole, Oen
dc.contributor.authorLefter, Sen
dc.contributor.authorMcNamara, Ben
dc.date.accessioned2011-11-15T15:58:39Z-
dc.date.available2011-11-15T15:58:39Z-
dc.date.issued2011-11-15T15:58:39Z-
dc.identifier.citationEEG use in a tertiary referral centre., 104 (7):202-4 Ir Med Jen
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102-
dc.identifier.pmid21957686-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/189691-
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this study was to retrospectively audit all electroencephalograms (EEGs) done over a 2-month period in 2009 by the Neurophysiology Department at Cork University Hospital. There were 316 EEGs performed in total, of which 176/316 (56%) were done within 24 hours of request. Out of 316 EEGs, 208 (66%) were considered 'appropriate' by SIGN and NICE guidelines; 79/208 (38%) had abnormal EEGs and 28 of these abnormal EEGs had epileptiform features. There were 108/316 (34%) 'inappropriate' requests for EEG; of these 15/108 (14%) were abnormal. Of the 67/316 (21%) patients who had EEGs requested based on a history of syncope/funny turns: none of these patients had epileptiform abnormalities on their EEGs. Our audit demonstrates that EEGs are inappropriately over-requested in our institution in particular for cases with reported 'funny turns' and syncope. The yield from EEGs in this cohort of patients was low as would be expected.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subject.meshElectroencephalography-
dc.subject.meshEpilepsy-
dc.subject.meshFemale-
dc.subject.meshHospitals, University-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshIreland-
dc.subject.meshMale-
dc.subject.meshPhysician's Practice Patterns-
dc.subject.meshPractice Guidelines as Topic-
dc.subject.meshRetrospective Studies-
dc.titleEEG use in a tertiary referral centre.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Neurology, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork. ootoole@rcsi.ieen
dc.identifier.journalIrish medical journalen
dc.description.provinceMunster-

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