Gender bias in the evaluation of chest pain in the emergency department

Joan B. Lehmann, Paulette S. Wehner, Christoph U. Lehmann, Linda M. Savory

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Abstract

To evaluate gender bias in the diagnostic and therapeutic approach of patients with new-onset nontraumatic chest pain in the emergency department, a retrospective chart review of 311 patients was conducted in a university- affiliated hospital emergency department. Despite similar age, symptoms, and risk factors, women received fewer electrocardiograms, and underwent less cardiac monitoring and lactic dehydrogenase isoenzyme and creatine kinase testing; women were statistically less likely to receive emergency cardiology consults, nitroglycerin, acetylsalicylic acid, heparin, and admission, indicating a less elaborate approach than in men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)641-644
Number of pages4
JournalThe American Journal of Cardiology
Volume77
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 15 1996
Externally publishedYes

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Sexism
Chest Pain
Hospital Emergency Service
Hospital Departments
Nitroglycerin
Creatine Kinase
Cardiology
Isoenzymes
Aspirin
Heparin
Oxidoreductases
Electrocardiography
Milk
Emergencies
Therapeutics

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Gender bias in the evaluation of chest pain in the emergency department. / Lehmann, Joan B.; Wehner, Paulette S.; Lehmann, Christoph U.; Savory, Linda M.

In: The American Journal of Cardiology, Vol. 77, No. 8, 15.03.1996, p. 641-644.

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Lehmann, Joan B. ; Wehner, Paulette S. ; Lehmann, Christoph U. ; Savory, Linda M. / Gender bias in the evaluation of chest pain in the emergency department. In: The American Journal of Cardiology. 1996 ; Vol. 77, No. 8. pp. 641-644.
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