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Embargo Period

4-30-2016

Degree Program

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Degree Track

Family Nurse Practioner

Year Degree Awarded

2016

Month Degree Awarded

May

Keywords

sudden cardiac death, athlete, sport, screening, prevention, criteria, electrocardiogram

Advisor

Elizabeth A Henneman

DNP Project Chair

Elizabeth A Henneman

DNP Project Member Name

Pamela Aselton

DNP Project Outside Member Name

Pierre A Rouzier

Abstract

Background: In order to identify athletes at risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD), comprehensive screening that includes ECG interpretation is needed. Many primary care providers, including physicians and nurse practitioners, have reservations about including electrocardiograms (ECG) in the screening process because they lack confidence in their ability to correctly identify normal variants in the ECG of an athlete.

Method: An educational program with previously validated interpretation criteria for normal variants of the athletic heart was presented to providers at a university based healthcare clinic the Northeast. A pre and post design was used to compare the accuracy of ECG interpretation.

Results: A total of 13 providers participated in the study. The educational program increased the accuracy of ECG interpretations. A significant decrease of false positive rates (from 21% +/-14 to 13% +/- 9 (p=0.013) occurred following participation in the educational course.

Conclusions: This study demonstrated the effectiveness of an education intervention in increasing the accuracy of ECG interpretation by primary care providers.

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