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Rochester, Minnesota 55905


Measurement of brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) in dyspneic patients increases diagnostic accuracy for congestive heart failure (CHF). Limited information is available regarding economic outcomes attributable to BNP assay. The aim of this study was to assess the economic impact of BNP assay in elderly dyspneic patients presenting to the emergency department (ED).

Study summary:

Dyspneic patients 65 years were enrolled in a randomized, controlled trial; hemodynamically unstable patients were excluded. BNP (Biosite assay) levels were measured prior to physician assessment with randomization in 1:1 ratio to either BNP 1) level reported or 2) level not reported. ED physicians made triage decisions guided by clinical judgment and nomogram to aid in interpretation of BNP level. Primary outcome was mean total hospital cost per subject. Secondary outcomes included admission rate, service assignment, discharge diagnosis and length of stay. Differences between groups were compared by t-test with bootstrap. Costs reflect 2005 constant dollars.


Inclusion Criteria: - Dyspneic patients 65 years or older presenting to the ED with chief complaint of shortness of breath. Exclusion Criteria: - hemodynamically unstability



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Principal Investigator
Raquel M Schears, MD, MPH
Mayo Clinic

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Rochester, Minnesota 55905
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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