Title

The Single-Cutoff Trap: Implications For Bayesian Analysis of Stress Electrocardiograms.

Publication/Presentation Date

7-1-1989

Abstract

Quantitative analysis of exercise electrocardiograms has been emphasized by many investigators. Specific problems have been found when a single cutoff is used to define a positive or a negative test: a single cutoff does not distinguish stress electrocardiography results that are slightly positive from those that are markedly positive. This may lead clinicians to underweigh strong evidence for or against coronary artery disease. This study evaluated clinicians' quantitative analysis of stress electrocardiograms. Two hundred and thirty-five physicians interpreted the results of mildly positive (1.2 mm ST-segment depression) and strongly positive (2.2 mm ST-segment depression) stress electrocardiograms. Their posttest probability estimates were too high for a mildly positive test (0.62 +/- 0.02 versus actual of 0.38; p less than 0.001) and too low for a strongly positive test (0.77 +/- 0.01 versus actual of 0.98; p less than 0.001). Physicians should understand decision aids and should use multiple rather than single cutoffs to interpret the results of stress electrocardiography.

Volume

9

Issue

3

First Page

176

Last Page

180

ISSN

0272-989X

Disciplines

Medical Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences

PubMedID

2668678

Department(s)

Department of Medicine, Department of Medicine Faculty

Document Type

Article