DOI: 10.1161/circ.148.suppl_1.14425 ISSN: 0009-7322

Abstract 14425: Independent Predictors of ECG Interpretation Proficiency in Healthcare Professionals

Anthony H Kashou, Peter A Noseworthy, Thomas Beckman, Nandan S Anavekar, Michael W Cullen, Benjamin Sandefur, Christopher L Boswell, Kurt Angstman, Brian P Shapiro, Brandon Wiley, Andrew Kates, david Huneycutt, Andrew Braisted, Scott Kerwin, John Beard, Brian Young, Ian Rowlandson, Adrian Baranchuk, Kevin O'Brien, Stephen Knohl, Adam May
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

Background: Accurate ECG interpretation is vital, but variations in skills exist among healthcare professionals. This study aims to identify factors contributing to ECG interpretation proficiency.

Methods: Survey data and ECG test scores from participants in the EDUCATE Trial were analyzed. The dependent variable was the test score for interpreting 30 12-lead ECGs. Independent variables included non-modifiable factors (physician status, clinical experience, patient care impact) and modifiable factors (weekly interpretations, training hours, expert supervision frequency). Bivariate and multivariate analyses generated the Comprehensive Model (all factors) and Actionable Model (modifiable factors only).

Results: Among 1206 participants, there were 72 (6.0%) primary care physicians, 146 (12.1%) cardiology fellows-in-training, 353 (29.3%) resident physicians, 182 (15.1%) medical students, 84 (7.0%) advanced practice providers, 120 (9.9%) nurses, and 249 (20.7%) allied health professionals. Physicians accounted for 571 (47.3%) of participants, while 453 (37.6%) were non-physicians. Bivariate analysis showed associations between test scores and multiple variables (Table 1) . In the Comprehensive Model, scores were independently associated with weekly interpretations (9.9 score increase; 95% CI 7.9-11.8; P<0.001), physician status (9.0 score increase; 95% CI 7.2-10.8; P<0.001), and training hours (5.7 score increase; 95% CI 3.7-7.6; P<0.001). In the Actionable Model, scores were independently associated with weekly interpretations (12.0 score increase; 95% CI, 10.0-14.0; P<0.001) and training hours (4.7 score increase; 95% CI 2.6-6.7; P<0.001). The Comprehensive and Actionable Models accounted for 18.7% and 12.3% of the variance in test scores, respectively.

Conclusions: Being a physician is a non-modifiable predictor, while training and regular practice are modifiable predictors of ECG interpretation performance.

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