Knowledge of electromyography (EMG) in patients undergoing EMG examinations

Mondelli, Mauro and Aretini, Alessandro and Greco, Giuseppe (2014) Knowledge of electromyography (EMG) in patients undergoing EMG examinations. Functional Neurology, 29 (3). pp. 195-200. ISSN 1971-3274

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The aim of this study was to evaluate knowledge of electromyography (EMG) in patients undergoing the procedure. In one year, 1,586 consecutive patients (mean age 56 years; 58.8% women) were admitted to two EMG labs to undergo EMG for the first time. The patients found to be “informed” about the how an EMG examination is performed and about the purpose of EMG numbered 448 (28.2%), while those found to be “informed” only about the manner of its execution or only about its purpose numbered 161 (10.2%) and 151 (9.5%), respectively. The remaining 826 (52.1%) patients had either no information, or the information they had was very poor or incorrect (this was particularly true if they had been consulting websites). Being “informed” was associated with level of education (high), type of referring physician (specialist) and with an appropriate referral diagnosis specified in the EMG request. The quality of patient information on EMG was found to be very poor and could be improved. Physicians referring patients for EMG examinations, especially general practitioners, should assume primary responsibility for patient education and counseling in this field.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: electromyography, EMG request, health information,Internet, nerve conduction studies, patient education
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici)
Depositing User: Marina Spanti
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2015 15:44
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2015 15:44

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