Scheduling stress test before patients leave ED greatly improves compliance

   Research conducted in Australia shows that hospitals can more than double patients’ likelihood of returning for an exercise stress test by scheduling it before patients leave the ED.

   Seventy percent of patients (n=96) so scheduled actually underwent the test, compared with 31% of those (n=121) instructed to make their own appointments. The latter also waited longer to take the test than those with pre-scheduled appointments (median 316 vs 77 hours, respectively). The study was self-funded by the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle, Australia. The university's Kevin Chung, MD, was lead investigator.