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Applying evidence to the diagnosis of a patient with suspected pulmonary embolism: how to use and evaluate a clinical prediction rule
Adler RS, McGinn TG
Using the scenario of a hospitalized patient with suspected pulmonary embolism (PE), the authors demonstrate how a clinical prediction rule (CPR) can help a clinician focus on the clinical features shown to be accurate in predicting the probability of PE. Also examined are the steps in appraising the evidence supporting a CPR and considerations for applying a CPR in practice.
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