I am a first year graduate student studying Biostatistics and I've been interested in analyzing high yield, quick tests that could be beneficial in the Emergency Medicine setting.
The purpose of this post is to ask a question about a research topic I've been exploring and whether it would be worth exploring.
Namely, I've been looking to do a meta-analysis on the value of Bilateral blood pressures as a quick method to indicate which patients could benefit from an ABI to get a good idea of who is at risk of PAD early.
I know the data out there is quite muddy from the get go but before I go any further I wanted to ask if there is even any value in an early warning test for PAD that would occur during initial triage?
Intuitively I would think it would open up the opportunity to discuss the condition with patients who might otherwise not be aware but on the other hand I suspect that it would be detected mostly in patients who have bigger problems to consider.
I'd like to hear your thoughts on the topic as someone trying to explore protocols and practices in Emergency Medicine.
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