Diagnostic equipment at Norwegian out-of-hours services

Project Department: Uni Research Health (group: National Centre for Emergency Primary Health Care) period: from 01.09.06

Project results

Article 1: Rebnord IK, Thue G, Hunskar S: Equipment for diagnostics, laboratory analyses and treatment in out-of-hours services. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2009 May 14;129(10): 987-90.

  • Norwegian OOH services often share equipment with GP offices.
  • OOH services with shared premises have more equipment than those which do not share premises.
  • In OOH services with shared premises doctors on call often do the laboratory analyses while assisting personnel control the quality of the equipment.
  • Doctors practice advanced cardiopulmoary resuscitation less often in large OOH services that do not share premises than in smaller services with shared premises.

Article 2: Rebnord IK, Sandvik H, Hunskår S. Use of laboratory tests in out-of-hours services in Norway. Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, Vol 30, 76-80, 2012.

  • CRP is by far the most frequent laboratory test in OOH services. It is most often used in respiratory illnesses and in small children.
  • Older doctors use laboratory tests less frequently than younger doctors, probably reflecting different clinical experience.
  • Centralization of OOH services results in higher use of laboratory tests.
  • Further investigations are required to study the clinical relevance of this extensive use of CRP in primary care.

Article 3: Rebnord IK, Hunskår S, Gjesdal S, Hetlevik Ø. Point-of-care testing with CRP in primary care: a registry-based observational study from Norway. BMC Fam Pract. 2015 Nov 19;16(1): 170.

  • The point-of-care test CRP is frequently used all over in primary care and all doctors use it more in the OOH-services than in daytime practice.
  • The RGPs that most frequently use CRP tests in daytime service do the same in OOH services.
  • Being a young doctor and having a high number of consultations result in significantly higher use of CRP in OOH services.
  • The differences between the RGPs use of CRP in OOH services cannot be explained by different diagnoses.


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