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Diagnostic accuracy of clinical characteristics following minor head injury: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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posted on 03.03.2020 by Abdullah Pandor, Susan Harnan, Stephen Goodacre, Alastair Pickering, Patrick Fitzgerald, Angie Rees
Computed tomography (CT) of the head is the diagnostic standard for identifying intracranial injury. Routine CT of all minor head injury patients would result in a large number of normal CT scans being performed with associated risks of radiation exposure and waste of health care resources. Clinical decision rules for minor head injury patients incorporate a number of individual characteristics grouped together to provide a tool for identifying those at risk of intracranial injury and in need of CT. We performed a systematic review of the individual characteristics that contribute to clinical decision making and calculated likelihood ratios of significance for each.

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