Physician presence at out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is not necessarily the cause of improved survival

Pieter Francsois Fouche, Paul Andrew Jennings

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A recent publication Hiltunen et al. on Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) in Finland show increased survival when a physician attends an OHCA, compared to EMS. But it is likely that physicians attend OHCA patients with a different prognosis due to comorbidity or illness severity, which causes confounding by indication and is the likely cause for the physician and survival association.

Original languageEnglish
Article number88
JournalScandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Cardiac arrest
  • Confounding
  • Out-of-hospital

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