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Table 5 Documentation of general and dizziness subtype-specific quality indicators in history and physical examination for Patients with Vertigo, Lightheadedness, Disequilibrium and Others

From: Assessment of dizziness among older patients at a family practice clinic: a chart audit study

   Yes No Not Documented
General (n = 50) Postural BP changes 6% 44% 50%
  Associated Depression 6% 8% 86%
  Associated Anxiety 14% 0% 86%
  Falls 6% 30% 64%
  Syncope 2% 36% 62%
Vertigo (n = 13) Episode Duration 38% N/A 62%
  Relationship to Head Turning 38% 8% 54%
  Tinnitus 23% 54% 23%
  Hearing Loss 0% 0% 100%
  Ear Examination 39%
(Normal:31%)
(Abnormal:8%)
N/A 61%
  Neurological Exam 92% N/A 8%
  Spontaneous Nystagmus 46%
(Normal 38%)
(Abnormal 8%)
N/A 54%
  Hallpike Manoevre 39%
(Normal 8%)
(Abnormal 31%)
N/A 61%
Lightheadedness (n = 20) Relationship to Postural change 55% 15% 30%
  Chest Pain 5% 60% 35%
  Palpitation 5% 55% 40%
  Syncope 5% 50% 45%
  Orthostatic drop in BP 10% 55% 35%
  Orthostatic rise in pulse 0% 15% 85%
Disequilibrium (n = 19) Falls 11% 32% 57%
  Gait examination 58%
(Normal: 26%)
(Abnormal:32%)
N/A 42%
  Neurological exam 68% N/A 32%
  Romberg's sign 42%
(Normal: 37%)
(Abnormal: 5%)
N/A 58%
  Cerebellar signs 47%
(Normal: 42%)
(Abnormal: 5%)
N/A 53%
  Visual acuity exam 10%
(Normal: 5%)
(Abnormal: 5%)
N/A 90%
Others (n = 12) Depression 0% 25% 75%
  Anxiety 25% 0% 75%
  1. N/A: Not Applicable