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Pharmacists detecting atrial fibrillation (PDAF) in primary care during the influenza vaccination season: a multi-site, cross sectional feasibility pilot study

Bhamra, Sukvinder K., Savickas, Vilius, Corlett, Sarah, Leaver, Sarah, Mathie, Alistair, Rees-Roberts, Melanie, Short, Vanessa, Veale, Emma L. (2019) Pharmacists detecting atrial fibrillation (PDAF) in primary care during the influenza vaccination season: a multi-site, cross sectional feasibility pilot study. AF Association (KAR id:91870)

Abstract

Reducing AF-related stroke risk is both clinically and economically important, with AF-related illness costing the NHS over £2 billion per annum. Despite this, there is no national screening programme for AF. Growing medical consensus backed by public health policy, agrees that there is an unmet need to improve diagnosis and that primary care is an appropriate setting. This model is likely to be convenient for patients and cost effective, but with the current shortage of GPs and nurses, and increasing GP workloads, it is unlikely to succeed. Huge investment by NHS England to introduce new work role models to GP practices, could mean, by 2021, that over 34 million patients will have access to the expertise of a clinical pharmacist, making clinical pharmacists a viable option for such screening initiatives. AIM: To determine whether clinical pharmacists based within GP practices, were able to accurately and effectively screen and diagnose patients for AF, using pulse palpation and a single-lead ECG device (AliveCor Kardia Mobile®) during the influenza vaccination season.

Item Type: Research report (external)
Subjects: R Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Medway School of Pharmacy
Depositing User: Sukvinder Bhamra
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2021 12:53 UTC
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2021 18:39 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/91870 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

University of Kent Author Information

Bhamra, Sukvinder K..

Creator's ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0032-0552
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