Improving health outcomes in atrial fibrillation via optimal management

Years funded:
2016 - 2019

The overarching aim of this research is to enhance individual evaluation of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) to more accurately identify clinical requirements and direct management.

To achieve this, we aim to develop novel AF-specific assessment tools - one to evaluate self-care practices and one to evaluate risk and management needs.

Currently, very few AF-specific patient assessment tools exist, meaning that tools currently used are generic and not able to provide specific direction for the management of AF.

AF is highly heterogeneous and complex both in terms of the disease process and the therapeutic requirements for clinical stability. Furthermore, AF is being seen in epidemic proportions due to the aging population and increased survival from acute cardiovascular conditions. Therefore, enhancing the assessment of patients with AF to more accurately develop care plans and direct disease management will potentially result in the reduced need for patient rehospitalisation and favourable improvements in patient morbidity and mortality.

Researcher Profile

Dr Jocasta Ball

Institute: Australian Catholic University
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