A national survey found that physicians and patients have different perspectives regarding the risks associated with atrial fibrillation.
Out of Sync: The State of Atrial Fibrillation in America Survey Findings
National Survey Reveals Patients and Healthcare Professionals are ‘Out of Sync’ About the Potentially Serious Health Consequences of Atrial Fibrillation
The “Out of Sync: The State of AFib in America” survey was conducted by Yankelovich, part of the Futures Company, to compare the perspectives of patients who have been diagnosed with AFib, and the physicians and nurses who treat AFib patients.
Survey results were obtained through online interviews among 200 doctors and 200 nurses who treat AFib patients, and 500 patients who have been diagnosed with AFib, representative of a national sample. The survey included questions related to the perceived risk of AFib, the level of knowledge and communication about the condition, and the health-related quality of life issues inherent to it. Interviews took place between March 13—20, 2009.
Patients and healthcare professionals are ‘out of sync’ in understanding the risks associated with atrial fibrillation, a complex, progressive and often debilitating cardiovascular disease.
Despite the fact that AFib doubles the risk of death from heart-related causes,23 increases the risk for stroke five-fold,24 and increases hospitalization rates,25 patients do not fully appreciate or recognize the serious health consequences of the disease.
In contrast, healthcare professionals are twice as likely as patients to recognize the severe health consequences associated with AFib.
The lack of AFib resources and gaps in disease knowledge are preventing patients from being diagnosed at the right time and managed appropriately.
Healthcare professionals indicated they didn’t have enough tools needed to explain this complex disease.
Despite healthcare professionals saying they regularly discuss specific aspects of AFib, patients do not recall hearing what they were told about the risks or management of AFib.
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AF Stat™: A Call to Action for Atrial Fibrillation is an initiative sponsored by sanofi-aventis US, LLC.