Did you participate in GPSAFER (GP Screen Atrial Fibrillation and othEr aRrhythmias) survey?
Principle investigator and GP Synergy supervisor Dr Kam Wong would like to thank those who participated in this survey.
Across Australia, the study had 463 participants. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a risk factor for stroke and its prevalence is on the rise. The study found:
- Only 110 of the 463 practitioners (23.8%) reported that they had attended ECG interpretation training in the last 3 years.
- GPs are open to further training in ECG interpretation and using mobile ECG devices to aid their clinical practice.
- Increasing awareness of AF Guidelines and improving confidence in ECG interpretation may increase AF screening.
The results have been published and are available in BMC Family Practice as Screening for atrial fibrillation and other arrhythmias in primary care.