Through employing a participatory design approach including a series of staff and patient interviews using a visual mapping tool, the project aims to understand the current challenges, use of technology and opportunities to innovate, in AF services in Secondary Care.
Technology Enabled Atrial Fibrillation Detection after a Stroke in Scotland is a collaborative project with The Glasgow School of Art, NHS Lanarkshire and University of Strathclyde to investigate the current pathway of care for those who have been, or will be, screened for atrial fibrillation (AF) following a stroke. AF is a common abnormal rhythm of the top chambers of the heart which leads to an irregular pulse and is associated with a five-fold risk of stroke. Therefore, detection of AF following a stroke is crucial to prevent recurrent stroke. At present, there is no systematic manner for identification of AF adopted after a stroke in Scotland. Although NICE guidelines recommend at least 72 hour monitoring following stroke to identify the presence of AF, this guidance is not routinely adopted and methods for monitoring are variable nationwide. Insights from this study will help academics and health professionals to better understand individual needs and deliver enhanced care in the future.