Supermarket/Hypermarket Opportunistic Screening for Atrial Fibrillation (SHOPS-AF): A Mixed Methods Feasibility Study Protocol

Jones, Ian D, Lane, Deirdre A ORCID: 0000-0002-5604-9378, Lotto, Robyn R, Oxborough, David, Neubeck, Lis, Penson, Peter E ORCID: 0000-0001-6763-1489, Czanner, Gabriela, Shaw, Andy, Smith, Emma Johnston, Santos, Aimeris
et al (show 4 more authors) (2022) Supermarket/Hypermarket Opportunistic Screening for Atrial Fibrillation (SHOPS-AF): A Mixed Methods Feasibility Study Protocol. JOURNAL OF PERSONALIZED MEDICINE, 12 (4). 578-.

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<h4>Aims</h4>Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and a key risk factor for ischaemic stroke. Following AF detection, treatment with oral anticoagulation can significantly lower mortality and morbidity rates associated with this risk. The availability of several hand-held devices which can detect AF may enable trained health professionals to adopt AF screening approaches which do not interfere with people's daily routines. This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of a hand-held device (the MyDiagnostick single-lead Electrocardiogram (ECG) sensor) in screening for AF when embedded into the handles of supermarket trolleys.<h4>Methods</h4>A mixed methods two-phase approach will be taken. The quantitative first phase will involve the recruitment of 2000 participants from a convenience sample at four large supermarkets with pharmacies. Prospective participants will be asked to conduct their shopping using a trolley embedded with a MyDiagnostick sensor. If the device identifies a participant with AF, the in-store pharmacist will be dispatched to take a manual pulse measurement and a static control sensor reading and offer a cardiologist consultation referral. When the sensor does not detect AF, a researcher will confirm the reading with a manual pulse measurement. ECGs will be compiled, and the sensitivity, specificity and positive and negative predictive values will be determined. A qualitative second phase will consist of semi-structured interviews carried out with those pharmacists and store managers in-store during the running of the trial period. These will explore the perceptions of staff regarding the merits of embedding sensors in the handles of supermarket trolleys to detect AF.<h4>Conclusion</h4>This feasibility study will inform a larger future definitive trial.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: atrial fibrillation detection, cardiac arrhythmia, stroke prevention, electrocardiogram, sensor devices, community screening
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Life Courses and Medical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 05 May 2022 13:50
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 21:04
DOI: 10.3390/jpm12040578
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