Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions atrial fibrillation, stroke
Treatment subject education to pulse palpation
Sponsor University of Turku
Start date April 2012
End date November 2016
Trial size 200 participants
Trial identifier NCT01721005, T31/2012

Summary

The aim of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of patient education on feeling the own pulse irregularity in the elderly population of Lieto.

Prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) rises with age. Subjects have often symptoms like palpitation and discomfort but especially in elderly population there's significant quantity of persons who don't feel any symptoms and fail to seek for medical care for stroke prevention.

The main objectives in this study are to find out the prevalence of AF in the elderly population of Lieto, to assess the feasibility and reability of patient education on feeling one's pulse irregularity and the affect to the quality of life of the participating subjects and monitoring the possible increased burden to the public health care system.

The study contains two office visits with specified learning session and long-term phone-call follow-up.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose prevention
Arm
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The subject is educated to pulse palpation by registered cardiac nurse. The education time is limited to 10 minutes and done according preplanned education model
subject education to pulse palpation
The subject is educated to pulse palpation by registered cardiac nurse. The education time is limited to 10 minutes and done according preplanned education model.

Primary Outcomes

Measure
The willingness to the pulse palpation and competence independently learn to feel own pulse.
time frame: 1 month control visit

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
Number of patients with new atrial fibrillation detected during the study
time frame: At 1 year followup

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 75 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - patient aged 75 or over - inhabitant of Lieto - willing to participate Exclusion Criteria: - chronic atrial fibrillation - ongoing anticoagulant treatment - permanent institutional care

Additional Information

Official title Screening Versus Routine Practice in Detection of Atrial Fibrillation in the Elderly Population of Lieto
Principal investigator Juhani K Airaksinen, Professor
Description The main objectives in this study are to find out the prevalence of AF in the elderly population of Lieto, to assess the feasibility of patient education on feeling one's pulse irregularity and the affect to the quality of life of the participating subjects and monitoring the possible increased burden to the public health care system. The study contains two office visits with specified learning session and long-term phone-call follow-up. A specially trained nurse will initially give a 10 min education on pulse palpation to each person and evaluate their capacity to learn pulse palpation. During followup visits the compliance of the patient and possible new arrhythmias plus quality of life issues are recorded and their ability of pulse palpation is evaluated by artificial hand where various kinds of pulses are transmitted.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in May 2014.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Turku.