Improving care and outcomes for people with Atrial Fibrillation in Nova Scotia
Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a type of irregular and sometimes rapid heartbeat. People who have AF are at an increased risk of having a stroke or heart disease.
Canadian guidelines are available to help doctors care for patients with AF, but not all patients receive the same care. Past research studies show that some doctors and patients could benefit from better knowledge and improved skills for managing AF. We believe that IMPACT-AF can help.
Primary Care Clinics
Patients with Atrial Fibrillation
Primary Care Providers
Web-based health management
In an effort to meet the needs of health professionals and persons living with atrial fibrillation (AF), leading-edge health informatics technologies have been employed to computerize the Canadian AF guidelines and best practice approaches.
The result is a Computerized Decision Support System (CDSS) – a web-based application designed to support the management of AF in the primary care setting.
The IMPACT-AF Research Team is led by Dr. Jafna Cox, Heart and Stroke Foundation Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Outcomes, Professor at Dalhousie University, and Staff Cardiologys for the Nova Scotia Health Authority.
Co-investigators specializing in AF research, Health Informatics, Biostatistics, Health Economics and Family Medicine come from NSHA as well as Dalhousie and McMaster Universities.
Dr. Jafna Cox
Dr. Raza Abidi
Dr. Ratika Parkask
Dr. Lehana Thabane
Dr. Feng Xie
Dr. James MacKillop
Dr. Samina Abidi