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 atrial fibrillation (AF) in the primary care setting.
IMPACT-AF is a 12-month, cluster randomized, clinical trial, designed to determine if the CDSS is effective in supporting the treatment and management of AF. The study will examine the current social and economic costs of AF management on the health care system and individuals living with AF, and hopefully show that use of the web-based clinical decisions support tool results in improved care and outcomes.
Over 200 primary care providers (Family Doctors, Family Practice Nurses, and community-based Nurse Practitioners) from across Nova Scotia, and more than 1200 of their AF patients (previous or new diagnosis of AF) are participating in this 12-month efficacy study.
Our Partners: Nova Scotia Health Authority • NS Dept. of Health and Wellness • Doctors Nova Scotia • Nova Scotia College of Family Physicians • Dalhousie University • Heart and Stroke Foundation • Bayer HealthCare • NICHE Research Group