Feasibility Testing of the Alert for AFib Intervention

Pamela J. McCabe, Kristin Vickers Douglas, Debra L. Barton, Christine Austin, Adriana Delgado, Holli A. DeVon

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Abstract

Improving early detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF) is critical because untreated AF is a major contributor to stroke and heart failure. We sought to generate knowledge about the feasibility of conducting a randomized controlled trial to test the effect of the Alert for AFib intervention on knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about treatment-seeking for signs and symptoms of AF. Adults ≥65 years old (96% White) at risk for developing AF were randomized to receive the Alert for AFib intervention (n = 40) or an attention control session (n = 40). Feasibility goals for recruitment, participant retention, adherence, perceived satisfaction and burden, and intervention fidelity were met. From baseline to study completion, knowledge (p =.005) and attitudes (p <.001) about treatment-seeking improved more in the intervention group compared with the control group. Results support testing the effectiveness of the Alert for AFib intervention in a large trial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-272
Number of pages21
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

Keywords

  • atrial fibrillation
  • cognitive behavioral intervention
  • patient education
  • randomized controlled trial
  • self-management
  • self-monitoring
  • stroke prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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    McCabe, P. J., Douglas, K. V., Barton, D. L., Austin, C., Delgado, A., & DeVon, H. A. (2017). Feasibility Testing of the Alert for AFib Intervention. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 39(2), 252-272. https://doi.org/10.1177/0193945916656609