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Catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation-patient satisfaction from a single-center UK experience.
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PMID:  23263894     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Patient satisfaction is an indicator of quality of care and a key factor for patients' healthcare choices. Although atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation is now common, there are no published data on patient satisfaction during this procedure. METHODS: Anonymous patient satisfaction questionnaires were distributed to consecutive AF ablation patients over 6 months at a single center. RESULTS: Of 101 questionnaires returned, 51 % related to a first procedure. Pre-operative clinic experiences were good. Prior to ablation, 53 % reported receiving information leaflets, while 55 % reported using the Internet to search for further information. Mean anxiety pre-procedurally on a ten-point scale was 3.1 ± 2.9 and 97 % of patients felt prepared. Afterwards, however, 31 % found the experience not as expected, mainly due to being in more pain or more awake. A large number of patients recalled the procedure in detail, despite use of conscious sedation. Overall cath lab experience was good or excellent for the majority (79 %). Patients felt less well than expected immediately post-procedure and perceived a higher complication rate immediately after ablation (24 %) and at home (32 %) than reported by physicians (4.5 %). Despite this, 89 % would recommend an AF ablation to a friend or relative, and 96 % would recommend our institution. CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest that most patients are satisfied with the AF ablation experience, but this is not solely dependent on procedural success. Dissatisfaction occurs due to unmet expectations, particularly excess pain, i.e. greater than expected, during and after ablation. An improved consent process may improve patient experience. Physicians should also address initiatives to reduce pain during AF ablation.
Vivienne A Ezzat; Anastasia Chew; James W McCready; Pier D Lambiase; Anthony W Chow; Martin D Lowe; Edward Rowland; Oliver R Segal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of interventional cardiac electrophysiology : an international journal of arrhythmias and pacing     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1572-8595     ISO Abbreviation:  J Interv Card Electrophysiol     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9708966     Medline TA:  J Interv Card Electrophysiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
The Heart Hospital, London UK & Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, University College London, London, UK,
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