Authors: Doubeni CA, Yood RA, Emani S, Gurwitz JH
Title: Identifying unrecognized peripheral arterial disease among asymptomatic patients in the primary care setting.
Journal: Angiology 57(2):171-80
Date: 2006 Mar-Apr
Abstract: National initiatives to enhance recognition of the detrimental impact of peripheral arterial disease on the health of adult Americans have been advocated. The objective of this study was to evaluate a strategy for identifying patients with unrecognized peripheral arterial disease from among persons without known atherosclerotic disease in the primary care setting. A cross-sectional design was used. Participants were patients receiving care from a multispecialty group practice in Massachusetts between July 2002 and July 2003, with a scheduled appointment with a primary care physician. Persons 70 years of age or older who were not already known to have atherosclerotic disease were enrolled. In addition, persons aged 50-69 with a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and/or smoking based on information derived from administrative databases, and not known to have atherosclerotic disease, were enrolled. Before the scheduled appointment, potential study participants completed a telephone interview to ascertain their medical history. The ankle-brachial index (ABI) of eligible patients was measured at the time of the scheduled primary care office visit. Peripheral arterial disease was diagnosed if 1 or both legs had an ABI of
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