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Table 3 Summary of survey results

From: Current utility of the ankle-brachial index (ABI) in general practice: implications for its use in cardiovascular disease screening

  General practitioners Practice nurses Nurse practitioners District nurses Overall
% Who typically performs ABI measurement within General Practices? 5.2 (5/95) 50.5 (48/95) 7.4 (7/95) 9.5 (9/95) 72.6%
[remaining 27.3% referred to secondary care (15.8%) or DN teams not based within General Practices (11.6%)]
% who consider themselves or are considered by colleagues to be competent at ABI measurements 11 48 56 60 32
Training      
  • % of General Practices with staff trained for ABI measurement 3 30 4 5 42
  • % of respondents who currently undertake ABI measurement and have received ABI training 20 64 43 100 65
ABI Methodology      
% who correctly identified ABI method and equipment according to current guidelines:      
  • All respondents 38 71 80 100 61
  • Respondents currently undertaking ABI measurement 0 68 80 100 66
(breakdown of individual assessment points below)
  1. % who would rest patients prior to ABI measurement      
   • All respondents 65 93 100 100 82
   • Respondents currently undertaking ABI measurement 0 89 100 100 81
[reasons for not resting patients: lack of time 76% (13:17); not considered necessary 24% (4:17)]
  2. % who identified correct equipment used for Brachial SBP measurement      
   • All respondents 80 93 80 100 87
   • Respondents currently undertaking ABI measurement 80 96 100 100 95
  3. % who said they would measure the brachial SBP in both arms      
   • All respondents 86 93 100 100 87
   • Respondents currently undertaking ABI measurement 20 93 100 100 86
  4. % who identified correct equipment used for Ankle SBP measurement      
   • All respondents 88 96 100 100 93
   • Respondents currently undertaking ABI measurement 80 96 100 100 86
  5. % who said they would assess more than one foot/ankle arteries      
   • All respondents 83 93 100 100 90
   • Respondents currently undertaking ABI measurements 60 93 100 100 91
  6. % who said they would calculate ABI by dividing the highest ankle SBP by the higher brachial SBP      
   • All respondents 46 75 100 100 67
   • Respondents currently undertaking ABI measurements 20 79 100 100 77
% who experience difficulty locating ankle/foot pulses 54 59 40 100 59
% who experience difficulty maintaining position of Doppler probe whilst simultaneously pumping up BP cuff 39 33 20 20 33