1. What can be done to improve outcomes in patients with severe circulation problems to their legs?
2. What is the optimal exercise prescription for patients with poor circulation to the legs? How can we improve provision and access to exercise programs?
3. How can we diagnose patients with poor circulation to their legs earlier and better? Would this make a difference in the long term?
4. How can we educate other doctors and healthcare workers so that they gain a better understanding of the consequences of a diagnosis of poor circulation to the legs?
5. How can we help educate better those patients who have poor circulation to their legs?
6. How can we make it easier for patients to get help for poor circulation to the legs?
7. What are the best ways to reduce the leg pain symptoms seen with patients with poor leg circulation without performing an operation?
8. How can we slow down any progression of symptoms in those patients with poor circulation to their legs?
9. How can we stop patients getting poor circulation to their legs?
10. How can we reduce cardiovascular risk in PAD patients?
The process of developing these 10 reserch priorities is outlined in an open-access peer reviewed paper published in the Journal of the Vascular Societies of Great Britain and Ireland:
Pymer S, Harwood AE, Long J, Chetter IC, Saratzis A, Coughlin P, on behalf of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland Peripheral Arterial Disease Special Interest Group James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership. Research priorities for patients with peripheral arterial disease: a James Lind Alliance Priority
Setting Partnership. J.Vasc.Soc.G.B.Irel. 2022;1(2):23-29. http://doi.org/10.54522/jvsgbi.2022.011
The PAD SIG has 4 separate domains: Intervention, Diagnosis & Imaging, Best Medical Therapy & Exercise, and Patient and Public Involvement.
Patrick Coughlin – Vascular Surgeon
Athanasios (Thanos) Saratzis – Vascular Surgeon
Amy Harwood – Sport and Exercise Scientist
Chris Twine – Consultant Vascular Surgeon
Eleanor Atkins – Vascular trainee
Hany Zayed – Consultant Vascular Surgeon
Leanne Atkin – Vascular Nurse Consultant
Panagiota Birmpili – Vascular trainee
Robert Davies – Consultant Vascular Surgeon
Stefan Birkett – Clinical Exercise Physiologist
2 patient representatives
If you have an interest in the top 10 Peripheral Arterial Disease priorities, you can contact the PAD SIG via Paddy Coughlin (firstname.lastname@example.org).