The ease of use and reproducibility of the Alere™ Heart Check System: a comparison of patient and healthcare professional measurement of BNP

Lang, N. N. , Wong, C. M., Dalzell, J. R., Jansz, S., Leslie, S. J. and Gardner, R. S. (2014) The ease of use and reproducibility of the Alere™ Heart Check System: a comparison of patient and healthcare professional measurement of BNP. Biomarkers in Medicine, 8(6), pp. 791-796. (doi: 10.2217/bmm.14.48) (PMID:25224935)

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Abstract

Aims: The aim of the study was to examine the ease of use and the reproducibility of a novel point-of-care BNP measurement system when used by patients and healthcare providers (HCP). Patients & methods: Patients with symptomatic heart failure were recruited from outpatient clinics at four hospitals. They were provided with brief training and instructional material for the use of the point-of-care BNP measurement system. Finger-prick blood BNP concentration was measured by the HCP and the patient (n = 150). Ease of use and reproducibility of the system were assessed. Results: In total, 80% of the 164 patients who completed a questionnaire on the ease of use of the system found it easy to operate. There was excellent correlation of BNP measurement compared between patients and HCP (r = 0.966; p < 0.001). Conclusion: Patients find the Alere Heart Check BNP measurement system easy to operate. BNP concentration measurements obtained by patients show excellent correlation with those obtained by healthcare providers.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gardner, Professor Roy and Lang, Dr Ninian and Dalzell, Dr Jonathan
Authors: Lang, N. N., Wong, C. M., Dalzell, J. R., Jansz, S., Leslie, S. J., and Gardner, R. S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Journal Name:Biomarkers in Medicine
Publisher:Future Medicine
ISSN:1752-0363
ISSN (Online):1752-0371

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