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Linda K. Ottoboni, PhD, CNS is a member of the Stanford Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology Service and her present work is focused on the patient's response to arrhythmias. Her research area and clinical expertise are focused on improving the experience of individuals who live with arrhythmias.
My early qualitative work was to determine how individual’s experience their lives with atrial fibrillation (AFib). It validated that managing the presence or absence of their cardiac arrhythmia was inadequate and resources/strategies were needed to enable them to live life fully with their arrhythmia. This work provided the foundation for the development of a conceptual model to advance the science of supporting individuals to achieve an optimal quality of life with AFib. I am working collaboratively with other AFib nurse scientists on the development of a conceptual model. My continued interest in the clinical and psychological outcomes of individuals with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) prompted the design and implementation of a longitudinal data base for ICD patients at Stanford to examine associations between activity, cardiovascular status, and patient reported outcomes (Quality of Life, Anxiety, and Depression) in individuals with ICDs: ACPRO-ICD. The aims of the study are to learn more about the challenges of living with an ICD and identify those resources perceived as supportive that are provided or desired.
Feasibility Study to Improve AF Outcomes Using a Digital Application for CV Risk Reduction
The pilot portion of this study is to determine the feasibility of utilizing AF CARE to
provide lifestyle modification support to patients with atrial fibrillation (AF).
The prospective, RCT portion of this study compare cardiovascular risk factors (CVRF), AF
knowledge, AF Symptom Severity and Burden, and QOL between and within the wait list group and
the AF CARE group at baseline, 3, 6, and 12 months.
Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.
For more information, please contact Linda K Ottoboni, PhD, 650-498-5914.
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Meditation and Education That is Nurse Delivered for Symptom Management in Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (PAF)
The aim of this project is to determine whether the entire intervention (Mindfulness
meditation, AF education, and weekly phone visits) that is nurse delivered to individuals
with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is more effective than a combination, single or no
intervention in the reduction of overall AF symptoms, anxiety, and negative illness
perception; or the improvement of quality of life (QOL) and functional status.