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Extending the reach of expert amyloidosis care: A feasibility study exploring the staged implementation of a UK amyloidosis network

Choy, Chern Hsiang; Steeds, Richard P; Pinney, Jennifer; Baig, Shanat; Turvey-Haigh, Lauren; Wahid, Yasmin; Cox, Helen; ... Moody, William E; + view all (2024) Extending the reach of expert amyloidosis care: A feasibility study exploring the staged implementation of a UK amyloidosis network. Clinical Medicine , 24 (1) , Article 100004. 10.1016/j.clinme.2023.100004. Green open access

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Abstract

There has been an exponential increase in the diagnosis of transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy (ATTR-CA). In response, the Midlands Amyloidosis Service was launched with the aim of providing patients with a timely diagnosis, remote expertise from the National Amyloidosis Centre and access to emerging transthyretin (TTR)-directed therapies. This was a descriptive study of a pilot hub-and-spoke model of delivering specialist amyloidosis care. Patients with suspected amyloidosis were referred from the wider Midlands region, and seen in a consultant-led multidisciplinary clinic. The diagnosis of ATTR-CA was established according to either the validated non-biopsy criteria or histological confirmation of ATTR deposits with imaging evidence of amyloid. Study endpoints were the volume of service provision and the time to diagnosis from the receipt of referral. Patients (n=173, age 75±2 years; male 72 %) were referred between 2019 and 2021. Eighty patients (46 %) were found to have cardiac amyloidosis, of whom 68 (85 %) had ATTR-CA. The median time from referral to diagnosis was 43 days. By removing the need for patients to travel to London, an average of 187 patient-miles was saved. Fifteen (9 %) patients with wild-type ATTR-CA received tafamidis under the Early Access to Medicine scheme; 10 (6 %) were enrolled into phase 3 clinical trials of RNA interference or antisense oligonucleotide therapies. Our results suggest that implementing a UK amyloidosis network appears feasible and would enhance equity of access to specialised amyloidosis healthcare for the increasing numbers of older patients found to have ATTR-CA.

Type: Article
Title: Extending the reach of expert amyloidosis care: A feasibility study exploring the staged implementation of a UK amyloidosis network
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.clinme.2023.100004
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinme.2023.100004
Language: English
Additional information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of Royal College of Physicians. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/)
Keywords: Amyloidosis, Screening, Transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine > Inflammation
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10188289
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