Peripheral Arterial Disease PAD Top 10 Priorities (priority setting in association with the JLA)

A final workshop was held 14th May 2021 and brought together patients and healthcare professionals to jointly agree a priority list for PAD research.

  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 health care 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 this problem(poor circulation to the legs)?
  7. What are the best ways to reduce the leg pain symptoms seen with patient 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 following questions were also discussed and put in order of priority at the workshop:

  1. How can we make sure that operations to improve blood flow to the legs of people with poor circulation work for a long period of time?
  2. What are the best operations to perform to improve the blood flow to the legs of people with poor circulation?