Objective: The primary objective of this study is to use the Capability, Opportunity, and Motivation Behaviour (COM-B) model to identify potential strategies aimed at improving the early detection of atrial fibrillation (AF) in the general population.
Methods: We undertook a review of the literature to identify factors associated with participation in community-based screening for AF, followed by mapping of the factors generated into the components of the COM-B model, and validation of the model by an expert panel. The Behaviour Change Wheel (BCW) was used to nominate potential intervention strategies and steps to guide the design and implementation of community-based screening for AF.
Results: A total of 28 factors from 21 studies were mapped into the COM-B model. Based on the BCW approach, 24 intervention strategies and 7 steps that could guide the design and implementation of community-based screening for AF were recommended.
Conclusion: The application of the COM-B model demonstrated how factors influencing the participation of individuals with undiagnosed AF in community-based screening could be identified. The model could also serve as a guide for the design and implementation of interventions for improving AF detection in the general population.
Keywords: Atrial fibrillation; COM-B model; awareness; detection; intervention design; screening; stroke.
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