Q: Does ultrasound screening for AAA fulfil World Health Organisation criteria for a screening programme?
A: Yes ultrasound screening for AAA fulfils all the criteria.
Q: Does ultrasound screening for AAA cause any harm?
A: Ultrasound scanning has been used for many years in many different ways ranging from screening programmes for babies in their mothers’ wombs to adults with AAA and there is no evidence of any harm being caused.
Q: GP Care offers screening to people below the age of 65 years as well as those over 65 years. Why?
A: Increasing age is a major risk factor for AAA. Large studies have only looked at the effectiveness of population screening in the 65 years and over age group, yet 10% of all ruptured aneurysms occur in people under 65. We believe that patients should look at their risk factors and decide whether or not they wish to take up AAA screening.
Q: Will GP Care monitor the effectiveness of the AAA screening programme?
A: It is GP Care policy to carefully monitor and audit all the services we run. We will be auditing our AAA screening programme on a regular basis.