Patricia Apenteng


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Global health
Atrial fibrillation
Health inequalities


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Patricia joined the University of Birmingham in 2021 as a senior researcher in the West Midlands Applied Research Collaboration (ARC).  She had previously worked at the University in Primary Care Clinical Sciences before moving to Warwick Medical School in 2017 following a TUPE transfer.  She leads a number of projects on the Acute care interfaces theme of the West Midlands ARC and is particularly interested in the implementation of point-of-care ultrasound.  She is the Chief Investigator for the NIHR funded study ‘The patient path to a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation: a qualitative study in primary care’ and is a co-investigator on several studies in primary care and population health.

At Warwick, she was co-investigator and lead researcher on a NIHR Research for Patient Benefit grant for a study that externally validated a prognostic prediction model for patients with atrial fibrillation using primary care electronic health records.  She is a co-investigator and the PPIE lead on the Warwick-led £1.4M NIHR Invention for Innovation grant for a randomised controlled trial of case finding of obstructive sleep apnoea in primary care using a novel device. 

In her previous role at the University of Birmingham, Patricia led the UK component of the global longitudinal atrial fibrillation registry GARFIELD-AF.  She was co-investigator and lead researcher for an observational cohort study that determined, for the first time, the incidence of venous thromboembolism in UK care homes.

Patricia has also held research roles at Birmingham City University, Kings College London, Queen Mary University of London, and Imperial College London. 

Research interests

Research interests

  • Healthcare delivery
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Health inequalities
  • Point-of-care ultrasound
  • Global health

Current projects

NIHR RfBP (Co-investigator): Menopause GAP: exploring inequalities in menopause care in GenerAl Practice using qualitative methodology (2023 – 2024)

Research England QR Funding (Co-investigator): Supporting policy to improve delayed diagnosis of cancer in Nigeria (2023-2024)

NIHR i4i (Co-investigator and PPI lead) Case finding of obstructive sleep apnoea in primary care using a novel device: a randomised controlled trial (2022-2025)

NIHR RfBP (Chief Investigator): The Patient Path to a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation: a qualitative study in primary care (2022-2023)

NHS England and NHS Improvement (Project lead): Acute assessment and medical care without hospital transfer for older people living with frailty (2022-2023)

West Midlands ARC/Beneficial Change Network (PI): Implementation of Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in community settings (2021-2024)


Previous grants

NIHR RfBP (Co-investigator): GARFIELD-AF in Primary Care - Optimising prediction of mortality, stroke, and major bleeding for patients with atrial fibrillation using routinely collected primary care electronic health records (2019-2021)

NIHR SPCR & PCRT (Co-investigator): A prospective observational cohort study to determine the incidence of venous thromboembolism among care home residents (2013-2016)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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