Atrial fibrillation (AF)
Stroke prevention: Addressing AF
Why focus on stroke prevention?
- High national prevalence of stroke 2.5%
- Devastating and lasting impact
- Large economic impact; £2.8 billion direct costs to NHS
- Known risk factor for stroke (accounts for 14% of strokes, 18% in AF at time of stroke)
- Increases risk and severity of stroke
- AF is very common; affecting more than 600,000 people
- Identification and management of AF is sub-optimal
Resources for Commissioners
- Priorities for South East London Commissioning
- Priorities for South West London Commissioning
- Accelerating stroke progress
- AF and QIPP - Atrial fibrillation - detection and optimal therapy in primary care
- AFA Keeping your finger on the pulse report - Analysis of the human and financial cost to the NHS of AF. This report examines the key issues and challenges that currently hinder optimal AF care, and suggests areas where policy makers could focus their attention to reduce AF's human, clinical and economic impact.
- Anticoagulation safety article - Recommendations from the British Committee for Standards in Haematology and National Patient Safety Agency
- Does the national evidence stack up locally - Focusing on stroke prevention by addressing AF: The South London picture
- Commissioning for stroke prevention in primary care - The role of atrial fibrillation - From the Heart Improvement Programme
- National AF presentaion
- NICE Anticoagulation commissioning guide - Support for the local implementation of NICE clinical guidelines through commissioning. A resource to help health professionals in England to commission an effective anticoagulation therapy service for patients.
- NPSA anticoagulation service audit template
- NPSA guide to setting up an anticoagulation clinic in primary care - Outlines the decisions and practical steps needed to set up and run a successful anticoagulation clinic in a primary care setting.
- What about QOF? - AF Quality and Outcomes Framework allocation From the Stroke Improvement Programme