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Wessex Centre for Implementation Science

Detect Protect Perfect

Detect Protect Perfect
Detect Protect Perfect

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of irregular heart rhythm.

In England a large number of individuals are unaware they have AF, and some people with known AF do not receive optimal treatment, resulting in avoidable strokes. AF-related strokes represent a significant burden to patients, carers, the NHS and social care.

The Academic Health Science Network Atrial fibrillation programme has 3 aims. To detect AF; to perfect treatment of patients with AF and; to protect people with AF from stroke. To achieve these aims we have a broad programme of work.

Over the past year, the programme has seen fantastic engagement and results in its work to reduce stroke across Wessex through the use of anticoagulants in treating Atrial Fibrillation. There is a thriving network and an education programme aimed at pharmacists and GP's. The programme has delivered a 67% increase in anticoagulant prescribing across Wessex, with 60% of providers showing a reduction in stroke plus a 17% reduction in the variation in exception reporting.

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