The management of atrial fibrillation (AF) in UK primary care presents a resource challenge that is set to rise as our population ages. The burden on resources comes mainly through referrals and hospital admissions. There is an opportunity to identify potential efficiencies, if strategies to address these issues are incorporated into planning and policy development. The challenge to resources, through treatment of AF, is outweighed by the current challenge on resources that exists in managing preventable AF related strokes.
This document is primarily aimed to be used by primary care practitioners, managers and commissioners of services.