Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia in clinical practice and is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Screening for AF in asymptomatic patients has been proposed as a way of reducing the burden of the disease by detecting people who would benefit from prophylactic anticoagulation therapy prior to the onset of symptoms. However, for screening to be an effective intervention it must improve the detection of AF and provide benefit for those who are detected earlier as a result of screening.
This document is a framework service specification for the delivery of anticoagulation services for people with atrial fibrillation (AF). The specification was developed by Anticoagulation UK in close collaboration with experts in anticoagulation from across primary, community and secondary care. The standards within this framework reflect best practice for services to adhere to, both during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. This project has been fully funded by Bayer plc. The content is independent of and not influenced by Bayer plc who checked the final document for technical accuracy only.