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Identification of patients with atrial fibrillation in general practice

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 23 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:264
  1. Mark Sudlow, MRC special training fellow in health services research,
  2. Helen Rodgers, Senior lecturer in stroke medicine and services,
  3. Rose Anne Kenny, Professor of cardiovascular research,
  4. Richard Thomson, Senior lecturer in public health medicine (
  1. School of Clinical Medical Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4AA

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    EDITOR—Roderick and Cox's work shows that it is feasible to identify patients with atrial fibrillation in clinical practice, which confirms the suggestions from our data. They say, however, that only a small proportion of those detected would be eligible for and would accept warfarin treatment. Their eligibility estimates are considerably lower than our own,1 and we suspect that this difference partly reflects the effect of using different eligibility criteria, which we have noted previously.2 Patients' understanding of the risks and benefits …

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