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Atrial fibrillation study shows inequalities in care

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: (Published 08 June 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1403
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent

Black and other ethnic minority patients in England with atrial fibrillation are far less likely than white patients to have anticoagulation therapy prescribed, researchers have found. And patients living in the most deprived areas are less likely then those in wealthy areas to receive recommended oral anticoagulation treatment such as warfarin, shows the retrospective cohort study published in PLoS Medicine.

The researchers used the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink database to identify 192 265 patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation in English general practices between 2009 and 2019.1 Among …

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