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AF-GEN-UK: UK extension of Long-term Registry of Atrial Fibrillation

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    Long-term Registry of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation UK Extension (AF-GEN-UK) Study



  • Contact name

    Sean Jennings

  • Contact email

  • Sponsor organisation

    University of Birmingham

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    2 years, 6 months, 1 days

  • Research summary

    Given the advances in the management of atrial fibrillation (an irregular heart rhythm), especially the new medications for stroke prevention, and the availability of new European Society of Cardiology (ESC) clinical guidelines, there is a need for the systematic collection of contemporary data regarding the management and treatment of atrial fibrillation. There is currently a registry collecting data on how cardiologists (specialists in conditions of the heart) manage and treat patients with atrial fibrillation in 55 countries in Europe. Data is being collected on how cardiologists in the UK manage patients with atrial fibrillation. However, in the UK, patients with atrial fibrillation are also managed by other doctors, particularly their general practitioner (GPs), accident and emergency (A&E) doctors (when admitted to hospital), stroke doctors (when atrial fibrillation is diagnosed after a stroke has occurred) and by acute medicine doctors (as atrial fibrillation is more common among people aged 65 years and older). This study will allow us to compare how patients with atrial fibrillation are managed by heart specialists (cardiologists) and other doctors (non-heart specialists). The purpose of collecting this data is to see if atrial fibrillation patients are managed in line with clinical guidelines. In this UK extension study we will recruit up to 1650 atrial fibrillation managed by GPs, cardiologists, A&E, stroke, and acute medicine doctors. Demographic (e.g. age, sex, ethnicity etc.) and clinical (e.g. other health problems, medications, operations etc.) information will be recorded at baseline and then the patient will be followed up 12 months later to see how their healthcare is managed over time. The follow-up will involve the patient visiting the hospital and/or review of their medical records and/or telephone call with the patient or their GP, according to the usual practice of the medical specialty who is managing the patient.

  • REC name

    West Midlands - South Birmingham Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    25 Jan 2017

  • REC opinion

    Favourable Opinion