Integrated care in atrial fibrillation – Are we truly integrating?

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Abstract

Integrated care is an emerging approach to manage patients with chronic complex conditions, such as atrial fibrillation (AF). The current international practice guidelines recommend an integrated care approach in AF, which consists of four fundamentals being patient involvement, a multidisciplinary team approach, the use of technology, and comprehensive management focussing on the treatment of AF, prevention of thromboembolic complications, and the management of co-morbid conditions, cardiovascular risk factors and lifestyle modification. Despite the guideline recommendations, the term integrated care is being used inconsistently within the current available literature. This publication aims to contribute to the clarification of the integrate AF care concept and the consequent appropriate use in clinical practice and research, whilst awaiting an upcoming update of international practice guidelines.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Care Coordination
Early online date24 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • atrial fibrillation
  • Integrated care
  • multidisciplinary teamwork
  • patient involvement
  • technology

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