Atrial fibrillation management - the central role of the GP
This free online learning module provides 15 clinical questions and immediate answers about an original peer-reviewed article written for GPs.Relevance to General Practice
- Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common recurrent arrhythmia and causes substantial morbidity and mortality. Its prevalence is expected to double over the next two decades.
- GPs are central to effective delivery of integrated, comprehensive care to people with AF.
- The National Heart Foundation of Australia and Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand recently produced guidelines on diagnosis and management of AF; this review summarises the sections most relevant to GPs.
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices
D4. Professional and ethical role
Adherence to relevant codes and standards of ethical and professional behaviour
D5. Organisational and legal dimensionsCurriculum Contextual Units
- Care of older people