Journal article

Are the results of randomized controlled trials on anticoagulation in patients with atrial fibrillation generalizable to clinical practice?

A Evans, L Kalra

Archives of Internal Medicine | Published : 2001

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Randomized trials demonstrate a clear benefit of anticoagulation in patients with atrial fibrillation at risk of stroke, but the proportion of eligible patients who are treated with anticoagulants remains low. The reluctance to treat all eligible patients with anticoagulants may be due to studies in clinical practice showing variable risk-benefit, raising concerns about application to general medical practice. METHODS: A systematic review of published medical literature was performed to identify studies of patients with atrial fibrillation who were treated with warfarin in actual clinical practice. Data from these studies were compared with pooled data from randomized controlled ..

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