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Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Clinic to Improve the Treatment of Patients With Atrial Fibrillation. (AFClinic)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Maastricht University Medical Center Identifier:
First received: September 15, 2008
Last updated: April 19, 2010
Last verified: April 2010
  • Randomized controlled trial comparing specialized AF Clinic with 'care as usual'
  • Hypothesis: treatment of AF patients in the AF-Clinic by a nurse, specialised in AF, using guideline-based dedicated software, under supervision of a cardiologist, is efficient, safe and not inferior to care as usual by a cardiologists.

Condition Intervention
Atrial Fibrillation Other: AF Clinic Other: Care as Usual

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effect of a Nurse-driven ICT-supported Disease Management Program to Improve the Treatment of Patients With Atrial Fibrillation.

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Further study details as provided by Maastricht University Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Composite of heart failure, thromboembolic complications, bleeding, severe adverse effects of drugs and death from cardiovascular causes. [ Time Frame: minimum of 1 year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • All cause mortality, all cause hospitalizations, Treatment (benchmarking) in accordance to the 2006 AHA/ACC/ESC guidelines in AF, quality of life, patient satisfaction, anxiety, depression, compliance and cost effectiveness. [ Time Frame: minimum of 1 year ]

Enrollment: 712
Study Start Date: June 2006
Study Completion Date: January 2010
Primary Completion Date: January 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: AF Clinic Other: AF Clinic
Treatment of atrial fibrillation patients by specialized nurses, supervised by cardiologists, using dedicated software to ensure maximal adherence to AHA/ACC/ESC guidelines on atrial fibrillation treatment
Active Comparator: Care as Usual Other: Care as Usual
Routine clinical care of atrial fibrillation patients, provided by cardiologists, without the help of specialized nurses or dedicated software.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Age < 18 years
  • unwillingness to participate
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00753259

Martini Hospital Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands, 9700 RM
Maastricht, Netherlands, 6202 AZ
Sponsors and Collaborators
Maastricht University Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Robert G Tieleman, MD PhD Maastricht UMC
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Dr RG Tieleman, MD, PhD, Dept of Cardiology, Maastricht University Medical Center Identifier: NCT00753259     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MEC 06-4-043
Study First Received: September 15, 2008
Last Updated: April 19, 2010

Keywords provided by Maastricht University Medical Center:
atrial fibrillation
disease management program
integrated chronic care program
heart failure
quality of life

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Atrial Fibrillation
Arrhythmias, Cardiac
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
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