Atrial Fibrillation

Health written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Conservative, Reigate

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with NHS England on the inclusion of new outcomes indicators for atrial fibrillation in the NHS Outcomes Framework since the publication of the Cardiovascular Disease Outcome Strategy.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

As set out in the Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy, published in March 2013, atrial fibrillation is a priority for this Government and NHS England are working to support primary care to provide good management of people with or at risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), including atrial fibrillation-related stroke.

The NHS Outcomes Framework contains several indicators relating to CVD across Domain 1, 2, 3 and 4, including collecting information on the proportion of persons aged over 18 admitted to hospital as an emergency admission with specified primary diagnoses which include atrial fibrillation (Indicator 2.3.i). There are currently no plans to include any more specific indicators on atrial fibrillation in the framework.

However, the Clinical Commissioning Group Outcome Indicators Set for 2013-14 includes indicators on CVD, which covers atrial fibrillation.

The NHS Outcomes Framework is designed to be a balanced, high-level set of outcome goals that measure quality across the breadth of NHS services.

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