Project Description

Funded by the American Academcy of Family Physicians, the overall goal of the project is to systematically describe how various factors, including physician demographics, practice characteristics, physician knowledge, and physician beliefs, influence physicians’ practices when prescribing oral anticoagulants (OAC) for atrial fibrillation (AF) patients.

Project Objective

The major objectives of this project include:

  • Developing and refining a survey instrument designed to measure physician knowledge, beliefs, and practices related to OAC use in patients with AF, with a particular focus on the role of the new OACs (dabigatran, rivaroxaban, and apixaban). 
  • Implementing the survey instrument among the family physicians, internists, and cardiologists who care for AF patients within a large integrated suburban healthcare system, and analyze the results with a goal of identifying the specific barriers which may be amenable to future interventions aimed at increasing the use of OACs for patients with moderate and high-risk AF.