Special Issue "Atrial Fibrillation Management in Pharmacy"

A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Leanne Chalmers
Guest Editor
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Curtin University, Perth WA 6845, Australia
Interests: optimising the use of antithrombotic agents, particularly in stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation; quality use of medicines, with a focus on medication use in the hospital setting; provision of medication-related services along the continuum of care
Prof. Luke R. E. Bereznicki
Guest Editor
School of Medicine, University of Tasmania, Australia
Interests: quality use of medicines; medication safety; optimising stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation; development of pharmacist-led medication management services

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common recurrent arrhythmia encountered in clinical practice, and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Contemporary guidelines for the management of AF have highlighted the importance of an integrated, multidisciplinary and patient-centred approach to ensure optimal patient outcomes. Given that pharmacotherapy, namely anticoagulation, is one of the cornerstones of AF management, there are recognised roles for pharmacists in the provision of anticoagulation monitoring and support, education provision, medication management reviews and adherence support. Advances in technology have created new opportunities for pharmacists across all stages of the disease-management pathway, both in traditional and non-traditional pharmacy settings, and especially in improving services for people with AF living in areas with poor access to specialist healthcare. Furthermore, the integration of the direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) into clinical practice has changed the face of stroke thromboprophylaxis in AF, but challenges remain in optimising anticoagulant use.

We invite you and your colleagues to submit articles for this Special Issue on Atrial Fibrillation Management in Pharmacy. We welcome research on the involvement of pharmacists and pharmacies in all aspects of disease management in AF, from prevention and screening to patient education, monitoring and adherence support, prescribing support, quality audits and medication review. Educated, engaged patients, supported by a multidisciplinary healthcare team, are most likely to achieve optimal outcomes from AF management. We look forward to receiving your submissions describing how pharmacists can enhance the care of patients with AF.

Dr. Leanne Chalmers
Prof. Luke R. E. Bereznicki
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Pharmacist
  • Anticoagulation
  • Medication management
  • Education
  • Quality improvement

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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