Atrial fibrillation - reducing the risk of stroke

This Brief Decision Aid (BDA) was developed from work started as part of The Health Foundation supported MAGIC shared decision making (SDM) programme. BDAs are now produced by Newcastle University in collaboration with They draw on the latest condition leaflets from and include the benefits, risks and consequences of the main evidence-based options. They encourage the patient and doctor (or nurse) to make a decision together, taking account of what is important to the patient. Click for more information on SDM and use of the BDAs, and for more materials to support SDM see

You will find it much easier to use this BDA effectively if you have taken a little time to read the ‘how to use’ instructions and familiarised yourself with the stroke risk chart and anticoagulants checklist

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MAGIC Programme
Peer Reviewer:
MAGIC Programme
Document ID:
28946 (v2)
Last Checked:
21 June 2016
Next Review:
21 June 2019

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