This webpage is no longer being updated and will soon be removed from the CADTH website. In the future, to access CADTH resources on this topic, visit cadth.ca/reports and type “anticoagulants” in the search bar.
- Oral Anticoagulants in Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation: CADTH Recommendations and Clinical Practice Guidelines
This tool explains the key differences between CADTH recommendations and clinical practice guidelines on the use of oral anticoagulants in non-valvular atrial fibrillation.
- Preventing Stroke in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: Using the Evidence
This tool is intended to help inform prescribing decisions when the decision to start anticoagulation has already been made. It includes key research findings, information about warfarin and the new oral anticoagulants (NOACs), and a warfarin/NOAC comparison chart.
- Preventing Stroke When You Have Atrial Fibrillation: Information for Patients
This two-page patient handout concisely explains stroke risk, bleeding risk, and different medication options. It also includes self-care tips to help prevent bleeding.
- New Oral Anticoagulants: Breakthrough or Just Another Bleeding Mess? (Slides From Debate)
These slides were presented as part of a debate between Dr. Marc Carrier and Dr. Jafna Cox at the Family Medicine Forum 2013 in Vancouver.
- Patient Stories
These short articles apply CADTH evidence to common clinical situations.
- INESSS: Anticoagulant Therapy for Adult Patients
This clinical tool presents relevant characteristics from published studies to help physicians determine the most appropriate anticoagulant treatment.
- Preventing Strokes in Your Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: What’s the Evidence?
A newsletter on preventing stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation
- Think You Know Everything There Is to Know About Managing Warfarin? Think Again.
A two-page newsletter outlining issues to consider when designing your patient’s care plan.
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- Monitoring for Atrial Fibrillation After Stroke or Transient Ischemic Attack: Project in Brief
Patients who have had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) with unknown cause (also known as embolic stroke of undetermined source, or ESUS) might have undiagnosed atrial fibrillation. This is a one-page summary of CADTH research on monitoring these patients for atrial fibrillation.
- Antithrombotic Therapy for Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: Project in Brief
A one-page summary of CADTH research on warfarin, antiplatelet drugs such as acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), and NOACs used to prevent stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.
- New Oral Anticoagulants for the Prevention of Thromboembolic Events in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation: Project in Brief
A one-page summary of CADTH research on NOACs as compared with warfarin, for preventing stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.
- Warfarin Management for Thromboembolic Events in Atrial Fibrillation: Project in Brief
A one-page summary of CADTH research on the optimal management of warfarin therapy. The research focused on preventing stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation.
- Point-of-Care INR Testing Compared With Lab INR Testing: What Does the Evidence Say?
An at-a-glance tool that outlines the different ways POC INR testing can be used to monitor INR compared with standard laboratory testing.
- Point-of-Care INR Testing
A newsletter article summarizing CADTH’s work on POC INR testing for patients taking warfarin and other vitamin K antagonists. This article originally appeared in the August 2014 edition of Hospital News.
- Point-of-Care INR Costing Tool (Excel File)
A tool for decision-makers who are considering the implementation of POC INR technology. The tool allows users to enter setting-specific information regarding case load, practice patterns, and costs.