Cross Party Group Inquiry into Atrial Fibrillation in Scotland

The Cross Party Group (CPG) on Heart Disease and Stroke held an Inquiry into Atrial Fibrillation (AF) diagnosis, treatment and care in Scotland. The Inquiry launched in June 2017 and involved gathering information from clinicians and others with an interest in AF services in Scotland and from people living with AF.

The Report: A Focus on Atrial Fibrillation in Scotland

All of the evidence gathered throughout the inquiry was used to compile the A Focus on Atrial Fibrillation in Scotland report. This report was formally launched on the 23rd January 2018 and a celebration event was held in the Scottish Parliament that evening to thank those who had contributed to the inquiry. 

We will now be seeking to work collaboratively with the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland to implement the recommendations of the report.

What is atrial fibrillation?

AF is one of the most common forms of abnormal heart rhythm and a major cause of stroke. You can find out more about AF here.

What did the Inquiry cover? 

The CPG is made up of a group of MSPs, clinicians, policy staff and people with experience of heart disease or stroke.

The Inquiry looked into diagnosis, treatment and care of people in Scotland living with AF. Initial evidence was gathered through a consultation survey. This was followed by four roundtable discussions in the Scottish Parliament to discuss the emergent issues in more depth. These covered the topics of detection and diagnosis of AF, treatment and management of AF, data usage in relation to AF, and a roundtable to hear the views of people living with the condition.

A wide range of individuals and organisations with an interest in AF took part in the Inquiry– including patients, clinicians and third sector organisations. We were very grateful to everyone who shared their knowledge and expertise, particularly those who shared their experiences of living with AF.

How were patients involved?

The consultation survey for the inquiry received 59 responses from people living with AF, or their families. A number of respondents were invited to discuss the emergent issues at a roundtable event in the Scottish Parliament. The issues highlighted by people living with AF have been incorporated into the report and the recommendations.