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Understanding health care use, costs, and quality of life for older people with common cardiac dysrhythmias


This project aims to assess quality of life and patterns of health care use by older people who have atrial fibrillation (AF). People with this common condition, receive long term treatment for a largely asymptomatic condition, with uncertain risks and benefits. This project will use linked population data from longitudinal studies (ALSWH and 45 and Up) and health services (hospital and Medicare) to examine economic and social impacts of AF in terms of health care use, costs, and the social participation and quality of life of people with AF.