EACTS launches International Atrial Fibrillation Registry
17 March 2008
The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) has
announced the launch of the International Atrial Fibrillation Registry (IAFR)
in association with Dendrite Clinical Systems, a UK clinical database
and analysis software supplier. The IAFR is designed to capture data and
report in patient outcomes following surgical treatment of atrial
“The goal is to collect data from across Europe to enable us to make
better informed judgements on the appropriate surgical treatment
approaches for the management of atrial fibrillation,” said Mr Steven
Hunter, Registry Chairman, Cardiothoracic Division, The James Cook
University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK. “The IAFR was developed as a
follow-on from the original registry that was launched in 2003 by
The key objective of the IAFR is to accumulate sufficient data to
allow the publication of a comprehensive report (published by Dendrite
Clinical Systems) on the outcomes following atrial fibrillation surgery.
This will be achieved through the collection of data at the individual
patient level, which can then be used to track individuals and groups of
patients. The reports will be made freely available to all contributors.
“It is important that we gather the data to understand where, how and
why these procedures are being done and what type of devices are being
used, and importantly, after follow up, how effective the treatment is,
“ added Mr Hunter.
“The best way to assess whether something is effective would be a
randomised controlled trial. However, with so many different devices
treating different lesions and having to standardise the data across so
many different countries, with follow-up out to five years, to run such
a trial would be near impossible. Whereas a registry with a database of
thousands of patients, which can show how effective the procedures and
devices are, would have a lot more weight scientifically.”
The IAFR can be accessed using a standard web browser, allowing
registrants to enter data without the need to install additional
software or perform any complex system configurations. This web-based
system allows the individual clinician to enter patient information onto
a database whether in hospital, from an office-based practice or even at
home. Clinicians can add as many cases as they wish and where possible
they will be encouraged to put on retrospective data (if applicable).
All data collected through the registry will remain the property of
the contributing surgeon and EACTS.
Surgeons can register an interest in the IAFR via an online form at:
phone +44 (0)1491 411 288.