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C Brais
J Larochelle
MH Turgeon
AS Tousignant
L Blais
S Perreault
P Farand
G Letemplier
MF Beauchesne


Atrial fibrillation, anticoagulants, warfarin, novel anticoagulants, apixaban, dabigatran, rivaroxaban



Novel oral anticoagulants are available for the management of atrial fibrillation and are considered more convenient to use than warfarin.


The main objective of this study was to describe patterns of oral anticoagulant use in the 6 months period following the availability of dabigatran at our hospital.


A cross-sectional study was conducted in a single university hospital in the province of Québec, Canada. Medical records of subjects on oral anticoagulants for atrial fibrillation that were hospitalized between October 1 st, 2011 and March 31th, 2012 were reviewed. Type of use (prevalent, incident and switch) and patient’s characteristics of warfarin and dabigatran users were compared using Chi-squared and T-tests.


In the 6 -month period following dabigatran availability in the hospital, 59 patients (13%) were on dabigatran and 388 (87%) on warfarin. Mean CHADS 2 score, mean age and mean number of chronic medications were lower in the dabigatran group. The percentage of patients with coronary artery disease was lower and renal function was higher in the dabigatran group.


Dabigatran use remained low in the first 6 months period following the approval of dabigatran at our hospital, which could be explained by limited data on the efficacy and safety of this agent in subjects with multiple comorbidities.

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