Helicon Presents Patient eLearning at “AF and Stroke – We Can Do Better”

Helicon presented its eLearning programme at the “AF and Stroke – we can do better” conference at the King’s Fund, supported by the British Heart Foundation, Stroke Association, Public Health England, AF Association on 24th September 2015.

Our team of Professor David Patterson and Bridget Coleman presented a well-received poster on the development of an eLearning course to support patients self-testing and oral anticoagulation.

To our knowledge, this comprehensive e-learning course for patients undertaking self-testing of VKAs is the first of its kind. Furthermore, the information needs of this group of people had not previously been systematically assessed.

Self-testing of VKAs falls within the broader agenda of shared decision making (SDM). For SDM to be successful both parties need to be informed and to understand what is important to the other person. Making this resource available to both clinician and patient should allow them to reach a common understanding to facilitate SDM.