Journal Article

Home management of anticoagulation

H. Voller, C. Dovifat and J. Glatz

in European Heart Journal Supplements

Published on behalf of European Society of Cardiology

Volume 3, issue suppl_Q, pages Q44-Q49
Published in print December 2001 | ISSN: 1520-765X
Published online December 2001 | e-ISSN: 1554-2815 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1520-765X(01)90042-2
Home management of anticoagulation

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The present review addresses current findings regarding home management of anticoagulation. The literature indicates that, after structured training, motivated patients with sufficient manual skills and eyesight are able to manage their own longterm, oral anticoagulation therapy. A stable level of anticoagulation can be achieved by weekly checks using a highly accurate, user-friendly coagulation monitor, thus reducing considerably the complication rate in comparison with conventional check ups by the local general practitioner or a specialist. Patient self-management not only saves costs, but it also increases patients' quality of life.

Keywords: Accuracy; cost-effectiveness; oral anticoagulant therapy; patient self-management; prognosis; prothrombin time monitor

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Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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