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Audit of community-based anticoagulant monitoring in patients with thromboembolic disease: is frequent testing necessary?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15546458     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Oral anticoagulant monitoring is managed by general practitioners in Auckland. An audit of this service in 452 patients demonstrated that anticoagulant control was in line with recommended international guidelines, with 58.3% of international normalized ratio (INR) measurements in the therapeutic range. However, the frequency of testing was high, with the majority of patients (68%), including those on long-term treatment, having INR measurements at weekly intervals. We question the need for such frequent INR testing.
L Young; P Ockelford; P Harper
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Internal medicine journal     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1444-0903     ISO Abbreviation:  Intern Med J     Publication Date:  2004 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-11-19     Completed Date:  2005-03-08     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101092952     Medline TA:  Intern Med J     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  639-41     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Haematology, Auckland Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Anticoagulants / therapeutic use*
Community Health Services / methods
Drug Monitoring / methods*
International Normalized Ratio
Middle Aged
Program Evaluation
Thromboembolism / blood,  drug therapy*
Warfarin / therapeutic use*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anticoagulants; 81-81-2/Warfarin

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