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An audit of INR control in the Australian indigenous setting.
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PMID:  18043786     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Warfarin management can be difficult; many factors can impact on INR control with some factors being unique to the Australian indigenous setting. METHODS: An audit at an urban Aboriginal community controlled health service calculated the time all patients on warfarin were in the target INR therapeutic range. Those patients with the best and the worst values for time in therapeutic range (TTR) were then compared. RESULTS: The 26 identified patients on warfarin were in the target INR therapeutic range 44.9% of the time. Patients with better INR control were older than those with the worst control. There appeared to be no difference between the two groups when comparing other factors. DISCUSSION: INR control was below the cited benchmark for TTR of 60%. However, this may be better than expected in this clinical setting. The small number of patients included in the audit means that any discussion of the causes of better and poorer control must be treated with caution.
Anastasia Pickering; David P Thomas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian family physician     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0300-8495     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust Fam Physician     Publication Date:  2007 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-11-28     Completed Date:  2008-01-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0326701     Medline TA:  Aust Fam Physician     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  959-60, 967     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anticoagulants / administration & dosage*,  standards,  therapeutic use
Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
International Normalized Ratio*
Medical Audit*
Northern Territory
Oceanic Ancestry Group
Warfarin / administration & dosage*,  standards,  therapeutic use
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anticoagulants; 81-81-2/Warfarin

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