Journal article

Home INR monitoring of oral anticoagulant therapy in children using the CoaguChek (TM) S point-of-care monitor and a robust education program

Fiona Newall, Paul Monagle, Linda Johnston

THROMBOSIS RESEARCH | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2006

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Management strategies such as self-monitoring of anticoagulant therapy have been reported with increased frequency. Whilst patient education is frequently mentioned, details regarding the educational interventions employed are scarce. This study aimed to improve the outcomes of home monitoring of warfarin therapy in children through the development and implementation of a robust intervention, based upon the PRECEDE model of education. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Participating parents had to complete an intensive education and training program. After demonstrating practical and theoretical competency, parents commenced home monitoring. Every second scheduled home INR (H-INR) required..

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