Journal article

Coordinated anticoagulation management in a rural setting

Kathleen Hodge, Edward Janus, Vijaya Sundararajan, Sally Taylor

AUSTRALIAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Oral anticoagulation management is difficult in rural settings because of reduced patient access to pathology testing and medical management. Previous research reports the effectiveness of coordinated anticoagulation management incorporating education, point of care international normalised ratio (INR) testing, patient self care models, protocols and use of specially trained personnel. This article presents findings on the assessment of a Victorian rural program using a modified anticoagulation clinic and other strategies to improve anticoagulation management. METHODS: This program assessed multiple strategies including comprehensive patient education, protocols and point of care..

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