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Review: self monitoring increases the efficacy and safety of anticoagulant therapy

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 Q In patients receiving oral anticoagulant therapy, how do the safety and efficacy of self monitoring compare with management by healthcare professionals?

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Medline, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, and CINAHL (2005); Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials; Cochrane Library (issue 2, 2005); UK National Research Register; Trials Central; bibliographies of retrieved studies; manufacturers of home monitors; and experts in the field.

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randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that compared self testing (only) or self management (testing and dose adjustment) with management by healthcare professionals (control group) in adults or children who were receiving oral anticoagulation therapy for any indication. 14 RCTs (n = 3049, mean age range 42–75 y) met the selection criteria. Quality …

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