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Documentation of warfarin education provided to hospital patients: A clinical audit

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background: Effective management of warfarin therapy is often challenged by its complex pharmacology and preventable adverse events. One strategy to ensure safe warfarin use is

    provision of comprehensive warfarin education to patients. Aim: To review the provision of warfarin education to hospital patients prescribed warfarin and to describe patient characteristics that may impact on warfarin education.

    Method: A prospective study was undertaken at 2 large Australian metropolitan hospitals. Provision of warfarin education was identified by auditing the medication charts and

    clinical notes of hospitalised older patients (≥ 65 years). Patients were also interviewed to confirm whether they recalled receiving warfarin education during their hospital stay.

    Results: Data were collected for 96 patients with a mean age of 74 (SD 13) years. Most patients (78%) were admitted to medical wards, were taking warfarin for atrial fibrillation (56%), and had started warfarin prior to admission (54%). 36% of patients had provision of warfarin education documented in medication charts and clinical notes, and in most cases warfarin

    education was provided by a pharmacist. Of the 68 patients available for interview, only 47% recalled receiving warfarin education; in the majority of cases they cited pharmacists as

    providers of the education.

    Conclusion: There is a need to improve documentation and provision of warfarin education to hospital patients.

UOW Authors


  •   Nasser, Sayeed (external author)
  •   Cecchele, Romana (external author)
  •   Touma, Simone (external author)
  •   Han, Priscilla (external author)
  •   Nair, Kim (external author)
  •   Vizgoft, Jason (external author)
  •   Murdoch, Veronica (external author)
  •   Mullan, Judy
  •   Bajorek, Beata (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Nasser, S., Cecchele, R., Touma, S., Han, P., Nair, K., Vizgoft, J., Murdoch, V., Mullan, J. & Bajorek, B. (2012). Documentation of warfarin education provided to hospital patients: A clinical audit. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 42 (2), 129-133.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84864386616

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/medpapers/445

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 129

End Page


  • 133

Volume


  • 42

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Background: Effective management of warfarin therapy is often challenged by its complex pharmacology and preventable adverse events. One strategy to ensure safe warfarin use is

    provision of comprehensive warfarin education to patients. Aim: To review the provision of warfarin education to hospital patients prescribed warfarin and to describe patient characteristics that may impact on warfarin education.

    Method: A prospective study was undertaken at 2 large Australian metropolitan hospitals. Provision of warfarin education was identified by auditing the medication charts and

    clinical notes of hospitalised older patients (≥ 65 years). Patients were also interviewed to confirm whether they recalled receiving warfarin education during their hospital stay.

    Results: Data were collected for 96 patients with a mean age of 74 (SD 13) years. Most patients (78%) were admitted to medical wards, were taking warfarin for atrial fibrillation (56%), and had started warfarin prior to admission (54%). 36% of patients had provision of warfarin education documented in medication charts and clinical notes, and in most cases warfarin

    education was provided by a pharmacist. Of the 68 patients available for interview, only 47% recalled receiving warfarin education; in the majority of cases they cited pharmacists as

    providers of the education.

    Conclusion: There is a need to improve documentation and provision of warfarin education to hospital patients.

UOW Authors


  •   Nasser, Sayeed (external author)
  •   Cecchele, Romana (external author)
  •   Touma, Simone (external author)
  •   Han, Priscilla (external author)
  •   Nair, Kim (external author)
  •   Vizgoft, Jason (external author)
  •   Murdoch, Veronica (external author)
  •   Mullan, Judy
  •   Bajorek, Beata (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Nasser, S., Cecchele, R., Touma, S., Han, P., Nair, K., Vizgoft, J., Murdoch, V., Mullan, J. & Bajorek, B. (2012). Documentation of warfarin education provided to hospital patients: A clinical audit. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 42 (2), 129-133.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84864386616

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/medpapers/445

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 4

Start Page


  • 129

End Page


  • 133

Volume


  • 42

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia