Warfarin notes to cut bleeding

Bleeding events in warfarin-treated patients can be reduced by giving patients improved written instructions, a US study shows.

Researchers followed 2,346 adults on warfarin who experienced a total of 126 admissions to hospital due to warfarin-related bleeding.

Patients who received written instructions from a doctor, nurse or pharmacist had a 60 per cent reduced rate of bleeding, compared with patients who received only the instructions in drug packaging.

- J Gen Intern Med 2008; 23: 1,589-94.

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