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warfarin counseling ethnic

Amanda Hu, Chi-Ming Chow, Diem Dao, Lee Errett, Mary Keith
BACKGROUND AND RESEARCH OBJECTIVE: Patients with mechanical heart valves must follow lifelong warfarin therapy. Warfarin, however, is a difficult drug to manage because it has a narrow therapeutic window and potentially serious side effects. Successful anticoagulation treatment is dependent upon the patient's knowledge of this drug; however, little is known regarding the determinants of such knowledge. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine the influence of both in-hospital teaching practices as well as socioeconomic status and demographic variables on patients' knowledge of warfarin therapy...
May 2006: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
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