Better, cheaper, more convenient
People who take Coumadin (warfarin) have to have their blood tested and medication adjusted regularly. Too high a does can kill, too low a dose doesn’t work, and there’s limited room for error. Typically patients go to the Coumadin clinic every few weeks, have their blood drawn and their meds adjusted. But a new study confirms earlier evidence that home testing can be a superior alternative.
Patients who test at home test more often, which helps them keep their INRs in range through more frequent dosage adjustments. It’s more convenient and cheaper, too.
See Cost-effectiveness of self-managed versus physician-managed oral anticoagulation therapy in CMAJ.June 20, 2006