- Page(s) : 647-52
- Published in: 1999
In order to reduce the thrombotic and hemorrhagic complications of anticoagulation, a structured teaching program should be offered to patients. This is increasingly important because hospitalizations are shortened and self-management is developing. Each process of the teaching program should be documented, the objectives shared by health professionals and patients clearly formulated and a continuous evaluation performed. This type of educational program is best achieved in anticoagulant clinics where several specialists are able to interact. At a time of limited resources, studies are available to show that these specialized structures are cost-effective.