Patients’ and physicians’ satisfaction with a pharmacist managed anticoagulation program in a family medicine clinic

Bishop, Lisa and Young, Stephanie and Twells, Laurie K. and Dillon, Carla and Hawboldt, John (2015) Patients’ and physicians’ satisfaction with a pharmacist managed anticoagulation program in a family medicine clinic. BMC Research Notes, 8 (233). ISSN 1756-0500

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Abstract

Background A pharmacist managed anticoagulation service was initiated in a multi-physician family medicine clinic in December 2006. In order to determine the patient and physician satisfaction with the service, a study was designed to describe the patients’ satisfaction with the warfarin education and management they received from the pharmacist, and to describe the physicians’ satisfaction with the level of care provided by the pharmacist for patients taking warfarin. A self-administered survey was completed by both eligible patients receiving warfarin and physicians prescribing warfarin between December 2006 and May 2008. The patient survey collected information on patient demographics, satisfaction with warfarin education and daily warfarin management. The physician survey collected data about the satisfaction with patient education and daily anticoagulation management by the pharmacist. Results Seventy-six of 94 (81%) patients completed the survey. Fifty-nine percent were male with a mean age of 65 years (range 24–90). Ninety-six percent agreed/strongly agreed the pharmacist did a good job teaching the importance of warfarin adherence, the necessity of INR testing and the risks of bleeding. Eighty-five percent agreed/strongly agreed the risk of blood clots was well explained, 79% felt the pharmacist did a good job teaching about dietary considerations and 77% agreed/strongly agreed the pharmacist explained when to see a doctor. All patients felt the pharmacist gave clear instructions on warfarin dosing and INR testing. Four of nine physicians (44%) completed the survey. All agreed/strongly agreed the pharmacist was competent in the care provided, were confident in the care their patients received, would like the pharmacist to continue the service, and would recommend this program to other clinics. Conclusions Patients and family physicians were satisfied with the pharmacist managed anticoagulation program and recommended continuation of the program. These results support the role of the pharmacist in the management of anticoagulation in a multi-physician family medicine clinic.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11827
Item ID: 11827
Additional Information: Memorial University Open Access Author's Fund
Keywords: Questionnaires, Ambulatory care, Family practice, Primary health care, Pharmacists, Warfarin, Anticoagulants, Medication therapy management
Department(s): Pharmacy, School of
Date: 9 June 2015
Date Type: Publication
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