Educating patients about warfarin therapy using information technology: A survey on healthcare professionals´ perspectives

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Centro de Investigaciones y Publicaciones Farmacéuticas
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Pharmacy Practice, 2012, 10 (2), pp. 97 - 104
Issue Date:
2012-01
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Objective: To explore healthcare professionals´ views about the benefits and challenges of using information technology (IT) resources for educating patients about their warfarin therapy. Methods: A cross-sectional survey of both community and hospital-based healthcare professionals (e.g., doctors, pharmacists and nurses) involved using a purpose-designed questionnaire. The questionnaires were distributed using a multi-modal approach to maximise response rates. Results: Of the total 300 questionnaires distributed, 109 completed surveys were received (43.3% response rate). Over half (53.2%) of the healthcare participants were aged between 40-59 years, the majority (59.5%) of whom were female. Fifty nine (54.1%) participants reported having had no access to warfarin-specific IT-based patient education resources, and a further 19 (38.0%) of the participants who had IT-access reported that they never used such resources. According to the healthcare participants, the main challenges associated with educating their patients about warfarin therapy included: patient-related factors, such as older age, language barriers, cognitive impairments and/or ethnic backgrounds or healthcare professional factors, such as time constraints.
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