Anticoagulation (AC) clinics use the percentage of time in the therapeutic INR range (%TTR) to characterize the quality of management for patients treated with warfarin. In order to guide policy and procedure changes, the purpose of this quality improvement (QI) study was to characterize the AC patient population at The Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH). We set out to investigate the impact of AC clinic provider continuity on the quality of anticoagulation management. This QI study is a retrospective chart review of 525 warfarin patients managed by pharmacists in the Hematology AC Management Clinic at JHH from June 28, 2013 to November 1, 2014. We recorded patient demographic and clinical characteristics and the quality of AC management using %TTR, and compared these parameters between patients with (Group A) and without a primary AC (Group B). Group A patients had a significantly higher %TTR than Group B patients (53.2 vs. 46.5 %, p = 0.008). In conclusion, we found that patients with a primary AC clinic provider had a higher %TTR than patients with multiple providers. If confirmed prospectively, this approach to warfarin management could represent one technique for AC clinics to optimize patient management and clinical outcomes.
- International normalized ratio
- Quality improvement
- Venous thromboembolism
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine