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January 13, 1999

Empowering Patients to Monitor and Manage Oral Anticoagulation Therapy

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Medicine, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Mass.

JAMA. 1999;281(2):182-183. doi:10.1001/jama.281.2.182

Oral anticoagulation management has undergone a number of improvements since the discovery and first clinical use of dicumarol in the early 1940s. In this issue of THE JOURNAL, Sawicki1 describes a model of anticoagulation management that introduces the next phase in this evolution, a model of patient self-management made possible by point-of-care PT monitoring.