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INR self-management in the elderly

Trials including older patients on anticoagulation therapy are not that common. “Studies have the tendency to exclude older patients”, commented Scott S. Kaatz, DO, MSc, FACP, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Director Anticoagulation Clinics, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, in his talk entitled “INR self-management in the elderly”. He knows of only one trial which specifically enrolled elderly patients managing their own INR, and there are no trials on this subject comparing groups of older patients to younger ones.
Kaatz also poses a fundamental question: “Who should be regarded as elderly? Does it start with 65? Or 75? We must also take into account that our life expectancy will rise during the next decades.”

Report by Thomas Klein, MD, MSc (Nov. 2009)