Simple Warfarin Dosing Algorithm Study (KT-INR)
Can a simple and cost-free tool help family physicians to improve dosing of the blood thinner warfarin?
Warfarin is a blood thinner with a variable effect and requires regular blood monitoring and dose adjustments. Some family practices do not have the facilities or funding to use commercial tools than can assist with stabilizing the effect of warfarin. The investigators will test whether a simple and cost-free dosing tool can help these practices to improve warfarin management.
If this simple tool improves warfarin management, it will be freely available for practices in Canada and around the world. This will help physicians who have no access to more costly and/or complicated tools improve their warfarin dosing practice in a systematic fashion, and thereby maximize the health benefit of warfarin.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Cluster Randomized Trial to Assess the Effect of Using a Simple Warfarin Maintenance Dosing Algorithm on the Quality of INR Control Among Canadian Family Practices|
- Mean time in therapeutic range for patients [ Time Frame: 1 Year ]
- Proportion of patients with TTR > 65% [ Time Frame: 1 Year ]
- Correlation between algorithm adherence and TTR [ Time Frame: 1 Year ]
- Among patients in both baseline and study sample: proportion of patients with TTR improvement [ Time Frame: 1 Year ]
|Study Start Date:||October 2009|
|Study Completion Date:||June 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||April 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Algorithm (available in paper version and web-based version) will be used for warfarin maintenance dosing.
Warfarin Dosing algorithm (paper and electronic version)
No Intervention: Care as usual
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01008215
|Caroline Medical Group|
|Burlington, Ontario, Canada, L7R 4C7|
|Principal Investigator:||Stuart Connolly||McMaster University|