Coagulation Monitoring

Performing INR tests within an AC clinic saves time and is preferred by patients.1

As a Health Care Professional, you are aware of the basic mechanics of anti-coagulation therapy and its treatment. The Coagulation Monitoring section of this website compares the three main models of anticoagulation monitoring. As part of the exploration in this and subsequent pages, the topics below will get special focus.

  • Increasing TTR and quality of life
  • New oral anticoagulants
  • AC Clinic model
  • Patient Self-Testing

Most patients taking warfarin are monitored by a hospital physician or general practitioner (GP) in a traditional model referred to as usual care (UC). Typically patients attend appointments at their GP’s surgery or local hospital. At each appointment a venous blood sample is drawn and sent to a centralized laboratory for INR testing. Once the result is available, the patient is contacted and advised of any change in dose.



  1. Woods, K., Douketis, J.D., et al. (2004). Patient preferences for capillary vs. venous INR determination in an anticoagulation clinic: a randomized controlled trial. Thromb Res 114(3), 161-165.

Aniticoagulation patients are managed in a clinic focused on them; helping personalize warfarin therapy by focusing on:

  • Direct, active patient management
  • Patient scheduling and tracking
  • Accessible, accurate and frequent patient testing
  • Individualized patient care

In many countries Patient-Self-Testing is being used to increase TTR and improve patient outcomes. Studies have shown that Patient Self-Testing may increase a patient's time in therapeutic range and reduce adverse events while improving their quality of life.

CoaguChek® INR testing enables:

  • Better patient care
  • Improved patient comfort
  • Optimized healthcare delivery
  • Peace of mind

The subsequent pages on this site (on the right) will examine each of these models of care, and may help health care professionals decide with which model they will treat their patients.