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FACTORS INVOLVED IN THE IMBALANCE OF VITAMIN K ANTAGONISTS: EVALUATION OF PATIENTS' KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICES

Iskandar Soumaya*, El-Hajj Maya*, Bou Zeid Mayssam, Zein Salam, Awada Sanaa, Rachidi Samar and Al-Hajje Amal

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Background and purpose: Vitamin K antagonists (VKA) are considered to be one of the top five medications that are directly related to drug errors and to be one of the most common causes of emergency visits. This study aims to assess patients’ knowledge and practices to VKA treatment and to determine the factors related to VKA imbalanced treatment. Methods: A hospital-based case-control study was conducted in Beirut between September 1rst 2016 and June 30th 2017. Data were collected through a standardized questionnaire. Bivariate and multivariate analyses were done. Results: Patients with an INR within the therapeutic range were older (p

Keywords: Vitamin K antagonists, Knowledge, Practices, Imbalance, International Normalised Ratio.


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