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Implementation of SintromacWeb®, a new internet-based tool for oral anticoagulation therapy telecontrol: Study on system consistency and patient satisfaction

Journal: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
ISSN: 0340-6245
Topic:

Hot topics in Cardiovascular Cell and Pharmacotherapy (Part 2)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1160/TH09-07-0469
Issue: 2010: 103/5 (May) pp. 875–1108
Pages: 1091-1101

Implementation of SintromacWeb®, a new internet-based tool for oral anticoagulation therapy telecontrol: Study on system consistency and patient satisfaction

F. Ferrando (1), Y. Mira (1), M. T. Contreras (2), C. Aguado (2), J. A. Aznar (1)

(1) Unidad de Hemostasia y Trombosis, Hospital Universitario La Fe, Valencia, Spain; (2) Servicio de Análisis Clínicos. Hospital Universitario La Fe, Valencia, Spain

Keywords

Internet, Oral anticoagulation therapy, SintromacWeb, telecontrol

Summary

Most computer- or internet-assisted systems for oral anticoagulation therapy (OAT) telemanagement have limitations when it comes to implementation within a healthcare center. It was the objective of this study to evaluate convenience and patient satisfaction with the use of SintromacWeb®, a new OAT telecontrol system, compared with the conventional control. SintromacWeb® consists of a point-of-care device for patient international normalized ratio (INR) self-testing and software that allows internet mediated interaction with physicians. Patients initiated the use of SintromacWeb® and were followed up during a three-month period. A score-based questionnaire was completed in three controlled visits, and data were subsequently analysed. A total of 102 patients were enrolled. At first visit, 55.7% of the patients had their INR within normal range, and 64.9% at the final visit. Internal consistency of the questionnaire was good (Cronbach's a: 0.79). Scores in the questionnaire were independent of patient’s age, education level, working status and INR value. The most valued features of SintromacWeb® were: fewer visits to the hospital, simplicity and convenience of the system, and time administration for control tasks (86.7%, 82.7% and 77.6% of very satisfied patients, respectively). Also, patients showed indifference or were dissatisfied with the conventional system. At the final visit, 99% of patients declared that they were satisfied with their OAT control. Moreover, all patients continued using SintromacWeb® after completion of the study. In conclusion, SintromacWeb® telecontrol is a new model for management of anticoagulated patients. It was highly accepted and can be used by all patients regardless of their sociodemographic characteristics.

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