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Table 1 Management of INR monitoring when tests are taken at PHC, (percentages).

From: Resource consumption and management associated with monitoring of warfarin treatment in primary health care in Sweden

How INR tests are communicated between laboratory and nursing staff GPs without nurse n = 25 (%) GPs with nurse n = 10 (%) Nurses n = 10 (%)
Electronically 11 (44) 3 (30) 1 (10)
In writing ("Green Card")* 6 (24) 3 (30) 4 (40)
Verbally from nurse 3 (12) 3 (30) 3 (30)
Patient record (paper) 2 (8) 2 (20) 2 (20)
Location of patient at time when receiving test result GPs without nurse n = 25 (%) GPs with nurse n = 10 (%) Nurses n = 10 (%)
At home 20 (80) 9 (90) 10 (100)
At PHC centre 10 (40) 4 (40) 3 (30)
Test result communicated to patient GPs without nurse n = 25 (%) GPs with nurse n = 10 (%) Nurses n = 10 (%)
Telephone 21 (84) 8 (80) 9 (90)
In writing 7 (28) 5 (50) 3 (30)
Verbally 6 (24) 4 (40) 4 (40)
In writing "Green Card" 5 (20) 1 (10) 1 (10)
Arranging new visit GPs without nurse n = 25 (%) GPs with nurse n = 10 (%) Nurses n = 10 (%)
In writing 9 (36) 1 (10) 2 (20)
Telephone patient 7 (28) 1 (10) 2 (20)
In writing "Green Card" 6 (24) 3 (30) 0 (0)
When prescription 4 (16) 2 (20) 4 (40)
When receiving test-results 5 (20) 2 (20) 1 (10)
  1. *Green Card = a card held by the patient. N.B. Each respondent may score several items.