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Table 2 Frequency of activities and average time used per element of work when tests are taken at PHC centre (n = 34).

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

Preparations Average time used per element of work (minutes) Range
Take out patient's name 0.2 0.0–2.5
Take out patient's details 0.7 0.0–7.5
Read up on patient 1.0 0.0–15.0
Go through test results 0.6 0.0–5.0
Inform/discuss with nurse 0.3 0.0–5.0
Write lab. referral 0.2 0.0–3.0
Prepare patient information 0.3 0.0–10.0
Contact patient prior to checkup 0.7 0.0–13.5
Total time for preparations 3.9* 0.0–18.4
Direct patient contact Average time used per element of work (minutes) Range
Reception of patient prior to checkup 0.6 0.0–20.0
Collect patient from lab. 0.0 0.0–3.0
Personal discussion with patient 2.2 0.0–20.0
Inform patient of test results, new prescription and new appointment 1.3 0.0–15.0
Patient examination 1.1 0.0–30.0
Total direct patient contact 5.2 0.0–17.2
Follow-up Average time used per element of work (minutes) Range
Collect/take delivery of test results 0.3 0.0–5.0
Evaluate test results, new prescription 1.8 0.0–5.0
Complete and sign Waran form 1.0 0.0–5.0
Complete patient notes in computer 0.8 0.0–5.0
Complete patient notes in writing 0.2 0.0–3.0
Telephone patient 1.0 0.0–16.5
Write reply letter to patient 0.2 0.0–7.0
Write referral 0.2 0.0–3.0
Provide patient info to lab. 0.1 0.0–3.0
Provide patient info to nurse 0.6 0.0–5.0
Total time for follow-up 6.3* 0.0–29.7
Total time used for one monitoring episode 15.4 minutes 1.4–49.8
  1. *the total is rounded off and thus does not correspond exactly with the sum of the individual items for follow-up