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Scand J Prim Health Care. 2010 Dec;28(4):237-41. doi: 10.3109/02813432.2010.514138. Epub 2010 Sep 7.

Who receives anticoagulant treatment with warfarin and why? A population-based study in Finland.

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  • 1Department of General Practice, University of Tampere, Hospital District of South Ostrobothnia, Finland. Irma.virjo@uta.fi

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To ascertain the age and gender distribution of patients receiving anticoagulant (AC) treatment with warfarin, and to establish the prevalence of AC treatment and its indications among the Finnish population.

DESIGN:

A cross-sectional study in which the patients were identified from the patient records of health centres.

SETTING:

Primary health care in the Hospital District of South Ostrobothnia in Finland.

PATIENTS:

Those inhabitants of 15 municipalities in the study area who received AC treatment with warfarin on 1 April 2004. The total number of inhabitants was 132 621 at the end of 2003.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Patient age and gender distributions, the prevalence of AC treatment in the study area, and indications for AC treatment.

RESULTS:

Altogether 2389 patients were identified, 51.4% of them men. The mean age of the patients was 72.4 years. The prevalence of AC treatment was 1.8%; when age-adjusted to match the Finnish population it was 1.64%. The proportion of men receiving AC treatment was higher than that of women in all age groups. Atrial fibrillation (AF) was the most common main (60.2%) and second (7.2%) indication for AC treatment.

CONCLUSION:

Compared with Finnish figures 12 years earlier the prevalence of AC treatment has more than doubled, and the proportion of AF among indications has increased from 47% to 67%. New current care guidelines on AF and the increasing proportion of the elderly among the population are probable explanations.

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PMCID:
PMC3444796
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