Patients' Satisfaction with Anticoagulant Treatment for Venous Thromboembolism

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Roxanne Dault
Lucie Blais
Alain Vanasse
Paul Farand
Sylvie Perrault
Geneviève Letemplier
Marie-France Beauchesne



Background: Data on treatment expectation and perception towards vitamin K antagonists (VKAs), direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), and low molecular weight heparins (LMWH) for the management of venous thromboembolism (VTE) are sparse.

Methods: Prospective observational study including subjects admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of VTE and a prescription of VKA, DOAC, or a LMWH. Treatment expectations, convenience and satisfaction were assessed using the Perception of anticoagulant treatment questionnaire (PACT-Q) at baseline and at three months.

Results: A total of 140 patients were included. Treatment expectations regarding ease of use and the ability to self-manage anticoagulation therapy were higher in patients on DOACs. However, overall treatment satisfaction scores were similar at three months between the groups.

Conclusion: Patients with VTE who are prescribed an anticoagulant have different expectations at baseline, but appear to have similar treatment satisfaction regardless of the type of anticoagulant prescribed. 

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