"Self-testers are trained and mature patients who usually exhibit a high level of compliance. We see these well-adjusted patients in our office much more rarely than patients whose dose adjustment is deficient on the basis of conventional monitoring. This is a clear benefit for both sides."
— Dr. Christoph Sucker
Prof. Dr. Christoph Sucker is convinced that self-management is the best option for most of his coagulation patients. Here he explains why.
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What you need to know about patient self‑testing
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Frequently asked questions
Any patient who requires lifelong oral anticoagulants and is in a suitable cognitive and physical condition can learn how to self-test. A meta-analysis has shown that the patient's age is not an obstacle and that self-testing is a safe option for all age groups.1
Patient self-testing may even be a particularly good option for older patients. During the training session, the qualified medical instructors deal with patient questions and individual requirements in a highly focused manner. Training sessions are also open to family members and caregivers.
Furthermore, patients can call the CoaguChek® Roche Care Centre for qualified advice and answers to any questions they have.
Customer service is available from Monday to Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and patients can call toll-free at 1-877-426-2482.
1. Heneghan C et al. Lancet. 2012;379(9813):322–334.
Even after becoming a coagulation self-tester, your patient will remain under your care. The concept of patient self-testing explicitly stipulates the continuing care by the treating physician, and patients’ INR measurements are discussed during their quarterly appointments.
These discussions with independent patients can lead to closer relationships.