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Journal Article

Patient reported receipt of medication instructions for warfarin is associated with reduced risk of serious bleeding events.

Metlay JP, Hennessy S, Localio R, et al. Journal of general internal medicine. 2008;23:1589-94.

Patients who received specific instructions (from physicians, nurses, or pharmacists) when prescribed the anticoagulant warfarin experienced fewer hospitalizations due to bleeding complications. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has published a patient information guide for warfarin therapy.