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January/February 2009

Venous thromboembolism

Management in general practice

Volume 38, No.1, January/February 2009 Pages 36-40

Nicola H Chapman

Timothy Brighton

Mark F Harris

Gideon A Caplan

Jeffrey Braithwaite

Beng H Chong

The diagnosis, treatment and management of venous thromboembolism prophylaxis are increasingly becoming the responsibility of the general practitioner. Effective treatments exist, as do guidelines for management of hospitalised patients. However, very little research has been done into the implementation of management strategies in community based patients.

In 2008, an estimated 15 000–23 000 Australians experienced venous thromboembolism (VTE), which includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).1,2 Retrospective studies report mortality rates following VTE of 5–23%,3 although in symptomatic patients with adequate anticoagulation, mortality is 1–2%.

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