Venous thromboembolism - management in general practice

Nicola H Chapman, Timothy A. Brighton, Mark F. Harris, Gideon A. Caplan, Jeffrey Braithwaite, Beng H. Chong

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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). Retrospective studies report mortality rates following VTE of 5-23%, although in symptomatic patients with adequate anticoagulation, mortality is 1-2%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-40
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Family Physician
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Family Practice
  • Humans
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Venous Thrombosis
  • Journal Article
  • Review


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