Practitioners' Guide for Improving Oral Anticoagulant Use

Continuing Education Credit for this activity is no longer available.

About This Site:

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Target Audience:

The target audience for this course is healthcare professionals, including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians.


This online course will educate a national audience of healthcare providers about improving anticoagulant use.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the prevalence and types of adverse drug events related to oral anticoagulants.
  • Review the drug classifications of oral anticoagulants.
  • Compare characteristics of oral vitamin K antagonists and direct acting oral anticoagulants.
  • Identify pathophysiological states for utilization of oral anticoagulation therapy.
  • Review barriers to proper oral anticoagulant use.
  • List steps that clinicians can take to reduce the risk of adverse drug events from oral anticoagulants.

Acknowledgement of Financial Commercial Support:

No financial commercial support was received for this educational activity.

Acknowledgement of In-Kind Commercial Support:

No in-kind commercial support was received for this educational activity.

Disclosure Information

The following table of disclosure information is provided to learners and contains the relevant financial relationships that each individual in a position to control the content of the course. All of these relationships were treated as a conflict of interest and have been resolved. (C7 SCS 6.1--6.2, 6.5).

All individuals in a position to control the content of the course are listed below and had no relevant financial relationship to disclose.

First NameLast NameDisclosure
FranCunninghamNothing to disclose
EllenEckesNothing to disclose
ElaineFrostNothing to disclose
MaryGeorgeNothing to disclose
MaryGhodsNothing to disclose
LisaLongoNothing to disclose
SophiaNiNothing to disclose
ClydettePowellNothing to disclose
RachelShawNothing to disclose
AnitaThomasNothing to disclose
VictoriaWilsonNothing to disclose
ScottWinieckiNothing to disclose
JoyceYuNothing to disclose

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