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An observational study to determine the incidence of venous thromboembolism among care home residents

This study aims to determine for the first time the incidence of Venous thromboembolism (VTE) among care home residents in UK. This a prospective cohort observational study of consecutive care home residents to determine incidence rates of VTE, VTE related deaths, non-hospital intervention and admissions to hospital.

Background

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a serious health problem and encompasses the acute conditions of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).  DVT is a common condition in the general population. It is associated with mortality and serious morbidity, particularly pulmonary embolus and post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) which can lead to chronic venous insufficiency and ulceration. Deaths from VTE in the UK are greater than the combined total deaths from breast cancer, AIDS, road traffic accidents and hospital acquired infections. VTE prevention is one of NICE’s top ten most efficient interventions and as such is a real challenge to the NHS. The care of care home (CH) residents is additionally a public health concern with increasing significance.

There is currently little understanding of the incidence, level of prevention and determination of the optimal treatment strategy within care homes. The study aims to determine the incidence of venous thromboembolism among care home residents in the UK.

 

Study Design: Prospective cohort observational study of consecutive care home residents
Sponsor: University of Birmingham
Chief Investigator: Professor David Fitzmaurice, University of Birmingham
Ethical approval: Ethics Ref 13/WM/0118
Contact Details: emma.ogburn@phc.ox.ac.uk

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