Men and Warfarin

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By: Alere Staff

Gender differences in health and the use of health services have been a long-standing concern for the United States medical system; such differences have been documented across the health services spectrum.1 Women use preventative medical services more than men, resulting in higher costs for healthcare among women.2 Recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate that men access healthcare less frequently and often do so for emergency needs rather than for preventative care.3

Men and Warfarin

Warfarin use is not gender specific. The risk factors and side effects of warfarin do not change due to gender. However, with the knowledge that men may be more reluctant to seek medical care, the provider who manages warfarin should take this into consideration when developing a plan of care. Warfarin requires ongoing testing and dose adjustments to maintain safe levels of the medication. Men should be empowered to be partners in their care with their provider; this may improve compliance and safety.3 When busy work schedules or other personal priorities get in the way of the necessary routine testing, providers can offer options for alternative methods of testing, such as self-testing at home.

If you have any questions about your warfarin dosing or routine testing, consult with your healthcare professional.

References:

  1. Cameron, K. A., Song, J., Manheim, L. M., & Dunlop, D. D. (2010). Gender Disparities in Health and Healthcare Use Among Older Adults. Journal of Women’s Health, 19(9), 1643–1650.
  2. Bertakis KD, Azari R., Helms LJ., Callahan EJ., Robbins JA. Gender Differences in the Utilization of Health Care Services. J Fam Pract. 2000 Feb; 49(2): 147-52.
  3. Illiades, C., M.D. Men and Doctors: Understanding the Disconnect. EverydayHealth. November 23, 2011. Retrieved from the website: http://doi.org/10.1089/jwh.2009.1701http://www.everydayhealth.com/mens-health/men-and-doctors-understanding-the-disconnect.aspx.