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Table 2 Understanding of patients about different aspects of VTE prophylaxis who completed interviews (n = 12)

From: Patients’ perception about risks and benefits of antithrombotic treatment for the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) after orthopedic surgery: a qualitative study

  n %
Were informed about benefits and risks of prophylactic treatment prior to surgery 8 67 %
Were able to understand the explanations given by physicians (self reported) 11 92 %
Had sufficient understandinga of PE 6 50 %
Had sufficient understanding of DVT 6 50 %
Had sufficient understanding of stroke and MI 12 100 %
Injection was a concern 3 25 %
Taking pills was a concern 1 8 %
Monitoring for INR was a concern 2 17 %
Considered major bleeding events as possible side effect of prophylactic treatment 6 50 %
  1. VTE: venous thromboembolism; PE: Pulmonary embolism; DVT: deep vein thrombosis
  2. aSufficient understanding was defined as knowledge about key symptoms and general prognosis of PE, DVT, stroke, and MI
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