Anticoagulation module 4: Clinical aspects of anticoagulation

Released 27 October 2021     Expires: 27 October 2023      Programme: Anticoagulation 1 CPD/CME credit

Sponsorship Statement:

This 2021 revision and earlier revisions of the anticoagulation modular programme have been funded by educational grants from Bayer. Bayer had no role in the writing of the modules and had no editorial control over the content.

The programme was originally supported by an educational grant from Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) and Pfizer. BMS and Pfizer had no role in the writing of the modules and had no editorial control over the content.

Designed to give healthcare professionals a clear understanding on clinical aspects of anticoagulation. It is one of several modules in our anticoagulation programme.

Module first published: 10 April 2013
First revision: 01 April 2016
Second revision: January 2019
Third revision: 27th October 2021

Learning objectives

Upon completing this module, participants should be better able to understand:

  • How to initiate anticoagulation with vitamin K antagonists (VKA)
  • Practical issues around VKAs and monitoring
  • When and how to use direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs)
  • Influence of DOACs on laboratory coagulation tests
  • Anticoagulation management around invasive procedures


Louise Tillyer (retired)
First revision (2016) by Dr Matthew Rogers, Locum Consultant Haematologist, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford
Second revision (2019) by Dr Zara Sayar, Haematology Consultant, Whittington Health NHS Trust, London, and University College Hospital, L
Third revision (2021) by Dr Prabal Mittal, Haematology Clinical Research Fellow, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in association with Dr Zara Sayar


1 CPD/CME credit, 1 hour
BJC Learning has assigned one hour of CPD/CME credit to this module

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