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BACKGROUND: In New Zealand, more than 5% of people aged 50 years and older have undiagnosed diabetes; most of them attend family practitioners (FPs) at least once a year. OBJECTIVES: To test the effectiveness of patients or computers as reminders to screen for diabetes in patients attending FPs....
BACKGROUND: Emergency department (ED) patients often fail to follow-up with referrals to outpatient clinics and physicians. OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of 2 ED discharge instructional methods on outpatient follow-up compliance and to evaluate sociodemographic characteristics as possible...
INTRODUCTION: Many smokers reduce their cigarette consumption during failed attempts to quit. We report the impact of changes in consumption on smoking-related respiratory symptom severity (SRRSS). METHODS: Between February 2002 and May 2004 we recruited 383 smokers from 5 methadone maintenance...
Superior mesenteric artery (SMA) syndrome is a rare acquired disorder in which acute angulation of SMA causes compression of the third part of the duodenum between the SMA and the aorta, leading to obstruction. Loss of fatty tissue as a result of a variety of debilitating conditions is believed...
BACKGROUND: Often, medical educators and students do not know where important concepts are taught and learned in medical shcool. Manual efforts to identify and track concepts covered across the curriculum are inaccurate and resource intensive. OBJECTIVE: To test the ability of a web-based...
BACKGROUND: Inappropriate use of antimicrobials to treat acute upper respiratory tract infections (URIs), which usually have a viral etiology, contributes to emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance in Streptococcus pneumoniae and other human bacterial pathogens. OBJECTIVE: To reduce...
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a patient-physician agreement instrument predicts important health outcomes. DESIGN: Three hundred eighty patients with back pain were enrolled in a comparison of rapid magnetic resonance imaging with standard x-rays. One month later, patients rated agreement with...
OBJECTIVE: Identify the incidence and prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) in women over 55 years of age in primary care offices. DESIGN: Telephone survey conducted between March and June 2003 by trained female interviewers who gathered self-report information about health and abuse....
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