Alastair J M Reid

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BACKGROUND Segregation is used increasingly to prevent cross infection, yet little is known about service users' views regarding segregation and its perceived impact. The aim of this study was to elicit patients and carers' views and to involve them in the process of introducing segregation in a paediatric CF centre. METHOD Open-ended questionnaires were(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the reliability and feasibility of cycle ergometer tests in young children with cystic fibrosis (CF). Children with CF aged 6-11 years and with stable lung disease performed two cycle ergometry tests (intermittent sprint and continuous incremental) on two occasions 1 week apart. Reliability was assessed using(More)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is recognized as a bacterial pathogen in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) although its clinical effects can be variable. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a three-step decolonization protocol for MRSA (Belfast CF MRSA decolonization protocol). Of the 17 paediatric patients treated(More)
BACKGROUND Adherence to treatment is often reported to be low in children with cystic fibrosis. Adherence in cystic fibrosis is an important research area and more research is needed to better understand family barriers to adherence in order for clinicians to provide appropriate intervention. The aim of this study was to evaluate adherence to enzyme(More)
Anaerobic bacteria have been identified in abundance in the airways of cystic fibrosis (CF) subjects. The impact their presence and abundance has on lung function and inflammation is unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the colony count of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, lung clearance index (LCI), spirometry and(More)
BACKGROUND Lung clearance index (LCI) has good clinimetric properties and an acceptable feasibility profile as a surrogate end point in cystic fibrosis (CF). Although most studies to date have been in children, increasing numbers of adults with CF also have normal spirometric findings. Further study of LCI as an end point in adults with CF is required.(More)