Alexios Sotiropoulos

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BACKGROUND Self-medication is an important driver of antimicrobial overuse as well as a worldwide problem. The aim of the present study was to estimate the use of antibiotics, without medical prescription, in a sample of rural population presenting in primary care in southern Greece. METHODS The study included data from 1,139 randomly selected adults (545(More)
BACKGROUND The continuous monitoring and future prediction of the growing epidemic of diabetes mellitus worldwide presuppose consistent information about the extent of the problem. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes and to identify associated risk factors in a sample of adult urban Greek population. METHODS A(More)
AIM To examine trends in the prevalence of myocardial infarction (MI) and conventional risk factors in Greek adults between 2002 and 2006. DESIGN Repeated cross-sectional study. METHODS Self-reported data from surveys given in Salamis during two election days in 2002 and 2006 were analysed. The same sampling method and procedures were used on both(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the smoking habits and associated risk factors among Greek physicians. STUDY DESIGN Cross-sectional survey of a randomly selected sample of Greek physicians. METHODS A national sample of 1284 physicians (718 men, 566 women) participated in the study, which was conducted between September 2003 and June 2005. Data were collected(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of thyroid dysfunction in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) attending an outpatient clinic. METHODS We examined thyroid dysfunction in a total of 1,092 patients with T2D. RESULTS Prevalence rate of thyroid dysfunction was 12.3%. In the group with thyroid dysfunction there was an(More)
AIMS Aim of the present study is to compare control of hyperglycaemia and other diabetes-related cardiovascular risk factors during the years 1998 and 2006 and to estimate the change in the cost of medications prescribed for this purpose. METHODS We compared the medical records of all patients who were regularly followed in three major diabetes centers(More)
BACKGROUND Except for the established risk factors, presence of target organ damage has an important role in the treatment of hypertensive subjects. The aim of the present study was to estimate the prevalence of target organ damage in primary care subjects. METHODS This multi-centre, cross-sectional survey of 115 primary care physicians recruited 1095(More)
AIM To assess the prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) among Greek patients with Type 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus (DM), in view of the previous reports of high prevalence, particularly in patients with elevated aminotransferase. METHODS We checked 423diabetic patients (183 male, 240 female, mean age: 63 years) attending our unit, recording epidemiology(More)