Alicia Blázquez

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Female drug users report greater psychopathology and risk behaviours than male drug users, putting them at greater risk for HIV. This mixed-methods study determined psychiatric, behavioural and social risk factors for HIV among 118 female drug users (27% (32/118) were HIV seropositive) in Barcelona. DSM-IV disorders were assessed using the Spanish(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disabling disorder. Few studies are available in our area on the prevalence and characteristics of CFS. Therefore, we carried out a study of a consecutive series of 824 cases diagnosed in two specialized units. PATIENTS AND METHODS We evaluated all of the CFS patients seen from January 2008(More)
BACKGROUND Prevalence of intimate partner violence perpetration is higher among male substance misusers than men in the general population. Previous studies have included few risk factors, limiting their capacity to inform interventions. AIM The aim of this study was to examine factors associated with intimate partner violence by male substance misusers.(More)
Sexual dysfunction in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome is attracting growing interest but, to date, few studies have analyzed it. For this reason, the authors evaluated sexual dysfunction in women with chronic fatigue syndrome (using the Golombok Rust Inventory of Sexual Satisfaction) and explore correlations with fatigue and other symptoms. Sexual(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disabling illness of unknown etiology that is characterized by fatigue associated with a reduced ability to work, lasting for more than 6 months, and accompanied by a specific set of symptoms. The diagnosis remains difficult because of the absence of laboratory tests and is, therefore, made largely on the basis(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the nosocomial outbreak of multiresistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa producing metallo-beta-lactamase (MBL) in Cartagena (Murcia, Spain). MATERIAL AND METHODS In May 2009, six consecutive isolations of multiresistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa were detected. These were characterized by their profile of resistance to imipenem and(More)
To assess sexual function in women with chronic fatigue syndrome. The study included 27 women, aged 20 to 45 years, with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and 15 healthy female controls. Sexual function was measured with the Golombok Rust Inventory of Sexual Satisfaction (GRISS) questionnaire and five clinical questions. In the patient group, total fatigue(More)
Sexual dysfunction is a problem experienced by patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Some studies indicate that CFS has a direct influence on sexual dysfunction, particularly hypoactive sexual desire. At this time, data on this subject are scarce, but the concept is emerging that CFS interferes with several aspects of the patients' life,(More)
BACKGROUND Physical exercise can be part of treatment in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), where the aim would be to improve strength and endurance through increasing physical exercise (intensity and time) without aggravating symptomatology. The present study examines the effectiveness of a reconditioning programme (focusing on strength,(More)
The quality of dyadic adjustment is likely to play an important role in patients' relational problems and may also be associated with the clinical presentation of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) symptoms. The objective of this study was (1) to determine whether CFS patients and their partners have similar perceptions of their dyadic adjustment and (2) to(More)
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