Alister Penrose

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A systematic search of seven electronic databases was done to identify randomized controlled trials that assessed the effect of computer-generated patient education material (PEM) on professional practice. Three studies met the authors' criteria. All three studies involved preventive care. All used a complex intervention of which computer-generated PEM was(More)
AIM To determine how inhaled budesonide, beclomethasone and fluticasone are prescribed by general practitioners in New Zealand. METHODS Retrospective study of computerised clinical records from 42 general practices in New Zealand for the period 1 July 1997 to 30 June 1998. The study population comprised 174 929 consulting patients, of whom 9878 patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether inhaled budesonide and beclomethasone are equipotent in the treatment of asthma in primary care. DESIGN Retrospective study of computerised clinical records from 28 general practices in New Zealand. SUBJECTS 5930 patients who received 16 725 prescriptions for inhaled budesonide or beclomethasone from 1 July 1994 to 30 June(More)
AIM To identify trends in the prescribing of antihypertensive medications and measure the changes in government and patient expenditure resulting from any identified change. METHODS The computerised records of 16 069 patients from six Otago practices from 1991-3 were examined. Those patients prescribed any antihypertensive medication in all 3 years were(More)
Four types of corticosteroid inhaler devices are available in New Zealand for first-line treatment of asthma, including two aerosol systems [Autohaler (3M Healthcare Ltd, Loughborough, U.K.; 3M Pharmaceuticals (Australia Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia) and MDI (Glaxo Wellcome PLC, Ware, U.K.)] and two dry powder systems [Diskhaler (Glaxo Wellcome) and(More)
AIMS To conduct a pilot study to test methodology in ascertaining if there are differences between New Zealand and the UK in the symptom and circumstance set that influences a general practitioner in the initial diagnosis of asthma, and to ascertain the treatment prescribed at the time that the diagnosis is made. METHODS Questionnaires were mailed to 110(More)
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