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OBJECTIVES To estimate fracture risk in patients receiving bariatric surgery versus matched controls. DESIGN Population based, retrospective cohort study. SETTING Use of records from the United Kingdom General Practice Research Database, now known as the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (from January 1987 to December 2010). PARTICIPANTS Patients(More)
General practitioners must prescribe cost effectively to control drug expenditure and provide optimal treatment for patients requiring long-term management. An audit was implemented in general practices to review the management of dyspepsia, improve care, rationalise therapy and reduce costs. Policy included identifying patients receiving proton pump(More)
BACKGROUND The RANGE (Retrospective ANalysis of GastroEsophageal reflux disease [GERD]) study assessed differences among patients consulting a primary care physician due to GERD-related reasons in terms of: symptoms, diagnosis and management, response to treatment, and effects on productivity, costs and health-related quality of life. This subanalysis of(More)
BACKGROUND The impact of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) on the daily lives of patients managed in primary care is not well known. We report the burden of GERD in a large population of patients managed in primary care, in terms of symptoms and impact on patients' daily lives. METHODS RANGE (Retrospective ANalysis of GERD) was an observational study(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the management of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in primary care, as part of the RANGE (Retrospective ANalysis of GERD) study. METHODS Over 4 months, at 134 primary care practices in six European countries, 12 815 patients consulted for GERD-related reasons. A random selection of these patients was invited to enter the(More)
BACKGROUND The quality of data in general practice clinical information systems varies enormously. This variability jeopardizes the proposed national strategy for an integrated care records service and the capacity of primary care organisations to respond coherently to the demands of clinical governance and the proposed quality-based general practice(More)
OBJECTIVES The Medication Use Patterns, Treatment Satisfaction, and Inadequate Control of Osteoporosis Study (MUSIC OS-EU) was designed to better understand the rate and burden of gastrointestinal (GI) events on clinical and health care outcomes among postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. METHODS MUSIC OS-EU is a prospective, multinational,(More)
The National Service Framework for Older People requires a reduction in the number of falls that result in serious injury. Those most at risk need to be identified, investigated in line with the Royal College of Physicians Clinical Guidelines and receive appropriate treatment. This report looks at the results of investigation of postmenopausal women(More)
OBJECTIVE To report on the primary care consultation rates and clinical characteristics of patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD) as part of the RANGE (Retrospective ANalysis of GERD) observational study. METHODS RANGE was conducted at 134 primary care centres across six European countries. All subjects who consulted their primary care(More)