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BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to describe population and primary care morbidity and to examine how the differences vary across the diseases and are influenced by patients' demographic characteristics. METHODS A comparison of the prevalence of four chronic conditions for 432747 patients from the Health Search Database (HSD) and 119799 individuals(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether an electronic reminder integrated into a routine computer system increases the use of antiplatelet drugs for diabetic patients among Italian general practitioners (GPs). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS A randomized controlled trial was carried out among 300 GPs and their patients selected from the Health Search Database. Among(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe a database used in general practice by analysing the characteristics of the physicians providing the data and the completeness of the data recording on the basis of the indicators of interest (smoking habits, weight, height, and the prevalence of hypertension). DESIGN Descriptive study and multiple linear regression analysis of the(More)
Glutamate is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the retina, and most glutamatergic neurons express one of the three known vesicular glutamate transporters (VGLUT1, 2, or 3). However, the expression profiles of these transporters vary greatly in the retina. VGLUT1 is expressed by photoreceptor and bipolar cell terminals, and VGLUT2 appears to be(More)
The objective of the study was to describe the epidemiology of unintentional drowning in Italy in the period 1983-1997, in the age-group 0-4 years. We used mortality data from the Italian National Statistical Institute (ISTAT), and calculated the potential years of life lost (PYLL), for the single age-group and for all the children aged 0-4 years, following(More)
BACKGROUND Although several studies describing the diagnostic and therapeutic management of patients with myocardial infarction (MI) by general practitioners have recently been published, little information exists about patients with angina without MI. AIM To describe the management of patients with angina without known MI in general practice. DESIGN A(More)
OBJECTIVE To collect information on the major risk factors and secondary prevention among patients with myocardial infarction in Italy. METHODS Data were obtained from the database of the Italian College of General Practitioners; 3588 patients (mean age 68.7 +/- 11.3 years; 2698 men, 888 women; two unrecorded gender), with an average time from event of 6(More)
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