Anja Neumann

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BACKGROUND Heart failure is now the commonest reason for hospitalization in Germany (German Federal Statistical Office, 2008). Heart failure will continue to be a central public health issue in the future as the population ages. This article focuses on regional differences, the costs of the disease, and the expected rate of increase in cases in the near(More)
Concept and design of an independent scientific evaluation of different pathways of care for schizophrenia patients in Germany with respect to effectiveness and efficiency are presented. In this prospective, observational study, schizophrenia patients receiving an integrated care treatment, the intervention group (IG), are compared with patients under(More)
Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) promises effective treatment for high-risk elderly patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis (AS). However, the adoption of TAVI must be justified and guarantee long-term performance. Systematic reviews are a core methodology in evidence-based health economics for judging medical effectiveness. In this(More)
INTRODUCTION Alzheimer's disease (AD) is common among the elderly; it is responsible for 60-80% of all dementia cases. AD is characterized by cognitive decline, behavioural and psychological symptoms, and reductions in functioning and independence. Because of its progressive neurodegenerative nature and unknown aetiology, the burden of AD becomes(More)
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a sensory-motor disorder that is underdiagnosed in children and often misclassified as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Five different gene loci (RLS1-5) and three susceptibility loci have been identified in adult-onset RLS. We included 23 children with RLS (age at onset < or =14 years) from 22 families. In 14(More)
AIM A scientifically based overview of public expenditures related to illicit drugs was lacking for Germany. The aim of the present project is to carry out for the first time a comprehensive estimation of direct (labelled and non-labelled) expenditures of the government and the social insurance funds related to the use of illicit drugs in Germany for the(More)
BACKGROUND HIV infection is a global public health issue that is frequently associated with cardiac involvement. However, myocardial dysfunction and heart failure are often clinically occult or attributed incorrectly to other non-cardiac disease processes even a heightened awareness and knowledge for these cardiac diseases in HIV-infected patients may lead(More)
Much effort has been spent to reduce the number of amputees within the last two decades, but it remains unclear how effective the different strategies have been. We analyzed the prevalence of amputations in inpatient cases in the federal statistics. Detailed lists of all amputations coded as major amputations (OPS 5-864) and minor amputations (OPS 5-865)(More)
Systolic chronic heart failure (CHF) is currently one of the most prevalent cardiac diseases. The present analysis sought to estimate the 1-year disease-related resource use and associated management costs of patients with CHF. A total of 2,710 individuals with systolic CHF [mean age 62.9 years ± 13.6, 25.2% female, New York Heart Association (NYHA) I–IV](More)