Beata Bajorek

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AIM Develop a measure of frailty for older acute inpatients to be performed by non-geriatricians. METHOD The Reported Edmonton Frail Scale (REFS) was adapted from the Edmonton Frail Scale for use with Australian acute inpatients. With acute patients aged over 70 years admitted to an Australian teaching hospital, we validated REFS against the(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify the views of health professionals, patients and their carers on strategies to improve the use and management of warfarin in older patients with atrial fibrillation. DESIGN Qualitative study based on analysis of group interviews. SETTING A major metropolitan teaching hospital, from 1 March to 30 April 2003. PARTICIPANTS 14(More)
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE Thrombolysis using intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is the only available evidence-based treatment for acute ischaemic stroke; however, its current utilization is very low. Therefore, the aim of this article is to review the literature regarding the use of intravenous tPA for the treatment of acute ischaemic stroke.(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the barriers to warfarin use from the perspective of nurses working in aged care. DESIGN A qualitative study, involving a semi-structured group interview, during March-April 2001. SETTING AND SUBJECTS Eleven nurses, employed within the catchment of the Northern Sydney Area Health Service, who were involved in the care of elderly(More)
Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are an important health issue. While prevalence and risk factors associated with ADRs in the general adult population have been well documented, much less is known about ADRs in the elderly population. The aim of this study was to review the published literature to estimate the prevalence of ADRs in the elderly in the acute(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the currently available literature on the impact of interventions by pharmacists on suboptimal prescribing in the elderly. DATA SOURCES MEDLINE, EMBASE, and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts databases were searched for studies published between January 1992 and December 2008. Key words included medication review, drug regimen(More)
BACKGROUND Warfarin is a high-risk medication where patient information may be critical to help ensure safe and effective treatment. Considering the time constraints of healthcare providers, the internet can be an important supplementary information resource for patients prescribed warfarin. The usefulness of internet-based patient information is often(More)
OBJECTIVES To develop, implement, and evaluate a pharmacist-led multidisciplinary intervention in a hospital setting that would optimize antithrombotic use in elderly atrial fibrillation patients. The hypothesis that there would be an increase in the proportion of patients receiving antithrombotic therapy at discharge was tested. DESIGN Evidence-based(More)
UNLABELLED Warfarin therapy is underused in the target at-risk elderly population. Clinicians perceive that older patients are reluctant to use this therapy, however the perspective of patients or their carers has yet to be explored. OBJECTIVE To explore in-depth the perspectives of elderly patients and/or their carers regarding the use of warfarin(More)
AIM To develop and evaluate a novel Computerised Antithrombotic Risk Assessment Tool (CARAT) to aid clinicians' decision making regarding the risk-benefit of antithrombotic therapy in older patients. METHODS CARAT was developed in an iterative process involving multidisciplinary feedback and computerisation of previously trialled algorithms.(More)