Carment Cuthbertson

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Alternative systems of care after operations for varicose veins or hernia were compared in a total of 360 selected patients, of whom 121 were allocated to be managed in an acute ward for 48 h, 122 in a convalescent hospital for 48 h and 117 to be discharged directly home to the care of the district nursing sister and general practitioner. There were no(More)
As antiretroviral treatment becomes more available, community home-based care (CHBC) clients may begin to resume normal daily activities including the resumption of sexual relationships. This study examines sexual behavior, contraceptive use, unmet need for family planning and attitudes toward pregnancy in the context of HIV among CHBC participants (clients(More)
The opinions of patients and of caring persons (usually relatives) were sought in this trial of different methods of providing care for 360 patients after operations for hernia or varicose veins. Analysis of patients' opinions suggested that day care was the most acceptable of the three types of care examined. The reactions of caring persons did not reveal(More)
BACKGROUND Instructions for what women should do when they miss oral contraceptive pills are complex and vary according to the quantity and the timing of missed pills. METHODS A randomized controlled trial was conducted to assess the comprehensibility of four types of instructions rendered in both 21- and 28-day versions, as well as in graphic and text(More)
The decision-making process in a general surgical outpatient clinic has been studied by following the course of 2000 consecutive newly referred patients of whom 1045 were put on surgical waiting lists. Surgeons were asked to record their reasons for selection for each of four levels of care: main ward, 5-day ward, day bed unit or minor outpatient surgery.(More)
The role of a five-day ward was examined as part of an audit of the work of a general surgical unit. The four levels of care for elective operations were main ward, five-day ward, major day care, and minor day care. In a prospective study 2000 consecutive patients were followed through their hospital courses from the first referral to the surgical clinic to(More)
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