Christine Hermans

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INTRODUCTION The aim of this study was to examine ranibizumab treatment patterns in "real-world" practice and clinical settings, as well as to assess quality of life outcomes over a 24-month period. MATERIALS AND METHODS This was a prospective, observational, multicenter, open-label study of 0.5 mg of ranibizumab administered intravitreally. Patients were(More)
The pharmacological efficacy of various monotherapy, single pill, and combination therapies of the angiotensin II receptor blocker valsartan have been established, mainly through randomized controlled trials that used similar methodological and statistical platforms and thus enabled synthesis of evidence. The real world effectiveness of valsartan has been(More)
Using data from the Belgian Paget’s Disease Registry of 142 patients treated with a 5 mg intravenous infusion of zoledronic acid, we examined disease remission over 3 years in 98 patients with Paget disease of bone (PDB) seen in routine practice. Median age was 76 years, most patients (60.2 %) were male, and all were Caucasian. Median time since PDB(More)
BACKGROUND Patient- and clinician-related factors may explain variability in blood pressure (BP) outcomes and the differences between real-world effectiveness and efficacy seen in randomized trials of antihypertensive agents. OBJECTIVE To examine the effectiveness of 90 days of second-line valsartan treatment and identify patient- and physician-level(More)
BACKGROUND Apart from clinical outcomes, the "real-world" outcomes of intermittent short-course cyclosporine treatment remain poorly documented. OBJECTIVE To evaluate various outcomes of short-course cyclosporine treatment for severe psoriasis; and to describe dermatologists' use of the Rule of Tens. METHODS A 12-week pharmacoepidemiological study; 112(More)
BACKGROUND Both patient- and physician-related factors have been shown to explain variability in the outcomes of antihypertensive treatment. Total cardiovascular risk (TCVR) is increasingly used as a determinant of treatment effectiveness but has also been proposed as a treatment outcome. To our knowledge, no studies have reported how antihypertensive(More)
BACKGROUND Patient adherence is often not monitored because existing methods of evaluating adherence are either burdensome or do not accurately predict treatment outcomes. AIM To examine whether two simple, single-item physician-administered measures of patient adherence to antihypertensive medication are predictive of blood pressure outcomes. DESIGN(More)
BACKGROUND European guidelines recommend that antihypertensive management should be graded as a function of total cardiovascular risk. AIMS To examine the multilevel (patient- and physician-level) determinants of blood pressure and residual total cardiovascular risk outcomes associated with second-line valsartan therapy. METHODS The BSCORE study was a(More)