Christopher A Barton

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This study sought to characterize the variability of the acute cortisol response following trauma and its relationship to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Forty eight participants were recruited within 24h of a traumatic accident requiring hospital admission. A saliva sample was collected at 08.00 h and 16.00 h 2 days, 1 month and 6 months after(More)
Adjustment for psychosocial and family problems is common in epidemiological research. Recursive partitioning algorithms, such as CHi Square Automatic Interaction Detection (CHAID), can be used to explore complex interactions between these factors and predictor and outcome variables. We investigated the nature of interactions between asthma management(More)
Primary care providers often struggle to identify depression, with patients with multiple chronic conditions presenting additional unique challenges. Whilst the diagnosis and treatment of depression has been explored in a range of contexts in the literature, there is a paucity of information on the impact of multimorbidity on general practitioners (GPs)(More)
BACKGROUND The classification and etiology of medically unexplained symptoms remain a clinical challenge. Recent proposals to improve systems of classification include ending the tradition of separating symptoms into medical or psychiatric groups. METHOD Several research questions are proposed to resolve some of the divergent opinions about the nature of(More)
PURPOSE Written asthma action plans (WAAPs) have become a core component of asthma management in Australia. We investigated ownership, utilisation and factors associated with ownership of asthma action plans by caregivers. METHODS 443/776 (57%) caregivers of children aged 2-14 years with asthma were identified from 32 GP clinics as part of a randomised(More)
The dexamethasone suppression test (DST) is used to determine the sensitivity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA-axis) to negative feedback. Dexamethasone is usually administered at 23:00 h or at midnight but this is often not convenient. The aim of this study was to determine whether the administration of dexamethasone at 21:00 h as compared(More)
OBJECTIVE To improve health outcomes of children and adolescents with asthma using a multifaceted intervention for GPs. METHODS The design of the study was a cluster randomized controlled trial. GPs were randomized at a practice level in general practice clinics in Melbourne, Australia. Participants were children/adolescents aged 2-14 years with asthma(More)
A scoping review was conducted to determine the size and nature of the evidence describing associations between social support and networks on health, management and clinical outcomes amongst patients with COPD. Searches of PubMed, PsychInfo and CINAHL were undertaken for the period 1966-December 2013. A descriptive synthesis of the main findings was(More)
BACKGROUND To study health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in a large sample of Australian chronically-ill patients and investigate the impact of characteristics of patients and their general practices on their HRQOL and to assess the construct validity of SF-12 in Australia. METHODS Cross sectional study with 96 general practices and 7606 chronically-ill(More)
Adherence to asthma medication regimens by asthma patients is often poor and contributes to the continued and substantial burden of asthma in the community. There is evidence of increased rates of behavioural problems, anxiety and depression in people with moderate-to-severe asthma and these factors may interfere with adherence and contribute to poor asthma(More)