Claudio Cricelli

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether an electronic reminder integrated into a routine computer system increases the use of antiplatelet drugs for diabetic patients among Italian general practitioners (GPs). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS A randomized controlled trial was carried out among 300 GPs and their patients selected from the Health Search Database. Among(More)
BACKGROUND Nonadherence to antihypertensive treatment is a common problem in cardiovascular prevention and may influence prognosis. We explored predictors of adherence to antihypertensive treatment and the association of adherence with acute cardiovascular events. METHODS AND RESULTS Using data obtained from 400 Italian primary care physicians providing(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the epidemiology of gout and hyperuricaemia in the Italian general population during the years 2005-2009. METHODS Using the Italian primary care database (Health Search/CSD Longitudinal Patient Database), the prevalence, incidence and recurrence rates of gout and/or hyperuricaemia (serum urate level >360 mmol/l (6 mg/dl)) in(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to describe population and primary care morbidity and to examine how the differences vary across the diseases and are influenced by patients' demographic characteristics. METHODS A comparison of the prevalence of four chronic conditions for 432747 patients from the Health Search Database (HSD) and 119799 individuals(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe patterns of persistence and related primary care costs associated with first antihypertensive treatment. DESIGN AND SETTING Retrospective cohort study during 2000-2001, using information from 320 Italian general practitioners. PARTICIPANTS We studied 13 303 patients with newly diagnosed hypertension, who received a first single(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with many comorbidities, but the percentage of COPD patients who develop comorbidities has not been clearly defined. OBJECTIVES We aimed to examine the relationship between COPD and comorbidities using information obtained from the Health Search Database (HSD) owned by the Italian(More)
To estimate the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in Italy and to investigate patient-related variables associated with the use of different antihyperglycemic therapies. This study was conducted between the years 2000-2003 from a source population comprising a cumulative sample of 394,719 patients from 320 General Practitioners across Italy, who provide(More)
Using a general practice research database with general practitioner (GP) clinical records, it has been observed that among the 617,280 subjects registered with 400 Italian GPs, 15,229 (2.47%) patients were suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Of these, 67.7% had a chest radiograph at least once in a period of 10 years (1997-2006),(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a strong independent predictor of cardiovascular disease. Although general practitioners (GPs) represent the first line for identification of these high-risk patients, their diagnostic approach to CKD is ill defined. STUDY DESIGN Cross-sectional evaluation of database of Italian GPs. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS(More)
BACKGROUND Administrative databases are widely available and have been extensively used to provide estimates of chronic disease prevalence for the purpose of surveillance of both geographical and temporal trends. There are, however, other sources of data available, such as medical records from primary care and national surveys. In this paper we compare(More)