Claudio Cricelli

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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)
Despite the high use of antidepressants (ADs) among the elderly, there is limited information about the prescribing pattern of these drugs in the Italian elderly population. The aim of this study was to analyze the trend in the use of ADs in the Italian elderly patients in the years 2003-2009, and specifically, to evaluate rates and predictors of AD(More)
Our purpose was to explore antidepressant drug (AD) prescribing patterns in Italian primary care. Overall, 276 Italian general practitioners (GPs) participated in this prospective study, recruiting patients >18 years who started AD therapy during the enrolment period (January 2007 to June 2008). During visits at baseline and 3, 6, and 12 months, data about(More)
To evaluate prevalence of use and prescribing patterns of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in Italian general practice. Primary care data were obtained from the Health Search Database, a longitudinal observational database implemented by the Italian College of General Practitioners (GPs). We selected 465 061 subjects registered by the end of 2005 in the lists of(More)
OBJECTIVES To estimate the prevalence and incidence of epilepsy in Italy using a national database of general practitioners (GPs). METHODS The Health Search CSD Longitudinal Patient Database (HSD) has been established in 1998 by the Italian College of GPs. Participants were 700 GPs, representing a population of 912,458. For each patient, information on(More)
BACKGROUND Italy has a population of 60 million and a universal coverage single-payer healthcare system, which mandates collection of healthcare administrative data in a uniform fashion throughout the country. On the other hand, organization of the health system takes place at the regional level, and local initiatives generate natural experiments. This is(More)
The purpose of the study was to investigate the risk of stroke with typical and atypical anti-psychotics in elderly subjects, weighting for a number of known risk factors, including dementia. Data were retrospectively drawn from the primary care setting from the Health Search Database, which stores information on about 1.5% of the total Italian population(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Hospitalisations for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations are major events in the natural history of the disease in terms of survival, quality of life and risk of further episodes of exacerbation. The aims of study were to evaluate: 1. adherence to recommended standards of care; and 2. clinical factors influencing(More)
The relationship between the consumption of meat and health is multifaceted, and it needs to be analyzed in detail, with specific attention to the relevant differences that characterize the effects of the different meat types, as yet considered by only a limited literature. A variable but moderate energy content, highly digestible proteins (with low levels(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate the antipsychotic drug prescribing pattern in the Italian general population, elderly, and especially elderly with dementia, in relation to the safety warnings issued by international regulatory agencies about the risk of cerebrovascular adverse events and mortality in 2004 and 2005. A cohort study was conducted(More)