Craig Skidmore

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OBJECTIVE To follow up known intravenous drug users to determine current health state and drug use, compare characteristics with those of recent drug users, and examine HIV exposure and serostate. DESIGN Subjects were identified from conventional general practice records and recruited from 1980 to the end of 1985; they were followed up during 1987 and(More)
The use of general practitioner services by a group of intravenous drug users was recorded over two two-year time periods 1984-85 and 1986-87. This was felt to represent the period of maximum change in awareness of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection by patients and medical staff. Fifty patients were randomly selected: 25 who were HIV positive and(More)
A general practice based study of 117 heroin users receiving minimal intervention for their drug use examines the patterns and frequency of use from onset to last medical contact. Patterns of abstinence and relapse, and episodes of dependent and nondependent use are defined and quantified, demonstrating variations between and within individuals over time.(More)
Mortality among a group of known drug users shows small numbers of deaths from AIDS so far but increasing deaths from overdose, especially in young women. Steadily rising numbers of drug injectors are observed. The need for a distinctly different educational approach in areas of very high seroprevalence is discussed and the requirement for close(More)
Heterosexual transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was investigated in 123 subjects with no apparent risk factor for infection other than having had heterosexual intercourse with a person who was either infected with HIV or at high risk of being infected with it. Seven subjects were found to be infected with the virus. Risk factors for(More)
AIMS Group B streptococcal (GBS) disease is the leading cause of early-onset neonatal sepsis in New Zealand. Disease follows vertical transmission of GBS from the mother, which can largely be prevented by intravenous intrapartum antibiotics. A 2004 New Zealand guideline recommended using clinical risk factors to identify mothers who would qualify for(More)
AIMS 1. To perform an audit of asthma management in the Christchurch Hospital emergency department during the period March 1987 to August 1988. 2. To compare management of asthma in Christchurch with other centres in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. 3. To compare markers of asthma severity on admission with other centres. METHODS Details of all(More)