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Twenty male and 20 female non-professional tennis players were classified into two different age groups (n=10 per group): young active men (30.4±3.3 years), young active women (27.5±4.3 years), elderly active men (64.4±3.7 years), and elderly active women (65.3±4.5 years). These individuals were matched (n = 10 per group) according to sex, age, height and(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop a consensus-based list of inappropriate practices in prescribing for elderly people. DESIGN Mail survey of a 32-member national panel. SETTING Academic medical centres across Canada. PARTICIPANTS Thirty-two specialists selected arbitrarily, including 7 clinical pharmacologists, 9 geriatricians, 8 family practitioners and 8(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Because stroke management is aimed at facilitating community reintegration, it would be logical that the sooner the patient can be discharged home, the sooner reintegration can commence. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of prompt discharge combined with home rehabilitation on function, community(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Reducing the amount of nonoptimal time stroke patients spend in the hospital should be a priority because prolonged hospitalization is not only costly but may be detrimental for persons with stroke through deconditioning, social isolation, and the fostering of dependent relationships. The purpose of this study was to determine the(More)
Professionals have often depended on proxies to assess health status of elderly individuals unable to provide this information. This study set out to estimate agreement between elderly subjects and their proxies on perceptions of health status, when patients were inpatients in a rehabilitation setting or outpatients in a day hospital, and to determine if(More)
BACKGROUND Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increases the risk for hospitalization and death from gastrointestinal bleeding and perforation. OBJECTIVES To 1) estimate the extent to which NSAIDs are prescribed unnecessarily and NSAID-related side effects are inaccurately diagnosed and inappropriately managed and 2) identify the(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate the prevalence of questionable and rational high-risk prescribing among elderly people of the three drug groups most commonly implicated in drug-related illness: cardiovascular drugs, psychotropic drugs and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). DESIGN Retrospective prevalence study; all prescription and billing records for(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine if recent hospital admission was associated with new outpatient prescribing of benzodiazepines among community-dwelling older people. DESIGN Nested case-control study using administrative data sets of the provincial health insurance board. SETTING Province of Quebec. PARTICIPANTS Cases were 4127 community-dwelling older people(More)
CONTEXT As medical costs are increasingly being scrutinized, there is heightened interest in defining variations in physician behavior in clinical settings. OBJECTIVE To evaluate if standardized patient (SP) technology is a reliable and feasible method of studying interphysician variations in test ordering, referral requests, prescribing behavior, and(More)