Deborah Bradford

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the impact of a newly appointed neurointensivist on neurosciences intensive care unit (NICU) patient outcomes and quality of care variables. DESIGN Observational cohort with historical controls. SETTING Ten-bed neurointensive care unit in tertiary university hospital. PATIENTS Mortality, length of stay (LOS), and discharge(More)
OBJECTIVES This paper used national survey data to investigate 'hardcore' smoking as predicted by the 'hardening hypothesis', and to examine the relationship between 'hardcore' smoking and socioeconomic status (SES). METHODS Analyses were performed using data from four waves of the Australian National Drug Strategy Household Survey between 2001 and 2010,(More)
We assessed the effect of previous education on patients' willingness to participate in a clinical study of telemedicine for hypertensive patients. The design was a cross-sectional study of adult patients arriving for appointments in a hypertension clinic. Of the 259 patients approached, 86% completed a baseline survey and were subsequently asked if they(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Reducing smoking prevalence among smokers from low socio-economic status (SES) is a preventative health priority. Financial stress (e.g. shortage of money or inability to pay bills) may be a major barrier to quitting smoking. This study evaluates the efficacy of a financial education and support programme coupled with pharmacotherapy at(More)
BACKGROUND A key aim of supply-side drug law enforcement is to reduce drug use by increasing the retail price of drugs. Since most illicit drug users are polydrug users the effectiveness of this strategy depends on the extent to which drug users reduce their overall consumption of drugs. The literature shows that drug users do reduce their consumption of a(More)
We studied patient and physician satisfaction with telemedicine for the care of a hypertensive population. Once recruited, participants were seen both in person and via telemedicine (in random order) on the same day. After each meeting, patient and physician satisfaction surveys were completed. In the 12-month study, there were 107 pairs of visits. The(More)
OBJECTIVE We undertook this project to outline a methodology for quantifying aggregate health care utilization of medical "technologies" that could be rank ordered by volume. The identification of specific high-volume technologies could guide future efforts for quality initiatives such as program planning, preventive services implementation, quality(More)
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