Emanuela Barbini

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BACKGROUND Since health-related quality of life (HRQL) measures are numerous, comparisons have been suggested. AIM To compare three HRQL measures: SF6D, HUI3 and EQ5D. METHODS Three questionnaires (SF36, HUI3, EQ5D) were administered to 1,011 patients attending 16 general practices in two Italian cities. Information about patients' gender, age,(More)
BACKGROUND Length-of-stay prediction for cardiac surgery patients is a key point for medical management issues, such as optimization of resources in intensive care units and operating room scheduling. Scoring systems are a very attractive family of predictive models, but their retraining and updating are generally critical. The present approach to designing(More)
Electromyographic activity of anterior temporal and masseter muscles was measured in 92 young healthy men and women with sound dentitions during rest position, contact in centric occlusion and clench. Male and female mean potentials were similar except in clench, where males had higher electromyographic levels. Mean pooled electromyographic potentials were(More)
INTRODUCTION Although most risk-stratification scores are derived from preoperative patient variables, there are several intraoperative and postoperative variables that can influence prognosis. Higgins and colleagues previously evaluated the contribution of preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative predictors to the outcome. We developed a Bayes linear(More)
A new television technique that proved to be faster than conventional photographic analysis has been developed and applied to the evaluation of the head and body natural standing posture in 303 healthy children, ages 6 to 11, and in 186 healthy young adults. In the lateral plane all subjects had extended head (soft tissue Frankfurt plane), with parallel(More)
BACKGROUND Different methods have recently been proposed for predicting morbidity in intensive care units (ICU). The aim of the present study was to critically review a number of approaches for developing models capable of estimating the probability of morbidity in ICU after heart surgery. The study is divided into two parts. In this first part, popular(More)
BACKGROUND Popular predictive models for estimating morbidity probability after heart surgery are compared critically in a unitary framework. The study is divided into two parts. In the first part modelling techniques and intrinsic strengths and weaknesses of different approaches were discussed from a theoretical point of view. In this second part the(More)
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Scoring systems are frequently proposed in medicine to summarize a set of qualitative and quantitative items by means of a numeric score. Their design often requires modelling ability and subjective judgments. This can make it difficult to adapt a scoring system to a clinical setting different from that in which the system was(More)
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES Transfusion of allogeneic blood products is a key issue in cardiac surgery. Although blood conservation and standard transfusion guidelines have been published by different medical groups, actual transfusion practices after cardiac surgery vary widely among institutions. Models can be a useful support for decision making and(More)
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