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Scarce information about comparative diagnostic and therapeutic patterns in paediatric outpatients of different countries is found in the literature. To describe the similarities and differences observed in diagnosis and therapeutic patterns of paediatric patients of seven locations in different countries. Cross-sectional, prospective, international(More)
BACKGROUND Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been associated with withdrawal symptoms. We investigated whether use of these drugs in pregnant women might cause neonatal withdrawal syndrome. METHODS An association between paroxetine and neonatal convulsions was identified in December, 2001, by the data mining method routinely used to(More)
The field of “Pharmacoepidemiology/Drug Utilization” research has been analysed by studying published research articles under the medical subject headings (MeSH terms) “Pharmacoepidemiology”, “Drug Utilization” and “Drug Utilization Review”. There were 1822 articles published, and stored in Medline, during the 32-month period between 1 January 2001 and 31(More)
PURPOSE To analyse and describe the pattern of prescriptions for antidepressants by all psychiatrists working for the Canary Islands Health Service (CIHS) during the 4-year period from 1999 to 2002. METHODS All prescriptions for antidepressants by the ten psychiatrists who worked continuously for the CIHS during the period 1999-2002 in the island of(More)
Psychiatric treatment with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may be desirable or necessary during pregnancy; however, the benefit of these treatments must balance the benefits to the mother with any risk to the developing foetus. At the present time, the role of serotonin in normal central nervous system development, as well as the effects of(More)
The prescribing of medicines for ambulant children below 14 years of age has been compared between Tenerife (Spain) and Sweden. Data obtained from a random sample of 1327 children in a prospective study in Tenerife were compared with data from 3901 children in a Swedish survey linking diagnosis and therapy. Upper respiratory tract infection was the main(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the perception of the teratogenic risk of common medication by professionals and lay people. STUDY DESIGN A visual-analogue scale was used to measure the perceived percentage of mothers who will deliver a child with a malformation, including those exposed to a list of drugs. Fifteen general practitioners, 10 gynaecologists, 106(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the extent, characteristics and determinants of benzodiazepine prescription in outpatient Primary Health Care. METHODS A clinical audit of a stratified random sample of Primary Health Care Centres in the seven islands and 1.6 million inhabitants region of 'Canarias' in Spain was carried out. From those centres, a random sample of 1045(More)