Fang-Ju Lin

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OBJECTIVE Use of vancomycin is a risk factor for acquiring vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). To optimize the use of vancomycin in hospitals, the Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) published recommendations in 1995. The objectives of this study were to determine the frequency, indications, and risk factors for(More)
Phyla nodiflora is a creeping perennial herb, widely distributed in the most tropical and subtropical regions. It has been used as a folk medicine, herbal beverage, or folk cosmetic. For these usages, the development of a chemical quality control method of this plant is necessary. In the present study, ten compounds, namely,(More)
PURPOSE The goal of this study was to appraise the extent of unique content on disease-specific preference-based measures (DSPMs) when contrasted with the EQ-5D using published studies and to inform whether EQ-5D could be inadequate as a utility measure in its content coverage for a given disease-specific application. METHODS A structured search of(More)
PURPOSE Using the UK National Health Service's Patient Reported Outcome Measures data, we examined the magnitude of changes and relationship among the EQ-5D index, EQ-5D Visual Analog Scale (EQ-VAS), and Oxford Knee Score (OKS) in patients undergoing knee replacement. METHODS Patients undergoing knee replacements in 2009-2011 completed the EQ-5D and OKS(More)
BACKGROUND The Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System 43-item short form (PROMIS-43) and the five-level EQ-5D (EQ-5D-5L) are recently developed measures of health-related quality of life (HRQL) that have potentially broad application in evaluating treatments and capturing burden of respiratory-related diseases. The aims of this study were:(More)
BACKGROUND Appropriate prescribing is fundamental to successful pharmacotherapy. The status of current ambulatory medication practices in medicine and pharmacy would be better understood through an analysis of community pharmacy prescription claims. OBJECTIVE The aims of the study were to investigate patterns of the types of prescriptions claimed by(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to describe dosing patterns and medication adherence among bipolar patients who initiated lurasidone in a real-world setting. METHODS Adult bipolar patients who initiated lurasidone between 1 November 2010 and 31 December 2012 (index period) with 6-month pre- and post-index continuous enrollment were identified from(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Limited evidence exists on the choice of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) in diabetic patients with nephropathy. We aim to assess the renal effectiveness and safety of these drugs among diabetic nephropathy patients. METHODS This retrospective cohort study was conducted with(More)