Fenton Howell

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OBJECTIVE To see whether non-professional volunteer community mothers could deliver a child development programme to disadvantaged first time mothers for children aged up to 1 year. DESIGN Randomised controlled trial. SETTING A regional health authority in Dublin. SUBJECTS 262 first time mothers who were delivered during six months in 1989 and who(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the psychosocial and behavioural impact of the first ever national level comprehensive workplace smoke-free law, implemented in Ireland in March 2004. DESIGN Quasi-experimental prospective cohort survey: parallel cohort telephone surveys of national representative samples of adult smokers in Ireland (n = 769) and the UK (n = 416),(More)
AIMS To identify in-patient emergency admissions to acute hospitals of residents from a health board region in the Republic of Ireland with an acute alcohol intoxication diagnosis; to profile the admissions and to assess whether the increase in alcohol consumption in Ireland has been mirrored by an increase in alcohol related emergency admissions over the(More)
Psoriatic arthropathy and ankylosing spondylitis are generally considered as separate conditions from rheumatoid arthritis but they show some marked clinical and pathological similarities. The sheep cell agglutination test is negative in these diseases, in contrast to rheumatoid arthritis, in which it is positive in approximately 80 per cent. of cases in(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the fissure sealant programme operated by the North Eastern Health Board Dental Service in County Meath, Republic of Ireland. The fissure sealant programme forms part of the school dental service aimed at children in first class (age group 6-7 years). DESIGN Cross sectional study with retrospective analysis of dental records. (More)
BACKGROUND Cervical cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, and in Ireland it is the ninth most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Almost 100% of these cancers are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Two newly developed vaccines against HPV infection have become available. This study is a cost-utility analysis of the HPV vaccine in(More)
Healthcare workers are recommended to receive influenza vaccination. The aims of this study were to assess the uptake of the influenza vaccine by healthcare workers in an acute hospital setting and ascertain factors as to why health care workers availed of the vaccine or not. The vaccine was available free of charge and the times when and the locations(More)
No official data are provided in Ireland to indicate what proportion of the deaths on Irish roads have alcohol as a contributory factor. The aim of this study was to identify the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in fatally injured drivers and pedestrians in Ireland. An Garda Síochána (The Irish police) gather data on all fatal road crashes and individual(More)
The aim of this study was to profile the users of emergency contraception (EC) attending general practices and a general practice out-of-hours co-operative service using a pre-piloted questionnaire. Questionnaires were offered to 171 women and completed by 144 (84.2%). Mean age was 24.4 years (Standard Deviation = 6.7, range 14 to 51). Most were single, 116(More)
Orthopaedic surgeons have traditionally used disease-specific scoring systems that focus on relief of pain and improvement in function. However, these allow little scope for patient assessed outcomes such as quality of life. This study assessed quality of life before and after Total Hip Replacement (THR) using the Short Form 36 (SF-36) questionnaire. 100(More)