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A radomized controlled trial was conducted in a metropolitan teaching hospital to determine whether improving follow-up of emergency room patients who had hypertension led to improvements in their medical care and blood pressure control. One hundred fourty four patients were randomly assigned into an intervention group and a control group. In the former,(More)
The ability to measure serum levels of anticonvulsants has been a significant advance in the treatment of epilepsy. This technique enables practitioners to monitor a patient's plasma concentration, to detect potential toxicity, and to assess compliance with the prescribed regimen. A retrospective study of 164 adults with epilepsy was conducted to evaluate(More)
Predictions by housestaff physicians of whether or not patients would return for follow-up visits and of the amount of prescribed medication they would take were compared to measured compliance for 187 patients discharged from the medical service. Although physicians were able to predict visit compliance better than by chance alone, at best they could(More)
This study assesses the importance of extramedical factors in the decision to hospitalize medical patients. Residents in a municipal hospital's emergency room completed a questionnaire on 252 consecutive patients at the time of admission. Extramedical factors contributed to the admission decision in 54 patients (21 percent); for twenty of these patients (8(More)
The BVDV eradication program in Lower Austria according to the Swedish model started in 1997 as a voluntary strategy and became obligatory for all herd owners in 2004. In this paper we analyse BVDV isolates found in PI animals of the last infected cattle farms at the genetic level and describe possible risk factors for virus transmission in the final stage(More)
In this first part of a two-part article, we review the prevalence of, costs associated with, and treatments for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, a leading cause of disability in the elderly. New, innovative, and costly drugs to combat dementia are being introduced, causing pharmacy costs to rise. These new drugs, however, may reduce overall(More)
In this second part of a review of dementia, we argue that managed care organizations must develop strategies to identify and manage patients with dementia, whose numbers will increase dramatically in the near future. Improved coding and use of validated self-report instruments that include caregivers as information sources could assist in identifying(More)