Gabriella Borghi

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BACKGROUND Heart failure patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) or an ICD for resynchronization therapy often visit the hospital for unscheduled examinations, placing a great burden on healthcare providers. We hypothesized that Internet-based remote interrogation systems could reduce emergency healthcare visits. METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
We studied the effects of long term treatment with bromocriptine (Br) or lisuride (L) on GH secretion and tumor size in 19 acromegalic patients with large pituitary adenomas. In 22 additional patients with smaller adenomas, only plasma GH levels were monitored during treatment. All patients underwent an acute test with 2.5 mg Br or 0.3 mg L and, on the(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The aim of this prospective, randomized, double-blind investigation was to assess the dose-effect characteristics of postoperative nausea and vomiting after intrathecal administration of small doses of morphine (from 0.015 to 0.25 mg) in opioid-naïve, non-surgical patients. METHODS With Ethic Committee approval and written(More)
Occult hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is common in chronic hepatitis C patient. However, its significance and consequences are still unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of occult HBV among HCV chronic carriers in France and to assess its impact on liver histology and response to antiviral therapy. To this end a cohort of 203(More)
BACKGROUND Studies focusing on the effects of telemanagement programs for chronic heart failure (CHF) on functional status are lacking, and the prognostic value of the clinical response to the programs is unknown. In the Lombardy region of Italy, a home-based telesurveillance program (HTP) including multidisciplinary management and remote telemonitoring for(More)
Due to major advances in the information technology, telemedicine applications are ready for a widespread use. Nonetheless, to allow their diffusion in National Health Care Systems (NHCSs) specific methodologies of health technology assessment (HTA) should be used to assess the standardization, the overall quality, the interoperability, the addressing to(More)
In patients with COPD non-naïve to rehabilitation we tested the feasibility, adherence and satisfaction of a home-based reinforcement telerehabilitation program (TRP). Outcomes were compared with a standard outpatient rehabilitation program (ORP). Then 18 TRP patients underwent 28 sessions of strength exercises (60 min) and cycle training (40 min) using a(More)
BACKGROUND Nowadays, new organisational strategies should be identified to improve primary care and its link with secondary care in terms of efficacy and timeliness of interventions thus preventing unnecessary hospital accesses and costs saving for the health system. The purpose of this study is to assess the effects of the use of teleconsultation by(More)
We have administered to 29 patients with macroprolactinoma the dopamine agonists bromocriptine and lisuride for 1-50 months (mean +/- SE, 12.7 +/- 1.8) in order to assess the effects of these drugs on tumor size. Fourteen patients were treated with bromocriptine (dose range, 7.5-20 mg/day), 12 patients were treated with lisuride (0.6-2 mg/day), and 3(More)
BACKGROUND Heart failure patients with implantable defibrillators place a significant burden on health care systems. Remote monitoring allows assessment of device function and heart failure parameters, and may represent a safe, effective, and cost-saving method compared to conventional in-office follow-up. OBJECTIVE We hypothesized that remote device(More)