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BACKGROUND CONTEXT Pain-related disability is a complex phenomenon. Malingering is a potential factor in the management of patients with pain. Methodological problems and inappropriate expectations regarding diagnostic accuracy have hampered the study of malingering detection in pain. In contrast, the study of cognitive malingering in neuropsychology has(More)
The North/South Study of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in Ireland, 1999, includes a joint review of the epidemiology of MRSA across both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland. Data were gathered on all MRSA cases identified in laboratories in Northern Ireland (the North) and in the Republic of Ireland (the South) over a two-week(More)
Although about 75-80% of neutropenic fevers are thought to be caused by infections, a causal organism can be confirmed microbiologically or suspected clinically in only 30-50%, and even fewer of these cases (16%) have a documented bacteraemia. The cause of neutropenic fever in the remaining cases remains elusive. The reasons for this failure may be due to(More)
As part of an all-island survey of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the Republic of Ireland (the South), where there is a mixed public and private healthcare system, and Northern Ireland (the North), where the healthcare system is part of the UK National Health Service, a questionnaire was circulated to all participating hospitals on(More)
Retrospective aggregate data on all Staphylococcus aureus isolates recovered from blood cultures during 1998 were collected in both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland, Northern Ireland (North) and the Republic of Ireland (South), as part of the North/South Study of MRSA in Ireland 1999. A postal questionnaire was used to gather the data, and all(More)
There is no universally agreed laboratory protocol for the detection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and hence a variety of approaches are used. As part of an all-island survey of MRSA in the Republic of Ireland (the South) and Northern Ireland (the North), a questionnaire was circulated to 14 participating laboratories in the North(More)
This study investigated several episodes of infection of Campylobacter jejuni in an immunocompromised male with hypogammaglobulinaemia, presenting with diarrhoea and bacteraemia over a 16-month period, by employing three phenotyping and four genotyping schemes, including the single-stranded conformational polymorphism (SSCP) technique to establish if(More)