Giuseppe Girbino

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OBJECTIVES To estimate the prevalence of partly controlled and uncontrolled asthmatic patients, to evaluate quality of life and healthcare resource consumption. METHODS Cross-sectional phase followed by a 12-month prospective phase. Asthma Control Test and the EQ-5D were used. RESULTS 2853 adult patients recruited in 56 Hospital Respiratory Units in(More)
OBJECTIVES The study aimed at prospectively evaluating the evolution of asthma control in Italy, to evaluate the reasons for lack of asthma control, perceived quality of life (QoL) and association with level of asthma control, the impact of pharmacological treatment, the number of exacerbations and the healthcare resource consumption. METHODS PRISMA(More)
BACKGROUND We investigated the correlation between patients' characteristics, including anxiety and depression, and the level of asthma control evaluated by asthma control test (ACT), a self-administered validated questionnaire. METHODS This is a cross-sectional study on asthmatic outpatients of three Italian hospitals. Demographic data, spirometry,(More)
The usefulness of a metered-dose inhaler equipped with a new spacer device (Jet spacer) was evaluated and compared with that of a standard actuator in the administration of high-dose inhaled beclomethasone dipropionate (0.5 mg four times daily) to adults with moderate asthma. After a 2-week run-in period, 36 patients were enrolled in a 4-week study(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE WORK The follow-up of sarcoidosis is usually performed by invasive tools such as thoracic biopsy, supported by Broncho-Alveolar Lavage (BAL), Gallium-scintigraphy and Gadolinium Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Gd-MRI) to evaluate the degree of disease. Its pathogenesis can be ascribed to an accumulation of cells due to the(More)
OBJECTIVES Patient-physician communication and patients' knowledge about asthma are relevant factors that influence health outcomes. The aim of this study was to explore general practitioners' (GPs) behaviors, asthma patients' knowledge requirements, and the relationship between physicians' communicative issues, and failures in patients' knowledge. (More)
BACKGROUND The present study aimed to develop a short validated patient-completed questionnaire, the RhinAsthma Patient Perspective (RAPP), to assess the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with asthma and comorbid allergic rhinitis in clinical practice. METHODS A provisional RAPP questionnaire was formed from candidate items identified(More)
BACKGROUND Many respiratory diseases are chronic conditions that are strongly linked with the patient-physician relationship, disease perception and therapy adherence. The aim of the present study was to evaluate patient's viewpoint about the different aspects involved in their respiratory diseases. METHODS This is a prospective observational survey. 46(More)
BACKGROUND It has been suggested that the antihypertensive agent nebivolol, a beta1-adrenoceptor-blocking agent that modulates the endogenous production of nitric oxide, is preferable to 'conventional' beta1-blockers in hypertensive patients with airway dysfunction. OBJECTIVES Since beta1-blockade by nebivolol is larger after repeated dosing than after a(More)
Patients who were cigarette smokers suffering exacerbations of chronic bronchitis were examined in eight outpatient clinics in five regions of Italy, three from the South (Campania, 82 patients; Sicily, 82 patients; and Puglia, 29 patients) and two from North (Lombardy, 33 patients; and Liguria, 50 patients). Haemophilus influenzae was the most frequently(More)