Iacopo Cricelli

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BACKGROUND Administrative databases are widely available and have been extensively used to provide estimates of chronic disease prevalence for the purpose of surveillance of both geographical and temporal trends. There are, however, other sources of data available, such as medical records from primary care and national surveys. In this paper we compare(More)
OBJECTIVES To estimate the prevalence and incidence of epilepsy in Italy using a national database of general practitioners (GPs). METHODS The Health Search CSD Longitudinal Patient Database (HSD) has been established in 1998 by the Italian College of GPs. Participants were 700 GPs, representing a population of 912,458. For each patient, information on(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Rising prevalence of CKD requires active involvement of general practitioners to limit ESRD and mortality risk. However, the outcomes of patients with CKD exclusively managed by general practitioners are ill defined. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS We prospectively evaluated 30,326 adult patients with nondialysis(More)
BACKGROUND Italy has a population of 60 million and a universal coverage single-payer healthcare system, which mandates collection of healthcare administrative data in a uniform fashion throughout the country. On the other hand, organization of the health system takes place at the regional level, and local initiatives generate natural experiments. This is(More)
  • I Cricelli
  • 2006
During the past few years, personal digital assistants (PDAs) have become widespread commodities, like computers and mobile phones. Many health-care providers, particularly physicians, routinely use PDAs in their everyday work. Accessing guidelines and clinical decision-based support tools, such as the downloadable version of the Italian SPREAD Guidelines(More)
The General Practitioner (GP) is the "gate-keeper" in patients' treatment and management. Herein, the use of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) could represent an effective support for GPs. Software capable of managing EMRs are available and they can be functional in adopting treatment guidelines by means of computerized prompts and reminders systems. These(More)
Vaccine-preventable disease significantly contributes to the morbidity and mortality of adults worldwide. The rates of vaccination against influenza, pneumococcal disease and tetanus in adults and in high-risk group of people are far from the optimal coverage as suggested by Minister of Health. General Practitioners (GPs) can contribute to increase(More)
Recent studies show that the risk of cardiovascular adverse events for certain traditional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is similar to that of rofecoxib. While these results are focused on ischemic cardiomyopathy, there is little evidence concerning the risk of ischemic stroke/transient ischemic attack and hemorrhagic stroke. Additionally,(More)
OBJECTIVES The Italian project MATRICE aimed to assess how well cases of type 2 diabetes (T2DM), hypertension, ischaemic heart disease (IHD) and heart failure (HF) and their levels of severity can be automatically extracted from the Health Search/CSD Longitudinal Patient Database (HSD). From the medical records of the general practitioners (GP) who(More)
A growing body of evidence indicates that use of low-dose aspirin (LDA) reduces the risk of certain adenocarcinomas. While there are several and consistent findings on the protective effect of LDA on colorectal and other cancers, few and conflicting evidence is available on prostate cancer (PCa). The aim of this study was to assess whether LDA reduces the(More)