Ian McIntosh

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A controlled comparative between-group study of 48 climbers ascending Kilimanjaro (5895m) was designed as an extension to our previous double-blind cross-over trial on the same peak in 1980, using acetazolamide to decrease the incidence and effects of Acute Mountain Sickness. A group taking acetazolamide 500 mg each morning for one day before reaching 3000m(More)
BACKGROUND GPs and nurses play a major role in dementia care. Negative attitudes and uncertainties may be common sources of stress in both professions. Specific anxieties related to dementia management in primary care need to be identified. AIM To assess whether dementia care is a stress-provoking experience and examine perceived roles, attitudes, and(More)
BACKGROUND A significant proportion of air travelers experience situational anxiety and physical health problems. Take-off and landing are assumed to be stressful, but anxiety related to other aspects of the air travel process, anxiety coping strategies, and in-flight health problems have not previously been investigated. METHODS We aimed to investigate(More)
Twenty-four amateur climbers took part in a double-blind controlled cross-over trial of acetazolamide versus placebo for the prevention of acute mountain sickness. They climbed Kilimanjaro (5895 m) and Mt Kenya (5186 m) in three weeks with five rest days between ascents. The severity of acute mountain sickness was gauged by a score derived from symptoms(More)
BACKGROUND The new contract for general practitioners (GPs) was introduced in 1990. This required all GPs to offer their patients aged 75 years of over an annual assessment. AIM The study aimed to determine if 3 years' experience had resulted in standardization of the way in which health assessments for patients aged 75 years and over are carried out. (More)
A survey was carried out in order to identify elderly patients' perceptions of their health status, their health worries and their opinions regarding health screening before and after the introduction of an annual screening programme. Pre- and post-assessment self report, structured questionnaires and standardized, objectively scored, functional and medical(More)
BACKGROUND Rates of travel-related diarrhoea vary from 8% to 50% depending on the country visited. Travellers' diarrhoea has social, health and economic costs. The impact of these may be reduced by relevant pre-travel advice. Little is known of the effect of pre-travel advice on the incidence of diarrhoea among travellers abroad. AIM To determine the(More)