Jo-anne E. Brien

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OBJECTIVES To determine the frequency and characteristics of paediatric emergency department attendances associated with drug-related problems (DRP) at three Victorian hospitals. METHODS All paediatric medical patients attending the emergency department of the Royal Children's Hospital, Geelong Hospital or Box Hill Hospital were considered for inclusion.(More)
PURPOSE Our goal was to determine the accuracy of volume estimation using helical CT. METHOD Helical CT scans were conducted with regularly and irregularly shaped polyvinylchloride bags containing saline of varying volumes immersed in peanut oil during various rates of movement of 0, 10, 15, and 20 cycles/min, using a motorized platform, designed to(More)
AIM To determine the frequency of paediatric hospital admissions associated with drug-related problems (DRPs) at two Australian hospitals. METHODS The investigator and ward pharmacists prospectively screened eligible patients. A multidisciplinary panel reviewed data and established causality, preventability and clinical significance classifications. (More)
BACKGROUND Continuity of care is important for the delivery of quality health care. Despite the abundance of research on this concept in the medical and nursing literature, there is a lack of consensus on its definition. As pharmacists have moved beyond their historical product-centered practice, a source of patient-centered research on continuity of care(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the incidence of hospital admissions for drug-related problems (DRPs) among children, and to examine cases for causality, preventability and clinical severity. DESIGN Prospective assessment involving review of case notes and parent interview to determine if an admission was associated with a DRP. PATIENTS AND SETTING All patients(More)
A national survey was conducted to explore stakeholder opinions about: (1) the domains of activity and criteria used to determine “important” decisions; (2) the “importance” of Drug and Therapeutics Committee (DTC) decisions as an appropriate approach for prioritising implementation and actions and (3) how DTC decisions could be prioritised for action. This(More)
BACKGROUND Often affecting knee joints, osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis and by 2020 is predicted to become the fourth leading cause of disability globally. Without cure, medication management is symptomatic, mostly with simple analgesics such as acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and glucosamine(More)
The personally controlled electronic health record (PCHER) was designed to bring important information together to facilitate effective communication between clinicians and so improve patient care. This national cross-sectional survey of 405 healthcare providers and consumers found that they had relatively low awareness and knowledge about the PCEHR; that(More)
BACKGROUND The global prevalence of diabetes is increasing. Medications are a recommended strategy to control hyperglycaemia. However, patient adherence can be variable, impacting health outcomes. A range of interventions for patients with type 2 diabetes have focused on improving treatment adherence. This review evaluates the impact of these interventions(More)
Health care providers (HCPs) are increasingly aware of pressures on funding for health care services, including high cost medicines (HCMs). Allocating resources to innovative and expensive medications is particularly challenging and the decision-making processes and criteria used to allocate resources to HCMs have not been widely described in the(More)