Karen S W Chia

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The aim of this study was to assess health literacy (word recognition and comprehension) in patients at a rural rheumatology practice and to compare this to health literacy levels in patients from an urban rheumatology practice.Inclusion criteria for this cross-sectional study were as follows: ≥18-year-old patients at a rural rheumatology practice(More)
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a clinical condition characterised by raised pulmonary artery pressure, which results in increased right ventricular afterload and dyspnoea. This is accompanied by reduced exercise capacity, quality of life and, eventually, death. An increasing range of targeted medications has transformed the treatment of pulmonary arterial(More)
OBJECTIVES To improve osteoporosis (OSP) management following minimal trauma fracture (MTF) with few additional resources. DESIGN Population intervention with serial cross-sectional analysis. SETTING Regional setting involving primary care, base hospital and private hospital. PARTICIPANTS Patients with MTF. INTERVENTION A 'Fracture Card' prompting(More)
INTRODUCTION Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a potentially life-threatening condition characterised by elevated pulmonary artery pressure. Early stage PH patients are often asymptomatic. Disease progression is associated with impairment of right ventricular function and progressive dyspnoea. Current guidelines recommend exercise training (grade IIa, level(More)
The aim of this study was to assess health literacy (word recognition and comprehension) in patients at a rural rheumatology practice and to compare this to health literacy levels in patients from an urban rheumatology practice. Inclusion criteria for this cross-sectional study were as follows: !18-year-old patients at a rural rheumatology practice(More)
OBJECTIVE To report the initial 18 months experience of the first multi-disciplinary regional Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) Clinic in Australia. DESIGN Prospective cohort study. SETTING Community setting on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. PARTICIPANTS A total of 47 patients (mean age±standard error of the mean: 71.8±1.8 years;(More)
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