Katherine M Duszynski

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OBJECTIVE The use of benzodiazepines by elderly people is of limited therapeutic benefit and increases the risk of adverse events. This study aimed to examine the extent to which benzodiazepines are prescribed for elderly Australians. METHODS Data for 3,970 individuals aged 65 years or more were extracted from a general practice database. Benzodiazepine(More)
Deliberative inclusive approaches, such as citizen juries, have been used to engage citizens on a range of issues in health care and public health. Researchers engaging with the public to inform policy and practice have adapted the citizen jury method in a variety of ways. The nature and impact of these adaptations has not been evaluated. We systematically(More)
INTRODUCTION We sought community opinion on consent alternatives when linking childhood immunisation and hospital attendance records for the purpose of vaccine safety surveillance. METHODS We conducted computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) of a sample of rural and metropolitan residents of South Australia in 2011. RESULTS Of 2002 households(More)
BACKGROUND Depression is a common disease in primary care and produces significant morbidity in the community. Little is known about the outcomes of depression in general practice. OBJECTIVES This research set out to explore both the longitudinal management and outcomes of depression as seen in general practice. METHODS The Medic-GP database is a(More)
BACKGROUND We examined parents' consent preferences and understanding of an opt-in or opt-out invitation to participate in data linkage for post-marketing safety surveillance of childhood vaccines. METHODS A single-blind parallel-group randomised controlled trial: 1129 families of babies born at a South Australian hospital in 2009 were sent information at(More)
OBJECTIVE To quantify how frequently general practitioners in Australia prescribe antibiotics for acute bronchitis, which antibiotics are used, and whether there are subgroups of patients who might benefit from their use. DESIGN AND SETTING A retrospective descriptive study using 3 sets of data: Australian Sentinel Practice Research Network, the Bettering(More)
AIMS To collect data on the behaviours associated with the prescription of pharmacotherapies (bupropion, acamprosate and naltrexone) for nicotine and alcohol dependence in Australian clinical practice. DESIGN Self-administered questionnaire. SETTING Australian clinical practice. PARTICIPANTS Three specialties, psychiatrists, gastroenterologists and(More)
INTRODUCTION No consent for health and medical research is appropriate when the criteria for a waiver of consent are met, yet some ethics committees and data custodians still require informed consent. METHODS A single-blind parallel-group randomised controlled trial: 1129 families of children born at a South Australian hospital were sent information(More)
BACKGROUND Appropriate understanding of health information by patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) is fundamental for better management of risk factors and improved morbidity, which can also benefit their quality of life. OBJECTIVES To assess the relationship between health literacy and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with(More)
Observational databases are increasingly acknowledged for their value in clinical investigation. Australian general practice in particular presents an exciting opportunity to examine treatment in a natural setting. The paper explores issues such as privacy and confidentiality--foremost considerations when conducting this form of pharmacoepidemiological(More)