Kjell Krüger

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BACKGROUND Plaque-type psoriasis produces significant morbidity, has negative effects on patients' health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and represents an economic burden. OBJECTIVES The assessment of disease severity, HRQoL and health care in plaque-type psoriasis in everyday German medical practice. METHODS Details of patients with plaque-type(More)
BACKGROUND Because psoriatic arthritis (PsA) usually develops years after the first manifestation of skin symptoms, in many cases the initial diagnosis of PsA depends on the dermatologist. OBJECTIVES To investigate the prevalence and clinical pattern of PsA in a daily practice population of patients with psoriasis. METHODS Patients were enrolled in an(More)
BACKGROUND Nursing home residents are prone to acute illness due to their high age, underlying illnesses and immobility. We examined the incidence of acute hospital admissions among nursing home residents versus the age-matched community dwelling population in a geographically defined area during a two years period. The hospital stays of the nursing home(More)
BACKGROUND Psychotropic drugs are extensively prescribed for the treatment of neuropsychiatric symptoms, despite modest efficacy and severe side effects. AIMS We examined trends in psychotropic drug prescribing in Norwegian nursing homes from 1997 to 2009, in order to gain insight in practice development. METHODS The study is a secondary data analysis(More)
Hospital admissions from nursing homes have not previously been investigated in Norway. During 12 months all hospital admissions (acute and elective) from 32 nursing homes in Bergen were recorded via the Norwegian ambulance register. The principal diagnosis made during the stay, length of stay, and the ward were sourced from the hospital's data register and(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess renal function in various groups of elderly persons, and to determine the proportion of patients with clinically important renal impairment. DESIGN Cross-sectional study. PARTICIPANTS Three geriatric populations aged 70 years and over, representing increasing levels of care/treatment: community-dwelling elderly referred to a(More)
Background. Nursing homes face challenges in the coming years due to the increased number of elderly. Quality will be under pressure, expectations of the services will rise, and clinical complexity will grow. New strategies are needed to meet this situation. Modern clinical information systems with decision support may be part of that. Objectives. To study(More)
AIMS We wanted to pinpoint any differences in treatment between participating nursing homes, investigate which drugs are currently prescribed most frequently for long-term patients in nursing homes, estimate prevalence of administration for the following drug groups: neuroleptics, antidepressants, antidementia agents, opioids and the(More)
BACKGROUND Use of information technology in the health services has not resulted in the benefits hoped for. An important prerequisite for success may be to structure electronic medical records. Is this assumption research-based? MATERIAL AND METHODS PubMed was searched via Endnote. The search words "medical record (any field) + structured (any field)"(More)
Objectives: Previous research suggests that blood-thinning treatment for patients with atrial fibrillation as well as treatment for patients with heart failure is not adequate among the elderly. We tested this among long-term patients in nursing homes. Methods: Information about the patients (n = 513) was collected during the period March-April 2008. Data(More)