Lisa C. Cicutto

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate an asthma education program for children with asthma that is delivered in their school by certified asthma educators from a local hospital-based asthma center. STUDY DESIGN Randomized controlled trial. SETTING Twenty-six elementary schools located in a suburb of Toronto. PARTICIPANTS A total of 256 children in grades 2 to 5 with(More)
BACKGROUND Asthma imposes a heavy and expensive burden on individuals and populations. A population-based surveillance and research program based on health administrative data could measure and study the burden of asthma; however, the validity of a health administrative data diagnosis of asthma must first be confirmed. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the accuracy(More)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a common chronic respiratory disease responsible for significant morbidity and mortality. Population-based health administrative databases provide a powerful and unbiased way of studying COPD in the population, however, their ability to accurately identify patients with this disease must first be confirmed.(More)
This study explored factors that influence self-care from the perspective of individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Seven focus groups were held with individuals who had physician diagnosed COPD and experienced daily symptoms that limited activities. Forty-two subjects participated in the study. All sessions were audiotaped,(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine and predict the persistence of childhood asthma. DESIGN Longitudinal population-based cohort study. SETTING Ontario, Canada. PARTICIPANTS Children born in 1994 and diagnosed with asthma before age 6 years were followed up until age 11 years. Diagnosis of asthma was defined as 1 asthma hospitalization or 2 asthma physician claims(More)
Nocturnal asthma is a frequent problem, but the mechanism is unclear. We investigated the possibility that airways inflammation occurred during the night. Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid was analyzed in asthmatic patients with (n = 7) and without nocturnal asthma (n = 7) at 1600 and 0400 h. The nocturnal asthma group had an increase in the total leukocyte(More)
BACKGROUND Hospitalization rates for asthma vary more than threefold across regions of Ontario. It is not known whether this variation is primarily due to regional differences in the rate of emergency department (ED) visits or hospital admissions. OBJECTIVE To determine the variation in ED visit rates for asthma in Ontario, and the relation between ED(More)
BACKGROUND Limited data exist regarding return to or attainment of paid employment after lung transplantation. Accordingly, the purpose of our study was to identify the issues relating to paid employment after this procedure. METHODS We conducted a mailed survey using Dillman's protocol. We mailed questionnaires to surviving Toronto General Hospital lung(More)
OBJECTIVES To update a previous clinical practice guideline on suctioning in adult patients, published in the Canadian Respiratory Journal in 2001. METHODS A primary search of the MEDLINE (from 1998), CINAHL, EMBASE and The Cochrane Library (all from 1996) databases up to November 2007, was conducted. These dates reflect the search limits reached in the(More)
This study assessed family physicians' and pulmonary specialists' approaches to the treatment of adult outpatient asthma using a self-administered questionnaire consisting of six asthma scenarios of varying severity levels. One hundred sixty-three randomly selected family physicians and pulmonary specialists completed the questionnaire (response rate of(More)