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BACKGROUND Patients' non-adherence to medical treatment remains a persistent problem. Many interventions to improve patient adherence are unsuccessful and sound theoretical foundations are lacking. Innovations in theory and practice are badly needed. A new and promising way could be to review the existing reviews of adherence to interventions and identify(More)
BACKGROUND A growing number of countries are introducing some form of nurse prescribing. However, international reviews concerning nurse prescribing are scarce and lack a systematic and theoretical approach. The aim of this review was twofold: firstly, to gain insight into the scientific and professional literature describing the extent to and the ways in(More)
BACKGROUND Ethnic differences in health care utilisation are frequently reported in research. Little is known about the concordance between different methods of data collection among ethnic minorities. The aim of this study was to examine to which extent ethnic differences between self-reported data and data based on electronic medical records (EMR) from(More)
PURPOSE Headaches and abdominal pain are examples of minor ailments that are generally self-limiting. We examined the extent to which patterns of visits to family physicians for minor ailments, such as headaches or abdominal pain, cluster within families. METHODS Using information from the Second Dutch National Survey of General Practice for 96 family(More)
BACKGROUND The intensity of the use of antidepressants in large populations can nowadays relatively easily be estimated using databases encompassing prescription data. There are shortcomings when using prescription databases as they contain no clinical data on patient illness. Antidepressants are prescribed for different illnesses, thus information on the(More)
PURPOSE To study the use of antidepressants in children and adolescents in Dutch general practice in 2001 and 2005 and to determine off-label prescribing. METHODS Data were obtained from the Netherlands Information Network of General Practice (LINH) that comprised 97 practices in 2001 and 73 practices in 2005. General practitioners (GPs) recorded(More)
BACKGROUND In pre-school children a diagnosis of asthma is not easily made and only a minority of wheezing children will develop persistent atopic asthma. According to the general consensus a diagnosis of asthma becomes more certain with increasing age. Therefore the congruence between asthma medication use and doctor-diagnosed asthma is expected to(More)
BACKGROUND Antidepressants are frequently prescribed but results regarding their efficacy have been equivocal for different spectra of the severity continuum and their side-effects are often burdensome. Non-adherence is a likely consequence. The objective was therefore to examine patients' trade-offs between the efficacy, side-effects and other drawbacks of(More)
BACKGROUND Non-adherence to statins is substantial and is associated with numerous perceptions and experiences. However, time limits in clinical practice constrain in depth explorations of these perceptions and experiences. OBJECTIVES To propose and examine a strategy aimed at an efficient assessment of a wide array of perceptions and experiences(More)
Children differ from adults in many aspects of pharmacotherapy, including capabilities for drug administration, medicine-related toxicity, and taste preferences. It is essential that pediatric medicines are formulated to best suit a child's age, size, physiologic condition, and treatment requirements. To ensure adequate treatment of all children, different(More)