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BACKGROUND We conducted a retrospective population-based study to estimate the incidence of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy, from 2001 to 2009. METHODS Multiple sources were used for case ascertainment: Health databases, archives of the neurology departments and of the regional chapter of the Italian ALS Association.(More)
Since 1996, Italian national guidelines have recommended to regions the implementation of organised screening programmes for cervical cancer. As in the previous years, starting from 1998, we collected aggregated tables of data from Italian organised cervical screening programmes in order to centrally compute process indicators. In 2005, the target(More)
To assess the adequacy of a routine screening to identify cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 2 or worse (CIN2+) in women over 50 years of age, a retrospective cohort was set in six Italian organised population-based screening programmes. In all, 287 330 women (1 714 550 person-years of observation, 1110 cases) screened at age 25-64, with at least two(More)
People with HIV/AIDS (PWHA) have increased risk of some cancers. The introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapies (HAART) has improved their life expectancy, exposing them to the combined consequences of aging and of a prolonged exposure to cancer risk factors. The aim of this study was to estimate incidence rates (IR) in PWHA in Italy, before and(More)
Several epidemiological studies reported an association between antibiotic consumption in the first year of life and later asthma, but results are conflicting and affected by potential biases. We examined this controversial issue in a population-based birth cohort. Using administrative data, we identified 143,163 children born in 1995–2011 in Friuli-Venezia(More)
UNLABELLED Comprehensive information on prescription patterns of antibiotics in Italy is scarce. This study describes the use of systemic antibiotics in children according to age and sex in Friuli Venezia Giulia, north-east Italy. A pharmacological prescription database was used to identify individual prescriptions provided to all 0-15-y-old resident(More)
BACKGROUND Injury severity measures are based either on the Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) or the International Classification of diseases (ICD). The latter is more convenient because routinely collected by clinicians for administrative reasons. To exploit this advantage, a proprietary program that maps ICD-9-CM into AIS codes has been used for many years.(More)
Identifying chronic obstructive disease (COPD) cases is required to estimate COPD prevalence, to enroll COPD cohorts and to estimate air pollution health effects. Administrative health data are frequently used to identify COPD cases, though their validity has not been satisfactorily assessed. This paper aims to assess the contribution of pharmaceutical data(More)
BACKGROUND Chemotherapy administration is a high-risk process. Aim of this study was to evaluate the frequency, type, preventability, as well as potential and actual severity of outpatient chemotherapy prescribing errors in an Oncology Department where electronic prescribing is used. METHODS Up to three electronic prescriptions per patient record were(More)
The target population of Italian organised cervical screening programmes that were active (that invited at least 1000 women) in 2004 was 10,206,741 women, corresponding to 64% of the Italian female population in the 25-64 year age range. This proportion was 66%, 83% and 49% in Northern, Central, and Southern Italy respectively. Some 27% of this target(More)