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(1) To describe the prevalence of benzodiazepine use in Belgian nursing homes, with specific attention to indications and dosages. (2) To compare actual and recommended dosages of benzodiazepines for anxiety and insomnia. (3) To explore the risk profile for chronic benzodiazepine use in institutionalised older adults. Medication charts of 1,730 residents(More)
The assessment of cardiovascular function by means of arterial pulse wave analysis (PWA) is well established in clinical practice. PWA is applied to study risk stratification in hypertension, with emphasis on the measurement of the augmentation index as a measure of aortic pressure wave reflections. Despite the fact that the prognostic power of PWA, in its(More)
Guidelines discourage chronic benzodiazepines and related Z drugs (BZD/Zs) for sleep problems. However, prevalence among nursing home residents remains high. Discontinuing these drugs is widely recommended but seems difficult to implement. The aim of our study was to evaluate the overall feasibility in the nursing home, in terms of willingness towards(More)
The estimation of representative blood pressure (BP) levels is difficult in haemodialysis (HD) patients as it is not known whether pre- or postdialytic blood pressure are predictive for the average interdialytic BP. Furthermore, the day-night BP rhythm can be disturbed in HD patients. Therefore, in this study, BP was measured during the interdialytic period(More)
RATIONALE OBJECTIVE The quality of drugs imported into developing countries having a tropical climate may be adversely affected if their formulations have not been optimized for stability under these conditions. The present study investigated the influence of tropical climate conditions (class IV: 40 degrees C, 75% relative humidity) on the drug content, in(More)
INTRODUCTION Given the ever increasing number of obese patients and obesity related bypass surgery, dosing recommendations in the post-bypass population are needed. Using a population pharmacokinetic (PK) analysis and PK-pharmacodynamic (PD) simulations, we investigated whether adequate moxifloxacin concentrations are achieved in this population. METHODS(More)
PURPOSE The aim is to describe the process, principles and results of the International Nonproprietary Name (INN) prescribing project in Belgium. The purpose of this project was to operationalize electronic INN prescribing for outpatient care in daily medical practice and to develop a factual database which can be used in electronic INN prescribing(More)
—We aimed to assess whether arterial distensibility estimated by pulse wave velocity (PWV) and augmentation index (AI) differs between Cameroon traditional pygmies (TPs) on hunter-gather subsistence mode, contemporary pygmies who migrated to semiurban area, and the Bantou farmers (BFs) sharing the same environment. For that purpose, we recorded(More)
ACT-178882, a direct renin inhibitor, was used as a model compound in an elaborate drug–drug interaction study with atorvastatin and simvastatin to explore complex CYP3A4 inductive and inhibitory properties. Thirty-two healthy male subjects received single doses of 20 mg atorvastatin and 20 mg simvastatin on days 1, 9, 31, and 41. On days 6 to 33, 500 mg(More)
A B S T R AC T Developing guidelines on a subject as broad as hypertension is difficult, especially when the guidance relates to hypertension in the chronic kidney disease (CKD) population. The Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes Guideline Development Group has applied a rigorous methodology in reviewing all available evidence, and their(More)
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