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BACKGROUND Cross-cultural comparison of mental health service utilisation and costs is complicated by the heterogeneity of service systems. For data to be locally meaningful yet internationally comparable, a carefully constructed approach to its collection is required. AIMS To develop a research method and instrument for the collection of data on the(More)
BACKGROUND This paper, part of the European Psychiatric Services: Inputs Linked to Outcome Domains and Needs (EPSILON) Study, reports the development, reliability and internal consistency of the Lancashire Quality of Life Profile--European Version (LQoLP-EU) in a representative sample of people with schizophrenia from five European sites. METHOD The(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare subjective quality of life (QOL) and objective QOL indicators in patients with schizophrenia from five European sites: Amsterdam, Copenhagen, London, Santander and Verona. METHOD A representative sample of 404 patients with schizophrenia, in contact with mental health services, was randomly selected and evaluated with the Lancashire(More)
BACKGROUND Satisfaction with mental health services is an important quality and outcome variable. The Verona Service Satisfaction Scale (VSSS) is a well-established method for measuring service satisfaction. AIM To report the development and reliability study of the European Version of the VSSS (VSSS-EU). METHOD A sample of people with schizophrenia on(More)
The aim of the present paper is to present the initial phases of the development of the Spanish version of the "World Health Organization Disablement Assessment Schedule II" WHO-DAS-II and also to describe the quantitative and qualitative methodological strategies used in the elaboration process of an instrument: i) compatible with the new International(More)
BACKGROUND Research on the comparison of mental health services has identified the need for internationally standardised and reliable measurements. AIMS To describe the strategies adopted in the European Psychiatric Services: Inputs Linked to Outcome Domains and Needs (EPSILON) Study for the translation and cross-cultural adaptation of five European(More)
From July 1974 to January 1986, 50 patients underwent conservative repair for rheumatic aortic valvular disease at our institution. Eleven were male and 39 female, with an average age of 39.5 years (range 17-57). The aortic lesion was associated in all cases with a predominant mitral lesion. Twenty-five also had tricuspid disease which was surgically(More)
This article describes the general findings of the initial cross-sectional stage of a prospective follow-up study of all first episodes of schizophrenia that occurred in the Autonomous Community of Cantabria over a 2-year period and that established contact with any mental health service. The project comprises: i) a 2-year cross-sectional stage, in which(More)
OBJECTIVE To adapt the European Service Mapping Schedule (ESMS) for use in Spain and assess the quality of this schedule. METHOD Following linguistic and conceptual translation, 77 services in five Spanish catchment areas were described by independent local raters, including two experts in health services research. Feasibility (applicability.(More)
From March 1982 through December 1986, 139 Mitroflow pericardial heart valves were utilized in 129 patients. There were 69 males and 60 females, with an average age of 55.2, range 26 to 74 years. Eighty-nine patients underwent isolated aortic valve replacements, 27 isolated mitral valve replacements, 3 isolated tricuspid valve replacements, 10 mitro-aortic(More)