Margrethe Smidth

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BACKGROUND An important prerequisite for the Chronic Care Model is to be able to identify, in a valid, simple and inexpensive way, the population with a chronic condition that needs proactive and planned care. We investigated if a set of administrative data could be used to identify patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in a Danish population.(More)
Tender points may be identified by two methods, either by palpation or employment of a pressure-algometer. The inter- and intra-observer agreements between the two methods are investigated in the present article. The investigation consists of three sections: 1. Twenty-five female patients with various rheumatic conditions were examined by two investigators(More)
BACKGROUND People living with chronic disease currently account for the majority of the total healthcare costs. The Central Denmark Region implemented a disease management programme (DMP) for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in 2008. This presented an opportunity to examine the effect of an evidence-based, planned and proactive implementation of(More)
BACKGROUND Introduction and diffusion of new disease management programs in healthcare is usually slow, but active theory-driven implementation seems to outperform other implementation strategies. However, we have only scarce evidence on the feasibility and real effect of such strategies in complex primary care settings where municipalities, general(More)
BACKGROUND The growing population living with chronic conditions calls for efficient healthcare-planning and effective care. Implementing disease-management-programmes is one option for responding to this demand. Knowledge is scarce about the effect of implementation processes and their effect on patients; only few studies have reported the effectiveness of(More)
One hundred patients admitted consecutively to Kong Christian X Hospital for rheumatic conditions were examined for symptoms of fibromyalgia. 47% of the patients had not only histories of pain in three or more anatomically separate regions but also presence of at least seven tender points in the soft tissues on palpation of 15 sites of predilection for(More)
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