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PURPOSE The relative effectiveness of the diverse approaches used to promote preventive care activities, such as cancer screening and adult immunization, is unknown. Despite many high-quality published studies, practices and policymakers attempting to improve preventive care have little definitive information on which to base decisions. Thus, we(More)
The validity of a short questionnaire on fertility problems was tested on a group of 151 moderately educated women who had participated in a prospective study on early pregnancy failure some years before. Part of this group was approached by a personal interview, another part by telephone interviews and a third part was sent a questionnaire by mail.(More)
OBJECTIVES To develop effective and targeted interventions to improve care for patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), insight is needed into the factors that influence the quality of antibiotic use. Therefore, we measured the performance of nine quality indicators and studied determinants of variation in the quality of antibiotic use. PATIENTS(More)
To assess the response to the reemergence of lymphogranuloma venereum, we conducted a cross-sectional survey by administering a structured questionnaire to representatives from 26 European countries. Responses were received from 18 countries. The ability to respond quickly and the measures used for outbreak detection and control varied. Evidence-based(More)
After an imported case of Marburg hemorrhagic fever was reported in 2008 in the Netherlands, control measures to prevent transmission were implemented. To evaluate consequences of these measures, we administered a structured questionnaire to 130 contacts classified as either having high-risk or low-risk exposure to body fluids of the case-patient; 77(More)
PURPOSE To drive decisions on antibiotic therapy in the intensive care unit (ICU), we developed an antibiotic care bundle (ABC-Bundle) with evidence-based recommendations (EBRs) for antibiotic prescriptions. METHODS We conducted a 3-step prospective study. First, a systematic review of the literature reporting EBRs for antibiotic usage in the ICU was(More)
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