Mary Joan Macleod

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OBJECTIVES Study objectives were to investigate the prevalence and causes of prescribing errors amongst foundation doctors (i.e. junior doctors in their first (F1) or second (F2) year of post-graduate training), describe their knowledge and experience of prescribing errors, and explore their self-efficacy (i.e. confidence) in prescribing. METHOD A(More)
Despite many years of study, questions remain about why patients do or do not take medicines and what can be done to change their behaviour. Hypertension is poorly controlled in the UK and poor compliance is one possible reason for this. Recent questionnaires based on the self-regulatory model have been successfully used to assess illness perceptions and(More)
Lesions of the occipital cortex result in areas of cortical blindness affecting the corresponding regions of the patient's visual field. The traditional view is that, aside from some spontaneous recovery in the first few months after the damage, when acute effects have subsided the areas of blindness are absolute and permanent. It has been found, however,(More)
The term blindsight, coined by Larry Weiskrantz, describes those discrimination abilities that can be elicited with visual stimuli restricted to the blindfield of a patient with occipital brain lesion or damaged optic radiation. Over the past 3 decades, many aspects of blindsight have been investigated including detection of basic stimulus attributes such(More)
OBJECTIVE Cerebral perfusion imaging with computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) is widely available. The optimum perfusion values to identify tissue at risk of infarction in acute stroke are unclear. We systematically reviewed CT and MR perfusion imaging in acute ischemic stroke. METHODS We searched for papers on MR or CT perfusion performed(More)
INTRODUCTION Against the background of current debate over university funding and widening access, we aimed to examine the relationships between student debt, mental health and academic performance. METHODS We carried out an electronic survey of all medical undergraduate students at the University of Aberdeen during May-June 2004. The questionnaire(More)
Blindsight is the ability of some cortically blind patients to discriminate visual events presented within their field defect. We have examined a fundamental aspect of visual processing, namely the detection of spatial structures presented within the field defect of 10 cortically blind patients. The method outlined is based on the detection of high-contrast(More)
AIMS Prescribing errors are an important cause of patient safety incidents, generally considered to be made more frequently by junior doctors, but prevalence and causality are unclear. In order to inform the design of an educational intervention, a systematic review of the literature on prescribing errors made by junior doctors was undertaken. METHODS(More)
Genetic factors have been implicated in stroke risk, but few replicated associations have been reported. We conducted a genome-wide association study (GWAS) for ischemic stroke and its subtypes in 3,548 affected individuals and 5,972 controls, all of European ancestry. Replication of potential signals was performed in 5,859 affected individuals and 6,281(More)
Ischaemic stroke is a common disorder with genetic and environmental components contributing to overall risk. Atherothromboembolic abnormalities, which play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of ischaemic stroke, are often the end result of dysregulation of lipid metabolism. The ATP Binding Cassette Transporter (ABCA1) is a key gene involved in lipid(More)