Melissa K Hobbs

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This study aimed to determine whether patients with statin-induced myopathy could be identified using the United Kingdom Clinical Practice Research Datalink, whether DNA could be obtained, and whether previously reported associations of statin myopathy with the SLCO1B1 c.521T>C and COQ2 rs4693075 polymorphisms could be replicated. Seventy-seven(More)
BACKGROUND As 5 years have elapsed since the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) was made available without prescription in Australia, information was sought about the current attitudes and practices of pharmacists in relation to their increased role in ECP provision. STUDY DESIGN A mail survey was implemented; questionnaires were distributed to 750(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine current contraceptive management by general practitioners in Australia. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS Analysis of data from a random sample of 3910 Australian GPs who participated in the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) survey, a continuous cross-sectional survey of GP activity, between April 2007 and March(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine general practitioners' attitudes to randomised clinical trials for women with breast cancer. DESIGN Cross-sectional survey with structured face-to-face interviews conducted between December 1997 and May 1998. PARTICIPANTS A random sample of GPs in central Sydney. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES GPs' attitudes to referring women with(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine long-term trends in emergency contraception (EC) management by general practitioners in Australia. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS Data from April 2000 to March 2012 were drawn from the BEACH (Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health) program, a continuous cross-sectional survey of GP activity. We analysed consultations(More)
BACKGROUND GPs often lack time to provide intensive cessation advice for patients who smoke. This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of opportunistic referral of smokers by their GP for telephone cessation counselling by a trained nurse. METHODS Adult smokers (n = 318) attending 30 GPs in South Western Sydney, Australia were randomly allocated to(More)
BACKGROUND The emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) has the potential to assist in reducing unintended pregnancy and abortion rates. Since its rescheduling to pharmacy availability without prescription in Australia in January 2004, there is little information about Australian women's knowledge, attitudes and use of the ECP. The aim of this study was to(More)
BACKGROUND AND METHODOLOGY The levonorgestrel-containing emergency contraceptive pill (ECP), amongst other strategies, has the potential to assist in reducing unintended pregnancy and abortion rates. Since the rescheduling of the ECP in January 2004 to over-the-counter (OTC) status from pharmacies in Australia, there is little information about Australian(More)