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OBJECTIVE We aimed to assess whether GP input into discharge planning for high-risk aged in-patients admitted under the care of a geriatrician results in improved patient outcomes. METHODS We conducted a prospective randomized controlled trial in Sydney, Australia. The subjects were 364 patients aged 60 years and over. The main outcome measures included(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence of errors anonymously reported by general practitioners in NSW. DESIGN The Threats to Australian Patient Safety (TAPS) study used anonymous reporting of errors by GPs via a secure web-based questionnaire for 12 months from October 2003. SETTING General practices in NSW from three groupings: major urban centres (RRMA(More)
The objective of this study was to assess the quality of communications between hospitals and general practitioners (GPs). The proportion of medical records in which the patient's general practitioner (GP) was identified, the accuracy of medications recorded in the discharge summary, the proportion of GPs who received discharge summaries, and the timeliness(More)
Food intake was weighed and recorded daily during one complete menstrual cycle in 18 healthy normally menstruating women. Urinary luteinizing hormone indicated the time of ovulation. Mean daily intakes of energy, macronutrients, and alcohol were calculated for five phases during the menstrual cycle: menses, postmenses, ovulatory, postovulatory, and(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the prevalence of elevated blood lead concentrations in preschool children in central and southern Sydney. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING Children aged from 9 months to 5 years living in 32 randomly selected geographical areas in Central and southern Sydney. METHODS Venous blood lead concentrations were estimated by atomic absorption(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop a taxonomy describing patient safety events in general practice from reports submitted by a random representative sample of general practitioners (GPs), and to determine proportions of reported event types. DESIGN 433 reports received by the Threats to Australian Patient Safety (TAPS) study were analysed by three investigating GPs,(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the distribution of blood lead levels in preschool children in inner Sydney and identify possible sources of environmental lead. DESIGN Cross sectional community based prevalence survey of children and the houses in which they live, and a survey of volunteer children. SETTING Mort Bay and Summer Hill, residential localities in(More)
This prospective study examined the time for 93 women to cease to feel discomfort in their perineal areas after the births of their first babies. Sixty-two of the women had experienced a spontaneous delivery that did not require forceps assistance. In 58 patients, an episiotomy was performed. Of the 35 women in whom an episiotomy was not performed, 24 women(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the iron status of preschool children in Sydney. We assessed 678 children aged 9 to 62 months living in 32 randomly selected census collection districts in central and southern Sydney for iron status using plasma ferritin; of these 678 children, 542 had zinc protoporphyrin tests, red cell indices and haemoglobin(More)