Milene Fernandes

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Background Patient non-adherence to antibiotic therapy may lead to therapeutic failure, re-infection, and bacterial resistance. Assessing the factors associated with this problem is important for promoting rational use of antibiotics. Objective This study aimed to measure prevalence and reasons for non-adherence to antibiotic treatment and to identify(More)
With expanding indications for cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) capable of treating bradycardias, complex cardiac tachyarrhythmias and heart failure, the number of patients requiring regular long-term specialized care is growing rapidly. Currently, routine face-to-face follow-up consultations for patients with CIEDs are a significant burden on(More)
INTRODUCTION In Portugal, the frequency of patient with treated and controlled hypertension is low. It is unknown the relation of socio-economic determinants with hypertension control, particularly in African immigrants. AIMS To compare frequency of control in treated hypertension and to identify characteristics associated with uncontrolled and treated(More)
BACKGROUND Medication adherence is a multifaceted issue that is influenced by various factors. One factor may be the concurrent use of over-the-counter (OTC)medicines. The use of OTC medicine has been reported as common amongst elderly patients. OBJECTIVE To determine if a correlation exists between the use of OTC medicines and adherence to prescribed(More)
[1] Maynard NG. Satellites, Settlements and Human Health. In: Ridd MK, Hipple JD, editors. Remote Sensing of Human Settlements. Manual of Remote Sensing. 3 ed. Vol. 5. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.; 2005. p. 379-399. [2] Boulos MNK. Towards evidence-based, GIS-driven national spatial health information infrastructure and surveillance services in the(More)
INTRODUCTION Urinary tract infection is the most common infectious complication following renal transplantation and its frequency is insufficiently studied in Portugal. The aim of this study was to characterize the incidence of urinary tract infections and recurrent urinary tract infections in renal transplant recipients. MATERIAL AND METHODS This was a(More)
INTRODUCTION Blood pressure is significantly improved with weight loss. Behavioral interventions for weight loss seem to be less successful in African immigrants. Our main aims were to assess the effect of a dietary and lifestyle intervention on weight among hypertensive Portuguese natives and immigrants and to identify success factors for weight loss, and(More)
BACKGROUND Eventual relationships between the vascular function and transepidermal water loss (TEWL), in vivo,have not been entirely explored. By promoting local perfusion alterations through a well-known challenge test, the'tourniquet-cuff occlusion' manoeuvre, the present study searches for other dynamical factors influencing the cutaneous barrier,(More)
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