Mira G. P. Zuidgeest

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BACKGROUND In pre-school children a diagnosis of asthma is not easily made and only a minority of wheezing children will develop persistent atopic asthma. According to the general consensus a diagnosis of asthma becomes more certain with increasing age. Therefore the congruence between asthma medication use and doctor-diagnosed asthma is expected to(More)
PURPOSE Diagnosing asthma in children with asthmatic symptoms remains a challenge, particularly in preschool children. This challenge creates an opportunity for variability in prescribing. The aim of our study was to investigate how and to what degree patient, family, and physician characteristics influence prescribing of asthma medication in children. (More)
OBJECTIVE Many studies evaluated asthma medication use in children in a cross-sectional manner, yet little is known about longitudinal use patterns. This study describes the formation of a longitudinal data set on asthma medication use and shows first results regarding the prevalence and incidence of medication use. METHODS The PIAMA (Prevention and(More)
OBJECTIVE In young children with asthmatic symptoms diagnostic difficulties lead to use of trials of asthma medication as a diagnostic tool. Our aim is to quantify the persistent use of asthma medication, initiated in the first year of life and identify determinants of this persistent use. PATIENTS AND METHODS We identified 165 children within the PIAMA(More)
This is the introductory paper in a series of eight papers. In this series, we integrate the theoretical design options with the practice of conducting pragmatic trials. For most new market-approved treatments, the clinical evidence is insufficient to fully guide physicians and policy makers in choosing the optimal treatment for their patients. Pragmatic(More)
Wheeze has many underlying pathophysiologies in childhood, but is the main reason for anti-asthma drugs prescription. This study was conducted to describe asthma medication use patterns among children in their first eight years of life. Longitudinal medication use data from 777 children participating in the PIAMA study were used. Medication patterns were(More)
Pragmatic trials aim to directly inform health care decision-making through the collection of so-called 'real world data' from observations of comparative treatment effects in clinical practice. In order to ensure the applicability and feasibility of a pragmatic trial, design features may be necessary that deviate from standard research ethics requirements.(More)
OBJECTIVES To illustrate how pragmatic trial design elements or inserting explanatory trial elements in pragmatic trials affect validity, generalizability, precision, and operational feasibility. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING From illustrative examples identified through the IMI Get Real Consortium, we selected randomized drug trials with a pragmatic design(More)
The GetReal consortium of the Innovative Medicines Initiative aims to develop strategies to incorporate real-world evidence earlier into the drug life cycle to better inform health care decision makers on the comparative risks and benefits of new drugs. Pragmatic trials are currently explored as a means to generate such evidence in routine care settings.(More)