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BACKGROUND In the clinical-practice setting, only a small percentage of patients treated with antihypertensive drugs become normotensive. Furthermore, the diversity of drug classes used makes comparison of treatments difficult. OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to characterize the types and efficacy of antihypertensive treatments used in primary care(More)
Background: Depression is one of the most ancient and common diseases of the human race and its burden on society is really impressive. This stems both from the epidemiological spread (lifetime prevalence rate, up to 30 years of age, was estimated as greater than 14.4% by Angst et al.) and from the economic burden on healthcare systems and society, but also(More)
Many studies have indicated the adequate use of lipid-lowering drugs (LLDs) as a factor in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, in clinical practice, a very high percentage of patients are not adequately treated. To analyze the management of hypercholesterolemia in a non-experimental setting and to estimate the factors associated with poor(More)
INTRODUCTION acromegalic therapeutic goals are directed at removing the tumor, preventing tumor re-growth and reducing long-term morbidity and mortality. In this scenario, the acromegalic patient needs a variety of health resources (diagnostic tests, surgery, radiotherapy, specialist visits and drugs) for his/her cure, in order to decrease/stop the(More)
AIMS To evaluate the cost of illness from hypertension for the Italian National Health System (NHS). METHODS AND RESULTS A prospective analysis was carried out on clinical and economic data recorded in the general practitioners' (GPs) database. Twenty-one GPs working in the Ravenna area in Italy took part in the project on a voluntary basis. The study(More)
This review collects together data concerning the measurement of patient behavior towards antihypertensives, considering all its aspects - adherence, persistence and switching. The wide heterogeneity of terms, outcome definitions and methods of assessment (the multiplicity of approaches did not allow a full meta-analysis, but a qualitative description of(More)
BACKGROUND chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) has been commonly reported as one of the most distressing adverse effects among treated patients with cancer. Inadequately treated, CINV can lead to increased resource utilization and severely impair patients' daily functioning and quality of life. Direct costs include acquisition cost of antiemetic(More)
BACKGROUND Most of the studies on the identification of cardiovascular risk factors have been conducted either in northern Europe or in the United States. However, genetic as well as dietary factors may vary across different countries and geographical areas and there are few data about the cardiovascular risk profile in our country. METHODS A sample of(More)