Raquel Barba

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE We sought to determine whether previous or incident dementia increases the risk of mortality after stroke. METHODS We assessed clinical, functional, and cognitive status in 324 consecutive stroke patients who were followed up for 24 months. Prestroke dementia was diagnosed at admission (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental(More)
BACKGROUND Advice from a medical expert on concerns and queries expressed anonymously through the Internet by patients and later posted on the Web, offers a new type of patient-doctor relationship. The aim of the current study was to perform a descriptive analysis of questions about AIDS and hepatitis made to an infectious disease expert and sent through(More)
Differences in hospital staffing may influence outcomes for patients with acute conditions, including acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), depending on which day of the week the patients are admitted. This study was conducted to determine whether weekend admission increases the risk of dying in hospital. We analysed the(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES Obesity is an independent risk factor for the development of heart failure. Several recent studies have found better outcomes of heart failure for obese patients, an observation termed as the "obesity paradox." On the other hand, the negative effect of malnutrition on the evolution of heart failure has also been clearly(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the present study is to analyze the incidence of hip fracture as a complication of admissions to internal medicine units in Spain. METHODS We analyzed the clinical data of 2,134,363 adults who had been admitted to internal medicine wards. The main outcome was a diagnosis of hip fracture during hospitalization.Outcome measures(More)
There is evidence that indicates the involvement of environmental and genetic factors in the pathogenesis of post-stroke dementia (PSD). In the present work, we examined different polygenic influences on the risk of PSD in a series of stroke patients. We studied 150 consecutive patients evaluated 3 months after suffering acute strokes. All patients were(More)
The Objective of this research was to study the relationship of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) genotype with serum triglycerides concentration in stroke patients. The insertion/deletion (I/D) ACE polymorphism was identified by using polymerase chain reaction in 122 prospectively studied ischemic stroke patients (age 45-91 years). Serum triglycerides(More)
BACKGROUND HIV-immigrant use of health services and related cost has hardly been analysed. We compared resource utilisation patterns and direct health care costs between Spanish and immigrant HIV-infected patients. METHODS All HIV-infected adult patients treated during the years 2003-2005 (372 patients) in this hospital were included. We evaluated the(More)
Competing interests 'The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests.' Acknowledgments The authors thank the Spanish Minister of Health for the permission to obtain of the data. How does this advance the field? " Data from a few clinical studies suggest that hospital function less effectively on weekends than on weekdays. Even small differences(More)
BACKGROUND This study investigates the clinical use of neuroleptics within a general hospital in acutely ill medical or surgical patients and its relation with dementia three months after admission compared with control subjects. METHODS Cases were defined as every adult patient to whom a neuroleptic medication was prescribed during their hospitalization(More)