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We sought to estimate the prevalence of potentially inappropriate prescriptions (PIP) and potential prescribing omissions (PPOs) using a subset of the STOPP/START criteria in a population based sample of Irish adults aged ≥65 years using data from The Irish LongituDinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). A subset of 26 PIP indicators and 10 PPO indicators from the(More)
BACKGROUND Ankle syndesmotic injuries are complex and require anatomic reduction and fixation to restore the normal biomechanics of the ankle joint and prevent long-term complications. PURPOSE The aim of this study is to compare the accuracy and maintenance of syndesmotic reduction using TightRope versus syndesmotic screw fixation. STUDY DESIGN Cohort(More)
BACKGROUND The Timed Up and Go test (TUG) is a commonly used screening tool to assist clinicians to identify patients at risk of falling. The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis is to determine the overall predictive value of the TUG in community-dwelling older adults. METHODS A literature search was performed to identify all studies that(More)
This article focuses on the impact of increased duration of exercise therapy on functional recovery after stroke. A comprehensive literature search using multiple databases was used to identify all relevant randomized controlled trials. Their quality was reviewed by two independent assessors, and a narrative systematic review and meta-analysis was(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Additional exercise therapy has been shown to have a positive impact on function after acute stroke and research is now focusing on methods to increase the amount of therapy that is delivered. This randomized controlled trial examined the impact of additional family-mediated exercise (FAME) therapy on outcome after acute stroke. (More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this systematic review with meta-analysis is to determine the predictive value of the ABCD ²at 7 and 90 days across three strata of risk. Background. The risk of stroke after transient ischaemic attack (TIA) is significant. The ABCD ²clinical prediction rule is designed to predict early risk of stroke after TIA. A number of(More)
OBJECTIVES Following appropriate validation, clinical prediction rules (CPRs) should undergo impact analysis to evaluate their effect on patient care. The aim of this systematic review is to narratively review and critically appraise CPR impact analysis studies relevant to primary care. SETTING Primary care. PARTICIPANTS Adults and children. (More)
The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials is to assess the effectiveness of no drainage when compared to drainage in total knee arthroplasty, in terms of recovery of knee flexion, reduction in swelling, length of hospital stay and haemoglobin levels following TKA. Six randomised controlled trials were included.(More)
PURPOSE Although acute stroke care has improved survival, many individuals report dissatisfaction with community reintegration after stroke. The aim of this qualitative meta-synthesis was to examine the barriers and facilitators of community reintegration in the first year after stroke from the perspective of people with stroke. METHODS A systematic(More)
BACKGROUND Inguinal hernias are a significant cause of morbidity. The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis is to determine the totality of evidence regarding the effectiveness of local anaesthesia when compared to spinal anaesthesia in individuals undergoing open inguinal hernia repair. METHODS A systematic literature search was conducted.(More)