Sławomir Chlabicz

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BACKGROUND Lower-respiratory-tract infection is one of the most common acute illnesses managed in primary care. Few placebo-controlled studies of antibiotics have been done, and overall effectiveness (particularly in subgroups such as older people) is debated. We aimed to compare the benefits and harms of amoxicillin for acute lower-respiratory-tract(More)
OBJECTIVE The Polish results of the international Happy Audit 2 project are reported which objective was to present therapeutic decisions made by general practitioners (especially antibiotics prescribed) and diagnostic methods applied to patients with respiratory tract infections (RTI). MATERIAL AND METHODS [corrected] Following each visit of patient with(More)
BACKGROUND Understanding the distribution of HCV genotypes has implications for prognosis and therapy of hepatitis C. OBJECTIVES To describe the distribution of HCV genotypes in Poland in relation to route of transmission and year of infection. STUDY DESIGN Patients with chronic liver disease were evaluated at the Department of Infectious Diseases,(More)
Many hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected individuals do not have any obvious risk factors and one of the putative sources of infection may be inadvertent exposure to infected blood or body fluids in the clinical setting. The aim of this study was to assess the role of medical procedures in transmission of hepatitis C in north-eastern Poland. In total, 194(More)
The aim of this study was to describe the distribution of hepatitis C genotypes among intravenous drug users in north-eastern Poland. The study group included intravenous drug users recruited at a drug treatment center and a clinic for HIV-infected patients. HCV infection was confirmed by qualitative nested RT-PCR to test for the presence of HCV RNA.(More)
Oral anticoagulants (OAC) are commonly used as a life-long therapy in prevention of systemic embolism in patients with atrial fibrillation, valvular heart disease and prosthetic hart valves and in the primary and secondary prevention of venous thromboembolism. They are also used for the prevention of thromboembolic events in patients with acute myocardial(More)
BACKGROUND Patient satisfaction is a complex and difficult concept to measure, thus precluding the use of exclusively quantitative methods for its description. The purpose of this survey was firstly to identify particular healthcare dimensions that determine a patient's satisfaction or dissatisfaction; and secondly to attempt to typologise the patients'(More)
Inflammation of the vascular wall with endothelial dysfunction and subsequent activation of inflammatory immune response play pivotal roles in the early development of the atherosclerotic process not only in adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but also in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). This hypothesis was supported by our findings(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe sore throat management by primary care physicians in Poland. METHODS We sent questionnaires to all primary care doctors in Podlaskie voievodship (north-eastern Poland) with clinical vignettes depicting patients with symptoms of sore throat. The probability of bacterial (streptococcal) infection was estimated using Centor's scale(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to determine how the time factor affected the patients' perception of the acceptability of the primary health care system and to assess their satisfaction with family physician care. DESIGN A series of cross-sectional studies was conducted in 1998, 2002 and 2006, using face-to-face interviews with structured(More)