Serena Pecchioli

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Despite the high use of antidepressants (ADs) among the elderly, there is limited information about the prescribing pattern of these drugs in the Italian elderly population. The aim of this study was to analyze the trend in the use of ADs in the Italian elderly patients in the years 2003-2009, and specifically, to evaluate rates and predictors of AD(More)
OBJECTIVES To estimate the prevalence and incidence of epilepsy in Italy using a national database of general practitioners (GPs). METHODS The Health Search CSD Longitudinal Patient Database (HSD) has been established in 1998 by the Italian College of GPs. Participants were 700 GPs, representing a population of 912,458. For each patient, information on(More)
OBJECTIVES To explore the antibiotic prescribing pattern for cystitis and the patient-related variables associated with prescription during a 4 year period among Italian general practitioners (GPs). METHODS We obtained information from the 'Health Search Database' (HSD), an Italian general practice research database. From a total sample of 457 672(More)
UNLABELLED Analyses of healthcare data from 30 million individuals in three countries showed that current use of bisphosphonates may be associated with a small increased risk of cardiac valvulopathy (vs. those not exposed within the previous year), although confounding cannot be entirely ruled out. The observed tendency for decreased valvulopathy risk with(More)
BACKGROUND There are no studies on prevalence, incidence and comorbidities of Parkinson's disease (PD) in the Italian population. METHODS The database of 700 Italian general practitioners (population, 923,356) was investigated. All patients with International Classification of Diseases Ninth Revision - Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) diagnosis of PD(More)
BACKGROUND Mood disorders are managed predominantly in primary care. However, general practitioners' (GPs) ability to detect and diagnose patients with mood disorders is still considered unsatisfactory. The aim of the present study was to identify predictors for the early recognition of depressive disorder (DD) and bipolar disorder (BD) in general practice.(More)
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