Stirling Bryan

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BACKGROUND Back pain remains a challenge for primary care internationally. One model that has not been tested is stratification of the management according to the patient's prognosis (low, medium, or high risk). We compared the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of stratified primary care (intervention) with non-stratified current best practice(More)
OBJECTIVES This report reviews the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of adalimumab, etanercept and infliximab, agents that inhibit tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), when used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in adults. DATA SOURCES Electronic databases were searched up to February 2005. REVIEW METHODS Systematic reviews(More)
OBJECTIVES To review the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (etodolac, meloxicam, celecoxib, rofecoxib, etoricoxib, valdecoxib and lumiracoxib) for osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). DATA SOURCES Electronic databases were searched up to November(More)
BACKGROUND Control of blood pressure is a key component of cardiovascular disease prevention, but is difficult to achieve and until recently has been the sole preserve of health professionals. This study assessed whether self-management by people with poorly controlled hypertension resulted in better blood pressure control compared with usual care. (More)
OBJECTIVES To address the structural issues relating to mortality and quality of life (QoL) effects and to identify data on the general pattern of QoL of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients through a restructured and enhanced version of the Birmingham Preliminary Model (BPM). DATA SOURCES Electronic databases and a postal survey of current UK(More)
OBJECTIVES To provide an overview of alternative approaches to modelling in economic evaluation, and to highlight situations where each of the alternative modelling techniques should be employed. METHODS A review of the available approaches to modelling in the economic evaluation of health care interventions with a leading discussion of examples of(More)
There remains disagreement about the preferred utility-based measure of health-related quality of life for use in constructing quality-adjusted life years (QALYs). The recent development of a new measure, the SF-6D, has highlighted this issue. The SF-6D and EuroQol EQ-5D measure health-related utilities on a scale where 0 represents death and 1 represents(More)
AIMS Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT-P) is an effective treatment for patients with heart failure and cardiac dyssynchrony with moderate or severe symptoms despite pharmacological therapy. The addition of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) function may further reduce the risk of sudden death. We assessed the cost-effectiveness of CRT-P(More)
This paper describes one element of a broad evaluation of a hospital-wide picture archiving and communication system (PACS): an assessment of the views of users of the radiology service, their major causes of dissatisfaction with the service, the incidence of image unavailability, and the consequences of images being unavailable. The principal research(More)
There remains considerable disagreement concerning the preferred generic utility-based measure of health-related quality of life for use in constructing quality-adjusted life years. The recent appearance (in a published form) of a new measure, the SF-6D, has highlighted this issue. The SF-6D and EQ-5D have many similarities, but marked variation has been(More)