Susan Wells

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OBJECTIVE To investigate whether the risk of motorcycle crash related injuries is associated with the conspicuity of the driver or vehicle. DESIGN Population based case-control study. SETTING Auckland region of New Zealand from February 1993 to February 1996. PARTICIPANTS 463 motorcycle drivers (cases) involved in crashes leading to hospital treatment(More)
TOPIC This article reviews the literature on shared decision making in health and mental health and discusses tools in general health that are proposed for adaptation and use in mental health. PURPOSE To offer findings from literature and a product development process to help inform/guide those who wish to create or implement materials for shared decision(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the recording of smoking status and factors associated with the recording of smoking status in general practitioner (GP) electronic medical records (EMRs) in New Zealand, and the suitability of this source as a prevalence measure. SETTING General practices affiliated with an Auckland-based primary health organisation. POPULATION(More)
BACKGROUND In May 2009, the New Zealand government announced a new policy aimed at improving the quality of Emergency Department care and whole hospital performance. Governments have increasingly looked to time targets as a mechanism for improving hospital performance and from a whole system perspective, using the Emergency Department waiting time as a(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate organizational strategies to promote personal health records (PHRs) adoption with a focus on patients with chronic disease. METHODS Using semi-structured interviews and a web-based survey, we sampled US health delivery organizations which had implemented PHRs for at least 12 months, were recognized as PHR innovators, and had(More)
BACKGROUND Many national cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factor management guidelines now recommend that drug treatment decisions should be informed primarily by patients' multi-variable predicted risk of CVD, rather than on the basis of single risk factor thresholds. To investigate the potential impact of treatment guidelines based on CVD risk thresholds(More)
NOTICE: this is the authors' full version of a work that was accepted for publication in The Lancet. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as structural formatting and other quality control mechanisms are not reflected in this document. Changes have been made to this work since it was accepted for publication, marked in indigo italics in the(More)