Swu-Jane Lin

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BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to determine the validity of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) diagnosis coding in the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) by cross-comparisons of discharge diagnoses listed in the NHIRD with those in the medical records obtained from a medical center in Taiwan. METHODS This was a cross-sectional study(More)
The prescribing frequency, subjective familiarity, and two measures of similarity as predictors of error in immediate free recall of drug names were assessed. The study design utilized prospective, computer-based, word memory experiments in which 30 pharmacists and 66 college students were asked to immediately recall 15 lists of three three-syllable drug(More)
BACKGROUND 1st generation 5-hydroxytryptamine receptor antagonists (5-HT3 RAs), and palonosetron, a 2nd generation 5-HT3 RA, are indicated for the prevention of chemotherapy (CT)-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) associated with moderately (MEC) and highly emetogenic CT agents (HEC). This study explores the impact of step therapy policies requiring use of(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine the validity of in-hospital mortality records in the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) by cross-comparing with death records from the electronic medical records (EMR) of a medical center in southern Taiwan. METHODS Data on patients admitted to the medical center for acute myocardial(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to compare the risk of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) events for various 5-HT(3) RAs in patients who received moderately (MEC) or highly emetogenic chemotherapy (HEC) by evaluating hospital or emergency department (ED) admissions. METHODS PharMetrics claims database was used to identify patients diagnosed(More)
PURPOSE Previous studies have demonstrated sulpiride to be significantly more effective than haloperidol, risperidone and olanzapine in schizophrenic treatment; however, only limited information is available on the potential risks associated with sulpiride treatment. This study attempts to provide information on the potential risks of sulpiride treatment of(More)
Clinicians and patients often confuse drug names that sound alike. We conducted auditory perception experiments in the United States to assess the impact of similarity, familiarity, background noise and other factors on clinicians' (physicians, family pharmacists, nurses) and laypersons' ability to identify spoken drug names. We found that accuracy(More)
The area configuration of healthcare resources, such as the number of hospitals per hundred thousand population, has often been used in healthcare planning and policy making to estimate the global access (potential access) of health services to a local population. However, the actual utilization of the "available" healthcare resources (revealed access) is(More)
We compared persistence of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) including carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, gabapentin, lamotrigine, topiramate, valproic acid, and phenytoin in an Asian population with epilepsy.A retrospective cohort study was conducted by analyzing Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD). Adult epilepsy patients newly prescribed(More)
BACKGROUND Colonoscopy is the most widely used test to screen for colorectal cancer but its use may be hindered by patients' inability to complete the bowel preparation. Patient-reported satisfaction with bowel-cleansing preparations has received little attention. We assessed the reliability and validity of a patient satisfaction survey used in two large,(More)
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