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OBJECTIVES To assess the effect of telecare on health related quality of life, self-care, hospital use, costs and the experiences of patients, informal carers and health care professionals. METHODS Patients were randomly assigned either to usual care or to additionally entering their data into a commercially-available electronic device that uploaded data(More)
BACKGROUND It has long been believed that antibiotics have no role in treating common colds yet they are often prescribed in the belief that they may prevent secondary bacterial infections. Given the increasing concerns about antibiotic resistance it is important to examine the evidence for the benefit of antibiotics for the common cold. OBJECTIVES To(More)
BACKGROUND There is concern about the increasing resistance of antibiotics to common bacteria. Delayed prescribing for respiratory tract infections is a strategy that may reduce the use of antibiotics. AIM To systematically review controlled trials of delayed prescriptions to establish their capacity to reduce antibiotic intake. DESIGN OF STUDY A(More)
AIMS Current New Zealand cardiovascular (CVD) risk management guidelines advocate targeting treatment to patients with a high 5-year CVD risk assessed using a calculator derived from the Framingham Heart Study. For some high-risk population subgroups, a 5% upward adjustment to their calculated 5-year CVD risk is recommended. We estimated the impact of these(More)
BACKGROUND Adherence to antidepressant therapy remains a major issue worldwide. Most people with depression are treated in a general practice setting, but many stop taking antidepressants before completing a six-month course as recommended by guidelines. OBJECTIVES To determine antidepressant adherence rates as indicated in primary care prescribing data(More)
AIMS We sought to determine whether systematic care can reduce the gap in diabetes control between Maori and non-Maori. METHODS A Primary Health Organisation implemented a chronic care management programme for diabetes in 2005. The data constitute an open, prospective cohort followed for approximately two years. Data describing process were also(More)
AIM To determine the effect of antibiotic treatment versus placebo in patients with acute upper respiratory tract infections. METHODS A systematic review and meta-analysis examined the effect of antibiotics versus placebo in randomised controlled trials to initially treat acute upper respiratory tract infections. RESULTS Eight studies of children from(More)
BACKGROUND Concern has been expressed about the relevance of secondary care studies to primary care patients specifically about the effectiveness of antidepressant medication. There is a need to review the evidence of only those studies that have been conducted comparing antidepressant efficacy with placebo in primary care-based samples. OBJECTIVES To(More)
BACKGROUND The common cold is caused by viruses which cannot be helped by antibiotics. OBJECTIVES The objective of this review was to assess the effects of antibiotics for the common cold. SEARCH STRATEGY We searched the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register, MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Family Medicine Database, and reference lists of articles, and we contacted(More)