Tony Pickering

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the appropriateness of ciprofloxacin-prescribing in the long-term care setting. DESIGN Retrospective chart review. SETTING A large academically oriented long-term care facility. PATIENTS Institutionalized elderly patients with a mean age of 88 years. METHODS One hundred orders were randomly selected for review from all(More)
The UK Science and Innovation Network UK-USA workshop ‘Beating the Superbugs: Hospital Microbiome Studies for tackling Antimicrobial Resistance’ was held on October 14th 2013 at the UK Department of Health, London. The workshop was designed to promote US-UK collaboration on hospital microbiome studies to add a new facet to our collective understanding of(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the levels of agreement between expert respiratory physicians when making a diagnosis of occupational asthma. METHODS 19 cases of possible occupational asthma were identified as part of a larger national observational cohort. A case summary for each case was then circulated to 12 physicians, asking for a percentage likelihood,(More)
BACKGROUND The British Thoracic Society (BTS) Standards of Care (SoC) Committee produced a standard of care for occupational asthma (OA) in 2008, based on a systematic evidence review performed in 2004 by the British Occupational Health Research Foundation (BOHRF). METHODS BOHRF updated the evidence base from 2004-2009 in 2010. RESULTS This article(More)
BACKGROUND Although occupational exposure is a known risk factor for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), it is difficult to identify specific occupational contributors to COPD at the individual level to guide COPD prevention or for compensation. The aim of this study was to gain an understanding of how different expert clinicians attribute likely(More)
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