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OBJECTIVE A secondary analysis of a previously conducted one year randomised controlled trial to evaluate the capacity of responder criteria based on the WOMAC index to detect between treatment group differences. METHODS 255 patients with knee osteoarthritis were randomised to "appropriate care with hylan G-F 20" (AC+H) or "appropriate care without hylan(More)
Venous ulcers are the most common chronic wounds of the lower leg. Skin substitutes recently have been introduced to stimulate nonhealing wounds. To conduct an incremental cost-effectiveness analysis, a model was developed to compare the four-layer bandage system, with and without one application of skin substitute, for the outpatient treatment of venous(More)
OBJECTIVE Secondary analyses of a previously conducted 1-year randomized controlled trial were performed to assess the application of responder criteria in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) using different sets of responder criteria developed by the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) (Propositions A and B) for intra-articular drugs(More)
OBJECTIVES Different pain thresholds were investigated, using the WOMAC Pain Scale (WOMAC-P) to determine if they could differentiate between treatment groups (hylan G-F 20 vs. appropriate care) at low and very low levels of state attainment in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). A method, termed the BLISS (Bellamy et al. Low Intensity Symptom(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to evaluate persistence with denosumab among postmenopausal women with osteoporosis participating in the Canadian patient-support program (ProVital * ). Denosumab is an injectable therapeutic option for osteoporosis that is administered subcutaneously every 6 months. METHODS ProVital, a support program in which(More)
OBJECTIVE First, to assess the clinical effectiveness of hylan G-F 20 in an appropriate care treatment regimen (as defined by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 1995 guidelines) as measured by validated disease-specific outcomes and health-related quality of life endpoints for patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Second, to utilize the(More)
OBJECTIVE To summarise the relationship between joint damage and functional disability in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS A systematic review of the literature from 1990 to 2008 was conducted using MEDLINE and EMBASE databases. The search strategy focused on RA, joint damage and disability. Only longitudinal studies or randomised clinical(More)
OBJECTIVE Viscosupplementation with hylan G-F 20 has recently become registered for treatment of patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee in most parts of the world. The cost effectiveness and cost utility of this new therapeutic modality were determined as part of a Canadian prospective, randomized, 1-year, open-label, multicentered trial. DESIGN A(More)
OBJECTIVE To undertake a 1-year prospective economic evaluation of ciprofloxacin compared with usual antibacterial care (any antibacterial other than a quinolone) for the treatment of acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis (AECB) in adults presenting with a type I or type II AECB. DESIGN Patients entered the study with an initial AECB and were(More)