Virginia Recchia

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Guidelines on informed consent for clinical practice exhort physicians to use standard plain language to enhance patient comprehension and facilitate shared decision making. The aim of this study was to assess and improve quality and readability of current informed consent forms used in cardiology. We evaluated the currently used informed consent forms,(More)
BACKGROUND Inappropriate ionising medical imaging has been escalating in the last decades. This trend leads to potential damage to health and has been associated to bioethical and legal issues of patient autonomy. METHODS While the doctrine underlines the importance of using informed consent to improve patient autonomy and physician-patient communication,(More)
The phenomenon of inappropriateness in ionizing imaging and medical interventions is large-scale and increasing. This tendency causes noteworthy damages to health and to patient's autonomy. Moreover, this trend causes a huge increment of health expenditures, waiting lists, organizational conflicts, judicial disputes, insurance compensations. The actual(More)
Biofiltration (BF) was performed on 60 patients from 12 dialytic centers in Puglia. The protocol was 9-10.5 hours a week with 1.2 m2 PAN dialyzers. A dialysate with 140 Na+, 2-2.5 K+, 3.5-4 Ca++, 38 mEq/l acetate was used in 49 patients; the acetate was replaced by bicarbonate (35-40 mEq/l) in 11 patients. The same patients were treated for 1 year with(More)
A checking form was introduced in order to test the completeness of electronic and paper patient's charts in a radiotherapy department which had introduced record-and-verify system (RVS) and to improve tha staff performance. The chosen items for the electronic chart were 9 and 5 for paper chart. 223 patients were reviewed in two phases. The data analysis(More)
We thank Prof. Vock for his noteworthy and constructive commentary [1]. This gives us the opportunity to briefly provide additional observations to elaborate this topic further. We agree with Prof. Vock that our theoretical approach [2] may not be applied in a non-invasive and low-dose medical imaging. Nevertheless, this makes the innovation that we are(More)
Clotting time under basal conditions and 30', 60' and 120' after 100 I.U. heparin/kg i.v. was determined in four groups:1) 15 healthy subjects aged less than 50 yr; 2) 27 "healthy" subjects over 65 yr; 3) 20 subjects with either myeloma (7 cases), benign monoclonal gammopathy (7) or rheumatoid arthritis (6); 4) 4 subjects with amyloidosis (2 primary, 1(More)
The key word patient engagement is worldwide becoming a " must do " for academics, industries and policy makers in the healthcare arena. The academic and managerial " buzz " on patient engagement is growing at a dizzying pace. In 2015, 665,300 new web indices were found on Google.com with the key words " patient engagement, " including 1,230 news pages and(More)
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