Wilma J M Scholte op Reimer

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Few data are available on the specific caregiving-related problems of stroke patients' caregivers and factors that influence the burden of these caregivers. The aim of this study was to describe the level and specific nature of the burden of caregiving as experienced by stroke patients' partners and to estimate the relative(More)
AIMS The purpose of the Euro Heart Survey Programme of the European Society of Cardiology is to evaluate to which extent clinical practice endorses existing guidelines as well as to identify differences in population profiles, patient management, and outcome across Europe. The current survey focuses on the invasive diagnosis and treatment of patients with(More)
Background: Stroke is a major cause of death and long-term disability in Western societies and constitutes a major claim on health care budgets. Organising stroke care in a stroke service has recently been demonstrated to result in better health effects for patients. This paper discusses patient costs after stroke and compares costs between regular and(More)
AIMS Although diabetes is known to be a major contributor to cardiovascular diseases, as well as an independent predictor for adverse outcomes in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), information on the prognosis of patients with CAD and newly diagnosed diabetes or impaired glucose regulation (IGR) is scarce. The objective of this study was to(More)
AIMS Revascularization in patients with coronary artery disease changed over the last two decades, favouring the number of patients treated by means of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) when compared with coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Many randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have been performed to compare these two competing(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with peripheral arterial disease constitute a high-risk population. Guideline-recommended medical therapy use is therefore of utmost importance. The aims of our study were to establish the patterns of guideline-recommended medication use in patients with PAD at the time of vascular surgery and after 3 years of follow up, and to evaluate(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Patient outcome is often used as an indicator of quality of hospital care. The aim of this study is to investigate whether there is a straightforward relationship between quality of care and outcome, and whether outcome measures could be used to assess quality of care after stroke. METHODS In 10 centres in The Netherlands, 579(More)
BACKGROUND Measuring quality of care and ranking hospitals with outcome measures poses two major methodological challenges: case-mix adjustment and variation that exists by chance. AIM To compare methods for comparing and ranking hospitals that considers these. METHODS The Netherlands Stroke Survey was conducted in 10 hospitals in the Netherlands,(More)
AIMS Treatment guidelines for patients with established coronary disease emphasize the importance of smoking cessation. We aimed to study smoking behaviour in European patients, as well as trends in this behaviour over time. We further aimed to evaluate the relation between selected patient characteristics and smoking cessation. METHODS AND RESULTS We(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate stroke patients' satisfaction with care received and to identify characteristics of patients and care which are associated with patients' dissatisfaction. DESIGN Cross sectional study. SETTING Sample of patients who participated in a multicentre study on quality of care in 23 hospitals in the Netherlands. PATIENTS 327(More)