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10961. Telemedicine for the Medicare population

Telemedicine for the Medicare population Telemedicine for the Medicare population Telemedicine for the Medicare population Hersh W R, Hickman D H, Severance S M, Dana T L, Krages K P, Helfand M Authors' objectives To assess telemedicine services that substitute for face-to-face medical diagnosis and treatment and that might apply to the Medicare population. Searching MEDLINE was searched for relevant publications up to November 2004; the search terms were reported. In addition, the reference (...) lists of selected studies and relevant systematic reviews were checked. Study selection Study designs of evaluations included in the review The authors did not state any inclusion criteria relating to the study design. A wide range of study designs were selected for inclusion, ranging from randomised controlled trials to case series. Specific interventions included in the review Studies that focused on telemedicine services that would substitute for face-to-face medical diagnosis and treatment

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10962. Mind-body interventions for gastrointestinal conditions

Mind-body interventions for gastrointestinal conditions Mind-body interventions for gastrointestinal conditions Mind-body interventions for gastrointestinal conditions Coulter I D, Hardy M L, Favreau J T, Elfenbaum P D, Morton S C, Roth E A, Genovese B J, Shekelle P G Authors' objectives To evaluate the efficacy of mind-body therapies for the treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. Searching An initial broad search (described in the report) was used to scope the mind-body literature (...) control. The reporting of the studies also needs to be improved. Funding Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, contract number 290-97- 0001. Bibliographic details Coulter I D, Hardy M L, Favreau J T, Elfenbaum P D, Morton S C, Roth E A, Genovese B J, Shekelle P G. Mind-body interventions for gastrointestinal conditions. Rockville, MD, USA: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment; 40. 2001 Original Paper URL Other publications of related interest Coulter

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10963. Home visits to prevent nursing home admission and functional decline in elderly people: systematic review and meta-regression analysis

Home visits to prevent nursing home admission and functional decline in elderly people: systematic review and meta-regression analysis Home visits to prevent nursing home admission and functional decline in elderly people: systematic review and meta-regression analysis Home visits to prevent nursing home admission and functional decline in elderly people: systematic review and meta-regression analysis Stuck A E, Egger M, Hammer A, Minder C E, Beck J C Authors' objectives To evaluate the effect (...) for Health Promotion, grant number 398. Bibliographic details Stuck A E, Egger M, Hammer A, Minder C E, Beck J C. Home visits to prevent nursing home admission and functional decline in elderly people: systematic review and meta-regression analysis. JAMA 2002; 287(8): 1022-1028 PubMedID Original Paper URL Other publications of related interest These additional published commentaries may also be of interest. Laditka SB. Multiple home visits to elderly people may reduce nursing home admissions. Evidence

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10964. The effect of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound therapy on time to fracture healing: a meta-analysis

The effect of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound therapy on time to fracture healing: a meta-analysis The effect of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound therapy on time to fracture healing: a meta-analysis The effect of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound therapy on time to fracture healing: a meta-analysis Busse J W, Bhandari M, Kulkarni A V, Tunks E Authors' objectives To determine whether low-intensity pulsed ultrasonography affects the time to fracture healing. Searching MEDLINE, EMBASE, the Cochrane (...) . Bibliographic details Busse J W, Bhandari M, Kulkarni A V, Tunks E. The effect of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound therapy on time to fracture healing: a meta-analysis. CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal 2002; 166(4): 437-441 PubMedID Original Paper URL Other publications of related interest 1. Dickersin K, Scherer R, Lefebvre C. Identifying studies for systematic reviews. BMJ 1994;309:1286-91. 2. Jadad AR, Moore RA, Carroll D, Jenkinson C, Reynolds DJ, Gavaghan DJ, et al. Assessing the quality

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10965. A meta-analysis of the dose-response relationship of inhaled corticosteroids in adolescents and adults with mild to moderate persistent asthma

A meta-analysis of the dose-response relationship of inhaled corticosteroids in adolescents and adults with mild to moderate persistent asthma A meta-analysis of the dose-response relationship of inhaled corticosteroids in adolescents and adults with mild to moderate persistent asthma A meta-analysis of the dose-response relationship of inhaled corticosteroids in adolescents and adults with mild to moderate persistent asthma Bousquet J, Ben-Joseph R, Messonnier M, Alemao E, Gould A L Authors (...) . Implications of the review for practice and research Practice: The authors state that therapeutic benefits can be maximised and adverse effects minimised by using the lowest effective ICS dose. Research: The authors did not state any implications for further research. Funding Worldwide Outcomes Research, Merck and Co, Inc. Bibliographic details Bousquet J, Ben-Joseph R, Messonnier M, Alemao E, Gould A L. A meta-analysis of the dose-response relationship of inhaled corticosteroids in adolescents and adults

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10966. Management of new onset atrial fibrillation

Management of new onset atrial fibrillation Management of new onset atrial fibrillation Management of new onset atrial fibrillation McNamara R L, Bass E B, Miller M R, Segal J B, Goodman S N, Kim N L, Robinson K A, Powe N R Authors' objectives To synthesise the evidence that exists to guide clinicians in the management of patients with new onset atrial fibrillation (AF). The key questions to be addressed were identified as follows. Which patients should receive cardioversion and which should (...) warfarin. Other. The safety and cost of initiating anti-arrhythmic therapy in the out-patient setting need to be investigated. RCTs to study the effects of using transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography on outcomes are required, in order to help guide decisions about the choice of antithrombotic treatments. Bibliographic details McNamara R L, Bass E B, Miller M R, Segal J B, Goodman S N, Kim N L, Robinson K A, Powe N R. Management of new onset atrial fibrillation. Rockville, MD, USA: Agency

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10967. Use of capecitabine in state IV breast cancer: an evidence summary

Use of capecitabine in state IV breast cancer: an evidence summary Use of capecitabine in state IV breast cancer: an evidence summary Use of capecitabine in state IV breast cancer: an evidence summary Tomiak E, Verma S, Levine M, Pritchard K, Sawka C, Breast Cancer Disease Site Group Authors' objectives To determine the role of capecitabine in the treatment of stage IV breast cancer. Searching MEDLINE (from 1995 to 2002), the Cochrane Library (Issue 2, 2002) and Cancerlit (from 1995 to 1999 (...) capecitabine as a reasonable alternative to paclitaxel in anthracycline-resistant patients. Confirmatory studies are also needed before capecitabine can be considered as an option for first-line treatment. All of these trials need to assess quality of life. Funding Cancer Care Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Health. Bibliographic details Tomiak E, Verma S, Levine M, Pritchard K, Sawka C, Breast Cancer Disease Site Group. Use of capecitabine in state IV breast cancer: an evidence summary. Current Oncology 2000

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10968. Chinese herbal medicine and interferon in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B: a meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials

Chinese herbal medicine and interferon in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B: a meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials Chinese herbal medicine and interferon in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B: a meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials Chinese herbal medicine and interferon in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B: a meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials McCulloch M, Broffman M, Gao L J, Colford J M Authors' objectives To examine the effectiveness of Chinese herbal (...) medicine can be effective for treating chronic hepatitis B. Given the significant public health hazard of chronic hepatitis B and the high rates of nonresponse to IFN therapy, continued and more carefully conducted research could be helpful in identifying more effective therapies. Future investigations should examine treatments of longer treatment. Bibliographic details McCulloch M, Broffman M, Gao L J, Colford J M. Chinese herbal medicine and interferon in the treatment of chronic hepatitis B: a meta

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10969. The clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of surgery for people with morbid obesity: a systematic review and economic evaluation

The clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of surgery for people with morbid obesity: a systematic review and economic evaluation The clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of surgery for people with morbid obesity: a systematic review and economic evaluation The clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of surgery for people with morbid obesity: a systematic review and economic evaluation Clegg A J, Colquitt J, Sidhu M K, Royle P, Loveman E, Walker A Authors' objectives (...) the decisions. Two reviewers then independently examined the full text of selected studies, with any differences being resolved through discussion. Assessment of study quality The quality of the included studies was assessed using a modified version of the Spitzer criteria (see Other Publications of Related Interest). The studies were assessed according to: methods of randomisation; sampling; sample size; definition of outcome measurements; whether the outcome assessment was double-blind; the use

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10970. Is acupuncture safe: a systematic review of case reports

examining any form of acupuncture appear to have been eligible for inclusion. Within the included studies, acupuncture was administered by physicians, chiropractors, osteopaths, natural healers, licensed acupuncturists or non-qualified acupuncturists, or was self-administered. The techniques included needling, electroacupuncture, okibari and maxibustia. Participants included in the review No inclusion criteria relating to the participants were specified. The included participants suffered a wide range (...) for the daily documentation of adverse events and complications; a list of criteria was given. Research: Where further research into acupuncture is carried out, the authors suggested that any adverse events and complications be documented. Funding Maurice Laing Foundation and Thera Trust. Bibliographic details Lao L, Hamilton G R, Fu J, Berman B M. Is acupuncture safe: a systematic review of case reports. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 2003; 9(1): 72-83 PubMedID Other publications of related

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10971. Is sensorineural hearing loss a possible side effect of nasopharyngeal and parotid irradiation: a systematic review of the literature

Is sensorineural hearing loss a possible side effect of nasopharyngeal and parotid irradiation: a systematic review of the literature Is sensorineural hearing loss a possible side effect of nasopharyngeal and parotid irradiation: a systematic review of the literature Is sensorineural hearing loss a possible side effect of nasopharyngeal and parotid irradiation: a systematic review of the literature Raaijmakers E, Engelen A M Authors' objectives The authors appear to study the effects (...) . Prospective and retrospective studies with and without a control were included. Specific interventions included in the review Radiotherapy was the intervention of interest. The papers included in the review examined nasopharyngeal and parotid irradiation. The authors described radiotherapy techniques in the review. Participants included in the review The authors did not explicitly state any inclusion criteria regarding the participants. Participants who underwent radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma

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10972. Activity of chemotherapy and immunotherapy on malignant mesothelioma: a systematic review of the literature with meta-analysis

Activity of chemotherapy and immunotherapy on malignant mesothelioma: a systematic review of the literature with meta-analysis Activity of chemotherapy and immunotherapy on malignant mesothelioma: a systematic review of the literature with meta-analysis Activity of chemotherapy and immunotherapy on malignant mesothelioma: a systematic review of the literature with meta-analysis Berghmans T, Paesmans M, Lalami Y, Louviaux I, Luce S, Mascaux C, Meert A P, Sculier J P Authors' objectives To assess (...) routes, were eligible for inclusion. The included trials were separated into four groups according to the treatment regimens assessed. Group 1 (n=20), assessed cisplatin but not doxorubicin. Group 2 (n=8) examined the effectiveness of doxorubicin without cisplatin. Group 3 (n=6) assessed a combination including both cisplatin and doxorubicin. Group 4 (n=56) assessed regimens without cisplatin or doxorubicin, and which included ifosfamide and cyclophosphamide, vinca-alkaloids (vincristine, vinblastine

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10973. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy Hyperbaric oxygen therapy Hyperbaric oxygen therapy Villanueva E, Johnston R, Clavisi O, Burrows E, Bernath V, Rajendran M, Wasiak J, Fennessy P, Anderson J, Harris A, Yong K Authors' objectives To assess the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Searching Several electronic databases were searched from 1966 to 1999; the search terms were reported. Also searched were the internet sites of Health Technology Assessment groups and the Database of Randomised (...) , this was a thorough review and the authors' conclusion appears robust. Implications of the review for practice and research The authors did not state any implications for practice or further research. Bibliographic details Villanueva E, Johnston R, Clavisi O, Burrows E, Bernath V, Rajendran M, Wasiak J, Fennessy P, Anderson J, Harris A, Yong K. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Canberra, ACT, Australia: Medicare Services Advisory Committee. Assessment report; MSAC applications 1018 - 1020. 2000 Original Paper URL Other

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10974. Analysis of cases of harm associated with use of health information on the Internet

Analysis of cases of harm associated with use of health information on the Internet Analysis of cases of harm associated with use of health information on the Internet Analysis of cases of harm associated with use of health information on the Internet Crocco A G, Villasis-Keever M, Jadad A R Authors' objectives To examine the number and characteristics of cases of harm associated with the use of health information available on the Internet. Searching The following sources were searched: MEDLINE (...) associated with e-mail or intentional harm was not excluded. Participants included in the review Any persons who had looked for, used and suffered some ill effects from the information obtained via the Internet, were included. Outcomes assessed in the review The outcomes were the incidence and nature of adverse effects. How were decisions on the relevance of primary studies made? Two of the authors independently evaluated all citations for eligibility, with any disagreements resolved by consensus

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10975. Emerging methods used in the prevention and repair of carious tissues

Emerging methods used in the prevention and repair of carious tissues Emerging methods used in the prevention and repair of carious tissues Emerging methods used in the prevention and repair of carious tissues Clarkson B H, Rafter M E Authors' objectives To investigate four emerging technologies that might be used in the prevention of caries and/or repair of carious tissues. Searching MEDLINE and EMBASE were searched from 1976 (end date for searches was not specified) for studies reported (...) here. Outcomes assessed in the review The outcomes of interest were the remineralisation of dentin or enamel and increased resistance to demineralisation for partitioned dentifrice, laser therapy and fluoride-releasing dental materials, and tubular dentin formation for BMP therapy. The clinical studies detected caries using visual examination, microradiography, staining with erythrocin, by assessing the colour and consistency of dentin, and by using Pitts diagnostic criteria. How were decisions

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10976. A systematic review and economic evaluation of computerised cognitive behaviour therapy for depression and anxiety

, Gavaghan DJ, et al. Assessing the quality of reports of randomized clinical trials: is blinding necessary? Control Clin Trials 1996;17:1-12. 2. Levine M, Walter S, Lee H, Haines T, Holbrook A, Moyer V. How to use an article about harm. JAMA 1994;271:1615-9. 3. Kaltenthaler E, Parry G, Beverley C. Computerized cognitive behaviour therapy: a systematic review. Behav Cogn Psychoth 2004;32:31-55. Indexing Status Subject indexing assigned by NLM MeSH Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Anxiety /diagnosis /therapy (...) A systematic review and economic evaluation of computerised cognitive behaviour therapy for depression and anxiety A systematic review and economic evaluation of computerised cognitive behaviour therapy for depression and anxiety A systematic review and economic evaluation of computerised cognitive behaviour therapy for depression and anxiety Kaltenthaler E, Shackley P, Stevens K, Beverley C, Parry G, Chilcott J Authors' objectives To assess the effectiveness of computer-based cognitive

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10977. Utility of blood pressure monitoring outside of the clinic setting

Utility of blood pressure monitoring outside of the clinic setting Utility of blood pressure monitoring outside of the clinic setting Utility of blood pressure monitoring outside of the clinic setting Appel L J, Robinson K A, Guallar E, Erlinger T, Masood S O, Jehn M, Fleisher L, Powe N R, Bass E B Authors' objectives To investigate the clinical utility of noninvasive ambulatory and self-measured blood-pressure monitoring (ABP and SMBP, respectively) outside the clinical setting (...) measurement strategies; and feasibility studies to assess ABP and SMBP in routine use. Funding Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, contract number 290-97-006. Bibliographic details Appel L J, Robinson K A, Guallar E, Erlinger T, Masood S O, Jehn M, Fleisher L, Powe N R, Bass E B. Utility of blood pressure monitoring outside of the clinic setting. Rockville, MD, USA: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment; 63. 2002 Original Paper URL Other publications

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10978. Which anaesthetic agents are cost-effective in day surgery: literature review, national survey of practice and randomised controlled trial

Which anaesthetic agents are cost-effective in day surgery: literature review, national survey of practice and randomised controlled trial Which anaesthetic agents are cost-effective in day surgery: literature review, national survey of practice and randomised controlled trial Which anaesthetic agents are cost-effective in day surgery: literature review, national survey of practice and randomised controlled trial Elliott R A, Payne K, Moore J K, Davies L M, Harper N J, St. Leger A S, Moore E W (...) number 96/15/05. Bibliographic details Elliott R A, Payne K, Moore J K, Davies L M, Harper N J, St. Leger A S, Moore E W, Thoms G M, Pollard B J, McHugh G A, Bennett J, Lawrence G, Kerr J. Which anaesthetic agents are cost-effective in day surgery: literature review, national survey of practice and randomised controlled trial. Health Technology Assessment 2002; 6(30): 1-264 PubMedID Original Paper URL Other publications of related interest 1. NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination. Undertaking

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10979. A systematic review of stapled haemorrhoidectomy

A systematic review of stapled haemorrhoidectomy A systematic review of stapled haemorrhoidectomy A systematic review of stapled haemorrhoidectomy Sutherland L M, Sweeney J L, Bokey E L, Childs R A, Waxman B P, Roberts A K, Maddern G J Authors' objectives To compare the safety and efficacy of circular stapled haemorrhoidectomy against conventional haemorrhoidectomy. Searching MEDLINE, Current Contents, EMBASE, HealthSTAR, the Cochrane Library (Issue 2, 2001) and the National Research Register (...) complications. The outcomes were measured by structured questionnaire, patient self-assessment, clinical examination, histopathological assessment, observer assessment, rectoanal manometry, defecography, endoanal ultrasound and anaoscopy. How were decisions on the relevance of primary studies made? Two reviewers assessed the studies and reached a consensus regarding inclusion. Assessment of study quality The authors assessed validity using the following criteria: blinding of the patients and outcome

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10980. Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography: a meta-analysis of test performance in suspected biliary disease

Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography: a meta-analysis of test performance in suspected biliary disease Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography: a meta-analysis of test performance in suspected biliary disease Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography: a meta-analysis of test performance in suspected biliary disease Romagnuolo J, Bardou M, Rahme E, Joseph L, Reinhold C, Barkun A N CRD summary This review assessed the diagnostic accuracy of magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (...) , the influence of potential confounders of the results was explored. The evidence presented appears to support the authors' conclusions. Implications of the review for practice and research Practice: The authors did not state any implications for practice. Research: The authors stated that further research is required to assess the role and cost-effectiveness of MRCP in selected samples of patients. Bibliographic details Romagnuolo J, Bardou M, Rahme E, Joseph L, Reinhold C, Barkun A N. Magnetic resonance

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