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1 February 2023 | ARTICLE
Laser versus sham for genitourinary syndrome of menopause: A randomised controlled trial
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether CO2 laser treatment is more effective than sham application in relieving the most bothersome symptom (MBS) in women with genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM). DESIGN: Single-centre, sham-controlled, double-blind, ...
Auteurs: Ann-Sophie Page, Jan Y Verbakel, Johan Verhaeghe, Yani P Latul, Susanne Housmans en Jan Deprest
1 February 2023 | ARTICLE
Optimization, validation and application of a high-throughput 96-well elution protocol for the quantification of psychoactive substances in influent wastewater
Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) is based on the analysis of human metabolic excretion products (biomarkers) of xenobiotics in wastewater, to gain information about various lifestyles and health aspects of a population in an evidence-based mann...
Auteurs: Tim Boogaerts, Maarten Quireyns, Florence Maes, Maria Laimou-Geraniou, Natan Van Wichelen, Ester Heath, Bram Pussig, Bert Aertgeerts, Adrian Covaci en Alexander LN van Nuijs
Auteurs: Isabel AC Baert, Enrique Lluch, Thomas Struyf, Greta Peeters, Sophie Van Oosterwijck, Joanna Tuynman, Salim Rufai en Filip Struyf
Auteurs: Simon Gabriel Beerten, Catharina Mathei en Bert Aertgeerts
1 February 2023 | ARTICLE
Monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 concentration and circulation of variants of concern in wastewater of Leuven, Belgium
Wastewater surveillance plays an important role in the management of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic all over the world. Using different wastewater collection points in Leuven, we wanted to investigate the use of wastewater survei...
Auteurs: Annabel Rector, Mandy Bloemen, Marijn Thijssen, Leen Delang, Joren Raymenants, Jonathan Thibaut, Bram Pussig, Lore Fondu, Bert Aertgeerts, Marc Van Ranst, Chris Van Geet, Jef Arnout en Elke Wollants
Auteurs: Rogier Hans Wuijts, Marjan van den Akker en Machteld van den Broek
23 January 2023 | ARTICLE
Stakeholders’ experiences and perception on transitional care initiatives within an integrated care project in Belgium: a qualitative interview study.
BACKGROUND: In 2015, a plan for integrated care was launched by the Belgium government that resulted in the implementation of 12 integrated care pilot project across Belgium. The pilot project Zorgzaam Leuven consists of a multidisciplinary local ...
Auteurs: Merel Leithaus, Amal Fakha, Johan Flamaing, Hilde Verbeek, Mieke Deschodt, Gijs Van Pottelbergh en Geert Goderis
23 January 2023 | ARTICLE
Anticholinergic burden measures, symptoms, and fall-associated risk in older adults with polypharmacy: Development and validation of a prognostic model
BACKGROUND: Anticholinergic burden has been associated with adverse outcomes such as falls. To date, no gold standard measure has been identified to assess anticholinergic burden, and no conclusion has been drawn on which of the different measure ...
Auteurs: Truc Sophia Dinh, Andreas DD Meid, Henrik Rudolf, Maria-Sophie Brueckle, Ana II Gonzalez-Gonzalez, Veronika Bencheva, Matthias Gogolin, Kym IE Snell, Petra JM Elders, Petra AA Thuermann, Norbert Donner-Banzhoff, Jeanet WW Blom, Marjan van den Akker, Ferdinand MM Gerlach, Sebastian Harder, Ulrich Thiem, Paul PP Glasziou, Walter EE Haefeli en Christiane Muth
14 January 2023 | ARTICLE
Creating space to talk about patients' personal goals: experiences from primary care stakeholders
BACKGROUND: To address the many challenges health systems and communities face, primary care is constantly searching for new strategies to improve quality of care. One of the strategies is to focus on patients' personal goals to direct the care pr...
Auteurs: Dagje Boeykens, Reini Haverals, Muhammed Mustafa Sirimsi, Lotte Timmermans, Dominique van de Velde, Patricia De Vriendt, Pauline Boeckxstaens en Care Acad Primary
10 January 2023 | TEXT RESOURCE
The Health and Care Professions of the Future
Auteurs: Erik Schokkaert, JM Aerts, Stefaan Callens, Jan Eggermont, Veerle Foulon, Philip Moons, Ilse Noens, Frank Rademakers, Dieter Van Assche, Anne Vandenhoeck, Jos Vander Sloten, Geert Van Hootegem, Sabine Van Huffel, Jan Verbakel en Dirk Vlasselaers
Auteurs: Nathalie Conrad en John J McMurray
4 January 2023 | ARTICLE
Management of diabetes patients with comorbidity in primary care: a mixed-method study in Odisha, India
BACKGROUND: Diabetes patients with comorbidities need regular and comprehensive care for their disease management. Hence, it is essential to assess the primary care preparedness for managing diabetes patients and the perspectives of the diabetes p...
Auteurs: Sandipana Pati, Marjan van den Akker, F Francois G Schellevis, Krushna Chandra Sahoo en Jako S Burgers
1 January 2023 | ARTICLE
Strategies to improve health status among adults with multimorbidity: A scoping review
Although public health and medical care advancements have enabled an increased lifespan among many populations around the world, there is an ongoing need to enhance the health span of adults and older adults. Due to the increasingly substantial pr...
Auteurs: Kathryn Nicholson, Tatjana T Makovski, Iveta Nagyova, Marjan van den Akker en Saverio Stranges
1 January 2023 | ARTICLE
COVID-19 Clusters in Belgian Nursing Homes: Impact of Facility Characteristics and Vaccination on Cluster Occurrence, Duration and Severity
COVID-19 severely affected nursing home residents from March 2020 onwards in Belgium. This study aimed to model the impact of vaccination and facility characteristics on cluster occurrence, duration and severity in this setting. Possible clusters ...
Auteurs: Sara Dequeker, Milena Callies, Lucy Catteau, Laura Int Panis, Esma Islamaj, Sofieke Klamer, Katrien Latour, Marijke Pauwels, Catharina Vernemmen, Romain Mahieu, Hanna Masson, Muhammet Savsin, Etienne De Clercq, Mireille Thomas, Boudewijn Catry en Eline Vandael
1 January 2023 | ARTICLE
The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Registration and Care Provision of Mental Health Problems in General Practice: Registry-Based Study
BACKGROUND: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health in general practice remains uncertain. Several studies showed an increase in terms of mental health problems during the pandemic. In Belgium, especially during the first waves of the...
Auteurs: Jan Vandamme, Simon Gabriel Beerten, Jonas Crevecoeur, Steve Van den Bulck, Bert Aertgeerts, Nicolas Delvaux, Gijs Van Pottelbergh, Mieke Vermandere, Laura Tops, Thomas Neyens en Bert Vaes
1 January 2023 | ARTICLE
What is the Diagnostic Accuracy of Novel Urine Biomarkers for Urinary Tract Infection?
BACKGROUND: Urinary tract infection (UTI) affects half of women at least once in their lifetime. Current diagnosis involves urinary dipstick and urine culture, yet both methods have modest diagnostic accuracy, and cannot support decision-making in...
Auteurs: George Edwards, Anna Seeley, Adam Carter, Maia Patrick Smith, Elizabeth LA Cross, Kathryn Hughes, Ann van den Bruel, Martin J Llewelyn, Jan Y Verbakel en Gail Hayward
1 January 2023 | ARTICLE
Implementing Blended Care to Discontinue Benzodiazepine Receptor Agonist Use for Insomnia: Process Evaluation of a Pragmatic Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial
BACKGROUND: Long-term use of benzodiazepine receptor agonists (BZRAs) remains common despite European guidelines advising that these drugs be used in the lowest possible dose and for the shortest possible duration. Half of all BZRAs are prescribed...
Auteurs: Kristien Coteur, Marc Van Nuland, Birgitte Schoenmakers, Sibyl Anthierens en Kris Van den Broeck
1 January 2023 | ARTICLE
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Auteurs: Nathalie Conrad en John JV McMurray
1 January 2023 | ARTICLE
Toward a Flexible Use of Frailty Measurements in Older People
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Auteurs: Michael CJ van der Elst, Birgitte Schoenmakers, Jos MGA Schols, Nico De Witte en Jan De Lepeleire
1 January 2023 | ARTICLE
L’importance de la vaccination contre l’infection invasive à méningocoques en Belgique
nvasive meningococcal disease (IMD) is a serious and potentially fatal disease, but also preventable through vaccination. General practitioners play a crucial role in prevention. This article discusses the vaccination strategy in relation to the e...
Auteurs: David Tuerlinckx, Marc Raes, Marek Wojciechowski, Wesley Mattheus, Laurence Derycker, Kathleen Billiaert, Jean-Michel Heine en Jan Verbakel
1 January 2023 | ARTICLE
Impact of individual, household, and area characteristics on health and social care outcomes for people with multimorbidity: Protocol for a multilevel analysis.
BACKGROUND: Multimorbidity is one of the greatest challenges facing health and social care systems globally. It is associated with high rates of health service use, adverse healthcare events, and premature death. Despite its importance, little is ...
Auteurs: Clare MacRae, Stewart W Mercer, Andrew Lawson, Alan Marshall, Jamie Pearce, Eleojo Abubakar, Chunyu Zheng, Marjan van den Akker, Thomas Williams, Olivia Swann, Louisa Pollock, Anna Rawlings, Rich Fry, Ronan A Lyons, Jane Lyons, Amy Mizen, Chris Dibben en Bruce Guthrie
22 December 2022 | ARTICLE
An exploration of under-registration of chronic kidney disease stages 3-5 in Belgian general practices using logistic regression
BACKGROUND: Early detection and treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD) can prevent further deterioration and complications. Previous studies suggested that the diagnosis is often made when advanced renal failure occurs. The aims of this study w...
Auteurs: Ine Van den Wyngaert, Pavlos Mamouris, Bert Vaes en Gijs Van Pottelbergh
18 December 2022 | OTHER
Evaluation of Point of Care Tests in primary care: bridging the gap
Over the last decade, Point of Care testing (POCT) in primary care has become a crucial part of family practice, enabling general practitioners and healthcare personnel to provide better services to patients. COVID-19 has elevated the importance o...
Auteurs: Jan Verbakel
8 December 2022 | ARTICLE
Burden of COVID-19 on primary care in Belgium: a prospective nationwide observational study from March to August 2020
BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 outbreak had an important impact on general practice, for example the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the switch to telephone consultations. We installed a monitoring instrument and reported the burden the ...
Auteurs: Bert Vaes, Benedicte Vos, Maxime Foidart, Robrecht De Schreye, Diego Schrans, Hilde Philips, Bert Aertgeerts en Kris Doggen
8 December 2022 | OTHER
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6 December 2022 | ARTICLE
Inhibitors and facilitators to the utilization of postpartum care in China: an integrative review
BACKGROUND: Postpartum care is an expanding concept in China, and it is gaining vast attention in Chinese society. However, due to some Chinese traditions and rituals during the postpartum period, the utilization of modern postpartum care should b...
Auteurs: Xiaoqian Zhang, Catharina Mathei, Mieke Vermandere, Xiaoli Zuo, Qian Wang, Hui Leng, Tang Li en Frank Buntinx
Auteurs: Ines Mouchaers, Hilde Verbeek, Gertrudis IJM Kempen, Jolanda CM van Haastregt, Ellen Vlaeyen, Geert Goderis en Silke F Metzelthin
1 December 2022 | ARTICLE
The guided use of an e-health tool to strengthen health literacy. A pilot study in a multicultural diabetes population in a primary care clinic in Brussels
Objectives: We aimed to investigate whether the use of an e-health tool, guided by a healthcare provider, can improve health literacy (HL) in primary care. Methods: We set up a longitudinal prospective cohort study in a primary care clinic in Brus...
Auteurs: Lien Mertens en Bert (Supervision) Aertgeerts
1 December 2022 | ARTICLE
Antibiotic use in ambulatory care for acutely ill children in high-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Objective To determine the rate and appropriateness of antibiotic prescribing for acutely ill children in ambulatory care in high-income countries. Design On 10 February 2021, we systematically searched articles published since 2000 in MEDLINE, Em...
Auteurs: Ruben (Methodology Burvenich, Hannelore (Methodology Dillen, Nhung TH (Investigation Trinh, Joseph (Investigation Freer, Laure (Writing – Review Editing) Wynants, Stefan (Writing – Review Editing) Heytens, An (Writing – Review Editing) De Sutter en Jan Y (Conceptualization Verbakel
1 December 2022 | ARTICLE
Relationship Between Leisure Time Physical Activity, Weight, and the Onset and Persistence of Nonspecific Neck Pain: A Systematic Review
OBJECTIVE: To study the relationships between weight, leisure time physical activity (PA), and the onset and persistence of neck pain in adults with nonspecific neck pain (NSNP). DESIGN: Etiology and prognosis systematic review. LITERATURE SEARCH:...
Auteurs: Alexandre Luc, Francois Antoine, Geertruida Bekkering, Christine Detrembleur en Laurent Pitance