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[Analgesic nephropathy in Hungary: the HANS study]

PINTÉR István, MÁTYUS János, CZÉGÁNY Zoltán, HARSÁNYI Judit, HOMOKI Marietta, KASSAI Miklós, KISS Éva, LADÁNYI Erzsébet, LŐCSEY Lajos, MAJOR Lajos, MISZ Mihály, NAGY Lajos, POLNER Kálmán, RÉDL Jen

NOVEMBER 21, 2004

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[The aim of the author is present a practical MRI guideline for partners clinicians working in general or specialist patient care related to musculoskeletal diseases. The evidence based diagnostic decision-making process requires specific and realistic expectations related to MRI in daily practice. The focus message of the article is that the more exact and specific clinical question arrives, the more accurate and precise answer of the radiologist is achieved. The importance of detailed clinical information based optimal planning is emphasized versus “general” studies based on poor clinical information. It is not less important for the referring physician to prepare and inform the patient prior to the MRI study, with the exclusion criteria and contrast agent application all explained. Very few technical details are presented, only as little as possible to understand the clinically relevant properties of the imaging process.]

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[LIPID-LOWERING THERAPY BASED ON RISK ASSESSMENT]

PARAGH György, BALOGH Zoltán

[The authors’ brief review follows the changes made to therapeutic guidelines based on primary and secondary prevention trials. They describe the main characteristics of National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel-I (NCEP ATP-I), ATP-II and ATP-III, and the decisions of the Hungarian Consensus Conference with respect to the lowering of lipids. The authors highlight the clinical importance of the evaluation of cardiovascular risk factors before the commencement of lipid-lowering therapy. They emphasize the significance of achieving the target values for low-density lipoprotein. Current dyslipidemia treatment guidelines focus on determining coronary heart disease risk status and matching the intensity of plasma LDL-C reduction to that perceived risk. Adding plasma C-reactive protein measurement to current risk assessment techniques may improve the identification of patients in the primary prevention population who may require more aggressive lipid-lowering therapy.]

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[The 46th Congress of the Hungarian Society of Gastroenterology]

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[PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL CONDITION OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS DEALING WITH THE SERIOUSLY ILL]

HEGEDÛS Katalin, RISKÓ Ágnes, MÉSZÁROS Eszter

[INTRODUCTION - Health care professionals undertaking treatment/nursing of the seriously ill are equally overburdened emotionally, intellectually and physically. This condition might have several, sometimes irreversible negative consequences: avowed difficulties within the communication with patients, families and colleagues, various harms of accumulating, unprocessed stress, severe physical and psychological symptoms of mental burn-out which is very frequent and failures and difficulties of the private life. In our survey we aimed to gain a realistic image of the physical and psychological condition and quality of life of professionals working in Hungarian clinical care in order to provide with indelayable help. METHODS - The basis of the survey was a version of the Hungarostudy 2002 questionnaire, modified for health care professionals. In our sample there were 200 health care professionals dealing with seriously ill and in the control groups 1356 non health care professionals, and 227 health care professionals, choosen from the Hungarostudy survey. In all three groups the proportion of gender, age and education were the same. The results were analysed by the SPSS 10.0 statistical program and the relationship analysis was completed by ANOVA test. RESULTS - The analysis of the answers of those attending in our questionnaire survey - compared to those working in other health care field and to the control group of non health care workers - proves that the ratio of exhaustion and stress-dependent physical and psychological symptoms are prominently, in many cases significantly higher among health care workers dealing with the seriously ill, addiction is more frequent and social net is more unfavourable. These data are even worse for nurses than for doctors and other graduates. CONCLUSION - In treating difficult cases we can start to help with special education that should be general both in gradual and postgradual training.]

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