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Alison Cook
University of Birmingham
20Publications
9H-index
1,022Citations
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2 CitationsSource
#1Joanna SmithH-Index: 3
#2Alison Cook (University of Birmingham)H-Index: 9
Last.Helen Stokes-LampardH-Index: 12
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Chlamydia trachomatis (chlamydia) is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI). Its incidence in the UK has risen steadily since the mid-1990s, with new diagnoses rising by 1% from 121 791 to 123 018 (from 197 to 199 per 100 000 population) between 2007 and 2008.1 Generally the rates of chlamydia infections in other Western European countries are lower than those in the UK. Young people aged under 25 years are most likely to be infected, with 65% (80 258) of all new chlamydi...
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#1Joanna Smith (University of Birmingham)H-Index: 3
#2Alison Cook (University of Birmingham)H-Index: 9
Last.Claire Packer (University of Birmingham)H-Index: 12
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Objectives: The English National Horizon Scanning Centre routinely scans thirty-five sources to identify new and emerging health technologies. The aim of the study was to develop and apply evaluation criteria and scores to assess the value of sources, and to identify a cutoff score below which sources would be recommended for removal from routine horizon scanning. Criteria to evaluate each source scanned could result in a more efficient approach in the selection process. Methods: Evaluation crit...
13 CitationsSource
#1Luan Linden (University of Birmingham)H-Index: 2
#2Hindrik Vondeling (University of Southern Denmark)H-Index: 14
Last.Alison Cook (University of Birmingham)H-Index: 9
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between launch in the United Kingdom and referral to NICE. We used a 3-year postlaunch cutoff to determine whether a technology was new, with a sensitivity analysis of 1 and 5 years. Results: We reviewed 159 technologies from 88 appraisals. Of these, 84 (53 percent) were new (sensitivity analysis 36 to 67 percent) and 75 (47 percent) were existing technologies. A total of 119 (75 percent) were pharmaceuticals, 22 (14 percent) were devices, 14 (9 percent) were procedures, and 4 (3 percent) were c...
10 CitationsSource
#1Alison Cook (University of Birmingham)H-Index: 9
#2Claire Packer (University of Birmingham)H-Index: 12
Last.Tom Quinn (Coventry University)H-Index: 24
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OBJECTIVES: To investigate the factors that influenced the adoption and diffusion of thrombolysis in acute myocardial infarction in England and to verify usage data from 1981 to 2001. METHODS: Survey of cardiologists in England using a pre-prepared time line of historical events and a plot of thrombolysis diffusion since 1981. The cardiologists were divided into three groups that were provided with (i) the time line only, (ii) the diffusion curve only, and (iii) the time line and the diffusion c...
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#1Claire Packer (University of Birmingham)H-Index: 12
#2Andrew Stevens (University of Birmingham)H-Index: 30
Last.James Raftery (University of Birmingham)H-Index: 43
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Objectives: To describe the adoption and take up of thrombolytic agents for acute myocardial infarction since 1980 in England and compare use with the estimated ceiling of need. Methods: Data on national sales and use of thrombolysis since 1980 (supplied by IMS Health) was used to draw an adoption and diffusion curve. The epidemiological ceiling of acute myocardial infarction, from hospital activity statistics, was modified to an estimated clinical need by accounting for diagnostic difficulty an...
6 CitationsSource
#1Sue Simpson (University of Birmingham)H-Index: 13
#2Chris Hyde (University of Birmingham)H-Index: 52
Last.Andrew Stevens (University of Birmingham)H-Index: 30
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Objectives: Early warning systems are an integral part of many health technology assessment programs. Despite this finding, to date, there have been no quantitative evaluations of the accuracy of predictions made by thesesystems. We report a study evaluating the accuracy of predictions made by the main United Kingdom early warning system. Methods: As prediction of impact is analogous to diagnosis, a method normally applied to determine the accuracy of diagnostic tests was used. The sensitivity, ...
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#1Philip Harris (Cardiff Metropolitan University)H-Index: 6
#2Ilora G. Finlay Frcp Frcgp (University of Wales)H-Index: 28
Last.Kerenza Hood (University of Wales)H-Index: 49
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Abstract Objectives: To determine the prevalence and cost of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use, and examine perceived satisfaction and reasons for using CAM. Design and setting: Cross sectional survey of 1697 patients with breast, prostate, lung or neurological cancer registered with a single NHS authority in Wales. Participants: One thousand and seventy-seven (64%) of patients, aged 18 years or over with cancer diagnosis of at least 3 months, returned analysable questionnaires. T...
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#1Irene J. Higginson BMedSci Bm Bs Ffphm Frcp ('KCL': King's College London)H-Index: 81
#2Ilora G. Finlay Frcp Frcgp (Velindre NHS Trust)H-Index: 28
Last.Charles Normand (Lond: University of London)H-Index: 44
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Palliative care provision varies widely, and the effectiveness of palliative and hospice care teams (PCHCT) is unproven. To determine the effect of PCHCT, 10 electronic databases (to 2000), 4 relevant journals, associated reference lists, and the grey literature were searched. All PCHCT evaluations were included. Anecdotal and case reports were excluded. Forty-four studies evaluated PCHCT provision. Teams were home care (22), hospital-based (9), combined home/hospital care (4), inpatient units (...
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#1Ilora G. Finlay Frcp Frcgp (University of Wales)H-Index: 28
#2Irene J. Higginson BMedSci Bm Bs Ffphm Frcp (University of Wales)H-Index: 81
Last.Charles Normand (University of Wales)H-Index: 44
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The driving circuit of this invention for a display device for displaying a plurality of gray levels in accordance with digital data including a first bit portion and a second bit portion includes: a first voltage dividing circuit for dividing a plurality of gray level voltages so as to generate a plurality of first interpolation voltages between the plurality of gray level voltages; a first selection circuit for selecting a first voltage and a second voltage different from the first voltage amo...
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