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See detailInternational Exchanges in Family Medicine: the Hippokrates Exchange Programme.
Rigon, Sara; Lygidakis, Charilaos UL; Pettigrew, Luisa et al

in Education for primary care : an official publication of the Association of Course Organisers, National Association of GP Tutors, World Organisation of Family Doctors (2015), 26(4), 282-4

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See detailDefinizione della multimorbidità in MG: una revisione sistematica
Marzo, Carla; Lygidakis, Charilaos UL; Rigon, Sara et al

in M.D. Medicinae Doctor (2014)

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See detailLa Comunicazione con il paziente in Medicina Generale
Rigon, Sara; Lygidakis, Charilaos UL

in Italian Journal of Primary Care (2011), 3(3),

Patient communication plays an essential role in everyday clinical practice in General Practice (GP). It is possible to observe the communication skillstechniques in European countries, during the ... [more ▼]

Patient communication plays an essential role in everyday clinical practice in General Practice (GP). It is possible to observe the communication skillstechniques in European countries, during the exchange programmes for GP trainees, which are organised by the Vasco da Gama Movement. The patientagenda often does not match the physician’s and sometimes is also neglected or misinterpreted. This may lead to low patient satisfaction and suboptimalclinical practice. Knowing how to approach the patient’s problems and fears, besides managing his/hers expectations, is of high importance in order toenhance satisfaction and quality of care. Furthermore, GP’s unique position should be considered, as he/she can discuss difficult and sensible topicswith his/her patients. The ICE (Ideas, Concerns and Expectations) model is an example of holistic and patient-centred approach, which is appropriatefor GPs, and explores the patient’s point of view concerning diagnosis and treatment. The importance of medical communication is also emphasised ineducation. For instance, a correct and consistent assessment of the communication skills in GP is possible with the use of the MAAS-Global scale. [less ▲]

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See detailA web-based versus paper questionnaire on alcohol and tobacco in adolescents.
Lygidakis, Charilaos UL; Rigon, Sara; Cambiaso, Silvio et al

in Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association (2010), 16(9), 925-30

OBJECTIVE: Our study was aimed at comparing health behavior data collected from a Web-based self-administered questionnaire (Web SAQ) versus a paper-and-pencil self-administered questionnaire and ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Our study was aimed at comparing health behavior data collected from a Web-based self-administered questionnaire (Web SAQ) versus a paper-and-pencil self-administered questionnaire and assessing the feasibility of the application. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred and ninety (n = 190) pupils (ages 14-16 years) of senior high schools anonymously completed a questionnaire, with demographics and queries about lifestyle, alcohol, and tobacco use. For each class, the adolescents were randomly assigned to complete either the paper version of the questionnaire or the equivalent Web-based one, which used a customized platform developed for the purposes of this survey. RESULTS: Females who filled out the Web SAQ required significantly less time and completed a significantly higher percentage of its items. Although the majority of questions on tobacco and alcohol did not differ significantly across the two administration modes, there were gender-related differences in some sensitive information. Male adolescents on the Web SAQ accounted higher per hour drink consumption (r = 0.27, p = 0.015) and more numerous episodes of inebriety (r = 0.26, p = 0.010), whereas females seemed to state a younger age of alcohol onset (r = 0.33, p = 0.002). Females were more likely to report being monthly smokers on the Web SAQ (odds ratio = 0.37). Adolescents felt significantly less observed and females referred being more independent while compiling the Web SAQ. CONCLUSIONS: The findings of the study suggest that differences in reporting of some behavior of adolescents when using a Web SAQ do exist, despite the small-to-medium effect sizes. Exploiting the Web requires further investigation for extensive comprehension of the reasons for such differences. [less ▲]

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See detailComorbid depression in elderly with type 2 diabetes
Lygidakis, Charilaos UL; Altini, Chiara; Rigon, Sara et al

in Swiss Medical Weekly : Official Journal of the Swiss Society of Infectious Diseases, the Swiss Society of Internal Medicine, the Swiss Society of Pneumology (2009), 139(33-34), 57

Aim: To evaluate the potential correlation between depression and type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) in patients aged 65 years and over accessing primary health care (PHC) units. Methods: During the last ... [more ▼]

Aim: To evaluate the potential correlation between depression and type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) in patients aged 65 years and over accessing primary health care (PHC) units. Methods: During the last semester of 2008, 109 elderly patients with DM2 (mean age 74.86, sd = 5.72) were examined by GP trainees in PHC practices. Demographics, BMI, waist circumference, fasting blood glucose (FBG), HbA1c and medicine treatment were queried. Dietary and drug therapy compliance and weekly physical activity in recreational time were investigated; expended energy was measured using Metabolic Equivalents (METs). Depression was assessed with the 15-item Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS-15) and mental health was evaluated with the General Health Questionnaire – 12 (GHQ-12). For comparison purposes, a short interview comprising the GDS-15 and GHQ-12 was performed in 52 non diabetic, randomly selected patients. The two groups were properly adjusted for sex and age. Results: Moderate (GDS-15 scores 6–8) and severe depression (GDS-15 >9) were found in 33.9% and 17.4% of the diabetics respectively. Female patients seemed to have better FBG values (r = 0.33, p = 0.006) and more controlled HbA1c (<7%, r = 0.37, p = 0.003). However, only males with regular HbA1c showed significantly lower BMI (Mdn = 27.72, U = 128.00, p <0.001) and waist circumference (Mean = 91.84 cm, t = 3.32, p = 0.002). Diabetics without depression signs were triply likely to do moderate weekly exercise compared with depressed ones (OR = 3.01, 95%CI = 1.36–6.57). Lower GDS-15 and GHQ-12 scores were correlated with more scarce therapy compliance (r = 0.46, p <0.001; r = 0.43, p <0.001 respectively). Diabetics seemed to be 2.83 times more likely to suffer from moderate depression compared with the control patients (95%CI = 1.19–6.68). Conclusions: The findings of our study suggest that moderate depression is a common underlying comorbidity in DM2, affecting aspects of its management such as the physical activity and compliance of medical therapy. [less ▲]

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