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Correction: predicted DFS formula for males (Roman Romero-Ortuno, 07 March 2012)

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Comment on: Romero-Ortuno et al. BMC Geriatrics, 10:57

concerns about study method (Katja Taxis, 26 January 2012)

Szczepura et al have written an interesting and certainly important study on medication administration errors for older people in long-term residential care. My primary concern about this study is the term ┬┐disguised observation method┬┐ they use in the method section to describe their data collection. To support their data collection method, they specifically refer to a study by van den Bemt et al. (2009).... read full comment

Comment on: Szczepura et al. BMC Geriatrics, 11:82

Table 3 - mistake (Gabriele Meyer, 06 July 2011)

Table 3, Current net income in EUR: The first option must be <1000 EUR (less than) instead of equal or more than 1000. read full comment

Comment on: Lins et al. BMC Geriatrics, 11:26

Grip strength measurement protocol (Roman Romero-Ortuno, 06 July 2011)

Note from the authors:

In SHARE, handgrip strength (Kg) was assessed using a Smedley dynamometer (S Dynamometer, TTM, Tokyo, 100 Kg), according to the following measurement protocol:

"Participants were instructed to stand (preferably) or sit, with the elbow at 90°, the wrist in neutral position, keeping the upper arm tight against the trunk, and the inner lever of the dynamometer adjusted to suit the hand; and they were then instructed to squeeze as hard as possible for a few seconds"

For more information, please see: Mohd Hairi F, Mackenbach JP, Andersen-Ranberg K, Avendano M. Does socio-economic status predict grip strength in older Europeans? Results from the SHARE study in non-institutionalised men and women aged 50+. J Epidemiol Community Health.... read full comment

Comment on: Romero-Ortuno et al. BMC Geriatrics, 10:57

Translated SHARE-FI calculators (Roman Romero-Ortuno, 23 May 2011)

Note from the authors:

Please note that translated versions of the SHARE-FI calculators can be found on:

https://sites.google.com/a/tcd.ie/share-frailty-instrument-calculators/home

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Comment on: Romero-Ortuno et al. BMC Geriatrics, 10:57

Some questions (Gerard Byrne, 20 January 2011)

I think this is a useful study, with practical implications for clinicians, particularly geriatric psychiatrists. There are very few antidepressant trials with significant numbers of participants aged 75 years and over.

Three questions: 1) Did time to relapse vary as a function of the extent of white matter ischaemic changes? 2) What was the incidence of hyponatraemia in the two groups? 3) What efforts were made to assess for participant unblinding in the discontinuation phase?

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Comment on: Lyketsos et al. BMC Geriatrics, 11:2

UK study (Cath Sackley, 30 March 2010)

Hi we have a large HTA study funded in this area and have begun recruitment- maybe we should communicate?

A cluster randomised controlled trial of an occupational therapy intervention for residents with stroke living in UK care-homes

ISRCTN 00757750 read full comment

Comment on: Spruit-van Eijk et al. BMC Geriatrics, 10:15

UNCLEAR ARTICLE (Vikal Shakya, 05 November 2009)

The cause of the conversion has not been mentioned anywhere in the case report. Neither do we have nay photographs that can give us an idea of the type of the bile dust injury (assumed from the discussion section). The spelling of cholecystectomy in the title is also incorrect. read full comment

Comment on: Napolitano et al. BMC Geriatrics, 9:A15

Patient status influenced by hospital stays (Meri Carlstedt, 04 June 2008)

As I am unable to understand all the ins & outs of a computer's workings--i.e. provisional--, and stupidly confess to all the scientific jargon, I will comment on this article anyway. I was a patient for 3 months in a Nursing Facility several years ago and from my observation and my experience, I observed & experienced patients becoming increasingly dependent & passive the longer they stayed in that state. Why? There were at least 2 reasons (probably more). 1). There was little or no attempt to encourage participation. If there was an interview attempt by an Activities Professional, there was little or no attempt to encourage long term ineraction; 2)There was little attemp to listen to the patient, to gain any kind of feeling for what the patient had to offer.I feel this is true... read full comment

Comment on: Wong et al. BMC Geriatrics, 8:10