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Office Visits

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  • METHODS: We used nationally representative data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) of the National Center for Health Statistics and the American Medical Association's Socioeconomic Monitoring System (SMS) to examine the length of office visits with physicians from 1989 through 1998 [6].
  • Stepwise discriminant function analysis showed that a significant rise in the serum creatinine concentration was most likely to occur in association with older age, black race, a higher number of missed office visits, and employment as a laborer [7].
  • Twenty-four per cent of the practitioners' estimates, which were based on historical and laboratory data collected during a routine office visit, differed by more than +/- 75 mg per deciliter from the actual mean blood glucose levels calculated with the glycosylated hemoglobin assay [8].
  • CONCLUSION--For reported efficacy rates and standard costs of a follow-up office visit, using miconazole first and then treating only those patients with unresponsive infections with a higher-priced prescription drug is less expensive than treating all patients with the higher-priced drug [9].
  • In terms of monitoring costs, methotrexate had the highest costs associated with necessary laboratory tests and office visits [10].

Biological context of Office Visits

  • RESULTS: A variety of cardiovascular disease prevention services were provided during an estimated 547 million adult office visits to US physicians in 1995, including blood pressure measurement (50% of visits), cholesterol testing (5%) and counseling for exercise (12%), weight (6%), cholesterol (4%) and smoking (3%) [11].
  • They were assigned to receive 0.5 mg of PGE2, (Prepidil; Pharmacia-Upjohn, Kalamazoo, MI) intracervically at 39 weeks' gestation, repeated at weekly office visits for up to three doses, or expectant treatment [12].
  • The majority of respondents (92%) were aware of the relationship between antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance, and respondents estimated that 5% of their patients had URI symptoms at their office visits [13].

Associations of Office Visits with chemical compounds

  • Hydroxychloroquine had the lowest monitoring costs for office visits, and oral gold had the lowest for laboratory costs [10].
  • We investigated physicians' reporting of cholesterol-related screening, counseling or medications during office visits and used multiple logistic regression to assess independent predictors [14].
  • Patients treated with theophylline had more side effects and required more frequent office visits than those treated with cromolyn [15].
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors were the second most prescribed psychotropic agents, while anticonvulsant mood stabilizers (prescribed for a psychiatric reason), tricyclic antidepressants, central adrenergic agonists, antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, and lithium were also prescribed for a substantial number of office visits [16].
  • These data were compared to office visits and tretinoin treatment of wrinkles, solar elastosis, and other conditions [3].

Gene context of Office Visits


Analytical, diagnostic and therapeutic context of Office Visits


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  15. A double-blind study comparing the effectiveness of cromolyn sodium and sustained-release theophylline in childhood asthma. Furukawa, C.T., Shapiro, G.G., Bierman, C.W., Kraemer, M.J., Ward, D.J., Pierson, W.E. Pediatrics (1984) [Pubmed]
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  18. Concurrent medical disease in work-related carpal tunnel syndrome. Atcheson, S.G., Ward, J.R., Lowe, W. Arch. Intern. Med. (1998) [Pubmed]
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  20. Surveillance after curative colon cancer resection: practice patterns of surgical subspecialists. Virgo, K.S., Wade, T.P., Longo, W.E., Coplin, M.A., Vernava, A.M., Johnson, F.E. Ann. Surg. Oncol. (1995) [Pubmed]
  21. Geographic variation in patient surveillance after radical prostatectomy. Powell, T.M., Thompsen, J.P., Virgo, K.S., Johnson, E.T., Chan, D., Colberg, J.W., Ornstein, D.K., Johnson, F.E. Ann. Surg. Oncol. (2000) [Pubmed]
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