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Agata Stefanowicz - Top 30 Publications

Attitudes of women after the age of 50 towards preventive screening.

Prevention is one of the major branches of the health sector. The National Health Programme encompasses main risk factors, elimination of which may lead to a reduced incidence of illnesses in the society. At the same time, the criteria of selecting people eligible for preventive screening are established according to risk groups determined by sex, as well as age in the population of women. The perimenopausal and menopausal period contributes to occurrence of numerous systemic diseases and to an increased risk of illnesses, especially cancers.

Influence of sociodemographic factors on quality of life in women living in Lublin Province in Poland.

The aim of the study is to evaluate the impact of sociodemographic factors on the quality of life (QOL) in 45-65-year-old women.

Quality of life in peri- and post-menopausal Polish women living in Lublin Province--differences between urban and rural dwellers.

The quality of life in peri- and post-menopausal women constitutes a serious public health problem. The aim of this observational cross-sectional study was to reveal the influence of the permanent domicile on the quality of life of women in peri- and post-menopausal period, and to establish the influence of employment as a full-time agricultural worker on the quality of life in these women.

Social and healthy circumstances of women's decision about applying hormonal replacement therapy.

The aim of the study was to evaluate the frequency of hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) application among Polish women aged 40-65, patients of five selected health care institutions located in south-eastern Poland and to determine the most significant factors that influence women's decision to initiate HRT. The next purpose was to establish how the women learned about the possibility of receiving HRT. Women, who never decided to take sex hormones, were asked about the reasons of such decision.

Primary health care physicians' knowledge of prophylactics of drug abuse.

The purpose of the study was the evaluation of the assumptions of drug addiction prophylactics and its realization in the practice of primary health care physicians as well as determination of the possibilities of introducing changes in the training of physicians which would favour the increase and extension of knowledge in this field. The method applied in the study was a survey based on the questionnaire distributed among 410 primary health care physicians who attended up-dating courses on family medicine organized by the Institute of Rural Medicine in Lublin. The results were statistically analyzed with application of Excel Statistica Stargraf 6.0 software and the authors' own programmes. The results indicate that primary health care physician's basic and limited knowledge on drug abuse originates from university studies and it is limited to information concerning the reasons, mechanisms, medical effects and some methods of treatment. In the procedures created for the practice of primary health care physicians direct activities related to the drug abuse prophylactics are not considered but only a general health care in the region. However, indirectly the primary health care physicians and family physicians realize so called educational care in the region by cooperating with the nurses and midwives employed in the region or in so called practice of a family physician where educational packages are created, ie. prophylactics of addiction.