Local Health Authority of Brescia

Brescia, Italy

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Brescia, Italy

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Buizza C.,University of Brescia | Pioli R.,IRCCS St. John of God Fatebenefratelli | Lecchi S.,IRCCS St. John of God Fatebenefratelli | Bonetto C.,University of Verona | And 4 more authors.
Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health | Year: 2014

Objectives: The present study was conducted in a vocational integration service of a northern Italian town with two major aims: to assess vocational integration programs undertaken from 1st January 2004 to 1 st January 2007; and to identify job tenure-associated predictors. Methods: This is a retrospective study; we collected data such as gender, age, duration, type and outcome of the vocational integration program, and number of interventions performed by the vocational integration service. Self-report questionnaires were also used to assess the satisfaction of users, caregivers, practitioners, and of the company contacts involved in the study. Results: The service has enrolled 84 users during the observation period. Out of these users, 64.3% of them still had their jobs after three years. Users, caregivers and company contacts expressed high levels of satisfaction for the support received by the vocational integration service. The company expressed less satisfaction for the collaboration received by the Departments of Mental Health (DMHs) that coached the users. The only variable associated to the outcome was the number of interventions that the users received before their placement on the job. Conclusions: Despite all the limits of this study, its results show that the chance of taking advantage of a supported job placement service has likely proven itself effective in helping people with mental disorders to obtain and maintain a competitive employment. Our results, however, also point to the necessity of implementing newer strategies meant to develop a greater integration among all services dealing with mentally ill people. © Buizza et al.; Licensee Bentham Open.


PubMed | Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, lnovamais S.A., University of Murcia, Local Health Authority of Brescia and University of Brescia
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of public health research | Year: 2014

During the last H1N1 pandemic has emerged the importance of crisis communication as an essential part of health crisis management. The Project aims specifically to improve the understanding of crisis communication dynamics and effective tools and to allow public health institutions to communicate better with the public during health emergencies.THE PROJECT WILL PERFORM DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES: i) state of the art review; ii) identification of key stakeholders; iii) communicational analysis performed using data collected on stakeholder communication activities and their outcomes considering the lessons learnt from the analysis of the reasons for differing public reactions during pandemics; iv) improvement of the existing guidelines; v) development of Web 2.0 tools as web-platform and feed service and implementation of impact assessment algorithms; vi) organization of exercises and training on this issues.In the context of health security policies at an EU level, the project aims to find a common and innovative approach to health crisis communication that was displayed by differing reactions to the H1N1 pandemic policies. The focus on new social media tools aims to enhance the role of e-health, and the project aims to use these tools in the specific field of health institutions and citizens. The development of Web 2.0 tools for health crisis communication will allow an effective two-way exchange of information between public health institutions and citizens. An effective communication strategy will increase population compliance with public health recommendations. Significance for public healthThe specific aim of the project is to develop a European strategy approach on how to communicate with the population and with different stakeholders groups involved in the crisis management process, based on an analysis of the communication process during the H1N1 pandemic (content analysis of press releases, press coverage and forum discussions) and on interviews with key stakeholders in health crisis communication. The development of web 2.0 tools, providing rapid responses will allow real-time verification of awareness of social trends and citizens response. Furthermore, the project would like to offer these resources to the EU Public Health Institutions and EU citizens to improve their interaction, and hence reinforce citizens right to patient-centred health care. The project proposal has been designed in accordance with the general principles of ethics and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights with regard to human rights, values, freedom, solidarity, and better protection of European citizens.


Gotti D.,University of Brescia | Danesi M.,University of Brescia | Calabresi A.,University of Brescia | Ferraresi A.,University of Brescia | And 6 more authors.
AIDS Patient Care and STDs | Year: 2013

HIV-infected patients are at increased risk for developing HIV-related Hodgkin lymphoma (HIV-HL) despite the success of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). To study the incidence of HIV-HL in HIV-patients with respect to the general population of Brescia, Italy, we conducted a single-center cohort study of HIV-patients followed from 1999 to 2009. The incidence of HIV-HL was compared to the incidence in the general population of Brescia using standardized incidence ratios (SIRs). Poisson analysis was used to study the association between covariates and HL. A total of 5085 HIV-patients were observed among 30,946 person-years; 30 patients developed HIV-HL. The incidence rate was 9.9 (95% confidence interval [CI], 6.7-14.1) per 10,000 person-years of follow-up. HL was substantially more frequent in HIV-patients than in the general population living in the same district area [standardized incidence rate, SIR=21.8 (95% CI, 15.33-31)]. The risk of HIV-HL tended to increase with lowering CD4+ cell counts at time of HL diagnosis [adjusted incidence relative risk (IRR) for CD4 cell count<50 cells/μL: 41.70, p<0.001]. HL risk had been elevated during the 6 months after combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) initiation (IRR: 26.65, p<0.001). Twenty-two HIV-HL cases were matched to 3280 controls. In the year preceding HIV-HL diagnosis the mean change in CD4+ cell counts between cases and controls was significantly different (-99 cells/μL for cases vs. +37 cells/μL for controls, p<0.0001). Compared with the general population, HIV-infected patients showed an increased risk for developing HL. The risk of HIV-HL increased significantly in the first months after cART initiation. © 2013, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.


Limina R.M.,University of Brescia | Baitelli G.,Local Health Authority of Brescia | Marcantoni C.,University of Brescia | Covolo L.,University of Brescia | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health | Year: 2015

The aim of this population-based study was to assess the incidence rates of infectious diseases in native- (Italian) and foreign-born (immigrants) populations in a North Italy area, in 2006–2010. Crude, age-specific incidence rates (IRs) and age-standardised rate ratios (SRRs) between foreign- and native-born subjects and their 95 % confidence intervals (95 % CI) were estimated. A total of 32,554 cases of infectious diseases were found (9.9 % in foreign-born subjects). The highest SRRs between foreign- and nativeborn subjects were found for tuberculosis (SRR = 27.1; 95 % CI 21.3–34.3), malaria (SRR = 21.1; 14.6–30.4), scabies (SRR = 8.5; 7.6–9.4), AIDS (SRR = 2.5; 1.8–3.4) and viral hepatitis B (SRR = 3.3; 2.1–5.2). The highest IR was found for AIDS in people from the Americas (IR = 4.57; 95 % CI 2.2–8.4), for malaria and tuberculosis in people from Africa (IR = 13.89; 11.6–16.5 and IR = 11.87; 9.8–14.3 respectively). Therefore immigrants are at a higher risk of acquiring some common infectious diseases compared to the native population in Western European countries. © 2013, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


Maifredi G.,University of Brescia | Donato F.,University of Brescia | Magoni M.,Local Health Authority of Brescia | Orizio G.,University of Brescia | And 5 more authors.
Environmental Research | Year: 2011

Background: Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been hypothesized to increase the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), although conclusive evidence is still lacking. High levels of PCBs were found in soil in some areas close to a PCB-producing factory in Brescia, North Italy. We conducted a population-based case-control study among residents of the town to investigate the possible association between PCB pollution and NHL in this area. Methods: We included both incident and deceased NHL cases, and a random sample of the town residents as controls, frequency matched to cases as regards age and gender. Exposure to PCBs was estimated on the basis of the lifetime residential history of cases and controls in four different areas of the town-A, B and C (polluted areas) and D (control area). Results: A total of 495 cases (287 incident cases) and 1467 controls were enrolled. Positive associations were found between NHL and having resided for at least 10 years in the area A, the most polluted area (odds ratio, OR=1.8; p=0.02) and for having resided in any of the polluted areas considered together (A+B+C) (OR=1.4; p=0.08). However, no associations were evident for having resided 20 years or longer in the polluted areas or when analyzing the association with each subject's main residence in his/her lifetime. Conclusion: This study provides some evidence for an association between PCB exposure and NHL, though results should be considered with caution in the absence of individual biological measures of exposure. © 2010 Elsevier Inc.

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