Text and Data Mining valid from 2018-12-05
Received: 9 October 2018
Accepted: 28 November 2018
First Online: 5 December 2018
Compliance with ethical standards
: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
: The study was conducted in conformity with the regulations on data management of the Regional Health Authority of Abruzzo and with the Italian Law on privacy (Art. 20-21 DL 196/2003) published on the Official Journal n. 190 of August 14, 2004. Data were encrypted prior to the analysis at the regional statistical office, where each patient was assigned a unique identifier. This identifier eliminates the possibility to trace the patient’s identity. The usage of this database was approved by the Department of Health and Welfare of Abruzzo Region.
: According to the Italian laws, no written informed consent is required when the data are anonymous.