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7% vs 90/141, 63.8%; P = 0.02). The distribution of patient willingness did not otherwise differ between hospitals for physical examination or procedures. There was no difference in the mean attitude score between hospitals (15.3 �� 0.8 private vs 15.4 �� 1.2 public, P = 0.38), and responses differed between hospitals for only four of the 20 attitude statements. Our findings suggest that patients in a private hospital are at least as receptive to medical students as patients in a public hospital. ""Assessing future risk or prognosis in individual subjects is an often difficult and humbling task for clinicians. In recent times numerous prediction tools have been developed to make the task more accurate and thereby render management decisions more appropriate. If these tools are to be used effectively, an understanding is needed of their method of development, performance characteristics, ease of use and applicability #links# in clinical settings, and potential impact on clinical decision-making. In this fourth article in a series on critical appraisal, we discuss questions that need to be asked of any new risk prediction tool. ""Syringomyelia (SM) is common in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (CKCS). Dogs with syringes express clinical signs or might be clinically silent. To investigate the prevalence and heritability of symptomatic SM, the association between clinical #links# signs and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings, and long-term outcome. All CKCS registered in the Danish Kennel Club in 2001 (n?=?240). A cross-sectional questionnaire-based prevalence study validated by telephone interviews and clinically investigated clinical signs of SM. Dogs were 6?years at the time of investigation. A prospective observational litter study including clinical investigations, MRI and 5-year follow-up of symptomatic and asymptomatic siblings. Heritability was estimated based #links# on the scale of liability in the study population and litter cohort. The cross-sectional study estimated a prevalence of symptomatic SM at 15.4% in the population. Thirteen symptomatic and 9 asymptomatic siblings participated in the litter study. Spinal cord syringes were confirmed in 21 of 22 littermates (95%). Syrinx diameter and mean syrinx?:?spinal cord ratio were significantly correlated with clinical signs (P?<?.01). Estimated heritability of symptomatic SM was 0.81. Symptomatic SM motivated euthanasia in 20%. Dogs with syringes, which expressed no clinical signs at the age of 6, remained asymptomatic in 14/15 cases (93%). The prevalence of symptomatic SM is high and genetics have a high impact on clinical disease expression. Further investigations of factors influencing the outbreak threshold of clinical signs of SM are desirable. ""Background: In 2003, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) accounted for 46% of the burden of chronic respiratory disease in the Australian community.</p>