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The impact of care pathways for patients with proximal femur fracture: rationale and design of a cluster-randomized controlled trial

  • Kris Vanhaecht1, 2, 3Email author,
  • Walter Sermeus1, 2,
  • Jan Peers1, 2,
  • Cathy Lodewijckx1, 4,
  • Svin Deneckere1,
  • Fabrizio Leigheb5,
  • Steven Boonen6,
  • An Sermon7,
  • Paulo Boto8,
  • Rita Veloso Mendes8,
  • Massimiliano Panella1, 2, 5 and
  • EQCP study group
BMC Health Services Research201212:124

Received: 13 April 2011

Accepted: 9 May 2012

Published: 24 May 2012

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Original Submission
13 Apr 2011 Submitted Original manuscript
2 Jan 2012 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Ian Cameron
20 Feb 2012 Author responded Author comments - Kris Vanhaecht
Resubmission - Version 2
20 Feb 2012 Submitted Manuscript version 2
4 Mar 2012 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Ian Cameron
Resubmission - Version 3
Submitted Manuscript version 3
9 May 2012 Editorially accepted
24 May 2012 Article published 10.1186/1472-6963-12-124

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Authors’ Affiliations

Health Services Research Group, School of Public Health, KU Leuven, University of Leuven
European Pathway Association
Western Norway Research Group on Integrated Care
Department of Pulmonology, University Hospitals Leuven
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Amedeo Avogadro University of Eastern Piedmont
Department of Geriatrics and Leuven University Center for Metabolic Bone Diseases, University Hospitals Leuven, KU Leuven, University of Leuven
Department of Orthopedics & Traumatology, University Hospitals Leuven
National School of Public Health