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  1. Cancer patients usually undergo extensive and debilitating treatments, which make quality of life (QoL) and patient satisfaction important health care assessment measures. However, very few studies have evalua...

    Authors: Christopher G Lis, Mark Rodeghier, James F Grutsch and Digant Gupta

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:190

    Content type: Research article

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  2. There is no validated way of measuring the prevalence and duration of patient delay, and we do not know how people perceive and define the time intervals they are asked to report in patient delay studies. This...

    Authors: Rikke Sand Andersen, Peter Vedsted, Frede Olesen, Flemming Bro and Jens Søndergaard

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:189

    Content type: Debate

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  3. Comprising of both organisational and patient level components, collaborative care is a potentially powerful intervention for improving depression treatment in UK primary Care. However, as previous models have...

    Authors: David A Richards, Adwoa Hughes-Morley, Rachel A Hayes, Ricardo Araya, Michael Barkham, John M Bland, Peter Bower, John Cape, Carolyn A Chew-Graham, Linda Gask, Simon Gilbody, Colin Green, David Kessler, Glyn Lewis, Karina Lovell, Chris Manning…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:188

    Content type: Study protocol

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  4. Use of available interpreter services by hospital clincial staff is often suboptimal, despite evidence that trained interpreters contribute to quality of care and patient safety. Examination of intra-hospital ...

    Authors: Patricia Hudelson and Sarah Vilpert

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:187

    Content type: Research article

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  5. We examined the association between quality of care and 30 day mortality in a nationwide cohort of patients hospitalized with hip fracture.

    Authors: Katrine A Nielsen, Niels C Jensen, Claus M Jensen, Marianne Thomsen, Lars Pedersen, Søren P Johnsen, Annette Ingeman, Paul D Bartels and Reimar W Thomsen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:186

    Content type: Research article

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  6. U.S. cancer screening guidelines communicate important information regarding the ages for which screening tests are appropriate. Little attention has been given to whether breast, colorectal and prostate cance...

    Authors: Srikanth Kadiyala

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:185

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death in the developed world, and its prevention a core activity in current UK general practice. Currently, family history is not systematically integrated ...

    Authors: Nadeem Qureshi, Sarah Armstrong, Paula Saukko, Tracey Sach, Jo Middlemass, Phil H Evans, Joe Kai, Hannah Farrimond and Steve E Humphries

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:184

    Content type: Study protocol

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  8. Quality is on the agenda of European general practice (GP). European researchers have, in collaboration, developed tools to assess quality of GPs. In this feasibility study, we tested the European Practice Ass...

    Authors: Roy Remmen, Luc Seuntjens, Dominique Paulus, Dominique Pestiaux, Klaus Knops and Ann Van den Bruel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:183

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Chronic illness and disability can have damaging, even catastrophic, socioeconomic effects on individuals and their households. We examined the experiences of people affected by chronic heart failure, complica...

    Authors: Yun-Hee Jeon, Beverley Essue, Stephen Jan, Robert Wells and Judith A Whitworth

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:182

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Japan has experienced two large changes which affect the supply and distribution of physicians. They are increases in medical school enrollment capacity and in the proportion of female physicians. The purpose ...

    Authors: Soichi Koike, Shinya Matsumoto, Tomoko Kodama, Hiroo Ide, Hideo Yasunaga and Tomoaki Imamura

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:180

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a complex, progressive disease which requires a variety of quality improvement strategies. Limited information is available on the feasibility and effectiveness of interdisciplinary...

    Authors: Liesbeth Borgermans, Geert Goderis, Carine Van Den Broeke, Geert Verbeke, An Carbonez, Anna Ivanova, Chantal Mathieu, Bert Aertgeerts, Jan Heyrman and Richard Grol

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:179

    Content type: Research article

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  12. An evaluation of NHS Direct Wales (NHSDW), a national telephone-based healthcare advice and information service, was undertaken. A key objective was to describe the actions of callers and assess the appropriat...

    Authors: Helen Snooks, Julie Peconi, James Munro, Wai-Yee Cheung, Jaynie Rance and Anne Williams

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:178

    Content type: Research article

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  13. There is evidence for higher morbidity among prison inmates than in the general population. Despite this, patient satisfaction with the prison health services is scarcely investigated. The aim of the present s...

    Authors: Johan Håkon Bjørngaard, Åse-Bente Rustad and Ellen Kjelsberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:176

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Collaborative approaches in quality improvement have been promoted since the introduction of the Breakthrough method. The effectiveness of this method is inconclusive and further independent evaluation of the ...

    Authors: Mireille van den Berg, Rianne Frenken and Roland Bal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:175

    Content type: Correspondence

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  15. The ageing population in Europe is putting an ever increasing demand on the long-term care (LTC) services provided by these countries. This study analyses the relationship between the LTC institutional supply ...

    Authors: Gianfranco Damiani, Simona C Colosimo, Lorella Sicuro, Alessandra Burgio, Alessandra Battisti, Alessandro Solipaca, Giordana Baldassarre, Roberta Crialesi, Giulia Milan, Tiziana Tamburrano and Walter Ricciardi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:174

    Content type: Research article

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  16. We report baseline data on the organisation of COPD care in UK NHS hospitals participating in the National COPD Resources and Outcomes Project (NCROP).

    Authors: Robert A Stone, Brian DW Harrison, Derek Lowe, Rhona J Buckingham, Nancy A Pursey, Harold SR Hosker, Jonathan M Potter and C Michael Roberts

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:173

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  17. Hong Kong's rapidly ageing population, characterised by one of the longest life expectancies and the lowest fertility rate in the world, is likely to drive long-term care (LTC) expenditure higher. This study a...

    Authors: Roger Y Chung, Keith YK Tin, Benjamin J Cowling, King Pan Chan, Wai Man Chan, Su Vui Lo and Gabriel M Leung

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:172

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  18. Families of people with eating disorders are often caught up in rule bound eating and safety behaviours that characterise the illness. The main aim of this study was to develop a valid and specific scale to me...

    Authors: Ana R Sepulveda, Olivia Kyriacou and Janet Treasure

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:171

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Prevention of diabetes and coronary heart disease (CHD) is possible but identification of at-risk patients for targeting interventions is a challenge in primary care.

    Authors: Marie-France Hivert, Richard W Grant, Peter Shrader and James B Meigs

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:170

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  20. Tuberculosis (TB) patients have difficulty following a long-term treatment regimen. Efforts to improve treatment outcomes require better understanding of adherence as a complex behavioral issue and of the part...

    Authors: Weiguo Xu, Wei Lu, Yang Zhou, Limei Zhu, Hongbing Shen and Jianming Wang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:169

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Emergency medicine has generally been considered a high risk specialty. The purpose of this study is to assess the risk of being sued in the district courts for caring emergency room (ER) patients from the per...

    Authors: Che-Ming Yang, Shin-Han Tsai and Wen-Ta Chiu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:168

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Many countries have introduced elements of managed competition in their healthcare system with the aim to accomplish more efficient and demand-driven health care. Simultaneously, generating and reporting of co...

    Authors: Michelle Hendriks, Peter Spreeuwenberg, Jany Rademakers and Diana MJ Delnoij

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:167

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Specialty-specific data on career satisfaction may be useful for understanding physician workforce trends and for counseling medical students about career options.

    Authors: J Paul Leigh, Daniel J Tancredi and Richard L Kravitz

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:166

    Content type: Research article

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  24. To date there has been relatively little published about how research priorities are set, and even less about methods by which decision-makers can be engaged in defining a relevant and appropriate research age...

    Authors: Neale Smith, Craig Mitton, Stuart Peacock, Evelyn Cornelissen and Stuart MacLeod

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:165

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  25. The purpose of this study was to identify important motivational factors according to the views of health-care professionals in Greek hospitals and particularly to determine if these might differ in the public...

    Authors: Nick Kontodimopoulos, Victoria Paleologou and Dimitris Niakas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:164

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  26. Information transfer is critical in the primary care to specialist referral process and has been examined extensively in the US and other countries, yet there has been little attention to the patient's perspec...

    Authors: Carol L Ireson, Svetla Slavova, Carol L Steltenkamp and F Douglas Scutchfield

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:163

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Communities of practice and social-professional networks are generally considered to enhance workplace experience and enable organizational success. However, despite the remarkable growth in interest in the ro...

    Authors: Jeffrey Braithwaite, Johanna I Westbrook, Geetha Ranmuthugala, Frances Cunningham, Jennifer Plumb, Janice Wiley, Dianne Ball, Sue Huckson, Cliff Hughes, Brian Johnston, Joanne Callen, Nerida Creswick, Andrew Georgiou, Luc Betbeder-Matibet and Deborah Debono

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:162

    Content type: Study protocol

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  28. In recent years, artificial neural network is advocated in modeling complex multivariable relationships due to its ability of fault tolerance; while decision tree of data mining technique was recommended becau...

    Authors: Jing Wang, Man Li, Yun-tao Hu and Yu Zhu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:161

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Postal surveys are a frequently used method of data collection in health services research. Low response rates increase the potential for bias and threaten study validity. The objectives of this study were to ...

    Authors: Julia V Cook, Heather O Dickinson and Martin P Eccles

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:160

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Panic disorder (PD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are two of the most disabling and costly anxiety disorders seen in primary care. However, treatment quality of these disorders in primary care general...

    Authors: Anna DT Muntingh, Christina M van der Feltz-Cornelis, Harm WJ van Marwijk, Philip Spinhoven, Willem JJ Assendelft, Margot WM de Waal, Leona Hakkaart-van Roijen, Herman J Adèr and Anton JLM van Balkom

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:159

    Content type: Study protocol

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  31. While much research has been conducted on medication safety, few of these studies have addressed primary care, despite the high volume of prescribing and dispensing of medicines that occurs in this setting. Th...

    Authors: Denham L Phipps, Peter R Noyce, Dianne Parker and Darren M Ashcroft

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:158

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Vast quantities of electronic data are collected about patients and service users as they pass through health service and other public sector organisations, and these data present enormous potential for resear...

    Authors: David V Ford, Kerina H Jones, Jean-Philippe Verplancke, Ronan A Lyons, Gareth John, Ginevra Brown, Caroline J Brooks, Simon Thompson, Owen Bodger, Tony Couch and Ken Leake

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:157

    Content type: Correspondence

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  33. Growth in use and overuse of diagnostic imaging significantly impacts the quality and costs of health care services. What are the modifiable factors for increasing and unnecessary use of radiological services?...

    Authors: Kristin B Lysdahl and Bjørn M Hofmann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:155

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  34. Computerised clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) are used widely to improve quality of care and patient outcomes. This systematic review evaluated the impact of CDSSs in targeting specific aspects of pre...

    Authors: Sallie-Anne Pearson, Annette Moxey, Jane Robertson, Isla Hains, Margaret Williamson, James Reeve and David Newby

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:154

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  35. Orientation and mobility training (O&M-training) in using an identification cane, also called symbol cane, is provided to people with low vision to facilitate independent participation in the community. In The...

    Authors: GAR Zijlstra, GHMB van Rens, EJA Scherder, DM Brouwer, J van der Velde, PFJ Verstraten and GIJM Kempen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:153

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  36. Most research publications on Chronic Care Model (CCM) implementation originate from organizations or countries with a well-structured primary health care system. Information about efforts made in countries wi...

    Authors: Patricia Sunaert, Hilde Bastiaens, Luc Feyen, Boris Snauwaert, Frank Nobels, Johan Wens, Etienne Vermeire, Paul Van Royen, Jan De Maeseneer, An De Sutter and Sara Willems

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:152

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  37. Ageing of Mexican population implies greater demand of hospital services. Nevertheless, the available resources are used inadequately. In this study, the direct medical costs associated with the appropriatenes...

    Authors: Joaquín F Mould-Quevedo, Carmen García-Peña, Iris Contreras-Hernández, Teresa Juárez-Cedillo, Claudia Espinel-Bermúdez, Gabriela Morales-Cisneros and Sergio Sánchez-García

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:151

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  38. Over the past few decades, drug and overall healthcare expenditure have risen rapidly in most countries. The present study investigates the attitudes and the factors which influence physician prescribing decis...

    Authors: Mamas Theodorou, Vasiliki Tsiantou, Andreas Pavlakis, Nikos Maniadakis, Vasilis Fragoulakis, Elpida Pavi and John Kyriopoulos

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:150

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  39. While there is an increasing emphasis on patient empowerment and shared decision-making, subjective values for attributes associated with their treatment still need to be measured and considered. This contribu...

    Authors: Axel C Mühlbacher, Ina Rudolph, Hans-Joachim Lincke and Matthias Nübling

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:149

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  40. A growing number of German hospitals have been privatized with the intention of increasing cost effectiveness and improving the quality of health care. Numerous studies investigated what possible qualitative a...

    Authors: Stefanie Mache, Karin Vitzthum, Albert Nienhaus, Burghard F Klapp and David A Groneberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:148

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  41. Addressing substance use disorders effectively requires a long-term approach. Substance abuse treatment is typically of short duration; referring patients to Twelve Step based self-help groups (TSGs) – e.g. Na...

    Authors: John-Kåre Vederhus, Øistein Kristensen, Alexandre Laudet and Thomas Clausen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:147

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  42. Community members are stakeholders in hospitals and have a right to participate in the improvement of quality of services rendered to them. Their views are important because they reflect the perspectives of th...

    Authors: Elizeus Rutebemberwa, Elizabeth Ekirapa-Kiracho, Olico Okui, Damien Walker, Aloysius Mutebi and George Pariyo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:146

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  43. Multimorbidity is a highly frequent condition in older people, but well designed longitudinal studies on the impact of multimorbidity on patients and the health care system have been remarkably scarce in numbe...

    Authors: Ingmar Schäfer, Heike Hansen, Gerhard Schön, Wolfgang Maier, Susanne Höfels, Attila Altiner, Angela Fuchs, Ferdinand M Gerlach, Juliana J Petersen, Jochen Gensichen, Sven Schulz, Steffi Riedel-Heller, Melanie Luppa, Siegfried Weyerer, Jochen Werle, Horst Bickel…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:145

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  44. Placebo interventions can have meaningful effects for patients. However, little is known about the circumstances of their use in clinical practice. We aimed to investigate to what extent and in which way Swiss...

    Authors: Margrit Fässler, Markus Gnädinger, Thomas Rosemann and Nikola Biller-Andorno

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:144

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  45. Communication between general practitioners (GPs) and specialists is important, if we want patients to receive the right type of care at the right moment. Most communication takes place through telephone conta...

    Authors: Annette J Berendsen, Annegriet Kuiken, Wim HGM Benneker, Betty Meyboom-de Jong, Theo B Voorn and Jan Schuling

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:143

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  46. Parents of children with food allergy, primary care physicians, and members of the general public play a critical role in the health and well-being of food-allergic children, though little is known about their...

    Authors: Ruchi S Gupta, Jennifer S Kim, Elizabeth E Springston, Jacqueline A Pongracic, Xiaobin Wang and Jane Holl

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:142

    Content type: Research article

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  47. Legislative measures have been identified as one effective way of changing attitude or behaviour towards health care. The aim of this study was to describe trends in patients' complaints for medical issues; to...

    Authors: Camila Giugliani, Nathalie Gault, Valia Fares, Jérémie Jegu, Sergio Eleni dit Trolli, Julie Biga and Gwenaelle Vidal-Trecan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:141

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