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  1. Widespread adoption of information and communication technologies (ICT) is a key strategy to meet the challenges facing health systems internationally of increasing demands, rising costs, limited resources and...

    Authors: Johanna I Westbrook, Jeffrey Braithwaite, Kathryn Gibson, Richard Paoloni, Joanne Callen, Andrew Georgiou, Nerida Creswick and Louise Robertson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:201

    Content type: Study protocol

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  2. Several methodological approaches have been used to estimate distance in health service research. In this study, focusing on cardiac catheterization services, Euclidean, Manhattan, and the less widely known Mi...

    Authors: Rizwan Shahid, Stefania Bertazzon, Merril L Knudtson and William A Ghali

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:200

    Content type: Research article

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  3. In England, prostate cancer patients report worse experience of care than patients with other cancers. However, no standard measure of patient experience of prostate cancer care is currently available. This pa...

    Authors: Carolyn Tarrant, Richard Baker, Andrew M Colman, Paul Sinfield, Shona Agarwal, John K Mellon, William Steward and Roger Kockelbergh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:199

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  4. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) carries a high burden of morbidity and mortality and is associated with significant utilization of health care resources, especially in the elderly. Numerous randomized trials have...

    Authors: Charmaine A Cooke, Susan A Kirkland, Ingrid S Sketris and Jafna Cox

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:198

    Content type: Research article

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  5. The existence of publicly-accessible datasets comprised a significant opportunity for health services research to evolve into a science that supports health policy making and evaluation, proper inter- and intr...

    Authors: Shadi S Saleh, Mohamad S Alameddine and Fadi El-Jardali

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:197

    Content type: Correspondence

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  6. The aim of the study was to develop quality indicators that can be used for quality assessment of registries of occupational diseases in relation to preventive policy on a national level. The research question...

    Authors: Dick Spreeuwers, Angela GEM de Boer, Jos HAM Verbeek and Frank JH van Dijk

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:194

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Individuals of African descent living in western countries have increased rates of hypertension and hypertension-related complications. Poor adherence to hypertension treatment (medication and lifestyle change...

    Authors: Joke A Haafkens, Erik JAJ Beune, Eric P Moll van Charante and Charles O Agyemang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:193

    Content type: Study protocol

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  8. Lower-income countries face severe health worker shortages. Recent evidence suggests that this problem can be mitigated by task-shifting--delegation of aspects of health care to less specialized health workers...

    Authors: Joseph B Babigumira, Barbara Castelnuovo, Mohammed Lamorde, Andrew Kambugu, Andy Stergachis, Philippa Easterbrook and Louis P Garrison

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:192

    Content type: Research article

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  9. The role of health services must be re-oriented towards health promotion to more effectively contribute to population health. One of the objectives of the Swedish public health policy is that health promotion ...

    Authors: Helene Johansson, Lars Weinehall and Maria Emmelin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:191

    Content type: Research article

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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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

    Content type: Research article

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