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  1. Because individuals with HIV/AIDS often have complex medical and social needs, the impact of housing status on medical service utilization is difficult to isolate from the impact of conditions that may worsen ...

    Authors: Theresa W Kim, Stefan G Kertesz, Nicholas J Horton, Nicole Tibbetts and Jeffrey H Samet

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:19

    Content type: Research article

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  2. The purpose of this research is to understand the performance of home healthcare practice in the US. The relationships between home healthcare patient factors and agency characteristics are not well understood...

    Authors: Elizabeth A Madigan and Olivier Louis Curet

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:18

    Content type: Research article

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  3. In order to improve the health of people with Type 1 diabetes in developing countries, a clear analysis of the constraints to insulin access and diabetes care is needed. We developed a Rapid Assessment Protoco...

    Authors: David Beran, John S Yudkin and Maximilian de Courten

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:17

    Content type: Technical advance

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  4. Organised stroke care saves lives and reduces disability. A clinical pathway might be a form of organised stroke care, but the evidence for the effectiveness of this model of care is limited.

    Authors: William J Taylor, Annie Wong, Richard J Siegert and Harry K McNaughton

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:16

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Children with congenital hearing impairment benefit from early detection and management of their hearing loss. These and related considerations led to the recommendation of universal newborn hearing screening....

    Authors: Eva Grill, Kai Uus, Franz Hessel, Linda Davies, Rod S Taylor, Juergen Wasem and John Bamford

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:14

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Outpatient preoperative assessment clinics were developed to provide an efficient assessment of surgical patients prior to surgery, and have demonstrated benefits to patients and the health care system. Howeve...

    Authors: Judy E Seidel, Cynthia A Beck, Gaia Pocobelli, Jane B Lemaire, Jennifer M Bugar, Hude Quan and William A Ghali

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:13

    Content type: Research article

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  7. The application of Willingness To Pay (WTP) measurement with Contingent Valuation Method (CVM) to medical services is gradually increasing. Knowing what influences WTP is an important matter because validity o...

    Authors: Hideo Yasunaga, Hiroo Ide, Tomoaki Imamura and Kazuhiko Ohe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:12

    Content type: Research article

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  8. The science of syndromic surveillance is still very much in its infancy. While a number of syndromic surveillance systems are being evaluated in the US, very few have had success thus far in predicting an infe...

    Authors: Elizabeth Rolland, Kieran M Moore, Victoria A Robinson and Don McGuinness

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:10

    Content type: Study protocol

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  9. Patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) are at increased risk of further acute cardiac events. Secondary prevention aims to decrease morbidity and mortality post-ACS. Depression is related to increased ri...

    Authors: Hannah M McGee, Frank Doyle, Ronán M Conroy, Davida De La Harpe and Emer Shelley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:9

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Poor compliance with antihypertensive medication is assumed to be an important reason for unsatisfactory control of blood pressure. Poor compliance is difficult to detect. Each method of measuring compliance h...

    Authors: Gwenn EC Wetzels, Patricia J Nelemans, Jan SAG Schouten, Boris LG van Wijk and Martin H Prins

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:8

    Content type: Research article

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  11. The inspiration for the present assessment of the nutritional care of medical patients is puzzlement about the divide that exists between the theoretical knowledge about the importance of the diet for ill pers...

    Authors: Karin O Lassen, Jens Olsen, Edvin Grinderslev, Filip Kruse and Merete Bjerrum

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:7

    Content type: Research article

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  12. It has been postulated that patients admitted on weekends or after office hours may experience delays in clinical management and consequently have longer length of stay (LOS). We investigated if day and time o...

    Authors: Arul Earnest, Mark IC Chen and Eillyne Seow

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:6

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Referrals of patients from primary care to medical specialist care are an important activity in any health care system. German data show that the number of referrals by GPs have increased since 2004, but detai...

    Authors: Thomas Rosemann, Michel Wensing, Gernot Rueter and Joachim Szecsenyi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:5

    Content type: Research article

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  14. A significant gap has been documented between best practice and the actual practice of surgery. Our group identified that colorectal cancer staging in Ontario was suboptimal and subsequently developed a knowle...

    Authors: Frances C Wright, Calvin HL Law, Linda D Last, Neil Klar, David P Ryan and Andrew J Smith

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:4

    Content type: Study protocol

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  15. Economic valuations of health care programs often require using patients as subjects, implying that research methodology should conform to the surrounding social, cultural and ethical context. The significance...

    Authors: Nick Kontodimopoulos and Dimitris Niakas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:3

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Reviews of peer-reviewed health studies have highlighted problems with their methodological quality. As published health studies form the basis of many clinical decisions including evaluation and provisions of...

    Authors: Rumana Z Omar, Nick McNally, Gareth Ambler and Allyson M Pollock

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:2

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Accurate cost estimate and a profit and loss analysis are necessary for health care practice. We performed an actual financial analysis for an intensive care unit (ICU) of a university hospital in Japan, and t...

    Authors: Pengyu Cao, Shin-ichi Toyabe, Toshikazu Abe and Kouhei Akazawa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:1

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Patients across North America are using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) with increasing frequency as part of their management of many different health conditions. The objective of this study was t...

    Authors: Sunita Vohra, Kymm Feldman, Brad Johnston, Kellie Waters and Heather Boon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:78

    Content type: Research article

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  19. The Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) method has been fruitfully used in many countries in Asia, Europe and North America to shed light on the efficiency of health facilities and programmes. There is, however, a...

    Authors: Ade Renner, Joses M Kirigia, Eyob A Zere, Saidou P Barry, Doris G Kirigia, Clifford Kamara and Lenity HK Muthuri

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:77

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Since, at the health system level, there is little research into the possible interrelationships among the various indicators of health, healthcare performance, non-medical determinants of health, and communit...

    Authors: OA Arah and GP Westert

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:76

    Content type: Research article

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  21. It is essential that knowledge gained through health services research is collated and made available for evaluation, for policy purposes and to enable collaboration between people working in similar areas (ca...

    Authors: Carl MJ Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth E Roughead, Gregory R Monteith and Susan E Tett

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:75

    Content type: Research article

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  22. It is well-known that the number of physical therapy treatment sessions varies over treatment episodes. Information is lacking, however, on the source and explanation of the variation. The purposes of the curr...

    Authors: Ilse CS Swinkels, Raymond H Wimmers, Peter P Groenewegen, Wil JH van den Bosch, Joost Dekker and Cornelia HM van den Ende

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:74

    Content type: Research article

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  23. The purpose of the study was to identify and to profile alcohol-related attendances to emergency rooms (ERs) of 11 hospitals of various medical specialties covering a large urban population, to assess risk fac...

    Authors: Bernhard T Baune, Rafael T Mikolajczyk, Gerhard Reymann, Annette Duesterhaus, Susanne Fleck, Hildegard Kratz and Ulrike Sundermann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:73

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Knowing what influences physicians attitudes toward health care costs is an important matter, because most health care expenditures are the results of doctors' decisions. Many decisions regarding medical tests...

    Authors: Patrick A Bovier, Diane P Martin and Thomas V Perneger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:72

    Content type: Research article

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  25. The general practitioner in Norway is expected to ensure equity and effectiveness through fair rationing. At the same time, due to recent reforms of the Norwegian health care sector, both the role of economic ...

    Authors: Benedicte Carlsen and Ole Frithjof Norheim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:70

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Control of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is an important part of the effort to reduce the risk of HIV/AIDS. STI clinics in the government hospitals in India provide services predominantly to the poor....

    Authors: Lalit Dandona, Pratap Sisodia, TLN Prasad, Elliot Marseille, M Chalapathi Rao, A Anod Kumar, SG Prem Kumar, YK Ramesh, Mead Over, M Someshwar and James G Kahn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:69

    Content type: Research article

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  27. The evidence base for improving reproductive health continues to grow. However, concerns remain that the translation of this evidence into appropriate policies is partial and slow. Little is known about the fa...

    Authors: Morten Aaserud, Simon Lewin, Simon Innvaer, Elizabeth J Paulsen, Astrid T Dahlgren, Mari Trommald, Lelia Duley, Merrick Zwarenstein and Andrew D Oxman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:68

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Communication may affect perceptions of fair process for intensive care unit bed allocation decisions through its impact on the publicity condition of accountability for reasonableness.

    Authors: Andrew B Cooper, Amit S Joglekar, Jennifer Gibson, Alissa H Swota and Douglas K Martin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:67

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Early interventions proved to be able to improve prognosis in acute stroke patients. Prompt identification of symptoms, organised timely and efficient transportation towards appropriate facilities, become esse...

    Authors: Marica Ferri, Assunta De Luca, Paolo Giorgi Rossi, Giuliano Lori and Gabriella Guasticchi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:66

    Content type: Study protocol

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  30. Because of their complex clinical presentations and needs frail elderly people require another approach than people who age without many complications. Several inpatient geriatric health services have proven e...

    Authors: René JF Melis, Monique IJ van Eijken, George F Borm, Michel Wensing, Eddy Adang, Eloy H van de Lisdonk, Theo van Achterberg and Marcel GM Olde Rikkert

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:65

    Content type: Study protocol

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  31. Despite the recent proliferation in research on patient trust, it is seldom a primary outcome, and is often a peripheral area of interest. The length of our original scales to measure trust may limit their use...

    Authors: Elizabeth Dugan, Felicia Trachtenberg and Mark A Hall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:64

    Content type: Research article

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  32. The proportion of patients who undergo surgery within a clinically safe time is an important performance indicator in health systems that use wait lists to manage access to care. However, little is known about...

    Authors: Boris G Sobolev, Adrian R Levy, Lisa Kuramoto and Robert Hayden

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:63

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Negative variation in the management of patients with the same clinical condition is frequent, and affects quality of care. Recent studies indicate that single interventions are not an effective solution. We a...

    Authors: Caterina Caminiti, Umberto Scoditti, Francesca Diodati and Rodolfo Passalacqua

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:62

    Content type: Research article

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  34. To demonstrate the use of end-quintile comparisons in assessing the effect of socio-economic status on hospital utilisation and outcomes in Western Australia.

    Authors: Kate J Brameld and C D'Arcy J Holman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:61

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Unequal geographical distribution of medical care resources and insufficient healthcare coverage have been two long-standing problems with Taiwan's public health system. The implementation of National Health I...

    Authors: Tu-Bin Chu, Tsai-Ching Liu, Chin-Shyan Chen, Yi-Wen Tsai and Wen-Ta Chiu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:60

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Occupational Physicians rely especially on advice from colleagues when answering their information demands. On the other hand, Evidence-based Medicine (EBM) promotes the use of up-to-date research literature i...

    Authors: Frederieke Schaafsma, Jos Verbeek, Carel Hulshof and Frank van Dijk

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:59

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Major international differences in heart failure treatment have been repeatedly described, but the reasons for these differences remain unclear. National guideline recommendations might be a relevant factor. T...

    Authors: Heidrun B Sturm, Wiek H van Gilst, Karl Swedberg, FD Richard Hobbs and Flora M Haaijer-Ruskamp

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:57

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Aboriginal people in Australia experience the highest prevalence of diabetes in the country, an excess of preventable complications and early death. There is increasing evidence demonstrating the importance of...

    Authors: Damin Si, Ross Bailie, Christine Connors, Michelle Dowden, Allison Stewart, Gary Robinson, Joan Cunningham and Tarun Weeramanthri

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:56

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Postal questionnaires are widely used to collect data in healthcare research but a poor response rate may reduce the validity and reliability of results. There was a lack of evidence available relating to use ...

    Authors: Sara Kenyon, Katie Pike, David Jones, David Taylor, Alison Salt, Neil Marlow and Peter Brocklehurst

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:55

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Over recent years there has been an increasing prevalence of verbal and physical violence in Israel, including in the work place. Physicians are exposed to violence in hospitals and in the community. The objec...

    Authors: Tal Carmi-Iluz, Roni Peleg, Tami Freud and Pesach Shvartzman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:54

    Content type: Research article

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  41. It is important that response rates to postal surveys are as high as possible to ensure that the results are representative and to maximise statistical power. Previous research has suggested that any personali...

    Authors: Kirstie McKenzie-McHarg, Lucy Tully, Simon Gates, Sarah Ayers and Peter Brocklehurst

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:52

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Failure to keep outpatient medical appointments results in inefficiencies and costs. The objective of this study is to show the factors in an existing electronic database that affect failed appointments and to...

    Authors: Vernon J Lee, Arul Earnest, Mark I Chen and Bala Krishnan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:51

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Improving the quality of health care requires a range of evidence-based activities. Audit and feedback is commonly used as a quality improvement tool in the UK National Health Service [NHS]. We set out to asse...

    Authors: R Foy, MP Eccles, G Jamtvedt, J Young, JM Grimshaw and R Baker

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:50

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Exercise therapy (ET) is the main conservative and proven effective treatment of patients with intermittent claudication. Currently, the most frequent exercise prescription is a single 'go home and walk' advis...

    Authors: EM Willigendael, BLW Bendermacher, C van der Berg, RJThJ Welten, MH Prins, RA Bie de and JAW Teijink

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:49

    Content type: Research article

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