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  1. Social support is important in daily activities of the elderly. This study tests the hypothesis that there is an association between social support and cognitive function among the elderly in a community setting.

    Authors: Shu-Chuan Jennifer Yeh and Yea-Ying Liu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:9

    Content type: Research article

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  2. General practitioners often diverge from clinical guidelines regarding spine radiography. This study aimed to identify and describe A) factors general practitioners consider may affect their decisions about or...

    Authors: Ansgar Espeland and Anders Baerheim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:8

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Recent studies suggest that patients at greatest risk for diabetes complications are least likely to self-monitor blood glucose. However, these studies rely on self-reports of monitoring, an unreliable measure...

    Authors: Alyce S Adams, Connie Mah, Stephen B Soumerai, Fang Zhang, Mary B Barton and Dennis Ross-Degnan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:6

    Content type: Research article

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  4. The underlying reasons for differences between clinical practice and systematically developed guidelines vary from one clinical problem to another. It is therefore logical to tailor strategies to support the i...

    Authors: Atle Fretheim, Andrew D Oxman, Shaun Treweek and Arild Bjørndal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:5

    Content type: Study protocol

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  5. In diabetes mellitus, cigarette smoking is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular mortality and microvascular complications. We evaluated cigarette smoking in people with diabetes mellitus in a socio...

    Authors: MC Gulliford, JEC Sedgwick and AJ Pearce

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:4

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Theories of behaviour change indicate that an analysis of factors that facilitate or impede change is helpful when trying to influence professional practice. The aim of this study was to identify barriers to i...

    Authors: Signe Flottorp and Andrew D Oxman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:3

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Despite the growing reputation and subject coverage of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, many systematic reviews continue to be published solely in paper-based health care journals. This study was d...

    Authors: Janet H Piehl, Sally Green and Steve McDonald

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:2

    Content type: Research article

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  8. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 gave states the option to withdraw Medicaid coverage of nonemergency care from most legal immigrants. Our goal was to assess...

    Authors: Liana D Castel, Justin W Timbie, Veronica Sendersky, Lesley H Curtis, Keith A Feather and Kevin A Schulman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:1

    Content type: Research article

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  9. The benefit of regular multidimensional assessment of older people remains controversial. The majority of trials have been too small to produce adequate evidence to inform policy. Despite the lack of a firm ev...

    Authors: AE Fletcher, DA Jones, CJ Bulpitt and AJ Tulloch

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:21

    Content type: Study protocol

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  10. Antibiotics are frequently prescribed for older adults who reside in long-term care facilities. A substantial proportion of antibiotic use in this setting is inappropriate. Antibiotics are often prescribed for...

    Authors: Mark Loeb, Kevin Brazil, Lynne Lohfeld, Allison McGeer, Andrew Simor, Kurt Stevenson, Stephen Walter and Dick Zoutman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:17

    Content type: Study protocol

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  11. Several clinical practice guidelines (CPG) on antithrombotic prophylaxis in surgical patients help to decide about the prophylaxis strategy based on the patient risk of deep venous thrombosis (DVT). However, t...

    Authors: Martin O'Flaherty, Kaja Lerum, Paula Martin and Daniel Grassi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:16

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Postal surveys are a popular instrument for studies about continuing medical education habits. But little is known about the accuracy of responses in such surveys. The objective of this study was to quantify t...

    Authors: Sven Trelle

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:15

    Content type: Research article

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  13. There has been a relentless increase in emergency medical admissions in the UK over recent years. Many of these patients suffer with chronic conditions requiring continuing medical attention. We wished to dete...

    Authors: Hugh C Rayner, R Mark Temple, Tim Marshall and Dianne Clarke

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:12

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Although systematic reviews of health care interventions are an invaluable tool for health care providers and researchers, many potential authors never publish reviews. This study attempts to determine why som...

    Authors: Janet H Piehl, Sally Green and Chris Silagy

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:11

    Content type: Research article

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  15. A variety of approaches have been used to contain escalating hospital costs. One approach is intensifying price competition. The increase in price based competition, which changes the incentives hospitals face...

    Authors: Dana B Mukamel, Jack Zwanziger and Anil Bamezai

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:10

    Content type: Research article

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  16. We aim to establish the evidence base for the recognition and management of obstetric anal sphincter injury (OASI) and to compare this with current practice amongst UK obstetricians and coloproctologists.

    Authors: Ruwan J Fernando, Abdul H Sultan, Simon Radley, Peter W Jones and Richard B Johanson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:9

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Checklists for peer review aim to guide referees when assessing the quality of papers, but little evidence exists on the extent to which referees agree when evaluating the same paper. The aim of this study was...

    Authors: Alan A Montgomery, Anna Graham, Philip H Evans and Tom Fahey

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:8

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Organizational features can affect how staff view their quality of work life. Determining staff perceptions about quality of work life is an important consideration for employers interested in improving employ...

    Authors: Paul Krueger, Kevin Brazil, Lynne Lohfeld, H Gayle Edward, David Lewis and Erin Tjam

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:6

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Whilst there is broad agreement on what constitutes high quality health care for people with diabetes, there is little consensus on the most efficient way of delivering it. Structured recall systems can improv...

    Authors: Martin Eccles, Gillian Hawthorne, Paula Whitty, Nick Steen, Alessandra Vanoli, Jeremy Grimshaw and Linda Wood

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:5

    Content type: Study protocol

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  20. Economic evaluations alongside clinical trials are becoming increasingly common. Cost data are often collected through the use of postal questionnaires; however, the accuracy of this method is uncertain. We co...

    Authors: Andrew DM Kennedy, Anne P Leigh-Brown, David J Torgerson, James Campbell and Adrian Grant

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:2

    Content type: Research article

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  21. It is not known whether there are differences in the quality and recommendations between evidence-based (EB) and consensus-based (CB) guidelines. We used breast cancer guidelines as a case study to assess for ...

    Authors: Hugh Cruse, Magdalena Winiarek, Jan Marshburn, Otavio Clark and Benjamin Djulbegovic

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:1

    Content type: Research article

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  22. The study is designed to assess the organisational and human resource challenges faced by Primary Care Trusts (PCTs). Its objectives are to: specify the organisational and human resources challenges faced by P...

    Authors: Elizabeth V Newbronner, Mike J Pedler, J Tim Scott and Trevor A Sheldon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2001 1:12

    Content type: Study protocol

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  23. Our aim was to compare access to effective care among elderly Medicare patients in a Staff Model and Group Model HMO and in Fee-for-Service (FFS) care.

    Authors: Mary B Barton, Debra A Dayhoff, Stephen B Soumerai, Margo L Rosenbach and Robert H Fletcher

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2001 1:11

    Content type: Research article

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  24. The format or frame in which the results of randomized trials are presented has been shown to influence health professional's self-reported practice. We sought to investigate the effect of framing cardiovascul...

    Authors: Tom Fahey, Alan A Montgomery and Tim J Peters

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2001 1:10

    Content type: Research article

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  25. We sought to quantify the impact of patient characteristics on complications and health care costs associated with influenza and influenza-like illness (ILI) in a nonelderly population.

    Authors: Debra E Irwin, Lisa B Weatherby, Wen-Yi Huang, Daniel M Rosenberg, Suzanne F Cook and Alexander M Walker

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2001 1:8

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Asthma is a common yet incompletely understood health problem associated with a high morbidity burden. A wide variety of seasonally variable environmental stimuli such as viruses and air pollution are believed...

    Authors: Eric J Crighton, Muhammad M Mamdani and Ross EG Upshur

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2001 1:7

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Albanian immigrants in Greece comprise a highly mobile population with unknown health care profile. We aimed to assess whether these immigrants were more or less likely to undergo laparotomy for suspected appe...

    Authors: Athina Tatsioni, Antonia Charchanti, Evangelia Kitsiou and John PA Ioannidis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2001 1:5

    Content type: Research article

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  28. In South Africa, where health care resources are limited, it is important to ensure that drugs provision and use is rational. The Essential Drug List includes depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) and noret...

    Authors: Jennifer Smit, Andrew Gray, Lynn McFadyen and Khangelani Zuma

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2001 1:4

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Why waiting lists arise and how to address them remains unclear, and an improved understanding of these waiting list "dynamics" could lead to better management. The purpose of this study is to understand how t...

    Authors: David P D'Souza, Douglas K Martin, Laura Purdy, Andrea Bezjak and Peter A Singer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2001 1:3

    Content type: Case report

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  30. Total US population estimates of complications of medical care have relied on extrapolations of state-specific estimates. Generalizability is suspect because findings are limited by geographical location or ti...

    Authors: Elmer V Villanueva and Jeremy N Anderson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2001 1:2

    Content type: Survey/Cross sectional study

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  31. Stroke patients' care in hospital tends to be poorly organised, with poor communication and a lack of information being frequent sources of complaint. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether a patien...

    Authors: Mulunish Ayana, Pandora Pound, Fiona Lampe and Shah Ebrahim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2001 1:1

    Content type: Non-randomised controlled trial

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