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  1. The aim of this project was to assess whether outreach visits would improve the implementation of evidence based clinical practice in the area of falls reduction and stroke prevention in a residential care set...

    Authors: Maria Crotty, Craig Whitehead, Debra Rowett, Julie Halbert, David Weller, Paul Finucane and Adrian Esterman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:6

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Atrial fibrillation is a common cardiac dysrhythmia, particularly in the elderly. Recent studies have indicated a statistically significant seasonal component to atrial fibrillation hospitalizations.

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

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:5

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Length of stay (LOS) is an important indicator of efficiency for inpatient care but it does not achieve an adequate performance if it is not adjusted for the case mix of the patients hospitalized during the pe...

    Authors: Rosa E Jiménez, Rosa M Lam, Milagros Marot and Ariel Delgado

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:4

    Content type: Research article

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  4. In this study we examined the influence of type of insurance and the influence of managed care in particular, on the length of stay decisions physicians make and on variation in medical practice.

    Authors: Judith D de Jong, Gert P Westert, Cheryl M Noetscher and Peter P Groenewegen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:3

    Content type: Research article

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  5. In the U.S. small-area health services research studies are often based on the hospital service areas (HSAs) defined by the Dartmouth Atlas of Healthcare project. These areas are based on the geographic origin...

    Authors: Mark F Guagliardo, Kathleen A Jablonski, Jill G Joseph and David C Goodman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:2

    Content type: Technical advance

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  6. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is defined by symptoms and disability, has no confirmatory physical signs or characteristic laboratory abnormalities, and the etiology and pathophysiology remain unknown. Difficu...

    Authors: William C Reeves, Andrew Lloyd, Suzanne D Vernon, Nancy Klimas, Leonard A Jason, Gijs Bleijenberg, Birgitta Evengard, Peter D White, Rosane Nisenbaum and Elizabeth R Unger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:25

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Research has shown that many healthcare professionals have problems with guidelines as they would prefer to be given all relevent information relevent to decision-making rather than being told what they should...

    Authors: Giulio Formoso, Lorenzo Moja, Francesco Nonino, Pietro Dri, Antonio Addis, Nello Martini and Alessandro Liberati

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:24

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Clinical practice guidelines are systematically developed statements designed to assist in patient and physician clinical decision making for specific clinical circumstances. In order to establish which guidel...

    Authors: Melissa C Brouwers, Alexandra Chambers and James Perry

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:23

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Biomedical research constantly produces new findings but these are not routinely translated into health care practice. One way to address this problem is to develop effective interventions to translate researc...

    Authors: Anne E Walker, Jeremy Grimshaw, Marie Johnston, Nigel Pitts, Nick Steen and Martin Eccles

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:22

    Content type: Study protocol

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  10. A survey was carried out in the Grampian region of Scotland with a random sample of 10,000 adults registered with a General Practitioner in Grampian. The study complied with new legislation requiring a two-sta...

    Authors: Val C Angus, Vikki A Entwistle, Margaret J Emslie, Kim A Walker and Jane E Andrew

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:21

    Content type: Research article

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  11. In the US, Quality Indicators (QI's) profiling and comparing the performance of hospitals, health plans, nursing homes and physicians are routinely published for consumer review. We report the results of the l...

    Authors: Vincent Mor, Joseph Angelelli, Richard Jones, Jason Roy, Terry Moore and John Morris

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:20

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Obesity treatment is notoriously unsuccessful and one of the barriers to successful weight loss reported by patients is a lack of social support. The Internet offers a novel and fast approach to the delivery o...

    Authors: Sara FL Kirk, Emma L Harvey, Aine McConnon, Jennie E Pollard, Darren C Greenwood, James D Thomas and Joan K Ransley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:19

    Content type: Study protocol

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  13. All clinical practice guidelines recommend thiazides as a first-choice drug for the management of uncomplicated hypertension. Thiazides are also the lowest priced antihypertensive drugs. Despite this, the use ...

    Authors: Atle Fretheim, Morten Aaserud and Andrew D Oxman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:18

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Low back pain has major health and social implications. Although there have been many randomised controlled trials of manipulation and exercise for the management of low back pain, the role of these two treatm...

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    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:16

    Content type: Study protocol

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  15. Interventions to improve delivery of preventive medical services have been shown to be effective in North America and the UK. However, there are few studies of the extent to which the impact of such interventi...

    Authors: Ross S Bailie, Samantha J Togni, Damin Si, Gary Robinson and Peter HN d'Abbs

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:15

    Content type: Research article

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  16. The term "evidence-based medicine" (or EBM) was introduced about ten years ago, and there has been considerable debate about the value of EBM. However, this debate has sometimes been obscured by a lack of conc...

    Authors: Scott R Sehon and Donald E Stanley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:14

    Content type: Debate

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  17. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death in the United States. Previous research examining physicians ability to estimate cardiovascular risk has shown that physicians' generally overestimate...

    Authors: Michael Pignone, Christopher J Phillips, Tom A Elasy and Alicia Fernandez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:13

    Content type: Research article

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  18. There have been dramatic increases in the number of coronary artery bypass surgeries (CABS) and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) performed during the last decade. Whether this finding is true for reva...

    Authors: Charles Maynard and Anne E Sales

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:12

    Content type: Research article

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  19. The value of the Internet to deliver preoperative education would increase if there was variability in questions patients want answered. This study's goal was to have patients consulting an orthopedic surgeon ...

    Authors: Alex Macario, Peter Schilling, Richard Rubio, Amandeep Bhalla and Stuart Goodman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2003 3:11

    Content type: Research article

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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