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  1. The valid and reliable measurement of health service utilization, productivity losses and consequently total disease-related costs is a prerequisite for health services research and for health economic analysi...

    Authors: Bernd Schweikert, Harry Hahmann and Reiner Leidl

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:187

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Infertile couples might experience psychological distress and suffer from impaired health-related quality of life. This study aimed to examine health-related quality of life in infertile couples receiving eith...

    Authors: Batool Rashidi, Ali Montazeri, Fatemeh Ramezanzadeh, Mamak Shariat, Nasrin Abedinia and Mahnaz Ashrafi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:186

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Many health care systems now use priority wait lists for scheduling elective coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery, but there have not yet been any direct estimates of reductions in in-hospital mortal...

    Authors: Boris G Sobolev, Guy Fradet, Robert Hayden, Lisa Kuramoto, Adrian R Levy and Mark J FitzGerald

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:185

    Content type: Research article

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  4. A growing body of international literature points to the importance of a system approach to improve the quality of care in primary health care settings. Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) concepts and techni...

    Authors: Ross Bailie, Damin Si, Christine Connors, Tarun Weeramanthri, Louise Clark, Michelle Dowden, Lynette O'Donohue, John Condon, Sandra Thompson, Nikki Clelland, Tricia Nagel, Karen Gardner and Alex Brown

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:184

    Content type: Study protocol

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  5. Several studies in wealthy countries suggest that utilization of GP and hospital services, after adjusting for health care need, is equitable or pro-poor, whereas specialist care tends to favour the better off...

    Authors: Enrique Regidor, David Martínez, María E Calle, Paloma Astasio, Paloma Ortega and Vicente Domínguez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:183

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Many patients with chronic illness receive health care in primary care settings, so a challenge is to provide well-structured chronic care in these settings. Our aim was to develop and test a Dutch version of ...

    Authors: Michel Wensing, Jan van Lieshout, Hans Peter Jung, Jan Hermsen and Thomas Rosemann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:182

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Quality Improvement Interventions require significant financial investments, and therefore demand careful consideration in their design in order to maximize potential benefits. In this correspondence we presen...

    Authors: George A Samoutis, Elpidoforos S Soteriades, Henri E Stoffers, Theodora Zachariadou, Anastasios Philalithis and Christos Lionis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:181

    Content type: Correspondence

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  8. Redesigning care has been proposed as a lever for improving chronic illness care. Within primary care, diabetes care is the most widespread example of restructured integrated care. Our goal was to assess to wh...

    Authors: Marije Bosch, Rob Dijkstra, Michel Wensing, Trudy van der Weijden and Richard Grol

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:180

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Improving quality of primary care is a key focus of international health policy. Current quality improvement efforts place a large focus on technical, clinical aspects of quality, but a comprehensive approach ...

    Authors: Sudeh Cheraghi-Sohi and Peter Bower

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:179

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Knowledge of the extent to which patient characteristics are systematically associated with variation in patient evaluations will enable us to adjust for differences between practice populations and thereby co...

    Authors: Hanne Nørgaard Heje, Peter Vedsted, Ineta Sokolowski and Frede Olesen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:178

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Few studies have examined empowerment interventions as they actually unfold in home care in the context of chronic health problems. This study aims to document the empowerment process as it plays out in interv...

    Authors: Denise St-Cyr Tribble, Frances Gallagher, Linda Bell, Chantal Caron, Pierre Godbout, Jeannette Leblanc, Pascale Morin, Marianne Xhignesse, Louis Voyer and Mélanie Couture

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:177

    Content type: Study protocol

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  12. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) provide information on hospital risk-adjusted rates for potentially preventable adverse events. Although designed to work ...

    Authors: Laurent G Glance, Yue Li, Turner M Osler, Dana B Mukamel and Andrew W Dick

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:176

    Content type: Research article

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  13. This study investigated the costs and outcomes of implementing cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) in a mental health center (MHC). CBT is an evidence-based treatment for CFS th...

    Authors: Korine Scheeres, Michel Wensing, Gijs Bleijenberg and Johan L Severens

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:175

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Acute chest pain is responsible for approximately 700,000 patient attendances per year at emergency departments in England and Wales. A single centre study of selected patients suggested that chest pain unit (...

    Authors: Yemi Oluboyede, Steve Goodacre and Allan Wailoo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:174

    Content type: Research article

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  15. In quality improvement collaboratives (QICs) teams of practitioners from different health care organizations are brought together to systematically improve an aspect of patient care. Teams take part in a serie...

    Authors: Michel LA Dückers, Cordula Wagner and Peter P Groenewegen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:172

    Content type: Research article

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  16. A comprehensive care and treatment program requires a well functioning laboratory services. We assessed satisfaction of medical personnel to the laboratory services to guide process of quality improvement of t...

    Authors: SG Mfinanga, A Kahwa, G Kimaro, A Kilale, S Kivuyo, M Senkoro, B Ngowi, R Mtandu, B Mutayoba, E Ngadaya and K Mashoto

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:171

    Content type: Research article

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  17. In 1995, Taiwan has launched a national health-care system (the National Health Insurance Program, NHI) covering the use of both Western medicine (WM) and Chinese medicine (CM). This population-based study was...

    Authors: Lee-Chin Chang, Nicole Huang, Yiing-Jenq Chou, Chen-Hua Lee, Feng-Yu Kao and Yi-Tsau Huang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:170

    Content type: Research article

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  18. People over the age of 70 carry the greatest burden of chronic disease, disability and health care use. Participation in physical activity is crucial for health, and walking accounts for much of the physical a...

    Authors: Jacqui A Sugden, Falko F Sniehotta, Peter T Donnan, Paul Boyle, Derek W Johnston and Marion ET McMurdo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:169

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Patient's satisfaction with both private and public laboratory services is important for the improvement of the health care delivery in any country.

    Authors: SG Mfinanga, A Kahwa, G Kimaro, A Kilale, S Kivuyo, M Senkoro, B Ngowi, R Mtandu, B Mutayoba, E Ngadaya and K Mashoto

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:167

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Mathematical modeling has been applied to a range of policy-level decisions on resource allocation for HIV care and treatment. We describe the application of classic operations research (OR) techniques to addr...

    Authors: Wei Xiong, Nathaniel Hupert, Eric B Hollingsworth, Megan E O'Brien, Jessica Fast and William R Rodriguez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:166

    Content type: Correspondence

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  21. Achieving the Millennium Development Goals for health requires a massive scaling-up of interventions in Sub Saharan Africa. Intermittent Preventive Treatment in infants (IPTi) is a promising new tool for malar...

    Authors: Fatuma Manzi, Guy Hutton, Joanna Schellenberg, Marcel Tanner, Pedro Alonso, Hassan Mshinda and David Schellenberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:165

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Despite certain contradictions, an association has been identified between adherence to drug treatment and the quality of life in patients with type 2 diabetes. The contradictions observed emphasize the import...

    Authors: Yolanda V Martínez, Carlos A Prado-Aguilar, Ramón A Rascón-Pacheco and José J Valdivia-Martínez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:164

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Many assume that outcomes from physical therapy research in one country can be generalized to other countries. However, no well designed studies comparing outcomes among countries have been conducted. In this ...

    Authors: Ilse CS Swinkels, Dennis L Hart, Daniel Deutscher, Wil JH van den Bosch, Joost Dekker, Dinny H de Bakker and Cornelia HM van den Ende

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:163

    Content type: Research article

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  24. In Vietnam, the health-sector reforms since 1989 have lead to a rapid increase in out-of-pocket expenses. This paper examines the choice of medical provider and household healthcare expenditure for different p...

    Authors: Nguyen Thi Bich Thuan, Curt Lofgren, Lars Lindholm and Nguyen Thi Kim Chuc

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:162

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Hypertension is the number one attributable risk factor for death throughout the world and a major contributor to morbidity, mortality, and increasing health care expenditures in the Philippines. Lack of acces...

    Authors: Anita K Wagner, Madeleine Valera, Amy J Graves, Sheila Laviña and Dennis Ross-Degnan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:161

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Respiratory diseases represent a significant burden in primary care. Determining the temporal variation of the overall burden of respiratory diseases on the health care system and their potential causes are ke...

    Authors: Rahim Moineddin, Jason X Nie, Gabrielle Domb, Alan M Leong and Ross EG Upshur

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:160

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Regular examination and early treatment of diabetic retinopathy can prevent visual loss. The aim of the study was to describe the care of vision and ocular health in people with diabetes in Norway.

    Authors: Vibeke Sundling, Pål Gulbrandsen, Jak Jervell and Jørund Straand

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:159

    Content type: Research article

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  28. The performance of separate Intensive Care Unit (ICU) status scoring systems vis-à-vis prediction of outcome is not satisfactory. Computer-based predictive modeling techniques may yield good results but their ...

    Authors: Lefteris G Gortzis, Filippos Sakellaropoulos, Ioannis Ilias, Konstantinos Stamoulis and Ioanna Dimopoulou

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:157

    Content type: Research article

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  29. During the past two decades, consumers, providers and policy makers have recognized the role of supported housing intervention for persons diagnosed with serious mental illness (SMI) to be able to live indepen...

    Authors: Phyllis Montgomery, Cheryl Forchuk, Craig Duncan, Don Rose, Patricia H Bailey and Ramamohan Veluri

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:156

    Content type: Technical advance

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  30. Low levels of asthma control worldwide point to the possibility of sub-optimal management; therefore, documentation of physicians' perception is critical for future interventions. Our aim was to examine self-r...

    Authors: Ozge Uysal Soyer, Ersoy Civelek and Bulent E Sekerel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:155

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Early identification of patients who need post-acute care (PAC) may improve discharge planning. The purposes of the study were to develop and validate a score predicting discharge to a post-acute care (PAC) fa...

    Authors: Martine Louis Simonet, Michel P Kossovsky, Pierre Chopard, Philippe Sigaud, Thomas V Perneger and Jean-Michel Gaspoz

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:154

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Attempts to reduce high utilisation of psychiatric inpatient care by targeting the critical time of hospital discharge have been rare.

    Authors: Bernd Puschner, Sabine Steffen, Wolfgang Gaebel, Harald Freyberger, Helmfried E Klein, Tilman Steinert, Rainer Muche and Thomas Becker

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:152

    Content type: Study protocol

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  33. Patients face increasing insurance restrictions on prescription drugs, including generic-only coverage. There are no generic inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), which are a mainstay of asthma therapy, and patients ...

    Authors: Vicki Fung, Ira B Tager, Richard Brand, Joseph P Newhouse and John Hsu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:151

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Although abortion or termination of pregnancy (TOP) has become an increasingly normalized component of women's health care over the past forty years, insufficient attention has been paid to women's experiences of...

    Authors: Mabel LS Lie, Stephen C Robson and Carl R May

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:150

    Content type: Review

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  35. Recent guidelines recommend assessment and treatment of the overall risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) through management of multiple risk factors in patients at high absolute risk. The aim of our study was...

    Authors: Theodora Zachariadou, Henri EJH Stoffers, Costas A Christophi, Anastasios Philalithis and Christos Lionis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:148

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Use of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists has become popular for virtually all stages of prostate cancer. We hypothesized that some men receive these agents after only a limited work-up for their c...

    Authors: Yong-fang Kuo, James S Goodwin and Vahakn B Shahinian

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:146

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Patients with knee osteoarthritis [OA] are commonly treated by physiotherapists in primary care. Measuring physiotherapy performance is important before developing strategies to improve quality. The purpose of...

    Authors: Gro Jamtvedt, Kristin Thuve Dahm, Inger Holm and Signe Flottorp

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:145

    Content type: Research article

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  38. The purpose of this study was to describe the prevalence of respiratory diseases in older adults and compare the demographic, health and smoking characteristics of those with and without these diseases. Furthe...

    Authors: Benjamin M Craig, Connie K Kraus, Betty A Chewning and James E Davis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:144

    Content type: Research article

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  39. The objective of this article is to describe the design of a study to evaluate the clinical and economic effects of a Disease Management model on functional health, quality of care and quality of life of perso...

    Authors: Marijke Boorsma, Hein PJ van Hout, Dinnus H Frijters, Miel W Ribbe and Giel Nijpels

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:143

    Content type: Study protocol

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  40. Encouraging men to make more effective use of (preventive) health services is considered one way of improving their health. The aim of this study was to appraise the available evidence of effective interventio...

    Authors: Lynn M Robertson, Flora Douglas, Anne Ludbrook, Garth Reid and Edwin van Teijlingen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:141

    Content type: Research article

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  41. In many countries exercise prescriptions are used to facilitate physical activity in a sedentary population with or in risk of developing lifestyle diseases. Some studies show a positive effect of exercise pre...

    Authors: Thomas VG Bredahl, Lis Puggaard and Kirsten K Roessler

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:139

    Content type: Study protocol

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  42. All patients who undergo surgery for colon cancer are followed up according to the guidelines of the Norwegian Gastrointestinal Cancer Group (NGICG). These guidelines state that the aims of follow-up after sur...

    Authors: Knut M Augestad, Barthold Vonen, Ranveig Aspevik, Torunn Nestvold, Unni Ringberg, Roar Johnsen, Jan Norum and Rolv-Ole Lindsetmo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:137

    Content type: Study protocol

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