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  1. Researchers and policy makers have focussed on the development of indicators to help monitor the success of regionalization, primary care reform and other health sector restructuring initiatives. Certain indic...

    Authors: Denise Cloutier-Fisher, Margaret J Penning, Chi Zheng and Eric-Bené F Druyts

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:104

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  2. Chronic medical conditions have been associated with periodontal disease. This study examined if periodontal treatment can contribute to changes in overall risk and medical expenditures for three chronic condi...

    Authors: David A Albert, Donald Sadowsky, Panos Papapanou, Mary L Conicella and Angela Ward

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:103

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  3. We used a validated inpatient satisfaction questionnaire to evaluate the health care received by patients admitted to several hospitals. This questionnaire was factored into distinct domains, creating a score ...

    Authors: José M Quintana, Nerea González, Amaia Bilbao, Felipe Aizpuru, Antonio Escobar, Cristóbal Esteban, José Antonio San-Sebastián, Emilio de-la-Sierra and Andrew Thompson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:102

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  4. Cesarean section rates is often used as an indicator of quality of care in maternity hospitals. The assumption is that lower rates reflect in developed countries more appropriate clinical practice and general ...

    Authors: Maria P Fantini, Elisa Stivanello, Brunella Frammartino, Anna P Barone, Danilo Fusco, Laura Dallolio, Paolo Cacciari and Carlo A Perucci

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:100

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  5. Documentation of the hospitalizations rates following a stroke provides the inputs required for planning health services and to evaluate the economic efficiency of any new therapies.

    Authors: J Jaime Caro, Kristen Migliaccio-Walle, Khajak J Ishak, Irina Proskorovsky and Judith A O'Brien

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:99

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  6. In some Western countries, the medical profession is continuously losing prestige, doctors are claiming of high demands, low rewards, and difficult structural working conditions. This study aimed to investigat...

    Authors: Barbara Buddeberg-Fischer, Claudia Dietz, Richard Klaghofer and Claus Buddeberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:98

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  7. The migration of health professionals from southern Africa to developed nations is negatively affecting the delivery of health care services in the source countries. Oftentimes however, it is the reasons for t...

    Authors: Adamson S Muula and Fresier C Maseko

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:97

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  8. Although heart disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality the majority of patients do not access existing rehabilitation programs and patient resources are not designed to facilitate patient choice an...

    Authors: Julie Redfern, Elizabeth Ellis, Tom Briffa and Saul B Freedman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:95

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  9. The severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic threw the world into turmoil during the first half of 2003. Many subsequent papers have addressed its impact on health service utilization, but few have co...

    Authors: Tzeng-Ji Chen, Ming-Hwai Lin, Li-Fang Chou and Shinn-Jang Hwang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:94

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Being an important part of China's Urban Health Care Reform System, Community Health Centers (CHCs) have been established throughout the entire country and are presently undergoing substantial reconstruction. ...

    Authors: Xilong Pan, Hassan H Dib, Xiaohang Wang and Hong Zhang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:93

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  11. The government-led "evidence-based guidelines for cataract treatment" labelled pirenoxine and glutathione eye drops, which have been regarded as the standard care for cataracts in Japan, as lacking evidence of...

    Authors: Miho Sekimoto, Yuichi Imanaka, Nobuko Kitano, Tatsuro Ishizaki and Osamu Takahashi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:92

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  12. Congestive heart failure (CHF) has a substantial impact on care utilisation and quality of life. It is crucial for patients to cope with CHF adequately, if they are to live an acceptable life. Self-management ...

    Authors: Esther STF Smeulders, Jolanda CM van Haastregt, Elisabeth FM van Hoef, Jacques ThM van Eijk and Gertrudis IJM Kempen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:91

    Content type: Study protocol

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  13. Developing complex interventions for testing in randomised controlled trials is of increasing importance in healthcare planning. There is a need for careful design of interventions for secondary prevention of ...

    Authors: Mairead Corrrigan, Margaret E Cupples, Susan M Smith, Molly Byrne, Claire S Leathem, Pauline Clerkin and Andrew W Murphy

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:90

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  14. Past attempts to estimate the cost of migration were limited to education costs only and did not include the lost returns from investment. The objectives of this study were: (i) to estimate the financial cost ...

    Authors: Joses Muthuri Kirigia, Akpa Raphael Gbary, Lenity Kainyu Muthuri, Jennifer Nyoni and Anthony Seddoh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:89

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  15. Primary care is being encouraged to implement multiprofessional, system level, chronic illness management approaches to depression. We undertook this study to identify and assess the quality of RCTs testing sy...

    Authors: Jane Gunn, Justine Diggens, Kelsey Hegarty and Grant Blashki

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:88

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  16. More than 6 million Americans have undiagnosed diabetes. Several national organizations endorse screening for diabetes by physicians, but actual practice is poorly understood. Our objectives were to measure th...

    Authors: Lisa M Kern, Mark A Callahan, David J Brillon, Maryelena Vargas and Alvin I Mushlin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:87

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  17. The detrimental effect of delaying surgical revascularization has been estimated in randomized trials and observational studies. It has been argued that the Kaplan-Meier method used in quantifying the hazard o...

    Authors: Boris G Sobolev, Adrian R Levy, Lisa Kuramoto, Robert Hayden, James M Brophy and J Mark FitzGerald

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:85

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  18. Comorbidity has been shown to intensify health care utilization and to increase medical care costs for patients with diabetes. However, most studies have been focused on one health care service, mainly hospita...

    Authors: Jeroen N Struijs, Caroline A Baan, Francois G Schellevis, Gert P Westert and Geertrudis AM van den Bos

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:84

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  19. State-wide surveys of recent mothers conducted over the past decade in Victoria, one state of Australia, have identified that women are consistently less satisfied with the care they received in hospital follo...

    Authors: Della A Forster, Helen L McLachlan, Jane Yelland, Jo Rayner, Judith Lumley and Mary-Ann Davey

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:83

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  20. Researchers have become increasingly aware that ambulance personnel may be at risk of developing work-related health problems. This article systematically explores the literature on health problems and work-re...

    Authors: Tom Sterud, Øivind Ekeberg and Erlend Hem

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:82

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  21. The performance of Primary Care Trusts in England is assessed and published using a number of different performance indicators. Our study has two broad purposes. Firstly, to find out whether pairs of indicator...

    Authors: Celia Brown and Richard Lilford

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:81

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  22. In unexplained and mild male factor subfertility, both intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) are indicated as first line treatments. Because the success rate of IUI is low, many coup...

    Authors: Nora Pashayan, Georgios Lyratzopoulos and Raj Mathur

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:80

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  23. Health administrative data are frequently used for health services and population health research. Comparative research using these data has been facilitated by the use of a standard system for coding diagnose...

    Authors: Carolyn De Coster, Hude Quan, Alan Finlayson, Min Gao, Patricia Halfon, Karin H Humphries, Helen Johansen, Lisa M Lix, Jean-Christophe Luthi, Jin Ma, Patrick S Romano, Leslie Roos, Vijaya Sundararajan, Jack V Tu, Greg Webster and William A Ghali

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:77

    Content type: Correspondence

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  24. Patients are increasingly using complementary therapies, often for chronic conditions. Asthma is the most common chronic condition in the UK. Previous research indicates that some asthma patients experience ga...

    Authors: Alison Shaw, Elizabeth A Thompson and Debbie Sharp

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:76

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  25. More than half of all antibiotic prescriptions in general practice are issued for respiratory tract infections (RTIs), despite convincing evidence that many of these infections are caused by viruses. Frequent ...

    Authors: Svein Gjelstad, Arne Fetveit, Jørund Straand, Ingvild Dalen, Sture Rognstad and Morten Lindbaek

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:75

    Content type: Study protocol

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  26. This study aimed to investigate groups of patients with a relatively homogenous health status to evaluate the degree to which use of the Australian hospital system is affected by socio-economic status, locatio...

    Authors: Rachael E Moorin and C D'Arcy J Holman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:74

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  27. In spite of the high prevalence of psychiatric disorders among elderly residents in nursing homes, only a small number of patients in need of specialist care are referred to a psychiatric consultant. The aim o...

    Authors: Camilla MT Callegari, Marco Menchetti, Giovanni Croci, Scilla Beraldo, Chiara Costantini and Federico Baranzini

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:73

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  28. Age-related alterations in metabolism and excretion of medications increase the risk of adverse drug events in the elderly. Inappropriate polypharmacy and prescription practice entails increased burdens of imp...

    Authors: Jørund Straand, Arne Fetveit, Sture Rognstad, Svein Gjelstad, Mette Brekke and Ingvild Dalen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:72

    Content type: Study protocol

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  29. Paget's disease of bone (PDB) is characterised by focal increases in bone turnover, affecting one or more bones throughout the skeleton. This disrupts normal bone architecture and causes pain, deformity, deafn...

    Authors: Anne L Langston, Marie Johnston, Clare Robertson, Marion K Campbell, Vikki A Entwistle, Theresa M Marteau, Marilyn McCallum and Stuart H Ralston

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:71

    Content type: Study protocol

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  30. Patient falls in hospitals are common and may lead to negative outcomes such as injuries, prolonged hospitalization and legal liability. Consequently, various hospital falls prevention programs have been imple...

    Authors: René Schwendimann, Hugo Bühler, Sabina De Geest and Koen Milisen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:69

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  31. Cost-effectiveness acceptability curves (CEACs) describe the probability that a new treatment or intervention is cost-effective. The net benefit regression framework (NBRF) allows cost-effectiveness analysis t...

    Authors: Jeffrey S Hoch, Marie Antoinette Rockx and Andrew D Krahn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:68

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  32. In the recent years there is a growing interest in Greece concerning the measurement of the satisfaction of patients who are visiting the outpatient clinics of National Health System (NHS) general acute hospit...

    Authors: Vassilis H Aletras, Efthemis A Papadopoulos and Dimitris A Niakas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:66

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  33. Anthroposophic therapies (counselling, special medication, art, eurythmy movement, and rhythmical massage) aim to stimulate long-term self-healing processes, which theoretically could lead to a reduction of he...

    Authors: Harald J Hamre, Claudia M Witt, Anja Glockmann, Renatus Ziegler, Stefan N Willich and Helmut Kiene

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:65

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  34. Recently the financial status of primary care trusts has come under considerable scrutiny by the government, and financial deficits have been blamed on poor local management of resources. This paper examines t...

    Authors: Padmanabhan Badrinath, Rosemary Anne Currell and Peter M Bradley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:64

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  35. The use of natural health products, such as vitamins, minerals, and herbs, by Canadians has been increasing with time. As a result of consumer concern about the quality of these products, the Canadian Departme...

    Authors: Hina Laeeque, Heather Boon, Natasha Kachan, Jillian Clare Cohen and Joseph D'Cruz

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:63

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  36. Primary care practitioners have a potentially important role in the delivery of specialist care for people with long-term respiratory diseases. Within the UK the development of a General Practitioner with Spec...

    Authors: Mandy A Moffat, Aziz Sheikh, David Price, Annie Peel, Siân Williams, Jen Cleland and Hilary Pinnock

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:62

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  37. The development of an instrument accurately assessing service quality in the GP Exercise Referral Scheme (ERS) industry could potentially inform scheme organisers of the factors that affect adherence rates lea...

    Authors: Don Cock, Iain C Adams, Adrian B Ibbetson and Phil Baugh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:61

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  38. Dedicated out-patient preanaesthetic clinics are relatively recent phenomenon and information is sparse from developing world. This study attempted to evaluate the utilization of adult and paediatric preanaest...

    Authors: Seetharaman Hariharan, Deryk Chen and Lorna Merritt-Charles

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:59

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  39. Racial/ethnic disparities in cardiovascular disease complications have been observed in diabetic patients. We examined the association between race/ethnicity and cardiovascular disease risk factor control in a...

    Authors: Christopher S Wendel, Jayendra H Shah, William C Duckworth, Richard M Hoffman, M Jane Mohler and Glen H Murata

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:58

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  40. The Spanish National Health Service is a universal and free health care system. Non-specific low back pain (LBP) is a prevalent disorder, generating large health and social costs. The objectives of this study ...

    Authors: Francisco M Kovacs, Carmen Fernández, Antonio Cordero, Alfonso Muriel, Luis González-Luján and María Teresa Gil del Real

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:57

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  41. The number of women working in general practice internationally has been steadily rising. In Scotland there have been concerns that such a change may lead to increased part-time working and subsequently to a f...

    Authors: Brian McKinstry, Iain Colthart, Katy Elliott and Colin Hunter

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:56

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  42. We used the insurance claims of a representative cohort to quantify the patterns of ambulatory care visits, especially the doctor-shopping phenomenon, in Taiwan.

    Authors: Tzeng-Ji Chen, Li-Fang Chou and Shinn-Jang Hwang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:54

    Content type: Research article

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