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  1. In general cantons regulate and control the Swiss health service system; patient flows within and between cantons are thereby partially disregarded. This paper develops an alternative spatial model, based upon...

    Authors: Klazien Matter-Walstra, Marcel Widmer and André Busato

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:119

    Content type: Research article

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  2. In the era of cost containment, managers are constantly pursuing increased organizational performance and productivity by aiming at the obvious target, i.e. the workforce. The health care sector, in which prod...

    Authors: Victoria Paleologou, Nick Kontodimopoulos, Aggeliki Stamouli, Vassilis Aletras and Dimitris Niakas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:118

    Content type: Research article

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  3. To explain why rates of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening including fecal occult blood testing (FOBT), flexible sigmoidoscopy (FS), colonoscopy (CS), and barium enema (BE), are low, this study assessed determi...

    Authors: Richard K Zimmerman, Mary Patricia Nowalk, Melissa Tabbarah and Seymour Grufferman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:116

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  4. Ethnic differences in health care utilisation are frequently reported in research. Little is known about the concordance between different methods of data collection among ethnic minorities. The aim of this st...

    Authors: Ellen Uiters, Liset van Dijk, Walter Devillé, Marleen Foets, Peter Spreeuwenberg and Peter P Groenewegen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:115

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  5. To understand why treatment referral rates for ESRF are lower in Ireland than in other European countries, an investigation of factors influencing general practitioner referral of patients developing ESRF was ...

    Authors: Anthony J Montgomery, Hannah M McGee, William Shannon and John Donohoe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:114

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Accreditation has become ubiquitous across the international health care landscape. Award of full accreditation status in health care is viewed, as it is in other sectors, as a valid indicator of high quality ...

    Authors: Jeffrey Braithwaite, Johanna Westbrook, Marjorie Pawsey, David Greenfield, Justine Naylor, Rick Iedema, Bill Runciman, Sally Redman, Christine Jorm, Maureen Robinson, Sally Nathan and Robert Gibberd

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:113

    Content type: Study protocol

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  7. Physicians house calls to patients have been declining in many countries of the world. The objective of this study was to describe the patterns of utilization of house call services provided by SOS doctors in ...

    Authors: George Peppas, George Theocharis, Efthymia A Karveli and Matthew E Falagas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:112

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Postal questionnaires are commonly used to collect data for health studies, but non-response reduces study sample sizes and can introduce bias. Finding ways to increase the proportion of questionnaires returne...

    Authors: Pippa Scott and Phil Edwards

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:111

    Content type: Research article

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  9. The aim of the study was to examine gender differences in the self-reported use of health care services by the elderly in rural and metropolitan areas of two Nordic countries with slightly different health car...

    Authors: Anna Liisa Suominen-Taipale, Tuija Martelin, Seppo Koskinen, Jostein Holmen and Roar Johnsen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:110

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Despite the wide availability of prenatal screening and diagnosis, a number of studies have reported no decrease in the rate of babies born with Down syndrome. The objective of this study was to investigate th...

    Authors: Evelyne E Muggli, David McCloskey and Jane L Halliday

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:109

    Content type: Research article

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  11. While there is interest in measuring the satisfaction of patients discharged from psychiatric hospitals, it might be important to determine whether surveys of psychiatric patients should employ generic or psyc...

    Authors: Isabelle Peytremann-Bridevaux, Frédy Scherer, Laurence Peer, Federico Cathieni, Charles Bonsack, Agatta Cléopas, Véronique Kolly, Thomas V Perneger and Bernard Burnand

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:108

    Content type: Research article

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  12. It is uncertain whether black white differences in the use of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) persist in the era of drug eluting stents. The purpose of this study is to determine if black veterans wit...

    Authors: Charles Maynard, Haili Sun, Elliott Lowy, Anne E Sales and Stephan D Fihn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:107

    Content type: Research article

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  13. District health systems in Africa depend largely on public funding. In many countries, not only are these funds insufficient, but they are also released in an untimely fashion, thereby creating serious cash fl...

    Authors: Augustine D Asante, Anthony B Zwi and Maria T Ho

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:105

    Content type: Research article

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  14. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Surveys of the population are commonly used to obtain information on health status. Increasingly, researchers are linking self-reported health status information to primary care consultation data. However, it ...

    Authors: Amanda Jeffery, Clare Jinks and Kelvin Jordan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:101

    Content type: Research article

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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  21. 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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  22. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  23. 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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  24. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  28. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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