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  1. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  2. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  3. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  4. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  5. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  9. 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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  10. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  11. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  15. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  16. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  17. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  18. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  19. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  20. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  21. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  22. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  23. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  24. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  25. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  26. 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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  27. To measure the effectiveness of strategies to implement clinical guidelines andthe influence of organisational characteristics on hospital care.

    Authors: Rob Dijkstra, Michel Wensing, Ruth Thomas, Reinier Akkermans, Joze Braspenning, Jeremy Grimshaw and Richard Grol

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:53

    Content type: Research article

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  28. The cost-effectiveness acceptability curve (CEAC) is a method for summarizing the uncertainty in estimates of cost-effectiveness. The CEAC, derived from the joint distribution of costs and effects, illustrates...

    Authors: Elisabeth Fenwick, Deborah A Marshall, Adrian R Levy and Graham Nichol

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:52

    Content type: Debate

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  29. The main objective of this study is to establish a benchmark for referral rates in rural Niger so as to allow interpretation of routine referral data to assess the performance of the referral system in Niger.

    Authors: Paul Bossyns, Ranaou Abache, Mahaman S Abdoulaye, Hamidou Miyé, Anne-Marie Depoorter and Wim Van Lerberghe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:51

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Scientifically rigorous general population-based studies comparing chiropractic with primary-care medical patients within and between countries have not been published. The objective of this study is to compar...

    Authors: Eric L Hurwitz and Lu-May Chiang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:49

    Content type: Research article

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  31. We assessed the linkage and correct linkage rate using deterministic record linkage among three commonly used Canadian databases, namely, the population registry, hospital discharge data and Vital Statistics r...

    Authors: Bing Li, Hude Quan, Andrew Fong and Mingshan Lu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:48

    Content type: Research article

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  32. To be useful, clinical practice guidelines need to be evidence based; otherwise they will not achieve the validity, reliability and credibility required for implementation.

    Authors: Fiona Campbell, Heather O Dickinson, Julia VF Cook, Fiona R Beyer, Martin Eccles and James M Mason

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:47

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Opioid misuse can complicate chronic pain management, and the non-medical use of opioids is a growing public health problem. The incidence and risk factors for opioid misuse in patients with chronic pain, howe...

    Authors: Timothy J Ives, Paul R Chelminski, Catherine A Hammett-Stabler, Robert M Malone, J Stephen Perhac, Nicholas M Potisek, Betsy Bryant Shilliday, Darren A DeWalt and Michael P Pignone

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:46

    Content type: Research article

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  34. 2002 marked the first time that the rate of hospital spending in the United States outpaced the overall health care spending rate of growth since 1991. As hospital spending continues to grow and as reimburseme...

    Authors: Judith K Zemencuk, Timothy P Hofer, Rodney A Hayward, Richard H Moseley and Sanjay Saint

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:45

    Content type: Research article

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  35. There is widespread interest in measuring healthcare provider attitudes about issues relevant to patient safety (often called safety climate or safety culture). Here we report the psychometric properties, esta...

    Authors: John B Sexton, Robert L Helmreich, Torsten B Neilands, Kathy Rowan, Keryn Vella, James Boyden, Peter R Roberts and Eric J Thomas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:44

    Content type: Research article

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  36. The Two-Week Rule (TWR) was introduced to ensure that all patients with a suspected colorectal cancer (CRC) saw a hospital specialist within 14 days of an urgent GP referral. Guidelines were available to GPs t...

    Authors: Kymberley Thorne, Hayley A Hutchings and Glyn Elwyn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:43

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Over the last decades there has been an increasing pressure on the acute psychiatric wards in Norway. The major contributor to psychiatric acute admissions at the University Hospital of North Norway in the cit...

    Authors: Trygve S Deraas, Vidje Hansen, Anton Giæver and Reidun Olstad

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:41

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Although currently available evidence predominantly recommends early laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) for the treatment of acute cholecystitis, this strategy has not been widely adopted in Japan. Herein, we d...

    Authors: Miho Sekimoto, Yuichi Imanaka, Masahiro Hirose, Tatsuro Ishizaki, Genki Murakami and Yushi Fukata

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:40

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Because of the rapid aging population, the demand for residential care exceeds availability. This paper presents the results of a study that focuses on the demand of elderly people for residential care and det...

    Authors: PMA van Bilsen, JPH Hamers, W Groot and C Spreeuwenberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:39

    Content type: Research article

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  40. The Future of Family Medicine Report calls for a fundamental redesign of the American family physician workplace. At the same time, academic family practices are under economic pressure. Most family medicine d...

    Authors: J Lloyd Michener, Truls Østbye, Victoria S Kaprielian, Katrina M Krause, Kimberly SH Yarnall, Susan D Yaggy and Margaret Gradison

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:38

    Content type: Research article

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  41. To improve health-care delivery, care providers must base their services on community health needs and create a seamless continuum of care in which these needs can be met. Though, it is not obvious that provid...

    Authors: Thomas Plochg, Diana MJ Delnoij, Nelleke PC Hoogedoorn and Niek S Klazinga

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:37

    Content type: Research article

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  42. The cytological screening programme of Viterbo has completed the second round of invitations to the entire target population (age 25–64). From a public health perspective, it is important to know the Pap-test ...

    Authors: Paolo Giorgi Rossi, Gennaro Esposito, Silvia Brezzi, Angela Brachini, Patrizio Raggi and Antonio Federici

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:36

    Content type: Research article

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