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  1. In an evidence-informed patient choice the patient has access to research-based information about the effectiveness of health care options and is encouraged to use this information in treatment decisions. This...

    Authors: Claire Glenton, Elin S Nilsen and Benedicte Carlsen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:34

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Drug utilization review (DUR) programs are being conducted in Canadian hospitals with the aim of improving the appropriateness of prescriptions. However, there is little evidence of their effectiveness. The ob...

    Authors: Jean-Pierre Grégoire, Jocelyne Moisan, Louise Potvin, Isabelle Chabot, René Verreault and Alain Milot

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:33

    Content type: Research article

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  3. The aim of this study was to compare the expressed levels of career satisfaction of three groups of comparable dental healthcare professionals, working in Trinidad, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

    Authors: Rahul Naidu, J Tim Newton and Katie Ayers

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:32

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Discharge from hospital to a nursing home represents a major event in the life of an older person and should only follow a comprehensive functional and medical assessment. A previous study identified 3 depende...

    Authors: Anita Slade, Jon Fear and Alan Tennant

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:31

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Self-management programs for patients with heart failure can reduce hospitalizations and mortality. However, no programs have analyzed their usefulness for patients with low literacy. We compared the efficacy ...

    Authors: Darren A DeWalt, Robert M Malone, Mary E Bryant, Margaret C Kosnar, Kelly E Corr, Russell L Rothman, Carla A Sueta and Michael P Pignone

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:30

    Content type: Research article

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  6. A variety of international organizations, professional groups and individuals are promoting evidence-informed obstetric care in China. We measured change in obstetric practice during vaginal delivery that coul...

    Authors: Xu Qian, Helen Smith, Hong Liang, Ji Liang and Paul Garner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:29

    Content type: Research article

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  7. In this methodological paper we document the interpretation of a mixed methods study and outline an approach to dealing with apparent discrepancies between qualitative and quantitative research data in a pilot...

    Authors: Suzanne Moffatt, Martin White, Joan Mackintosh and Denise Howel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:28

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Control of reproduction and prevention of reproductive health problems are important reasons for women to use health services, but the proper organisational level of service provision is not clear. The purpose...

    Authors: Elina Hemminki, Tiina Sevon, Kati Tanninen, Eero Pukkala and Ahti Anttila

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:27

    Content type: Research article

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  9. An increasing number of medical specialists prefer to work part-time. This development can be found worldwide. Problems to be faced in the realization of part-time work in medicine include the division of nigh...

    Authors: Judith D de Jong, Phil Heiligers, Peter P Groenewegen and Lammert Hingstman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:26

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Climate- or holiday-related seasonality in hospital admission rates is well known for many diseases. However, little research has addressed the impact of tourism on seasonality in admission rates. We therefore...

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

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:25

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Consensus techniques have been used previously to create explicit criteria to prioritize cataract extraction; however, the appropriateness of the intervention was not included explicitly in previous studies. W...

    Authors: José M Quintana, Antonio Escobar and Amaia Bilbao

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:24

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Consensus development techniques were used in the late 1980s to create explicit criteria for the appropriateness of cataract extraction. We developed a new appropriateness of indications tool for cataract foll...

    Authors: José Ma Quintana, Antonio Escobar and Inmaculada Aróstegui

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:23

    Content type: Research article

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  13. The question of how best to reduce waiting times for health care, particularly surgical procedures such as hip and knee replacements is among the most pressing concern of the Canadian health care system. The o...

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

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:22

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Emerging animal and zoonotic diseases and increasing international trade have resulted in an increased demand for veterinary surveillance systems. However, human and financial resources available to support go...

    Authors: Katharina DC Stärk, Gertraud Regula, Jorge Hernandez, Lea Knopf, Klemens Fuchs, Roger S Morris and Peter Davies

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:20

    Content type: Debate

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  15. Because individuals with HIV/AIDS often have complex medical and social needs, the impact of housing status on medical service utilization is difficult to isolate from the impact of conditions that may worsen ...

    Authors: Theresa W Kim, Stefan G Kertesz, Nicholas J Horton, Nicole Tibbetts and Jeffrey H Samet

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:19

    Content type: Research article

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  16. The purpose of this research is to understand the performance of home healthcare practice in the US. The relationships between home healthcare patient factors and agency characteristics are not well understood...

    Authors: Elizabeth A Madigan and Olivier Louis Curet

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:18

    Content type: Research article

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  17. In order to improve the health of people with Type 1 diabetes in developing countries, a clear analysis of the constraints to insulin access and diabetes care is needed. We developed a Rapid Assessment Protoco...

    Authors: David Beran, John S Yudkin and Maximilian de Courten

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:17

    Content type: Technical advance

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  18. Organised stroke care saves lives and reduces disability. A clinical pathway might be a form of organised stroke care, but the evidence for the effectiveness of this model of care is limited.

    Authors: William J Taylor, Annie Wong, Richard J Siegert and Harry K McNaughton

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:16

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Children with congenital hearing impairment benefit from early detection and management of their hearing loss. These and related considerations led to the recommendation of universal newborn hearing screening....

    Authors: Eva Grill, Kai Uus, Franz Hessel, Linda Davies, Rod S Taylor, Juergen Wasem and John Bamford

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:14

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Outpatient preoperative assessment clinics were developed to provide an efficient assessment of surgical patients prior to surgery, and have demonstrated benefits to patients and the health care system. Howeve...

    Authors: Judy E Seidel, Cynthia A Beck, Gaia Pocobelli, Jane B Lemaire, Jennifer M Bugar, Hude Quan and William A Ghali

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:13

    Content type: Research article

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  21. The application of Willingness To Pay (WTP) measurement with Contingent Valuation Method (CVM) to medical services is gradually increasing. Knowing what influences WTP is an important matter because validity o...

    Authors: Hideo Yasunaga, Hiroo Ide, Tomoaki Imamura and Kazuhiko Ohe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:12

    Content type: Research article

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  22. The science of syndromic surveillance is still very much in its infancy. While a number of syndromic surveillance systems are being evaluated in the US, very few have had success thus far in predicting an infe...

    Authors: Elizabeth Rolland, Kieran M Moore, Victoria A Robinson and Don McGuinness

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:10

    Content type: Study protocol

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  23. Patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) are at increased risk of further acute cardiac events. Secondary prevention aims to decrease morbidity and mortality post-ACS. Depression is related to increased ri...

    Authors: Hannah M McGee, Frank Doyle, Ronán M Conroy, Davida De La Harpe and Emer Shelley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:9

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Poor compliance with antihypertensive medication is assumed to be an important reason for unsatisfactory control of blood pressure. Poor compliance is difficult to detect. Each method of measuring compliance h...

    Authors: Gwenn EC Wetzels, Patricia J Nelemans, Jan SAG Schouten, Boris LG van Wijk and Martin H Prins

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:8

    Content type: Research article

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  25. The inspiration for the present assessment of the nutritional care of medical patients is puzzlement about the divide that exists between the theoretical knowledge about the importance of the diet for ill pers...

    Authors: Karin O Lassen, Jens Olsen, Edvin Grinderslev, Filip Kruse and Merete Bjerrum

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:7

    Content type: Research article

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  26. It has been postulated that patients admitted on weekends or after office hours may experience delays in clinical management and consequently have longer length of stay (LOS). We investigated if day and time o...

    Authors: Arul Earnest, Mark IC Chen and Eillyne Seow

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:6

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Referrals of patients from primary care to medical specialist care are an important activity in any health care system. German data show that the number of referrals by GPs have increased since 2004, but detai...

    Authors: Thomas Rosemann, Michel Wensing, Gernot Rueter and Joachim Szecsenyi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:5

    Content type: Research article

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  28. A significant gap has been documented between best practice and the actual practice of surgery. Our group identified that colorectal cancer staging in Ontario was suboptimal and subsequently developed a knowle...

    Authors: Frances C Wright, Calvin HL Law, Linda D Last, Neil Klar, David P Ryan and Andrew J Smith

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:4

    Content type: Study protocol

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  29. Economic valuations of health care programs often require using patients as subjects, implying that research methodology should conform to the surrounding social, cultural and ethical context. The significance...

    Authors: Nick Kontodimopoulos and Dimitris Niakas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:3

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Reviews of peer-reviewed health studies have highlighted problems with their methodological quality. As published health studies form the basis of many clinical decisions including evaluation and provisions of...

    Authors: Rumana Z Omar, Nick McNally, Gareth Ambler and Allyson M Pollock

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:2

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Accurate cost estimate and a profit and loss analysis are necessary for health care practice. We performed an actual financial analysis for an intensive care unit (ICU) of a university hospital in Japan, and t...

    Authors: Pengyu Cao, Shin-ichi Toyabe, Toshikazu Abe and Kouhei Akazawa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:1

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Patients across North America are using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) with increasing frequency as part of their management of many different health conditions. The objective of this study was t...

    Authors: Sunita Vohra, Kymm Feldman, Brad Johnston, Kellie Waters and Heather Boon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:78

    Content type: Research article

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  33. The Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) method has been fruitfully used in many countries in Asia, Europe and North America to shed light on the efficiency of health facilities and programmes. There is, however, a...

    Authors: Ade Renner, Joses M Kirigia, Eyob A Zere, Saidou P Barry, Doris G Kirigia, Clifford Kamara and Lenity HK Muthuri

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:77

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Since, at the health system level, there is little research into the possible interrelationships among the various indicators of health, healthcare performance, non-medical determinants of health, and communit...

    Authors: OA Arah and GP Westert

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:76

    Content type: Research article

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  35. It is essential that knowledge gained through health services research is collated and made available for evaluation, for policy purposes and to enable collaboration between people working in similar areas (ca...

    Authors: Carl MJ Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth E Roughead, Gregory R Monteith and Susan E Tett

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:75

    Content type: Research article

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  36. It is well-known that the number of physical therapy treatment sessions varies over treatment episodes. Information is lacking, however, on the source and explanation of the variation. The purposes of the curr...

    Authors: Ilse CS Swinkels, Raymond H Wimmers, Peter P Groenewegen, Wil JH van den Bosch, Joost Dekker and Cornelia HM van den Ende

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:74

    Content type: Research article

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  37. The purpose of the study was to identify and to profile alcohol-related attendances to emergency rooms (ERs) of 11 hospitals of various medical specialties covering a large urban population, to assess risk fac...

    Authors: Bernhard T Baune, Rafael T Mikolajczyk, Gerhard Reymann, Annette Duesterhaus, Susanne Fleck, Hildegard Kratz and Ulrike Sundermann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:73

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Knowing what influences physicians attitudes toward health care costs is an important matter, because most health care expenditures are the results of doctors' decisions. Many decisions regarding medical tests...

    Authors: Patrick A Bovier, Diane P Martin and Thomas V Perneger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:72

    Content type: Research article

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  39. The general practitioner in Norway is expected to ensure equity and effectiveness through fair rationing. At the same time, due to recent reforms of the Norwegian health care sector, both the role of economic ...

    Authors: Benedicte Carlsen and Ole Frithjof Norheim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:70

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Control of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is an important part of the effort to reduce the risk of HIV/AIDS. STI clinics in the government hospitals in India provide services predominantly to the poor....

    Authors: Lalit Dandona, Pratap Sisodia, TLN Prasad, Elliot Marseille, M Chalapathi Rao, A Anod Kumar, SG Prem Kumar, YK Ramesh, Mead Over, M Someshwar and James G Kahn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:69

    Content type: Research article

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  41. The evidence base for improving reproductive health continues to grow. However, concerns remain that the translation of this evidence into appropriate policies is partial and slow. Little is known about the fa...

    Authors: Morten Aaserud, Simon Lewin, Simon Innvaer, Elizabeth J Paulsen, Astrid T Dahlgren, Mari Trommald, Lelia Duley, Merrick Zwarenstein and Andrew D Oxman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:68

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Communication may affect perceptions of fair process for intensive care unit bed allocation decisions through its impact on the publicity condition of accountability for reasonableness.

    Authors: Andrew B Cooper, Amit S Joglekar, Jennifer Gibson, Alissa H Swota and Douglas K Martin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:67

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Early interventions proved to be able to improve prognosis in acute stroke patients. Prompt identification of symptoms, organised timely and efficient transportation towards appropriate facilities, become esse...

    Authors: Marica Ferri, Assunta De Luca, Paolo Giorgi Rossi, Giuliano Lori and Gabriella Guasticchi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:66

    Content type: Study protocol

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  44. Because of their complex clinical presentations and needs frail elderly people require another approach than people who age without many complications. Several inpatient geriatric health services have proven e...

    Authors: René JF Melis, Monique IJ van Eijken, George F Borm, Michel Wensing, Eddy Adang, Eloy H van de Lisdonk, Theo van Achterberg and Marcel GM Olde Rikkert

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:65

    Content type: Study protocol

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  45. Despite the recent proliferation in research on patient trust, it is seldom a primary outcome, and is often a peripheral area of interest. The length of our original scales to measure trust may limit their use...

    Authors: Elizabeth Dugan, Felicia Trachtenberg and Mark A Hall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:64

    Content type: Research article

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  46. The proportion of patients who undergo surgery within a clinically safe time is an important performance indicator in health systems that use wait lists to manage access to care. However, little is known about...

    Authors: Boris G Sobolev, Adrian R Levy, Lisa Kuramoto and Robert Hayden

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:63

    Content type: Research article

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