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  1. The rate of cesarean delivery was 35% in 2007 in Taiwan. It is unclear how many of the cesarean deliveries were without medical indications. Women's preference for cesarean delivery during their course of preg...

    Authors: Kuei-Hui Chu, Chen-Jei Tai, Chun-Sen Hsu, Mei-Chiang Yeh and Li-Yin Chien

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:138

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Information on prescribing quality is increasingly used by policy makers, insurance companies and health care providers. For reliable assessment of prescribing quality it is important to correctly identify the...

    Authors: Liana Martirosyan, Onyebuchi A Arah, Flora M Haaijer-Ruskamp, Jozé Braspenning and Petra Denig

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:137

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common microvascular complications of diabetes and one of the major causes of adult visual impairment in national surveys in Taiwan. This study aimed to identify the hea...

    Authors: Lin-Chung Woung, Ching-Yao Tsai, Hsin-Kai Chou, Ming-Tsu Tsai, Wei-Her Tsai, Pesus Chou and Shih-Tsuo Shen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:136

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Quantitative prospective methods are widely used to evaluate the impact of new technologies such as electronic prescribing (eP) on medication errors. However, they are labour-intensive and it is not always fea...

    Authors: Imogen Savage, Tony Cornford, Ela Klecun, Nick Barber, Sarah Clifford and Bryony Dean Franklin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:135

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus is one of the most disabling chronic conditions worldwide, resulting in significant human, social and economic costs and placing huge demands on health care systems. The Inala Chronic ...

    Authors: Deborah A Askew, Claire L Jackson, Robert S Ware and Anthony Russell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:134

    Content type: Study protocol

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  6. National cancer policies identify the improvement of care coordination as a priority to improve the delivery of health services for people with cancer. Identification of the current barriers to effective cance...

    Authors: Jennifer Walsh, James D Harrison, Jane M Young, Phyllis N Butow, Michael J Solomon and Lindy Masya

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:132

    Content type: Research article

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  7. In healthcare today, decisions are made in the face of serious resource constraints. Healthcare managers are struggling to provide high quality care, manage resources effectively, and meet changing patient nee...

    Authors: Shannon L Sibbald, Jennifer L Gibson, Peter A Singer, Ross Upshur and Douglas K Martin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:131

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Few studies have examined whether risk adjustment is evenly applicable to hospitals with various characteristics and case-mix. In this study, we applied a generic prediction model to nationwide discharge data ...

    Authors: Hiroaki Miyata, Hideki Hashimoto, Hiromasa Horiguchi, Kiyohide Fushimi and Shinya Matsuda

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:130

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Strengthening primary health care is critical to reducing health inequity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The Audit and Best practice for Chronic Disease Extension (ABCDE) project has facili...

    Authors: Ross Bailie, Damin Si, Cindy Shannon, James Semmens, Kevin Rowley, David J Scrimgeour, Tricia Nagel, Ian Anderson, Christine Connors, Tarun Weeramanthri, Sandra Thompson, Robyn McDermott, Hugh Burke, Elizabeth Moore, Dallas Leon, Richard Weston…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:129

    Content type: Study protocol

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  10. New pharmacological therapies are challenging the healthcare systems, and there is an increasing need to assess their therapeutic value in relation to existing alternatives as well as their potential budget im...

    Authors: Björn Wettermark, Marie E Persson, Nils Wilking, Mats Kalin, Seher Korkmaz, Paul Hjemdahl, Brian Godman, Max Petzold and Lars L Gustafsson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:128

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Kidney transplantation is associated with greater long term survival rates and improved quality of life compared with dialysis. Continuous growth in the number of patients with kidney failure has not been matc...

    Authors: Emmanouil K Symvoulakis, Emilia Stavroulaki, Myfanwy Morgan and Roger Jones

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:127

    Content type: Debate

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  12. Medication claims are commonly used to calculate the risk adjustment for measuring healthcare cost. The Rx-defined Morbidity Groups (Rx-MG) which combine the use of medication to indicate morbidity have been i...

    Authors: Raymond NC Kuo and Mei-Shu Lai

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:126

    Content type: Research article

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  13. As advances in genetics are becoming increasingly relevant to mainstream healthcare, a major challenge is to ensure that these are integrated appropriately into mainstream medical services. In 2003, the Depart...

    Authors: Catherine L Bennett, Sarah E Burke, Hilary Burton and Peter A Farndon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:125

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Obtaining the necessary approvals and permission for clinical research requires successful negotiation of the ethical and R&D layers of the NHS. Differences in structure and governance frameworks feature betwe...

    Authors: Andrew GH Thompson and Emma F France

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:124

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Self-administered surveys are an essential methodological tool for health services and knowledge translation research, and engaging end-users of the research is critical. However, few documented accounts of th...

    Authors: Michelle E Kho, Ellen Rawski, Julie Makarski and Melissa C Brouwers

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:123

    Content type: Research article

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  16. To ensure carers of people with dementia receive support, community services increasingly use measures of caregiver (carer) burden to assess for unmet need. This study used Bradshaw's taxonomy of need to explo...

    Authors: Christine Stirling, Sharon Andrews, Toby Croft, James Vickers, Paul Turner and Andrew Robinson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:122

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Daily smokers and hazardous drinkers are high-risk patients, developing 2-4 times more complications after surgery. Preoperative smoking and alcohol cessation for four to eight weeks prior to surgery halves th...

    Authors: Hanne Tønnesen, Pernille Faurschou, Helge Ralov, Ditte Mølgaard-Nielsen, Grethe Thomas and Vibeke Backer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:121

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Subjective parameters such as quality of life or patient satisfaction gain importance as outcome parameters and benchmarks in health care. In many countries hospitals are now undergoing accreditation as mandat...

    Authors: Cornelia Sack, Peter Lütkes, Wolfram Günther, Raimund Erbel, Karl-Heinz Jöckel and Gerald J Holtmann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:120

    Content type: Research article

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  19. There is worldwide variation in rehabilitation practices after total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and no agreement on which interventions will lead to optimal short and long term pa...

    Authors: Marie D Westby and Catherine L Backman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:119

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Network forms of organization are increasingly popular in primary care. At the end of the 1990s General Practitioners (GPs) in Italy were given the opportunity to adopt network forms of organization with the a...

    Authors: Giovanni Fattore and Domenico Salvatore

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:118

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Many countries are developing health financing mechanisms to pursue the goal of universal coverage. In China, a rural health insurance system entitled New Cooperative Medical Scheme (NCMS) is being developed s...

    Authors: Baorong Yu, Qingyue Meng, Charles Collins, Rachel Tolhurst, Shenglan Tang, Fei Yan, Lennart Bogg and Xiaoyun Liu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:116

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Job satisfaction is important to staff management of township health centers (THCs), as it is associated with organizational performance, quality of care and employee retention. The purpose of this study was t...

    Authors: Jun A Liu, Qi Wang and Zu X Lu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:115

    Content type: Research article

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  23. The evidence gained from effective self-management interventions is often criticised for the ambiguity of its active components, and consequently the obstruction of their implementation into daily practice.

    Authors: Helle Terkildsen Maindal, Marit Kirkevold, Annelli Sandbæk and Torsten Lauritzen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:114

    Content type: Correspondence

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  24. The engagement of hospitals in Public-Private Mix (PPM) for Directly Observed Treatment Short-Course (DOTS) strategy has increased rapidly internationally - including in Indonesia. In view of the rapid global ...

    Authors: Ari Probandari, Lars Lindholm, Hans Stenlund, Adi Utarini and Anna-Karin Hurtig

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:113

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Case management is an important component of structured and evidence-based primary care for chronically ill patients. Its effectiveness and efficiency has been evaluated in numerous clinical trials. This proto...

    Authors: Tobias Freund, Felizitas Kayling, Antje Miksch, Joachim Szecsenyi and Michel Wensing

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:112

    Content type: Study protocol

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  26. Published prevalence studies on multimorbidity present diverse data collection methods, sources of data, targeted age groups, diagnoses considered and study populations, making the comparability of prevalence ...

    Authors: Martin Fortin, Catherine Hudon, Jeannie Haggerty, Marjan van den Akker and José Almirall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:111

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Long-term care is often associated with high health care expenditures. In the Netherlands, an ageing population will likely increase the demand for long-term care within the near future. The development of ris...

    Authors: Albert Wong, Rianne Elderkamp-de Groot, Johan Polder and Job van Exel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:110

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Currently there is no framework for those involved in the identification, evaluation and prioritisation of new diagnostic technologies. Therefore we aimed to develop prioritisation criteria for the assessment ...

    Authors: Annette Plüddemann, Carl Heneghan, Matthew Thompson, Nia Roberts, Nicholas Summerton, Luan Linden-Phillips, Claire Packer and Christopher P Price

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:109

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Instruments have been developed to assess professional views of the quality of care but have rarely been tested for responsiveness to change. The objective of this study was to test the responsiveness of the G...

    Authors: Oyvind A Bjertnaes, Arjan Nieland, Elisabeth Damerell and Andrew Garratt

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:108

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Healthcare workers have been identified as one of the high risk groups for being infected with influenza during influenza pandemic. Potential levels of absenteeism among healthcare workers in hospital settings...

    Authors: Eliza LY Wong, Samuel YS Wong, Kenny Kung, Annie WL Cheung, Tiffany T Gao and Sian Griffiths

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:107

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Coeliac disease is a common chronic autoimmune disorder. Underdiagnosis is common and the quality of life impact of symptoms may be severe. We report a study of symptom duration and quality of life before and ...

    Authors: Alastair M Gray and Irene N Papanicolas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:105

    Content type: Research article

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  32. This paper describes the development and implementation of an intervention to facilitate teamwork between general practice and outside allied and community health services and providers.

    Authors: Mark F Harris, Bibiana C Chan, Christopher Daniel, Qing Wan, Nick Zwar and Gawaine Powell Davies

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:104

    Content type: Correspondence

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  33. Inequalities in uptake of cancer screening by ethnic minority populations are well documented in a number of international studies. However, most studies to date have explored screening uptake for a single can...

    Authors: Charlotte L Price, Ala K Szczepura, Anil K Gumber and Julietta Patnick

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:103

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  34. Fibromyalgia is a painful, debilitating illness with a prevalence of 0.5-5.0% that affects women more than men. It has been shown that the diagnosis of fibromyalgia is associated with improved patient satisfac...

    Authors: Ernest Choy, Serge Perrot, Teresa Leon, Joan Kaplan, Danielle Petersel, Anna Ginovker and Erich Kramer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:102

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  35. Physicians who serve as public health specialists at public health centers and health departments in local or central government have significant roles because of their public health expertise. The aim of this...

    Authors: Soichi Koike, Tomoko Kodama, Shinya Matsumoto, Hiroo Ide, Hideo Yasunaga and Tomoaki Imamura

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:101

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  36. Reporting incidents can contribute to safer health care, as an awareness of the weaknesses of a system could be considered as a starting point for improvements. It is believed that patient safety education for...

    Authors: José D Jansma, Dorien LM Zwart, Ian P Leistikow, Cor J Kalkman, Cordula Wagner and Arnold B Bijnen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:100

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Although chemotherapy is not a routine recommendation for stage II colon cancer by the U.S. national guidelines, 20-30% of patients have received chemotherapy. This study investigated whether screening mammogr...

    Authors: Xinhua Yu and Alexander M McBean

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:98

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  38. The communication literature currently focuses primarily on improving physicians' verbal and non-verbal behaviors during the medical interview. The Four Habits Model is a teaching and research framework for ph...

    Authors: Jaya K Rao, Lynda A Anderson, Bhuvana Sukumar, Danielle A Beauchesne, Terry Stein and Richard M Frankel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:97

    Content type: Research article

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  39. This manuscript describes a method for adjustment of nursing home quality indicators (QIs) defined using the Center for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) nursing home resident assessment system, the Minimum D...

    Authors: Richard N Jones, John P Hirdes, Jeffrey W Poss, Maureen Kelly, Katharine Berg, Brant E Fries and John N Morris

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:96

    Content type: Research article

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  40. This study aims to describe the development, testing and optimization of a new standard instrument, the Consumer Quality Index (CQ-index®) Long-term Care, for measuring client experiences with long-term care in t...

    Authors: Mattanja Triemstra, Sjenny Winters, Rudolf B Kool and Therese A Wiegers

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:95

    Content type: Research article

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  41. In the modern hospital environment, increasing possibilities in medical examination techniques and increasing documentation tasks claim the physicians' energy and encroach on their time spent with patients. Th...

    Authors: Gerhild Becker, Dorothee E Kempf, Carola J Xander, Felix Momm, Manfred Olschewski and Hubert E Blum

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:94

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Coordination within hospitals is a major attribute of medical care and influences quality of care. This study tested the validity of 3 indicators covering two key aspects of coordination: the transfer of writt...

    Authors: Etienne Minvielle, Henri Leleu, Frédéric Capuano, Catherine Grenier, Philippe Loirat and Laurent Degos

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:93

    Content type: Research article

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  43. The notion 'hard to reach' is a contested and ambiguous term that is commonly used within the spheres of social care and health, especially in discourse around health and social inequalities. There is a need t...

    Authors: Sarah M Flanagan and Beverley Hancock

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:92

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Integration of medical care across clinicians and settings could enhance the quality of care for patients. To date, there is limited data on the levels of integration in practice. Our objective was to compare ...

    Authors: Martin Strandberg-Larsen, Michaela L Schiøtz, Jeremy D Silver, Anne Frølich, John S Andersen, Ilana Graetz, Mary Reed, Jim Bellows, Allan Krasnik, Thomas Rundall and John Hsu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:91

    Content type: Research article

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  45. There is growing concern certain not-for-profit hospitals are not providing enough uncompensated care to justify their tax exempt status. Our objective was to compare the amount of uncompensated care provided ...

    Authors: Peter Cram, Levent Bayman, Ioana Popescu, Mary S Vaughan-Sarrazin, Xueya Cai and Gary E Rosenthal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:90

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  46. Previous research on mental health care has shown considerable differences in use of seclusion, restraint and involuntary medication among different wards and geographical areas. This study investigates to wha...

    Authors: Tonje Lossius Husum, Johan Håkon Bjørngaard, Arnstein Finset and Torleif Ruud

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:89

    Content type: Research article

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