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  1. The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG-DHHS) issued a report which showed explosive growth and also raised questions of lack of medical necessity and/or indications...

    Authors: Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Vidyasagar Pampati, Vijay Singh, Mark V Boswell, Howard S Smith and Joshua A Hirsch

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:84

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  2. Many measurement scales for interprofessional collaboration are developed for one health professional group, typically nurses. Evaluating interprofessional collaborative relationships can benefit from employin...

    Authors: Chris Kenaszchuk, Scott Reeves, David Nicholas and Merrick Zwarenstein

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:83

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  3. The epidemiology and disease burden of annual influenza in children in mainland People's Republic of China have not been reported in detail. To understand the incidence and epidemiology of laboratory-proven in...

    Authors: Wei Ji, Tao Zhang, Xuelan Zhang, Lufang Jiang, Yunfang Ding, Chuangli Hao, Liwen Ju, Yuqing Wang, Qingwu Jiang, Mark Steinhoff, Steven Black and Genming Zhao

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:82

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  4. Disease management programmes are heterogeneous in nature and often lack a theoretical basis. An evaluation model has been developed in which theoretically driven inquiries link disease management intervention...

    Authors: Karin MM Lemmens, Anna P Nieboer, Maureen PMH Rutten-Van Mölken, Constant P van Schayck, Javier D Asin, Jos AM Dirven and Robbert Huijsman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:81

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  5. There has been a substantial increase in research on mental illness related stigma over the past 10 years, with many measures in use. This study aims to review current practice in the survey measurement of men...

    Authors: Elaine Brohan, Mike Slade, Sarah Clement and Graham Thornicroft

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:80

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  6. The quality of the physician-patient therapeutic relationship is a key factor in the effectiveness of care. Unfortunately, physicians and people living in poverty inhabit very different social milieux, and thi...

    Authors: Christine Loignon, Jeannie L Haggerty, Martin Fortin, Christophe P Bedos, Dawn Allen and David Barbeau

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:79

    Content type: Study protocol

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  7. In primary health care, provider-patient interaction is fundamental platform and critically affects service delivery. Nevertheless, it is often ignored in medical research and practice and it is infrequently s...

    Authors: Zewdie Birhanu, Tsion Assefa, Mirkuzie Woldie and Sudhakar Morankar

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:78

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  8. Chronic heart failure (CHF) is the leading cause of all hospitalisations and readmissions in older people, accounting for a large proportion of developed countries' national health care expenditure. CHF can se...

    Authors: Yun-Hee Jeon, Stefan G Kraus, Tanisha Jowsey and Nicholas J Glasgow

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:77

    Content type: Research article

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  9. The literature comparing private not-for-profit, for-profit, and government providers mostly relies on empirical evidence from high-income and established market economies. Studies from developing and transiti...

    Authors: Karen Eggleston, Mingshan Lu, Congdong Li, Jian Wang, Zhe Yang, Jing Zhang and Hude Quan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:76

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  10. Implementation of medical interventions may vary with organization and available capacity. The influence of this source of variability on the cost-effectiveness can be evaluated by computer simulation followin...

    Authors: Sabrina Ramwadhdoebe, Godefridus G Van Merode, Magda M Boere-Boonekamp, Ralph JB Sakkers and Erik Buskens

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:75

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  11. An industrial dispute between prison doctors and the Irish Prison Service (IPS) took place in 2004. Part of the resolution of that dispute was that an independent review of prison medical and support services ...

    Authors: Joe M Barry, Catherine D Darker, David E Thomas, Shane PA Allwright and Tom O'Dowd

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:74

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  12. The rapid HIV antibody test is the diagnostic tool of choice in low and middle-income countries. Previous evidence suggests that rapid HIV diagnostic tests may underperform in the field, failing to detect a su...

    Authors: Benjamin J Wolpaw, Catherine Mathews, Mickey Chopra, Diana Hardie, Virginia de Azevedo, Karen Jennings and Mark N Lurie

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:73

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  13. Working in a hospital during an extraordinary infectious disease outbreak can cause significant stress and contribute to healthcare workers choosing to reduce patient contact. Psychological training of healthc...

    Authors: Robert G Maunder, William J Lancee, Reet Mae, Leslie Vincent, Nathalie Peladeau, Mary Agnes Beduz, Jonathan J Hunter and Molyn Leszcz

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:72

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  14. The prevalence of cardio-metabolic syndrome (CMS) is increasing worldwide. In people of African descent, there is higher prevalence of hypertension and complications than other races. Bearing in mind these fac...

    Authors: Ifeoma I Ulasi, Chinwuba K Ijoma and Obinna D Onodugo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:71

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  15. Laboratory testing is frequently unnecessary, particularly repetitive testing. Among the interventions proposed to reduce unnecessary testing, Computerized Decision Support Systems (CDSS) have been shown to be...

    Authors: Julie Niès, Isabelle Colombet, Eric Zapletal, Florence Gillaizeau, Patrick Chevalier and Pierre Durieux

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:70

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  16. Migrant workers are a unique phenomenon in the process of China's economic transformation. The household registration system classifies them as temporary residents in cities, putting them in a vulnerable state...

    Authors: Yingchun Peng, Wenhu Chang, Haiqing Zhou, Hongpu Hu and Wannian Liang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:69

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  17. Out-of-pocket spending (OOPS) is the major payment strategy for healthcare in Nigeria. Hence, the paper assessed the determinants socio-economic status (SES) of OOPS and strategies for coping with payments for...

    Authors: Obinna E Onwujekwe, Benjamin SC Uzochukwu, Eric N Obikeze, Ijeoma Okoronkwo, Ogbonnia G Ochonma, Chima A Onoka, Grace Madubuko and Chijioke Okoli

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:67

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  18. Overcrowding in emergency department (EDs) is partly due to the use of EDs by nonurgent patients. In France, the authorities responded to the problem by creating primary care units (PCUs): alternative structur...

    Authors: Stéphanie Gentile, Pascal Vignally, Anne-Claire Durand, Sabina Gainotti, Roland Sambuc and Patrick Gerbeaux

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:66

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  19. Even though there is general agreement that primary care is the linchpin of effective health care delivery, to date no efforts have been made to systematically review the scientific evidence supporting this su...

    Authors: Dionne S Kringos, Wienke GW Boerma, Allen Hutchinson, Jouke van der Zee and Peter P Groenewegen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:65

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  20. Burnout in the healthcare workers is formally defined as a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion caused by long-term involvement in situations that are emotionally demanding.

    Authors: Andreas Pavlakis, Vasilios Raftopoulos and Mamas Theodorou

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:63

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  21. Reading problems are frequently reported by visually impaired persons. A closed-circuit television (CCTV) can be helpful to maintain reading ability, however, it is difficult to learn how to use this device. I...

    Authors: Marloes C Burggraaff, Ruth MA van Nispen, Bart JM Melis-Dankers and Ger HMB van Rens

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:62

    Content type: Study protocol

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  22. People with severe mental illnesses (SMI) are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Clinical guidelines recommend regular screening for CVD risk factors. We evaluated a nurse led intervention to i...

    Authors: David PJ Osborn, Irwin Nazareth, Christine A Wright and Michael B King

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:61

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  23. The aim of this study is to explore perceptions of people with chronic neck or low back pain about how characteristics of home exercise programs and care-provider style during clinical encounters may affect ad...

    Authors: Pilar Escolar-Reina, Francesc Medina-Mirapeix, Juan J Gascón-Cánovas, Joaquina Montilla-Herrador, Francisco J Jimeno-Serrano, Silvana L de Oliveira Sousa, M Elena del Baño-Aledo and Rafael Lomas-Vega

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:60

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  24. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is one of the more frequent reasons diabetic patients are admitted to hospital, and there are reports that the long-term prognosis after an AMI is much worse in these patients...

    Authors: Ana Lopez-de-Andres, Valentín Hernández-Barrera, Pilar Carrasco-Garrido, Jesús Esteban-Hernandez, Ángel Gil-de-Miguel and Rodrigo Jiménez-García

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:59

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  25. The last decade has seen enormous advances in HIV treatment and care, but how to implement scaled up HIV testing, prevention, and treatment in low-income areas still presents a formidable public health challen...

    Authors: Joseph D Tucker, Li-Gang Yang, Zheng-Jun Zhu, Bin Yang, Yue-Pin Yin, Myron S Cohen and Xiang-Sheng Chen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:58

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  26. Physician cost profiles (also called efficiency or economic profiles) compare the costs of care provided by a physician to his or her peers. These profiles are increasingly being used as the basis for policy a...

    Authors: John L Adams, Elizabeth A McGlynn, J William Thomas and Ateev Mehrotra

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:57

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  27. Nearly 1 in 10 in the population experience fatigue of more than six months at any one time. Chronic fatigue is a common reason for consulting a general practitioner, and some patients report their symptoms ar...

    Authors: Ramon Sabes-Figuera, Paul McCrone, Mike Hurley, Michael King, Ana Nora Donaldson and Leone Ridsdale

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:56

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  28. In summer 2003 a disease management program (DMP) for type 2 diabetes was introduced on a nationwide basis in Germany. Patient participation and continuity of care within the DMP are important factors to achie...

    Authors: Ingmar Schäfer, Claudia Küver, Benjamin Gedrose, Falk Hoffmann, Barbara Ruß-Thiel, Hans-Peter Brose, Hendrik van den Bussche and Hanna Kaduszkiewicz

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:55

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  29. Service franchising is a business model that involves building a network of outlets (franchisees) that are locally owned, but act in coordinated manner with the guidance of a central headquarters (franchisor)....

    Authors: Anh D Ngo, Dana L Alden, Van Pham and Ha Phan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:54

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  30. In Japan, medical error leading to patient death is often handled through the criminal rather than civil justice system. However, the number of cases handled through the criminal system and how this has change...

    Authors: L Jay Starkey and Shoichi Maeda

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:53

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  31. Little research has been done on patient call light use and staff response time, which were found to be associated with inpatient falls and satisfaction. Nurses' perspectives may moderate or mediate the aforem...

    Authors: Huey-Ming Tzeng

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:52

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  32. Although international scientific research on health issues has been dealing with the problem of aggression and violence towards those employed in health care, research activities in Germany are still at an ea...

    Authors: Simone Franz, Annett Zeh, Anja Schablon, Saskia Kuhnert and Albert Nienhaus

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:51

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  33. While there is considerable research on medical workforce supply trends, there is little research examining the determinants of labour supply decisions for the medical workforce. The "Medicine in Australia: Ba...

    Authors: Catherine M Joyce, Anthony Scott, Sung-Hee Jeon, John Humphreys, Guyonne Kalb, Julia Witt and Anne Leahy

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:50

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  34. This paper describes a study protocol designed to evaluate a programme of smoking cessation interventions targeting pregnant women and young people living in urban and rural locations in Northeast Scotland. Th...

    Authors: Flora CG Douglas, Denise A Gray and Edwin R van Teijlingen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:49

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  35. Although some studies examined the association between shared decision-making (SDM) and type of breast cancer surgery received, it is little known how treatment decisions might be shaped by the information pro...

    Authors: Myung Kyung Lee, Dong Young Noh, Seok Jin Nam, Se Hyun Ahn, Byeong Woo Park, Eun Sook Lee and Young Ho Yun

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:48

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  36. The cost effective provision of quality care for chronic diseases is a major challenge for health care systems. We describe a project to improve the care of patients with the highly prevalent disorders of diab...

    Authors: Latifa M Baynouna, Amal I Shamsan, Tahira A Ali, Lolowa A Al Mukini, Moza H Al Kuwiti, Thuraya A Al Ameri, Nico JD Nagelkerke, Ahmad M Abusamak, Nader M Ahmed, Sanaa M Zein Al Deen, Tariq M Jaber, Abdulkarim M Elkhalid, Anthony D Revel, Alhusini I Al Husaini, Fouad A Nour, Hayat O Ahmad…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:47

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  37. Unmet healthcare needs - the difference between healthcare services deemed necessary to deal with a particular health problem and the actual services received - is commonly measured by the question, "During th...

    Authors: Emily G Marshall, Sabrina T Wong, Jeannie L Haggerty and Jean-Fréderic Levesque

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:46

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  38. Little is known about the role European patient organisations play in the process of deciding on reimbursement for medicines. Therefore we explore the current role of patient organisations in the process of reimb...

    Authors: Janneke Noordman, Liset van Dijk and Roland Friele

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:45

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  39. Comparing patterns of resource utilization between hospitals is often complicated by biases in community and patient populations. Stroke patients treated with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) provide a parti...

    Authors: Angela F Caveney, Robert Silbergleit, Shirley Frederiksen, William J Meurer, Susan L Hickenbottom, Rodney W Smith and Phillip A Scott

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:44

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  40. An East African survey showed that among the few health facilities that measured adherence to antiretroviral therapy, practices and definitions varied widely. We evaluated the feasibility of collecting routine...

    Authors: John C Chalker, Tenaw Andualem, Lillian N Gitau, Joseph Ntaganira, Celestino Obua, Hailu Tadeg, Paul Waako and Dennis Ross-Degnan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:43

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  41. Access to antiretroviral therapy has dramatically expanded in Africa in recent years, but there are no validated approaches to measure treatment adherence in these settings.

    Authors: Dennis Ross-Degnan, Marsha Pierre-Jacques, Fang Zhang, Hailu Tadeg, Lillian Gitau, Joseph Ntaganira, Robert Balikuddembe, John Chalker and Anita K Wagner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:42

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  42. In Australia, many community service program data collections developed over the last decade, including several for aged care programs, contain a statistical linkage key (SLK) to enable derivation of client-le...

    Authors: Rosemary Karmel, Phil Anderson, Diane Gibson, Ann Peut, Stephen Duckett and Yvonne Wells

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:41

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  43. The profile of the medical profession is changing in regard to feminization, attitudes towards the profession, and the lifestyle aspirations of young physicians. The issues addressed in this study are the care...

    Authors: Barbara Buddeberg-Fischer, Martina Stamm, Claus Buddeberg, Georg Bauer, Oliver Hämmig, Michaela Knecht and Richard Klaghofer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:40

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  44. Medication errors occur frequently at points of transition in care. The key problems causing these medication errors are: incomplete and inappropriate medication reconciliation at hospital discharge (partly ar...

    Authors: Fatma Karapinar-Çarkıt, Sander D Borgsteede, Jan Zoer, Carl Siegert, Maurits van Tulder, Antoine CG Egberts and Patricia MLA van den Bemt

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:39

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  45. International health policy surveys are used to compare and evaluate health system performance, but little is known about the effects of non-response. The objective of this study was to assess the effects of n...

    Authors: Oyvind A Bjertnaes, Hilde H Iversen and Geir Bukholm

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:38

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  46. In our region (Eastern South Limburg, The Netherlands) an open access echocardiography service started in 2002. It was the first service of this kind in The Netherlands. Our study aims were: (1) to evaluate de...

    Authors: Leanne MSG van Heur, Leo HB Baur, Marleen Tent, Cara LB Lodewijks-van der Bolt, Marjolijn Streppel, Ron AG Winkens and Henri EJH Stoffers

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:37

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  47. Diabetes is the third most common chronic condition in childhood and poor glycaemic control leads to serious short-term and life-limiting long-term complications. In addition to optimal medical management, it ...

    Authors: Rachel McNamara, Mike Robling, Kerenza Hood, Kristina Bennert, Susan Channon, David Cohen, Elizabeth Crowne, Helen Hambly, Kamila Hawthorne, Mirella Longo, Lesley Lowes, Rebecca Playle, Stephen Rollnick and John W Gregory

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:36

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  48. Improvements in treatment of mental disorders are repeatedly called for. General practitioners (GPs) are responsible for the majority of treatment of mental disorders. Consequently, we interviewed GPs about th...

    Authors: Arnstein Mykletun, Ann Kristin Knudsen, Tone Tangen and Simon Øverland

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:35

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