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  1. The political objective in many countries worldwide is to give better consideration to the interests of patients within the health system. The establishment of a federal government commissioner for the issues ...

    Authors: Nils Schneider, Marie-Luise Dierks, Gabriele Seidel and Friedrich W Schwartz

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:24

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Patients needs and experiences attract increasing attention within health care. In order to generate knowledge about the voices that emerge from collaborative experiences between members of patient association...

    Authors: Christina Carlsson, Kerstin Segesten, Mef Nilbert and Kerstin Nilsson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:23

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Managed care efforts to regulate access to specialists and reduce costs may lower quality of care. Few studies have examined whether managed care is associated with patient perceptions of the quality of care p...

    Authors: David Grembowski, David Paschane, Paula Diehr, Wayne Katon, Diane Martin and Donald L Patrick

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:22

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Geographical variation in health care services challenges the basic principle of fair allocation of health care resources. This study aimed to investigate geographical variation in the use of X-ray, CT, MRI an...

    Authors: Kristin Bakke Lysdahl and Ingelin Børretzen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:21

    Content type: Research article

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  5. The introduction of large-scale out-of-hours GP cooperatives has led to questions about increased distances between the GP cooperatives and the homes of patients and the increasing waiting times for home visit...

    Authors: Paul Giesen, Nieke van Lin, Henk Mokkink, Wil van den Bosch and Richard Grol

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:19

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Linking computerized health insurance records with routinely collected survey data is becoming increasingly popular in health services research. However, if consent is not universal, the requirement of written...

    Authors: Nicole Huang, Shu-Fang Shih, Hsing-Yi Chang and Yiing-Jenq Chou

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:18

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Cataract day surgery has rapidly gained worldwide acceptance, because the new surgical techniques and costs are generally lower than those involved in ordinary hospitalization. Cataract surgery serves as a pro...

    Authors: Salvatore Cillino, Alessandra Casuccio, Francesco Di Pace, Francesco Pillitteri, Giovanni Cillino and Gaetano Lodato

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:16

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Cultural competency is now a core requirement for mental health professionals working with culturally diverse patient groups. Cultural competency training may improve the quality of mental health care for ethn...

    Authors: Kamaldeep Bhui, Nasir Warfa, Patricia Edonya, Kwame McKenzie and Dinesh Bhugra

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:15

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Early detection of infants with permanent hearing loss through infant hearing screening is recognised and routinely offered as a vital component of early childhood care in developed countries. This article inv...

    Authors: Bolajoko O Olusanya, De Wet Swanepoel, Mônica J Chapchap, Salvador Castillo, Hamed Habib, Siti Z Mukari, Norberto V Martinez, Hung-Ching Lin and Bradley McPherson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:14

    Content type: Research article

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  10. The demographic structure has a significant influence on the use of healthcare services, as does the size of the population denominators. Very few studies have been published on methods for estimating the real...

    Authors: Emilio Perea-Milla, Sergi Mari Pons, Francisco Rivas-Ruiz, Anna Gallofre, Enrique Navarro Jurado, Marco A Navarro Ales, Alberto Jimenez-Puente, Fidel Fernandez-Nieto, Joan C March Cerda, Manuel Carrasco, Lydia Martin, Damian Lopez Cano, Gonzalo E Gutierrez, Rafael Cortes Macías and Jose A Garcia-Ruiz

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:13

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Linked population health data are increasingly used in epidemiological studies. If data items are reported on more than one dataset, data linkage can reduce the under-ascertainment associated with many populat...

    Authors: Christine L Roberts, Charles S Algert and Jane B Ford

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:12

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Limited resources, whether public or private, demand prioritisation among competing needs to maximise productivity. With a substantial increase in the number of reported HIV cases, little work has been done to...

    Authors: Sara Husain, Masood Kadir and Zafar Fatmi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:11

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Almost one-third of Norwegian women aged 25–69 years invited to have a Pap smear do not attend during the recommended period, and thus constitute a population with high-risk of cervical cancer (CC). Since the ...

    Authors: Mari Nygård, Anne-Kjersti Daltveit, Steinar Ø Thoresen and Jan F Nygård

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:10

    Content type: Research article

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  14. The impact of immigration on health services utilisation has been analysed by several studies performed in countries with lower levels of immigration than Spain. These studies indicate that health services uti...

    Authors: Francesc Cots, Xavier Castells, Oscar García, Marta Riu, Aida Felipe and Oriol Vall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:9

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Patients with chronic conditions require frequent care visits. Problems can arise during several parts of the patient visit that decrease efficiency, making it difficult to effectively care for high volumes of...

    Authors: Nicholas M Potisek, Robb M Malone, Betsy Bryant Shilliday, Timothy J Ives, Paul R Chelminski, Darren A DeWalt and Michael P Pignone

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:8

    Content type: Correspondence

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  16. The availability of medical human resource supply is a growing concern for rural and remote communities in many countries. In the last decade, various telehealth experiences in Canada have highlighted the pote...

    Authors: Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Julie Duplantie, Jean-Paul Fortin and Réjean Landry

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:6

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Clinical performance targets are intended to improve patient outcomes in chronic disease through quality improvement, but evidence of an association between multiple target attainment and patient outcomes in r...

    Authors: Laura C Plantinga, Nancy E Fink, Bernard G Jaar, John H Sadler, Nathan W Levin, Josef Coresh, Michael J Klag and Neil R Powe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:5

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Collaboration between general practitioners (GPs) and specialists has been the focus of many collaborative care projects during the past decade. Unfortunately, quite a number of these projects failed. This rai...

    Authors: Annette J Berendsen, Wim HGM Benneker, Betty Meyboom-de Jong, Niek S Klazinga and Jan Schuling

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:4

    Content type: Research article

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  19. The aim of the LIFELAX randomised controlled trial (diet and lifestyle vs. laxatives in the management of chronic constipation) is to develop and evaluate a cost effective intervention to promote diet and lifesty...

    Authors: Amelia A Lake, Chris Speed, Anna Brookes, Ben Heaven, Ashley J Adamson, Paula Moynihan, Sally Corbett and Elaine McColl

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:3

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Smoking in pregnancy remains a public health challenge. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is effective for smoking cessation in non-pregnant people, but because women metabolise nicotine and cotinine much fas...

    Authors: Tim Coleman, Jim Thornton, John Britton, Sarah Lewis, Kim Watts, Michael WH Coughtrie, Clare Mannion, Neil Marlow and Christine Godfrey

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:2

    Content type: Study protocol

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  21. Interest in assessing the value of health-care services in Germany has considerably increased since the foundation of the Institut für Qualität und Wirtschaftlichkeit im Gesundheitswesen, IQWiG (Institute for ...

    Authors: Franz Porzsolt, Moritz Ackermann and Volker Amelung

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:1

    Content type: Debate

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  22. In sub-Saharan Africa, the availability and accessibility of oral health services are seriously constrained and the provision of essential oral care is limited. Reports from the region show a very low utilizat...

    Authors: Benoît Varenne, Poul Erik Petersen, Florence Fournet, Philippe Msellati, Jean Gary, Seydou Ouattara, Maud Harang and Gérard Salem

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:164

    Content type: Research article

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  23. An estimated 350 adults develop severe, but potentially reversible respiratory failure in the UK annually. Current management uses intermittent positive pressure ventilation, but barotrauma, volutrauma and oxy...

    Authors: Giles J Peek, Felicity Clemens, Diana Elbourne, Richard Firmin, Pollyanna Hardy, Clare Hibbert, Hilliary Killer, Miranda Mugford, Mariamma Thalanany, Ravin Tiruvoipati, Ann Truesdale and Andrew Wilson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:163

    Content type: Study protocol

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  24. Research that examines the quality of home health care is complex because no gold standard exists for measuring adverse outcomes, and because the patient and clinician populations are highly heterogeneous. The...

    Authors: Tanya Pollack Scharpf, Natalie Colabianchi, Elizabeth A Madigan, Duncan Neuhauser, Timothy Peng, Penny H Feldman and John FP Bridges

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:162

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  25. The aim of this paper is to show how researchers balance between scientific rigour and localisation in conducting pragmatic trial research. Our case is the Quattro Study, a pragmatic trial on the effectiveness...

    Authors: Yvonne JFM Jansen, Roland Bal, Marc Bruijnzeels, Marleen Foets, Rianne Frenken and Antoinette de Bont

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:160

    Content type: Research article

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  26. The purpose of this study was to describe the patterns of antidiabetic medication use and the cost of testing supplies in Canada using information collected by Saskatchewan's Drug Plan (DP) in 2001. The diabet...

    Authors: Jeffrey A Johnson, Sheri L Pohar, Kristina Secnik, Nicole Yurgin and Zeenat Hirji

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:159

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Associations between symptom experience and mortality have rarely been investigated. One study has suggested that the number of symptoms people experience may be an important predictor of mortality. This novel...

    Authors: Alison M Elliott, Philip C Hannaford, Blair H Smith, Sally Wyke and Kate Hunt

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:158

    Content type: Research article

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  28. In countries with low hepatitis A (HA) endemicity, infected food handlers are the source of most reported foodborne outbreaks. In Canada, accessible data repositories of infected food handler incidents are not...

    Authors: Andrea C Tricco, Ba' Pham, Bernard Duval, Gaston De Serres, Vladimir Gilca, Linda Vrbova, Andrea Anonychuk, Murray Krahn and David Moher

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:157

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Since 1994, Brazil has developed a primary care system based on multidisciplinary teams which include not only a physician and a nurse, but also 4–6 lay community health workers. This system now consists of 26...

    Authors: Erno Harzheim, Bruce B Duncan, Airton T Stein, Carlo RH Cunha, Marcelo R Goncalves, Thiago G Trindade, Mônica MC Oliveira and Maria Eugênia B Pinto

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:156

    Content type: Study protocol

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  30. Collaboration between general practitioners (GPs) and specialists has been the focus of many collaborative care projects during the past decade. Unfortunately, quite a number of these projects failed. This rai...

    Authors: Annette J Berendsen, Wim HGM Benneker, Jan Schuling, Nienke Rijkers-Koorn, Joris PJ Slaets and Betty Meyboom-de Jong

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:155

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Poor adherence is the main barrier to the effectiveness of HIV medication. The objective of this study was to explore and conceptualize patterns and difficulties in physicians' work with patients' adherence to...

    Authors: Toke S Barfod, Frederick M Hecht, Cecilie Rubow and Jan Gerstoft

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:154

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Changing immigration trends pose new challenges for the UK's open access health service and there is considerable speculation that migrants from resource-poor countries place a disproportionate burden on servi...

    Authors: Sally Hargreaves, Jon S Friedland, Philip Gothard, Sonia Saxena, Hugh Millington, Joseph Eliahoo, Peter Le Feuvre and Alison Holmes

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:153

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  33. Although the general association between socioeconomic status (SES) and hospitalization has been well established, few studies have considered the relationship between SES and hospital length of stay (LOS), an...

    Authors: Margaret J McGregor, Robert J Reid, Michael Schulzer, J Mark Fitzgerald, Adrian R Levy and Michelle B Cox

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:152

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Timely accessibility to organized inpatient stroke rehabilitation services may become compromised since the demand for rehabilitation services following stroke is rapidly growing with no promise of additional ...

    Authors: Dany Gagnon, Sylvie Nadeau and Vincent Tam

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:151

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  35. Patients with psychiatric problems often seek help and assistance in hospital emergency departments. An important task of emergency room staff is to decide whether such patients need to be admitted or whether ...

    Authors: Marc Ziegenbein, Christoph Anreis, Bernhard Brüggen, Martin Ohlmeier and Stefan Kropp

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:150

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  36. Acupuncture is a frequently used but controversial adjunct to the treatment of chronic low back pain (LBP). Acupuncture is now considered to be effective for chronic LBP and health care systems are pressured t...

    Authors: Jean-François Chenot, Annette Becker, Corinna Leonhardt, Stefan Keller, Norbert Donner-Banzhoff, Erika Baum, Michael Pfingsten, Jan Hildebrandt, Michael M Kochen and Heinz-Dieter Basler

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:149

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Patterns of care for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) strongly depend on the availability of on-site cardiac catheterization facilities. Although the management found at hospitals without on-site catheterizat...

    Authors: Abdul R Halabi, Christine A Beck, Mark J Eisenberg, Hugues Richard and Louise Pilote

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:148

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Smoking is strongly associated with disadvantage and is an important contributor to inequalities in health. Smoking cessation services have been implemented in the UK targeting disadvantaged smokers, but there...

    Authors: Elin Roddy, Marilyn Antoniak, John Britton, Andrew Molyneux and Sarah Lewis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:147

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Given the public-private mix of the Greek health system, the purpose of this study was to assess whether variations in the utilisation of health services, both primary and inpatient care, were associated with ...

    Authors: Evelina Pappa and Dimitris Niakas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:146

    Content type: Research article

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  40. It is difficult to keep control over prescribing behaviour in general practices. The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of a dissemination strategy of multidisciplinary guidelines on the volume of...

    Authors: Jody D Martens, Ron AG Winkens, Trudy van der Weijden, Daisy de Bruyn and Johan L Severens

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:145

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  41. Both occupational physicians and orthopedic surgeons can be involved in the management of work relevant musculoskeletal disorders. These physicians hardly communicate with each other and this might lead to dif...

    Authors: Elske Faber, Alex Burdorf, Anne Loes van Staa, Harald S Miedema and Jan AN Verhaar

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:144

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an incurable chronic disease that predominantly affects young adults. It has a high socio-economic impact which increases as disability progresses. An assessment of the real costs of...

    Authors: Virginia Casado, Sergio Martínez-Yélamos, Antonio Martínez-Yélamos, Olga Carmona, Lucia Alonso, Lucia Romero, Esther Moral, Laura Gubieras and Txomin Arbizu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:143

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Efficient delivery strategies for health interventions are essential for high and sustainable coverage. We report impact of a change in programmatic delivery strategy from routine delivery through the Expanded...

    Authors: Honorati Masanja, Joanna Armstrong Schellenberg, Hassan M Mshinda, Meera Shekar, Joseph KL Mugyabuso, Godwin D Ndossi and Don de Savigny

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:142

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Knowledge of the structure and character of inter-organizational relationships found among health promotion organizations is a prerequisite for the development of evidence-based network-level intervention acti...

    Authors: Spencer Moore, Cynthia Smith, Tammy Simpson and Sharlene Wolbeck Minke

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:141

    Content type: Research article

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  45. Adherence to clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of specific illnesses may result in unexpected outcomes, given that multiple therapies must often be given to patients with diverse medical condition...

    Authors: Manfred Stommel, Ade Olomu, Margaret Holmes-Rovner, William Corser and Joseph C Gardiner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:140

    Content type: Research article

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  46. The GRADE method represents a new approach to grading the quality of evidence and strength of recommendations in the preparation of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG). In the context of a pilot study to assess...

    Authors: Carlos Calderón, Rafael Rotaeche, Arritxu Etxebarria, Mercé Marzo, Rosa Rico and Marta Barandiaran

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:138

    Content type: Research article

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