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  1. 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

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  2. 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

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  3. 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

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  4. 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

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  5. 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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  6. 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

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  7. 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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  8. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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

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  12. 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

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  13. 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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  14. 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

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  15. 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

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  16. 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

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  17. 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

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  18. 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

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  19. 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

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  20. The medical specialities chosen by doctors for their careers play an important part in the development of health-care services. This study aimed to investigate the influence of gender, personality traits, care...

    Authors: Barbara Buddeberg-Fischer, Richard Klaghofer, Thomas Abel and Claus Buddeberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:137

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  21. Researchers are increasingly required to describe the impact of their work, e.g. in grant proposals, project reports, press releases and research assessment exercises. Specialised impact assessment studies can...

    Authors: Shyama Kuruvilla, Nicholas Mays, Andrew Pleasant and Gill Walt

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:134

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  22. Though new technologies like Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) may be accurate, they often diffuse into practice before thorough assessment of their value in diagnosis and management, and of their effects on pa...

    Authors: Stephen D Brealey, Christine Atwell, Stirling Bryan, Simon Coulton, Helen Cox, Ben Cross, Fiona Fylan, Andrew Garratt, Fiona J Gilbert, Maureen GC Gillan, Maggie Hendry, Kerenza Hood, Helen Houston, David King, Veronica Morton, Jo Orchard…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:133

    Content type: Study protocol

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  23. The study is part of a nationwide evaluation of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in primary care in Switzerland. The goal was to evaluate the extent and structure of basic health insurance expendit...

    Authors: Andre Busato, Reiner Eichenberger and Beat Künzi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:132

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  24. Millions of veterans are eligible to use the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Medicare because of their military service and age. This article examines whether an indirect measure of dual use based on ...

    Authors: Fredric D Wolinsky, Thomas R Miller, Hyonggin An, Paul R Brezinski, Thomas E Vaughn and Gary E Rosenthal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:131

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  25. In the UK, all ethnic minority groups have higher rates of diabetes than the general population. Although there have been a number of projects to assess diabetic care amongst minority ethnic groups in the Unit...

    Authors: Hamid R Baradaran, Joan Jamieson, Rafik Gardee and Robin P Knill-Jones

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:130

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  26. The Provincial Transfer Authorization Centre (PTAC) was established as a part of the emergency response in Ontario, Canada to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003. Prior to 2003, data ...

    Authors: Victoria A Robinson, Russell D MacDonald, Doug Manuel and Vivek Goel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:129

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  27. Literature on difficult doctor-patient relationships has focused on the "difficult patient." Our objective was to determine physician and practice characteristics associated with greater physician-reported fru...

    Authors: Erin E Krebs, Joanne M Garrett and Thomas R Konrad

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:128

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  28. Although medical specialists traditionally hold negative views towards working part-time, the practice of medicine has evolved. Given the trend towards more part-time work and that there is no evidence that it...

    Authors: Marjolein Lugtenberg, Phil JM Heiligers, Judith D de Jong and Lammert Hingstman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:126

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  29. Low income appears to be associated with a higher prevalence of diabetes and diabetes related complications, however, little is known about how income influences access to diabetes care. The objective of the p...

    Authors: Doreen M Rabi, Alun L Edwards, Danielle A Southern, Lawrence W Svenson, Peter M Sargious, Peter Norton, Eric T Larsen and William A Ghali

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:124

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  30. The dichotomy employed vs. unemployed is still a relevant, but rather crude measure of status in current labour markets. Also, studies concerning the association of employment status with health have to specif...

    Authors: Pekka Virtanen, Mika Kivimäki, Jussi Vahtera and Markku Koskenvuo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:123

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  31. Low utilization of effective coronary heart disease (CHD) prevention strategies may be due to many factors, but chief among them is the lack of patient involvement in prevention decisions. We undertook this st...

    Authors: Stacey L Sheridan, John Shadle, Ross J Simpson Jr and Michael P Pignone

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:121

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  32. The regulations of the Quality Management System (QMS) implementation in health care organizations were approved by the Lithuanian Ministry of Health in 1998. Following the above regulations, general managers ...

    Authors: Ilona Buciuniene, Sonata Malciankina, Zigmas Lydeka and Ruta Kazlauskaite

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:120

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  33. In general cantons regulate and control the Swiss health service system; patient flows within and between cantons are thereby partially disregarded. This paper develops an alternative spatial model, based upon...

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

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:119

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  34. In the era of cost containment, managers are constantly pursuing increased organizational performance and productivity by aiming at the obvious target, i.e. the workforce. The health care sector, in which prod...

    Authors: Victoria Paleologou, Nick Kontodimopoulos, Aggeliki Stamouli, Vassilis Aletras and Dimitris Niakas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:118

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  35. To explain why rates of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening including fecal occult blood testing (FOBT), flexible sigmoidoscopy (FS), colonoscopy (CS), and barium enema (BE), are low, this study assessed determi...

    Authors: Richard K Zimmerman, Mary Patricia Nowalk, Melissa Tabbarah and Seymour Grufferman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:116

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  36. Ethnic differences in health care utilisation are frequently reported in research. Little is known about the concordance between different methods of data collection among ethnic minorities. The aim of this st...

    Authors: Ellen Uiters, Liset van Dijk, Walter Devillé, Marleen Foets, Peter Spreeuwenberg and Peter P Groenewegen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:115

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  37. To understand why treatment referral rates for ESRF are lower in Ireland than in other European countries, an investigation of factors influencing general practitioner referral of patients developing ESRF was ...

    Authors: Anthony J Montgomery, Hannah M McGee, William Shannon and John Donohoe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:114

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  38. Accreditation has become ubiquitous across the international health care landscape. Award of full accreditation status in health care is viewed, as it is in other sectors, as a valid indicator of high quality ...

    Authors: Jeffrey Braithwaite, Johanna Westbrook, Marjorie Pawsey, David Greenfield, Justine Naylor, Rick Iedema, Bill Runciman, Sally Redman, Christine Jorm, Maureen Robinson, Sally Nathan and Robert Gibberd

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:113

    Content type: Study protocol

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  39. Physicians house calls to patients have been declining in many countries of the world. The objective of this study was to describe the patterns of utilization of house call services provided by SOS doctors in ...

    Authors: George Peppas, George Theocharis, Efthymia A Karveli and Matthew E Falagas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:112

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  40. Postal questionnaires are commonly used to collect data for health studies, but non-response reduces study sample sizes and can introduce bias. Finding ways to increase the proportion of questionnaires returne...

    Authors: Pippa Scott and Phil Edwards

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:111

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  41. The aim of the study was to examine gender differences in the self-reported use of health care services by the elderly in rural and metropolitan areas of two Nordic countries with slightly different health car...

    Authors: Anna Liisa Suominen-Taipale, Tuija Martelin, Seppo Koskinen, Jostein Holmen and Roar Johnsen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:110

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  42. Despite the wide availability of prenatal screening and diagnosis, a number of studies have reported no decrease in the rate of babies born with Down syndrome. The objective of this study was to investigate th...

    Authors: Evelyne E Muggli, David McCloskey and Jane L Halliday

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:109

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  43. While there is interest in measuring the satisfaction of patients discharged from psychiatric hospitals, it might be important to determine whether surveys of psychiatric patients should employ generic or psyc...

    Authors: Isabelle Peytremann-Bridevaux, Frédy Scherer, Laurence Peer, Federico Cathieni, Charles Bonsack, Agatta Cléopas, Véronique Kolly, Thomas V Perneger and Bernard Burnand

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:108

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