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  1. The World Health Organization advocates task-shifting, the process of delegating clinical care functions from more specialized to less specialized health workers, as a strategy to achieve the United Nations Mi...

    Authors: Mary B Morris, Bushimbwa Tambatamba Chapula, Benjamin H Chi, Albert Mwango, Harmony F Chi, Joyce Mwanza, Handson Manda, Carolyn Bolton, Debra S Pankratz, Jeffrey SA Stringer and Stewart E Reid

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:5

    Content type: Correspondence

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  2. The theory and practice of safety promotion has traditionally focused on the safety of individuals. This study also includes systems, environments, and organizations. Safety promotion programmes are designed t...

    Authors: Cecilia Nordqvist, Toomas Timpka and Kent Lindqvist

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:4

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Stem cell transplantations from related or unrelated donors are used to cure leukaemia and other blood diseases. When a patient dies after an unsuccessful transplantation, interested unrelated donors are infor...

    Authors: Martina Wanner, Sandra Bochert, Iris M Schreyer, Gabi Rall, Claudia Rutt and Alexander H Schmidt

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:2

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Prioritization of waiting lists for elective surgery represents a major issue in public systems in view of the fact that patients often suffer from consequences of long waiting times. In addition, administrati...

    Authors: Roberto Valente, Angela Testi, Elena Tanfani, Marco Fato, Ivan Porro, Maurizio Santo, Gregorio Santori, Giancarlo Torre and Gianluca Ansaldo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:1

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Physician 'brain drain' negatively impacts health care delivery. Interventions to address physician emigration have been constrained by lack of research on systematic factors that influence physician migration...

    Authors: Manas Kaushik, Ananya Roy, Anand A Bang and Ajay Mahal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:279

    Content type: Research article

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  6. There is an interest for intervention studies aiming at the prevention of disability in community-dwelling physically frail older persons, though an overview on their content, methodological quality and effect...

    Authors: Ramon Daniels, Erik van Rossum, Luc de Witte, Gertrudis IJM Kempen and Wim van den Heuvel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:278

    Content type: Research article

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  7. A multi-domain suite of instruments has been developed by the interRAI research collaborative to support assessment and care planning in mental health, aged care and disability services. Each assessment instru...

    Authors: John P Hirdes, Gunnar Ljunggren, John N Morris, Dinnus HM Frijters, Harriet Finne Soveri, Len Gray, Magnus Björkgren and Reudi Gilgen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:277

    Content type: Research article

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  8. One third of all Australians live outside of its major cities. Access to health services and health outcomes are generally poorer in rural and remote areas relative to metropolitan areas. In order to improve a...

    Authors: John Wakerman, John S Humphreys, Robert Wells, Pim Kuipers, Philip Entwistle and Judith Jones

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:276

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Complex interventions have components which can vary in different contexts. Using the Realistic Evaluation framework, this study investigates how a complex health services intervention led to developments in s...

    Authors: Richard Byng, Ian Norman, Sally Redfern and Roger Jones

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:274

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Sub-optimal adherence to warfarin places millions of patients at risk for stroke and bleeding complications each year. Novel methods are needed to improve adherence for warfarin. We conducted two pilot studies...

    Authors: Kevin G Volpp, George Loewenstein, Andrea B Troxel, Jalpa Doshi, Maureen Price, Mitchell Laskin and Stephen E Kimmel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:272

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Healthcare decisionmaking is a complex process relying on disparate types of evidence and value judgments. Our objectives for this study were to develop a practical framework to facilitate decisionmaking in te...

    Authors: Mireille M Goetghebeur, Monika Wagner, Hanane Khoury, Randy J Levitt, Lonny J Erickson and Donna Rindress

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:270

    Content type: Technical advance

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  12. A joint NHS-Local Authority initiative in England designed to provide a dedicated nursing and physiotherapy in-reach team (IRT) to four residential care homes has been evaluated. The IRT supported 131 resident...

    Authors: Ala Szczepura, Sara Nelson and Deidre Wild

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:269

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Young children are known to be the most frequent hospital users compared to older children and young adults. Therefore, they are an important population from economic and policy perspectives of health care del...

    Authors: Franziska V Schoeni-Affolter, Marcel Widmer and André Busato

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:267

    Content type: Research article

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  14. There is a significant gap in the knowledge translation literature related to how research evidence actually contributes to health care decision-making. Decisions around what care to provide at the population (ra...

    Authors: Nancy Edwards, Sonia Semenic, Shahirose Premji, Phyllis Montgomery, Beverly Williams, Joanne Olson and Omaima Mansi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:266

    Content type: Study protocol

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  15. To perform a systematic review about the effect of using clinical pathways on length of stay (LOS), hospital costs and patient outcomes. To provide a framework for local healthcare organisations considering th...

    Authors: Thomas Rotter, Joachim Kugler, Rainer Koch, Holger Gothe, Sabine Twork, Jeroen M van Oostrum and Ewout W Steyerberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:265

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Little is known about the relationship between types of healthcare providers and outcomes in patients with epilepsy. This study compares the relative effects of provider type (epileptologist vs. other neurolog...

    Authors: Jerzy P Szaflarski, Angela Y Rackley, Christopher J Lindsell, Magdalena Szaflarski and Stephen L Yates

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:264

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Foundations and public agencies commonly fund focused initiatives for individual grantees. These discrete, stand-alone initiatives can risk failure by being carried out in isolation. Fostering synergy among gr...

    Authors: Donald E Pathman, Emmeline Chuang and Bryan J Weiner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:263

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Female medical students often prefer primary care specialties, while male students appear to be attracted to hospital specialties. Notwithstanding the steady feminisation of medicine, in many countries there a...

    Authors: Tanja Maiorova, Fred Stevens, Jouke van der Zee, Beppie Boode and Albert Scherpbier

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:262

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Up to now it has not been systematically investigated in which kind of clinical situations a consultation style based on shared decision making (SDM) is preferred by patients and physicians. We suggest the fac...

    Authors: Meike Müller-Engelmann, Tanja Krones, Heidi Keller and Norbert Donner-Banzhoff

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:260

    Content type: Study protocol

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  20. Adverse events (AEs) are patient injuries caused by medical care. Previous studies have reported increased mortality rates and prolonged hospital length of stay in patients having an AE. However, these studies...

    Authors: Alan J Forster, Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, Jon Hooper, Kaveh G Shojania and Carl van Walraven

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:259

    Content type: Research article

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  21. In Japan, gargling is a generally accepted way of preventing upper respiratory tract infection (URTI). The effectiveness of gargling for preventing URTI has been shown in a randomized controlled trial that com...

    Authors: Michi Sakai, Takuro Shimbo, Kazumi Omata, Yoshimitsu Takahashi, Kazunari Satomura, Tetsuhisa Kitamura, Takashi Kawamura, Hisamitsu Baba, Masaharu Yoshihara and Hiroshi Itoh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:258

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery is performed because of anticipated survival benefit, improvement in quality of life, or both. We performed this study to explore variations in clinical indications ...

    Authors: Zhongmin Li, Richard L Kravitz, James P Marcin, Patrick S Romano, David M Rocke, Timothy A Denton, Ralph G Brindis, Jian Dai and Ezra A Amsterdam

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:257

    Content type: Research article

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  23. The importance and complexity of handovers is well-established. Progress for intervening in the emergency department change of shift handovers may be hampered by lack of a conceptual framework. The objectives ...

    Authors: Renée H Lawrence, Anne M Tomolo, Andy P Garlisi and David C Aron

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:256

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Incident reporting is the prevailing approach to gathering data on accidental falls in hospitals for both research and quality assurance purposes, though is of questionable quality as staff time pressures, per...

    Authors: Terry P Haines, Petrea Cornwell, Jennifer Fleming, Paul Varghese and Len Gray

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:254

    Content type: Research article

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  25. The number of physicians per 10,000 population is a basic health indicator used to determine access to health care. Studies from the United States of America and Europe indicate that their physician registrati...

    Authors: Jennifer Knight-Madden and Robert Gray

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:253

    Content type: Research article

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  26. To inform Danish health care reform efforts, we compared health care system inputs and performance and assessed the usefulness of these comparisons for informing policy.

    Authors: Anne Frølich, Michaela L Schiøtz, Martin Strandberg-Larsen, John Hsu, Allan Krasnik, Finn Diderichsen, Jim Bellows, Jes Søgaard and Karen White

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:252

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Achieving control of hypertension prevents target organ damage at both the micro and macrovascular level and is a highly cost effective means of lowering the risk for heart attack and stroke particularly in pe...

    Authors: Sheldon W Tobe, Margaret Moy Lum-Kwong, Nancy Perkins, Shirley Von Sychowski, Rolf J Sebaldt and Alex Kiss

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:251

    Content type: Study protocol

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  28. The aim of this project was primarily to assess the feasibility of individual exercise programs for older hospitalised patients at risk of functional decline, and secondarily to evaluate impact on discharge ou...

    Authors: Jo Nolan and Susie Thomas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:250

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Demand for rehabilitation services is expected to increase due to factors such as an aging population, workforce pressures, rise in chronic and complex multi-system disorders, advances in technology, and chang...

    Authors: Diem Tran, Linda McGillis Hall, Aileen Davis, Michel D Landry, Dawn Burnett, Katherine Berg and Susan Jaglal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:249

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Healthcare systems globally are reconfiguring to address the needs of people with long-term conditions such as respiratory disease. Primary Care Organisations (PCOs) in England and Wales are charged with the t...

    Authors: Sonya Hamilton, Guro Huby, Alison Tierney, Alison Powell, Tara Kielmann, Aziz Sheikh and Hilary Pinnock

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:248

    Content type: Research article

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  31. A key constraint to achieving the MDGs is the absence of a properly trained and motivated workforce. Loss of clinical staff from low and middle-income countries is crippling already fragile health care systems...

    Authors: Mischa Willis-Shattuck, Posy Bidwell, Steve Thomas, Laura Wyness, Duane Blaauw and Prudence Ditlopo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:247

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Delivery of preventive health services in primary care is lacking. One of the main barriers is lack of time. We estimated the amount of time primary care physicians spend on important preventive health services.

    Authors: Kathryn I Pollak, Katrina M Krause, Kimberly SH Yarnall, Margaret Gradison, J Lloyd Michener and Truls Østbye

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:245

    Content type: Research article

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  33. To study: (1) the structure and test-retest reliability of a measure of how patients perceive the therapeutic communications skills of their general practitioners (TCom-skill GP), and (2) the associations of t...

    Authors: Michèle Baumann, Cédric Baumann, Etienne Le Bihan and Nearkasen Chau

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:244

    Content type: Research article

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