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  1. Health authorities in several countries have decided that the health care services should be evidence-based. Recent research indicates that evidence-based practice may be more successfully implemented if the i...

    Authors: Anne Dalheim, Stig Harthug, Roy M Nilsen and Monica W Nortvedt
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:367
  2. Primary care medical homes may improve health outcomes for children with special healthcare needs (CSHCN), by improving care coordination. However, community-based primary care practices may be challenged to d...

    Authors: Eyal Cohen, Ashley Lacombe-Duncan, Karen Spalding, Jennifer MacInnis, David Nicholas, Unni G Narayanan, Michelle Gordon, Ivor Margolis and Jeremy N Friedman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:366
  3. Chronic diseases are an increasing threat to people’s health and to the sustainability of health organisations. Despite the need for routine monitoring systems to assess the impact of chronicity in the populat...

    Authors: Juan F Orueta, Roberto Nuño-Solinis, Maider Mateos, Itziar Vergara, Gonzalo Grandes and Santiago Esnaola
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:365
  4. Mortality is a widely used, but often criticised, quality indicator for hospitals. In many countries, mortality is calculated from in-hospital deaths, due to limited access to follow-up data on patients transf...

    Authors: Doris T Kristoffersen, Jon Helgeland, Jocelyne Clench-Aas, Petter Laake and Marit B Veierød
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:364
  5. Many psychiatrists are involved in sickness certification of their patients; however, there is very limited knowledge about this aspect of their work. The objective of this study was to explore frequencies of ...

    Authors: Gunnar H Nilsson, Britt Arrelöv, Christina Lindholm, Therese Ljungquist, Linnea Kjeldgård and Kristina Alexanderson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:362
  6. To reduce inappropriate admissions and stays with the application of an improvement cycle in patients admitted to a University Hospital. The secondary objective is to analyze the hospital cost saved by reducin...

    Authors: Víctor Soria-Aledo, Andrés Carrillo-Alcaraz, Benito Flores-Pastor, Alfredo Moreno-Egea, Milagros Carrasco-Prats and José Luis Aguayo-Albasini
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:361
  7. Few studies have examined the longitudinal changes in the patterns, selection, and utilization of treatments for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in routine clinical practice since the introduction of imatinib. ...

    Authors: Chao-Sung Chang, Yi-Hsin Yang, Chien-Ning Hsu and Min-Ting Lin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:359
  8. Validation of administrative data is important to assess potential sources of bias in outcome evaluation and to prevent dissemination of misleading or inaccurate information. The purpose of the study was to de...

    Authors: Xue Li, Robert Hilsden, Shakhawat Hossain, John Fleming and Marcy Winget
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:358
  9. Coordinated, interdisciplinary services, supported by self-management underpin effective management for chronic low back pain (CLBP). However, a combination of system, provider and consumer-based barriers exis...

    Authors: Andrew M Briggs, Helen Slater, Samantha Bunzli, Joanne E Jordan, Stephanie J Davies, Anne J Smith and John L Quintner
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:357
  10. Fibromyalgia (FM) is a condition characterized by widespread pain and is estimated to affect 0.5-5% of the general population. Historically, it has been classified as a rheumatologic disorder, but patients con...

    Authors: Serge Perrot, Ernest Choy, Danielle Petersel, Anna Ginovker and Erich Kramer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:356
  11. The AGnES-concept (AGnES: GP-supporting, community-based, e-health-assisted, systemic intervention) was developed to support general practitioners (GPs) in undersupplied regions. The project aims to delegate G...

    Authors: Neeltje van den Berg, Romy Heymann, Claudia Meinke, Sebastian E Baumeister, Steffen Fleßa and Wolfgang Hoffmann
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:355
  12. People with dementia and their family carers need to be able to access formal services in the community to help maintain their wellbeing and independence. While knowing about and navigating one’s way through s...

    Authors: Christopher Shanley, Desiree Boughtwood, Jon Adams, Yvonne Santalucia, Helena Kyriazopoulos, Dimity Pond and Jeffrey Rowland
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:354
  13. Over the past years, the incidence of colorectal cancer has been increasing among young adults. A large percentage of these patients live at least 5 years after diagnosis, but it is unknown whether their rate ...

    Authors: Rinku Sutradhar, Shawn Forbes, David R Urbach, Lawrence Paszat, Linda Rabeneck and Nancy N Baxter
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:353
  14. Community health workers are widely used to provide care for a broad range of health issues. Since 2003 the government of Ethiopia has been deploying specially trained new cadres of community based health work...

    Authors: Araya Medhanyie, Mark Spigt, Yohannes Kifle, Nikki Schaay, David Sanders, Roman Blanco, Dinant GeertJan and Yemane Berhane
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:352
  15. A significant minority of patients do not receive all the evidence-based care recommended for their conditions. Health care quality may be improved by reducing this observed variation. Composite measures offer...

    Authors: Carl de Wet, John McKay and Paul Bowie
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:351
  16. There is a need for an adherence measure, to monitor adherence services in clinical practice, which can distinguish between different types of non-adherence and measure changes over time. In order to be inclus...

    Authors: Sara Garfield, Lina Eliasson, Sarah Clifford, Alan Willson and Nick Barber
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:350
  17. Health information technology, particularly electronic decision support systems, can reduce the existing gap between evidence-based knowledge and health care practice but professionals have to accept and use t...

    Authors: Tiina Kortteisto, Jorma Komulainen, Marjukka Mäkelä, Ilkka Kunnamo and Minna Kaila
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:349
  18. The main aim was to investigate the effect of using two brief feedback scales in mental health out-patient treatment six weeks after starting treatment, compared to treatment as usual. Hypotheses were that use...

    Authors: Marit By Rise, Lasse Eriksen, Hilde Grimstad and Aslak Steinsbekk
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:348
  19. Patient surveys constitute a valuable source of information in patient-focused health care. The objective of this study was to develop and validate a standardized, patient centered, quantitative instrument to ...

    Authors: Eva Maria Bitzer, Stephanie Volkmer, Marco Petrucci, Nikolaus Weissenrieder and Marie-Luise Dierks
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:347
  20. Venous leg ulcers, affecting approximately 1% of the population, are costly to manage due to poor healing and high recurrence rates. We evaluated an evidence-informed leg ulcer care protocol with two frequentl...

    Authors: Ba' Pham, Margaret B Harrison, Maggie H Chen and Meg E Carley
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:346
  21. The literature on interventions addressing the intersection of homelessness, mental illness and race is scant. The At Home/Chez Soi research demonstration project is a pragmatic field trial investigating a Hou...

    Authors: Vicky Stergiopoulos, Patricia O’Campo, Agnes Gozdzik, Jeyagobi Jeyaratnam, Simon Corneau, Aseefa Sarang and Stephen W Hwang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:345
  22. Although the negative health consequences of the exposure to second hand tobacco smoke during childhood are already known, evidence on the economic consequences is still rare. The aim of this study was to esti...

    Authors: Ariane Batscheider, Sylwia Zakrzewska, Joachim Heinrich, Christina M Teuner, Petra Menn, Carl Peter Bauer, Ute Hoffmann, Sibylle Koletzko, Irina Lehmann, Olf Herbarth, Andrea von Berg, Dietrich Berdel, Ursula Krämer, Beate Schaaf, H-Erich Wichmann and Reiner Leidl
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:344
  23. Older adults receive most of their end-of-life care in the community, but there are few published data to guide researchers on recruitment to studies in primary care. The aim of this study was to compare recru...

    Authors: Barbara Hanratty, Elizabeth Lowson, Louise Holmes, Julia Addington-Hall, Antony Arthur, Gunn Grande, Sheila Payne and Jane Seymour
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:342
  24. Stroke remains to be a major burden of disease, often causing death or physical impairment or disability. This paper estimates the economic burden of stroke in a large county of 1.5 million inhabitants in west...

    Authors: Josefine Persson, José Ferraz-Nunes and Ingvar Karlberg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:341
  25. Patient navigation programs have been launched nationwide in an attempt to reduce racial/ethnic and socio-demographic disparities in cancer care, but few have evaluated outcomes in the prostate cancer setting....

    Authors: Narissa J Nonzee, June M McKoy, Alfred W Rademaker, Peter Byer, Thanh Ha Luu, Dachao Liu, Elizabeth A Richey, Athena T Samaras, Genna Panucci, XinQi Dong and Melissa A Simon
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:340
  26. The Taiwan government adopted National Health Insurance (NHI) in 1995, providing universal health care to all citizens. It was financed by mandatory premium contributions made by employers, employees, and the ...

    Authors: Chienhung Lin and Hailun Chao
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:339
  27. Primary care medical staffs’ knowledge, attitude and behavior about health emergency and the response capacity are directly related to the control and prevention of public health emergencies. Therefore, it is ...

    Authors: Zhou Zhiheng, Wang Caixia, Wang Jiaji, Yang Huajie, Wang Chao and Liang Wannian
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:338
  28. Co-located, collaborative care (CCC) is one component of VA’s model of Integrated Primary Care that embeds behavioral health providers (BHPs) into primary care clinics to treat commonly occurring mental health...

    Authors: Gregory P Beehler and Laura O Wray
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:337
  29. Norway provides universal health care coverage to all residents, but socio-economic inequalities in health are among the largest in Europe. Evidence on inequalities in health care utilisation is sparse, and th...

    Authors: Anne Helen Hansen, Peder A Halvorsen, Unni Ringberg and Olav Helge Førde
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:336
  30. The cornerstone of the health system in Zimbabwe, the district health system has been under the responsibility of the district health executive since 1984. Preliminary information obtained from some provincial...

    Authors: Mary Muchekeza, Anderson Chimusoro, Notion T Gombe, Mufuta Tshimanga and Gerald Shambira
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:335
  31. The casemix-based payment system has been adopted in many countries, although it often needs complementary adjustment taking account of each hospital’s unique production structure such as teaching and research...

    Authors: Hiroyuki Kawaguchi, Hideki Hashimoto and Shinya Matsuda
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:334
  32. In middle income countries the number of trained health technology assessment specialists is limited and the public budget for health technology assessment is considerably lower compared to developed countries...

    Authors: András Inotai, Márta Pékli, Gabriella Jóna, Orsolya Nagy, Edit Remák and Zoltán Kaló
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:332
  33. Population-level health administrative datasets such as hospital discharge data are used increasingly to evaluate health services and outcomes of care. However information about the accuracy of Australian disc...

    Authors: Efty Stavrou, Nicole Pesa and Sallie-Anne Pearson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:331
  34. Knowledge about the relation between user involvement in the provision of assistive technology and outcomes of assistive technology use is a prerequisite for the development of efficient service delivery strat...

    Authors: Johan Borg, Stig Larsson, Per-Olof Östergren, ASM Atiqur Rahman, Nazmul Bari and AHM Noman Khan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:330
  35. Healthcare accreditation standards are advocated as an important means of improving clinical practice and organisational performance. Standard development agencies have documented methodologies to promote open...

    Authors: David Greenfield, Marjorie Pawsey, Reece Hinchcliff, Max Moldovan and Jeffrey Braithwaite
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:329
  36. Primary Health Care (PHC) is a strategy endorsed for attaining equitable access to basic health care including treatment and prevention of endemic diseases. Thirty four years later, its implementation remains ...

    Authors: Peter Makaula, Paul Bloch, Hastings T Banda, Grace Bongololo Mbera, Charles Mangani, Alexandra de Sousa, Edwin Nkhono, Samuel Jemu and Adamson S Muula
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:328
  37. Pakistan is one of the six countries estimated to contribute to over half of all maternal deaths worldwide. To address its high maternal mortality rate, in particular the inequities in access to maternal healt...

    Authors: Zubia Mumtaz, Beverley O’Brien, Afshan Bhatti and Gian S Jhangri
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:326
  38. In Australia, whether to provide free influenza vaccine to health care workers (HCWs) is a policy decision for each hospital or jurisdiction, and is therefore not uniform across the country. This study explore...

    Authors: Holly Seale, Rajneesh Kaur and C Raina MacIntyre
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:325
  39. Sichuan Province is an agricultural and economically developing province in western China. To understand practices of prescribing medications for outpatients in rural township health centers is important for t...

    Authors: Qian Jiang, Bo Nancy Yu, Guiying Ying, Jiaqiang Liao, Huaping Gan, James Blanchard and Juying Zhang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:324
  40. Chronic diseases are rapidly increasing and are currently the major cause of death and disability worldwide. Patients with chronic diseases experience many challenges including medicine-related problems. Howev...

    Authors: Joan N Kalyango, Maurice Hall and Charles Karamagi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:323
  41. Australia is a culturally diverse nation with one in seven Australians born in a non-English speaking country. Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) populations are at a high risk of developing preventa...

    Authors: Nera Komaric, Suzanne Bedford and Mieke L van Driel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:322
  42. This paper describes the first phase of the LINKIN Health Study, which aims to evaluate health system functioning within a rural population. Locally relevant data on the health status and service usage of this...

    Authors: Catherine Elizabeth Hoon-Leahy, Jonathan Newbury, Alison Kitson, Deirdre Whitford, Anne Wilson, Jonathan Karnon, Jenny Baker, Konrad Jamrozik and Justin Beilby
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:321
  43. Community Pharmacists and General Practitioners (GPs) are increasingly being encouraged to adopt more collaborative approaches to health care delivery as collaboration in primary care has been shown to be effe...

    Authors: Connie Van, Daniel Costa, Penny Abbott, Bernadette Mitchell and Ines Krass
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:320
  44. Demand side financing (DSF) is a widely employed strategy to enhance utilization of healthcare. The impact of DSF on health care seeking in general and that of maternal care in particular is already known. Yet...

    Authors: Saji S Gopalan and Durairaj Varatharajan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:319