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  1. To meet the universally recognised challenge of caring for people with long-term diseases many healthcare cultures are encouraging family physicians to develop specialist skills. We aimed to determine the majo...

    Authors: Hilary Pinnock, Gopalakrishnan Netuveli, David Price and Aziz Sheikh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:40

    Content type: Research article

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  2. There are currently several concerns about the ways in which people are recruited to participate in randomised controlled trials, the low acceptance rates among people invited to participate, and the experienc...

    Authors: Anne L Langston, Marion K Campbell, Vikki A Entwistle and Zoë Skea

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:39

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Intermediate care was developed in order to bridge acute, primary and social care, primarily for elderly persons with complex care needs. Such bridging initiatives are intended to reduce hospital stays and imp...

    Authors: Thomas Plochg, Diana MJ Delnoij, Tineke F van der Kruk, Tonnie ACM Janmaat and Niek S Klazinga

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:38

    Content type: Research article

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  4. The main objective of this study is to apply autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) models to make real-time predictions on the number of beds occupied in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, during the recent SA...

    Authors: Arul Earnest, Mark I Chen, Donald Ng and Leo Yee Sin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:36

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Among patients in skilled nursing facilities for post-acute care, increased registered nurse, total licensed staff, and nurse assistant staffing is associated with a decreased rate of hospital transfer for sel...

    Authors: David A Ganz, Sandra F Simmons and John F Schnelle

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:35

    Content type: Research article

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  6. There has been debate about the cost-effectiveness of photodynamic therapy (PDT), a treatment for neovascular age-related macular degeneration. We have been monitoring trends for the provision of PDT in the UK...

    Authors: Robbie C Foy, Barny Foot, Jill Francis, Usha Chakravarthy and Richard PL Wormald

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:34

    Content type: Research article

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  7. We were commissioned to carry out three health assessments in urban areas of Dublin in Ireland. We required an epidemiologically robust method that could collect data rapidly and inexpensively. We were dealing...

    Authors: Susan M Smith, Jean Long, Jillian Deady, Frances O'Keeffe, Deirdre Handy and Tom O'Dowd

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:32

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Recognising that household interviews may produce biased estimates of health services utilisation, we examined for under- and over-reporting of hospitalisation episodes in three recent, consecutive population-...

    Authors: Eva LH Tsui, Gabriel M Leung, Pauline PS Woo, Sarah Choi and Su-Vui Lo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:31

    Content type: Research article

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  9. A significant proportion of trial participants respond to placebos for a variety of conditions. Despite the common conduct of these trials and the strong emphasis placed on informed consent, very little is kno...

    Authors: Zelda Di Blasi, Fay Crawford, Colin Bradley and Jos Kleijnen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:30

    Content type: Research article

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  10. It is estimated that approximately half of emergency department (ED) usage in the U.S. and other developed countries is for non-urgent conditions and that this usage is related to availability, social, and eco...

    Authors: Anthony Suruda, Thomas J Burns, Stacey Knight and J Michael Dean

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:29

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Executive walk rounds (EWRs) are a widely used but unstudied activity designed to improve safety culture in hospitals. Therefore, we measured the impact of EWRs on one important part of safety culture – provid...

    Authors: Eric J Thomas, J Bryan Sexton, Torsten B Neilands, Allan Frankel and Robert L Helmreich

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:28

    Content type: Research article

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:46

  12. In recent years, Dutch general practitioner (GP) out-of-hours service has been reorganised into large-scale GP cooperatives. Until now little is known about GPs' experiences with working at these cooperatives ...

    Authors: Caro JT van Uden, Fred HM Nieman, Gemma BWE Voss, Geertjan Wesseling, Ron AG Winkens and Harry FJM Crebolder

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:27

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disease which at present has no cure, and it usually results in severe disability. The burden of PD increases as the illness progresses, resulting in the...

    Authors: Marco Cosentino, Emilia Martignoni, Donatella Michielotto, Daniela Calandrella, Giulio Riboldazzi, Claudio Pacchetti, Gianmario Frigo, Giuseppe Nappi and Sergio Lecchini

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:26

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Systems that are used by different organisations to grade the quality of evidence and the strength of recommendations vary. They have different strengths and weaknesses. The GRADE Working Group has developed a...

    Authors: David Atkins, Peter A Briss, Martin Eccles, Signe Flottorp, Gordon H Guyatt, Robin T Harbour, Suzanne Hill, Roman Jaeschke, Alessandro Liberati, Nicola Magrini, James Mason, Dianne O'Connell, Andrew D Oxman, Bob Phillips, Holger Schünemann, Tessa Tan-Torres Edejer…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:25

    Content type: Research article

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  15. While the Iranian nursing profession tries to reach to its full capacity for participating in the maintenance of public health, its desire to develop is strongly influenced by cultural, economic, and religious...

    Authors: Mohsen Adib Hajbaghery and Mahvash Salsali

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:24

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Proposals to expand Medicare coverage tend to be expensive, but the value of services purchased is not known. This study evaluates the efficiency of the average private supplemental insurance plan for Medicare...

    Authors: Peter Franks, Peter Muennig and Marthe Gold

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:23

    Content type: Research article

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  17. In British Columbia, Canada, all necessary medical services are funded publicly. Concerned with growing wait lists in the mid-1990s, the provincial government started providing extra funding for coronary arter...

    Authors: Adrian R Levy, Boris G Sobolev, Robert Hayden, Michael Kiely, J Mark FitzGerald and Martin T Schechter

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:22

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Outreach facilitation has been proven successful in improving the adoption of clinical preventive care guidelines in primary care practice. The net costs and savings of delivering such an intensive interventio...

    Authors: William Hogg, Neill Baskerville and Jacques Lemelin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:20

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Treatment delay in first episode psychosis is common. As general practitioners are the first point of contact for many individuals with first episode psychosis, they are well placed to detect the early symptom...

    Authors: Lynda Tait, Helen Lester, Max Birchwood, Nick Freemantle and Sue Wilson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:19

    Content type: Study protocol

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  20. The AGREE instrument has been validated for evaluating Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) pertaining to medical care. This study evaluated the reliability and validity of physical therapists using the AGREE to...

    Authors: Joy C MacDermid, Dina Brooks, Sherra Solway, Sharon Switzer-McIntyre, Lucie Brosseau and Ian D Graham

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:18

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Studies conducted in developed countries using economic models show that individual- and household- level variables are important determinants of health insurance ownership. There is however a dearth of such s...

    Authors: Joses M Kirigia, Luis G Sambo, Benjamin Nganda, Germano M Mwabu, Rufaro Chatora and Takondwa Mwase

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:17

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Quality of care from the perspective of users is increasingly used in evaluating health care performance. Going beyond satisfaction studies, quality of care from the users' perspective is conceptualised in two...

    Authors: Peter P Groenewegen, Jan J Kerssens, Herman J Sixma, Ingrid van der Eijk and Wienke GW Boerma

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:16

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Administrative health care databases may be particularly useful for injury surveillance, given that they are population-based, readily available, and relatively complete. Surveillance based on administrative d...

    Authors: Beth K Potter, Douglas Manuel, Kathy N Speechley, Iris A Gutmanis, M Karen Campbell and John J Koval

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:15

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Due to the complexity of health system reform in the post-conflict, post-disaster, and development settings, attempts to restructure health services are fraught with pitfalls that are often unanticipated becau...

    Authors: Brett D Nelson, Kerry Dierberg, Milena Šćepanović, Mihajlo Mitrović, Miloš Vuksanović, Ljiljana Milić and Michael J VanRooyen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:14

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Seasonality is a common feature of communicable diseases. Less well understood is whether seasonal patterns occur for non-communicable diseases. The overall effect of seasonal fluctuations on hospital admissio...

    Authors: Ross EG Upshur, Rahim Moineddin, Eric Crighton, Lori Kiefer and Muhammad Mamdani

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:13

    Content type: Research article

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  26. The aim of this body of research is to determine whether injuries in the home are more common in particular types of housing. Previous home injuries research has tended to focus on behaviours or the provision ...

    Authors: Robert G Newcombe, Ronan A Lyons, Sarah J Jones and Joanne Patterson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:12

    Content type: Research article

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  27. The increasing prevalence and impact of obstructive lung diseases and new insights, reflected in clinical guidelines, have led to concerns about the diagnosis and therapy of asthma and COPD in primary care. In...

    Authors: Antonius Schneider, Lutz Gantner, Inko Maag, Mathias M Borst, Michel Wensing and Joachim Szecsenyi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:11

    Content type: Research article

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  28. In quality of care research, limited information is found on the relationship between quality of care and disease outcomes. This case-control study was conducted with the aim to assess the effect of guideline ...

    Authors: Johan S de Koning, Niek S Klazinga, Peter J Koudstaal, Ad Prins, Gerard JJM Borsboom and Johan P Mackenbach

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:10

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Swedish patient associations for breast cancer patients (PABCPs) offer patients with breast cancer unlimited meetings with a breast cancer survivor, a contact person (CP). We applied the voluntary action persp...

    Authors: Christina Carlsson, Mef Nilbert and Kerstin Nilsson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:9

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Priority setting, also known as rationing or resource allocation, occurs at all levels of every health care system. Daniels and Sabin have proposed a framework for priority setting in health care institutions ...

    Authors: David Reeleder, Douglas K Martin, Christian Keresztes and Peter A Singer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:8

    Content type: Research article

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  31. There has been increasing interest in enhancing accountability in health care. As such, several methods have been developed to compare the quality of home care services. These comparisons can be problematic if...

    Authors: Dawn M Dalby, John P Hirdes and Brant E Fries

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:7

    Content type: Research article

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  32. In recent years out-of-hours primary care in the Netherlands has changed from practice-based to large-scale cooperatives. The purpose of this study is to determine patient satisfaction with current out-of-hour...

    Authors: CJT van Uden, AJHA Ament, SO Hobma, PJ Zwietering and HFJM Crebolder

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:6

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Pain is highly prevalent among older adults, but little is known about how patient involvement in medical decision-making may play a role in limiting its occurrence or severity. The purpose of this study was t...

    Authors: Tyrone F Borders, Ke Tom Xu, James Heavner and Gina Kruse

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:4

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Chronic non-cancer pain is a common problem that is often accompanied by psychiatric comorbidity and disability. The effectiveness of a multi-disciplinary pain management program was tested in a 3 month before...

    Authors: Paul R Chelminski, Timothy J Ives, Katherine M Felix, Steven D Prakken, Thomas M Miller, J Stephen Perhac, Robert M Malone, Mary E Bryant, Darren A DeWalt and Michael P Pignone

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:3

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Few studies report on the effect of organizational factors facilitating transfer between primary and tertiary care hospitals either within an integrated health care system or outside it. In this paper, we repo...

    Authors: Anne E Sales, Sandra L Pineros, David J Magid, Nathan R Every, Nancy D Sharp and John S Rumsfeld

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:2

    Content type: Research article

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  36. While significant strides have been made in health research, the incorporation of research evidence into healthcare decision-making has been marginal. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of how...

    Authors: Kevin Brazil, Elizabeth Ozer, Michelle M Cloutier, Robert Levine and Daniel Stryer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:1

    Content type: Debate

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  37. The evidence base of clinical interventions in paediatric hospitals of developing countries has not been formally assessed. We performed this study to determine the proportion of evidence-based therapeutic int...

    Authors: Nilton Y Carreazo, Carlos A Bada, Juan P Chalco and Luis Huicho

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:40

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Conventional total hip replacement (THR) may be felt to carry too high a risk of failure over a patient's lifetime, especially in young people. There is increasing interest in metal on metal hip resurfacing ar...

    Authors: Laura Wyness, Luke Vale, Kirsty McCormack, Adrian Grant and Miriam Brazzelli

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:39

    Content type: Research article

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  39. A number of approaches have been used to grade levels of evidence and the strength of recommendations. The use of many different approaches detracts from one of the main reasons for having explicit approaches:...

    Authors: David Atkins, Martin Eccles, Signe Flottorp, Gordon H Guyatt, David Henry, Suzanne Hill, Alessandro Liberati, Dianne O'Connell, Andrew D Oxman, Bob Phillips, Holger Schünemann, Tessa Tan-Torres Edejer, Gunn E Vist and John W Williams Jr

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:38

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Priority setting is one of the most difficult issues facing hospitals because of funding restrictions and changing patient need. A deadly communicable disease outbreak, such as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syn...

    Authors: Jennifer AH Bell, Sylvia Hyland, Tania DePellegrin, Ross EG Upshur, Mark Bernstein and Douglas K Martin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:36

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Preventive home visits to elderly people by public health nurses aim to maintain or improve the functional status of elderly and reduce the use of institutional care services. A number of trials that investiga...

    Authors: Ans Nicolaides-Bouman, Erik van Rossum, Gertrudis IJM Kempen and Paul Knipschild

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:35

    Content type: Study protocol

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  42. Direct admission to Coronary Care Unit (CCU) on hospital arrival can be considered as a good proxy for adequate management in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), as it has been associated with bet...

    Authors: Carla Ancona, Massimo Arcà, Carlo Saitto, Nera Agabiti, Danilo Fusco, Valeria Tancioni and Carlo A Perucci

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:34

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Self-reported information has commonly been used to monitor mammography utilization across populations and time periods. However, longitudinal investigations regarding the prevalence and determinants of incons...

    Authors: Christina M Bancej, Colleen J Maxwell and Judy Snider

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:32

    Content type: Research article

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