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  1. The fact that tuberculosis can be treated with the DOTS strategy (Directly Observed Treatment, Short-course) is not enough to control the disease. Patients have to find their way to tuberculosis treatment firs...

    Authors: Augustinus HA ten Asbroek, Merijn W Bijlsma, Puspha Malla, Binjwala Shrestha and Diana MJ Delnoij

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:7

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  2. Well established clinical guidelines recommend that systematic ascertainment of smoking status and intervention to promote cessation in all smokers should be a fundamental component of all health care provisio...

    Authors: Rachael L Murray, Tim Coleman, Marilyn Antoniak, Alexia Fergus, John Britton and Sarah A Lewis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:6

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  3. Patient decision aids are increasingly regarded as important components of clinical practice that enable shared decision making (SDM) and evidence based patient choice. Despite broad acceptance of their value,...

    Authors: Duika Burges Watson, Richard G Thomson and Madeleine J Murtagh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:5

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  4. Pressure ulcers are a major problem, especially in nursing home patients, although they are regarded as preventable and there are many pressure relieving methods and materials. One such pressure relieving mate...

    Authors: Patriek Mistiaen, Wilco Achterberg, Andre Ament, Ruud Halfens, Janneke Huizinga, Ken Montgomery, Henri Post and Anneke L Francke

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:4

    Content type: Study protocol

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  5. Rising national cesarean section rates (CSRs) and unexplained inter-hospital differences in CSRs, led national and international bodies to select CSR as a quality indicator. Using hospital discharge abstracts,...

    Authors: Willem Aelvoet, Francis Windey, Geert Molenberghs, Hans Verstraelen, Patrick Van Reempts and Jean-Michel Foidart

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:3

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Shared decision-making (SDM) is defined as a process by which a healthcare choice is made by practitioners together with the patient. Although many diagnostic and therapeutic processes in primary care integrat...

    Authors: France Légaré, Dawn Stacey, Ian D Graham, Glyn Elwyn, Pierre Pluye, Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Dominick Frosch, Margaret B Harrison, Jennifer Kryworuchko, Sophie Pouliot and Sophie Desroches

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:2

    Content type: Study protocol

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  7. The aging population poses a challenge to Mexican health services. The aim of this study is to describe recent oral health services utilization and its association with socio-demographic characteristics and co...

    Authors: Sergio Sánchez-García, Javier de la Fuente-Hernández, Teresa Juárez-Cedillo, José Manuel Ortega Mendoza, Hortensia Reyes-Morales, Fortino Solórzano-Santos and Carmen García-Peña

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:211

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Infertility is common and in vitro fertilization (IVF) is a widely used treatment. In IVF the need increases and the effectiveness and appropriateness decrease by age. The purpose of this study was to describe...

    Authors: Reija Klemetti, Mika Gissler, Tiina Sevón and Elina Hemminki

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:210

    Content type: Research article

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  9. In recent years a number of costs of stroke studies have been conducted based on incidence or prevalence and estimating costs at a given time. As there still is a need for a deeper understanding of factors inf...

    Authors: Ann Björkdahl and Katharina Stibrant Sunnerhagen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:209

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Twelve percent of the adult population in Malawi is estimated to be HIV infected. About 15% to 20% of these are in need of life saving antiretroviral therapy. The country has a public sector-led antiretroviral...

    Authors: Adamson S Muula, John Chipeta, Seter Siziya, Emmanuel Rudatsikira, Ronald H Mataya and Edward Kataika

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:208

    Content type: Research article

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  11. The development and description of interventions to change professional practice are often limited by the lack of an explicit theoretical and empirical basis. We set out to develop an intervention to promote a...

    Authors: Robbie Foy, Jillian J Francis, Marie Johnston, Martin Eccles, Jan Lecouturier, Claire Bamford and Jeremy Grimshaw

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:207

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Rising levels of obesity coupled with the limited success of currently available weight control methods highlight the need for investigation of novel approaches to obesity treatment. This study aims to determi...

    Authors: Áine McConnon, Sara FL Kirk, Jennie E Cockroft, Emma L Harvey, Darren C Greenwood, James D Thomas, Joan K Ransley and Laura Bojke

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:206

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  13. Staff shortages could harm the provision and quality of health care in Uganda, so staff retention and motivation are crucial. Understanding the impact of HIV/AIDS on staff contributes to designing appropriate ...

    Authors: Marjolein Dieleman, Vincent Bwete, Everd Maniple, Mirjam Bakker, Grace Namaganda, John Odaga and Gert Jan van der Wilt

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:205

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  14. Comparative data are an important resource for management of integrated care. In 2001, the English Department of Health created 34 cancer networks, broadly serving populations of half to three million people, ...

    Authors: Dawn L Wilkinson and Mark McCarthy

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:204

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  15. Universal newborn screening for early detection of children affected by sickle cell disorders and cystic fibrosis is currently being implemented across England. Parents of infants identified as carriers of the...

    Authors: Hilda Parker, Nadeem Qureshi, Fiona Ulph and Joe Kai

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:203

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  16. Currently there is no standard algorithm to identify whether a subject is residing in a nursing home from administrative claims. Our objective was to develop and validate an algorithm that identifies nursing h...

    Authors: Ilene H Zuckerman, Masayo Sato, Van Doren Hsu and Jose J Hernandez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:202

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  17. This study examines hospital outpatient perceptions of the physical environment of the outpatient waiting areas in one medical center. The relationship of patient characteristics and their perceptions and need...

    Authors: Chun-Yen Tsai, Mu-Chia Wang, Wei-Tsen Liao, Jui-Heng Lu, Pi-hung Sun, Blossom Yen-Ju Lin and Gerald-Mark Breen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:198

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  18. The objective was to solve two problems of an already validated scale measuring inpatient opinion on care: 1) a high non-response rate for some items due to the "not applicable" response option and 2) a skewed...

    Authors: Leïla Moret, Jean-Michel Nguyen, Nathalie Pillet, Bruno Falissard, Pierre Lombrail and Isabelle Gasquet

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:197

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  19. Capacity management systems create insight into required resources like staff and equipment. For inpatient hospital care, capacity management requires information on beds and nursing staff capacity, on a daily...

    Authors: Sylvia G Elkhuizen, Gert Bor, Marjolein Smeenk, Niek S Klazinga and Piet JM Bakker

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:196

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  20. This study aimed at evaluating face and content validity, feasibility and reliability of process quality indicators developed previously in the United States or other countries. The indicators can be used to e...

    Authors: Edeltraut Kröger, André Tourigny, Diane Morin, Lise Côté, Marie-Jeanne Kergoat, Paule Lebel, Line Robichaud, Shirley Imbeault, Solange Proulx and Zohra Benounissa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:195

    Content type: Research article

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  21. The current climate of rising health care costs has led many health insurance programs to limit benefits, which may be problematic for children needing specialty care. Findings from pediatric primary care may ...

    Authors: Asheley Cockrell Skinner and Michelle L Mayer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:194

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  22. Health care policies, including drug-funding policies, influence physician practice. Funding policies are especially important in the area of cancer care since cancer is a leading cause of death that is respon...

    Authors: Scott R Berry, Stacey Hubay, Hagit Soibelman and Douglas K Martin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:193

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  23. The burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Britain is concentrated in inner-city areas such as Sandwell, which is home to a diverse multi-ethnic population. Current guidance for CVD risk screening is not es...

    Authors: Jeetesh V Patel, Ashan Gunarathne, Deidre Lane, Hoong S Lim, Inessa Tracey, Nimai C Panja, Gregory YH Lip and Elizabeth A Hughes

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:192

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  24. Clinical guidelines are considered important instruments to improve quality in health care. Since 1998 the Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy (KNGF) produced evidence-based clinical guidelines, based on ...

    Authors: Philip J Van der Wees, Erik JM Hendriks, Jan WH Custers, Jako S Burgers, Joost Dekker and Rob A de Bie

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:191

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  25. Studies show that subthreshold depression is highly prevalent in primary care, has impact on the quality of life and causes immense health care costs. Although this points to the clinical relevance of subthres...

    Authors: Matthias Backenstrass, Katharina Joest, Thomas Rosemann and Joachim Szecsenyi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:190

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  26. Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a growing epidemic and the cost of treating diabetes is largely increasing. The objective of this study was to estimate the cost-of-illness of DM among attendees of out-patient clinic...

    Authors: Liaquat A Khowaja, Ali K Khuwaja and Peter Cosgrove

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:189

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  27. Despite widespread use of neonatal hospital discharge data, there are few published reports on the accuracy of population health data with neonatal diagnostic or procedure codes. The aim of this study was to a...

    Authors: Jane B Ford, Christine L Roberts, Charles S Algert, Jennifer R Bowen, Barbara Bajuk and David J Henderson-Smart

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:188

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  28. To ensure the highest efficiency, health services should be provided with the least possible complexity. The aim of this study is to quantify the degree of appropriateness in preoperatory hospital stays and to...

    Authors: Sonia Tamames, Alberto Perez Rubio, Javier Castrodeza Sanz, Maria Belen Canton Alvarez, Francisco J Luquero, Sara Santos Sanz, Placido Lopez Encinar, Maria Paz de la Torre Pardo and Juan Manuel Gil Gonzalez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:187

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  29. As no health system can afford to provide all possible services and treatments for the people it serves, each system must set priorities. Priority setting decision makers are increasingly involving the public ...

    Authors: Rebecca A Bruni, Andreas Laupacis, Wendy Levinson and Douglas K Martin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:186

    Content type: Research article

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