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  1. Addressing substance use disorders effectively requires a long-term approach. Substance abuse treatment is typically of short duration; referring patients to Twelve Step based self-help groups (TSGs) – e.g. Na...

    Authors: John-Kåre Vederhus, Øistein Kristensen, Alexandre Laudet and Thomas Clausen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:147

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Multimorbidity is a highly frequent condition in older people, but well designed longitudinal studies on the impact of multimorbidity on patients and the health care system have been remarkably scarce in numbe...

    Authors: Ingmar Schäfer, Heike Hansen, Gerhard Schön, Wolfgang Maier, Susanne Höfels, Attila Altiner, Angela Fuchs, Ferdinand M Gerlach, Juliana J Petersen, Jochen Gensichen, Sven Schulz, Steffi Riedel-Heller, Melanie Luppa, Siegfried Weyerer, Jochen Werle, Horst Bickel…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:145

    Content type: Study protocol

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  3. Placebo interventions can have meaningful effects for patients. However, little is known about the circumstances of their use in clinical practice. We aimed to investigate to what extent and in which way Swiss...

    Authors: Margrit Fässler, Markus Gnädinger, Thomas Rosemann and Nikola Biller-Andorno

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:144

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  4. Communication between general practitioners (GPs) and specialists is important, if we want patients to receive the right type of care at the right moment. Most communication takes place through telephone conta...

    Authors: Annette J Berendsen, Annegriet Kuiken, Wim HGM Benneker, Betty Meyboom-de Jong, Theo B Voorn and Jan Schuling

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:143

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Parents of children with food allergy, primary care physicians, and members of the general public play a critical role in the health and well-being of food-allergic children, though little is known about their...

    Authors: Ruchi S Gupta, Jennifer S Kim, Elizabeth E Springston, Jacqueline A Pongracic, Xiaobin Wang and Jane Holl

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:142

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  6. Legislative measures have been identified as one effective way of changing attitude or behaviour towards health care. The aim of this study was to describe trends in patients' complaints for medical issues; to...

    Authors: Camila Giugliani, Nathalie Gault, Valia Fares, Jérémie Jegu, Sergio Eleni dit Trolli, Julie Biga and Gwenaelle Vidal-Trecan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:141

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Long term management of patients with Type 2 diabetes is well established within Primary Care. However, despite extensive efforts to implement high quality care both service provision and patient health outcom...

    Authors: Susan Hrisos, Martin P Eccles, Jill J Francis, Marije Bosch, Rob Dijkstra, Marie Johnston, Richard Grol, Eileen FS Kaner and Ian N Steen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:140

    Content type: Research article

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  8. It is well-known that the use of care services is most intensive in the last phase of life. However, so far only a few determinants of end-of-life care utilization are known. The aims of this study were to des...

    Authors: Anne Margriet Pot, France Portrait, Geraldine Visser, Martine Puts, Marjolein I Broese van Groenou and Dorly JH Deeg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:139

    Content type: Research article

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  9. This study was wanted to investigate the prevalence of concomitant injuries among hospitalized acute spinal trauma patients aged 20 and over and the effects of those injuries on medical utilization in Taiwan.

    Authors: Dachen Chu, Yi-Hui Lee, Ching-Heng Lin, Pesus Chou and Nan-Ping Yang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:137

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Providing timely access to physiotherapy has long been a problem for the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. In an attempt to improve access some physiotherapy services have introduced a new treatme...

    Authors: Chris Salisbury, Nadine E Foster, Annette Bishop, Michael Calnan, Jo Coast, Jeanette Hall, Elaine Hay, Sandra Hollinghurst, Cherida Hopper, Sean Grove, Surinder Kaur and Alan Montgomery

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:136

    Content type: Study protocol

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  11. To overcome the drawback of individual item-by-item box plots of disclosure for patient views on healthcare service quality, we propose to inspect interrelationships among items that measure a common entity. A...

    Authors: Tsair-Wei Chien, Wen-Chung Wang, Hsien-Yi Wang and Hung-Jung Lin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:135

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Federally qualified community health centers (CHCs) and rural health clinics (RHCs) are intended to provide access to care for vulnerable populations. While some research has explored the effects of CHCs on po...

    Authors: Janice C Probst, James N Laditka and Sarah B Laditka

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:134

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  13. Korea achieved universal health insurance coverage in only 12 years; however, insufficient government funding has resulted in high out-of-pocket payments and, in turn, a demand for supplementary private health...

    Authors: Dong Wook Shin, Kee-Taig Jung, Sung Kim, Jae-Moon Bae, Young-Woo Kim, Keun Won Ryu, Jun Ho Lee, Jae-Hyung Noh, Tae-Sung Sohn and Young Ho Yun

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:133

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  14. Despite a lower overall incidence, Aboriginal Australians experience poorer outcomes from cancer compared with the non-Aboriginal population as manifested by higher mortality and lower 5-year survival rates. L...

    Authors: Shaouli Shahid, Lizzie Finn, Dawn Bessarab and Sandra C Thompson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:132

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  15. Molecular oncology testing (MOT) to detect genomic alterations underlying cancer holds promise for improved cancer care. Yet knowledge limitations regarding the delivery of testing services may constrain the t...

    Authors: Fiona A Miller, Paul Krueger, Robert J Christensen, Catherine Ahern, Ronald F Carter and Suzanne Kamel-Reid

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:131

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  16. Previous research has provided evidence that socioeconomic status has an impact on invasive treatments use after acute myocardial infarction. In this paper, we compare the socioeconomic inequality in the use o...

    Authors: Julian Perelman, Amir Shmueli, Kathryn M McDonald, Louise Pilote, Olga Saynina and Marie-Christine Closon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:130

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  17. Risk adjustment and mortality prediction in studies of critical care are usually performed using acuity of illness scores, such as Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II (APACHE II), which emphasize...

    Authors: Susan Quach, Deirdre A Hennessy, Peter Faris, Andrew Fong, Hude Quan and Christopher Doig

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:129

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  18. Clinical vignettes have been used widely to compare quality of clinical care and to assess variation in practice, but the effect of different response formats has not been extensively evaluated. Our objective ...

    Authors: Thao Pham, Carine Roy, Xavier Mariette, Fréderic Lioté, Pierre Durieux and Philippe Ravaud

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:128

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  19. Patients with schizophrenia have difficulty managing their medical healthcare needs, possibly resulting in delayed treatment and poor outcomes. We analyzed whether patients reduced primary care use over time, ...

    Authors: Laurel A Copeland, John E Zeber, Chen-Pin Wang, Michael L Parchman, Valerie A Lawrence, Marcia Valenstein and Alexander L Miller

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:127

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  20. Although some studies have used the Team Climate Inventory within teams working in health care settings, none of these included quality improvement teams. The aim of our study is to investigate the psychometri...

    Authors: Mathilde MH Strating and Anna P Nieboer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:126

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  21. The beneficial effects of highly active antiretroviral therapy, increasing survival and the prevention of AIDS defining illness development are well established. However, the annual Portuguese hospital mortali...

    Authors: Sara S Dias, Valeska Andreozzi, Maria O Martins and Jorge Torgal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:125

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  22. Ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) provide outpatient surgical services more efficiently than hospital outpatient departments, benefiting patients through lower co-payments and other expenses. We studied the i...

    Authors: Seth A Strope, Aruna Sarma, Zaojun Ye, John T Wei and Brent K Hollenbeck

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:121

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  23. Evidence is necessary but not sufficient for decision-making, such as making recommendations by clinical practice guideline panels. However, the fundamental premise of evidence-based medicine (EBM) rests on th...

    Authors: Benjamin Djulbegovic, Thomas A Trikalinos, John Roback, Ren Chen and Gordon Guyatt

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:120

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  24. The use of antidepressants during pregnancy has increased in recent years. In the Netherlands, almost 2% of all pregnant women are exposed to antidepressants. Although guidelines have been developed on conside...

    Authors: Tessa Ververs, Liset van Dijk, Somaye Yousofi, Fred Schobben and Gerard HA Visser

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:119

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  25. The impact of high physician workload and job stress on quality and outcomes of healthcare delivery is not clear. Our study explored whether high workload and job stress were associated with lower performance ...

    Authors: Pieter van den Hombergh, Beat Künzi, Glyn Elwyn, Jan van Doremalen, Reinier Akkermans, Richard Grol and Michel Wensing

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:118

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  26. Tissue engineering is an emerging field. Novel bioengineered skin substitutes and genetically derived growth factors offer innovative approaches to reduce the burden of diabetic foot and venous leg ulcers for ...

    Authors: Astrid Langer and Wolf Rogowski

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:115

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  27. There is a wealth of evidence regarding the detrimental impact of excessive alcohol consumption on the physical, psychological and social health of the population. There also exists a substantial evidence base...

    Authors: Simon Coulton, Katherine Perryman, Martin Bland, Paul Cassidy, Mike Crawford, Paolo Deluca, Colin Drummond, Eilish Gilvarry, Christine Godfrey, Nick Heather, Eileen Kaner, Judy Myles, Dorothy Newbury-Birch, Adenekan Oyefeso, Steve Parrott, Tom Phillips…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:114

    Content type: Study protocol

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  28. Failure by a large portion of PLHIV to take optimally ARV treatment can have serious repercussions on their health. The absence of a systematic treatment-taking promotion program in Quebec prompted stakeholder...

    Authors: Pilar Ramirez-Garcia and José Côté

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:113

    Content type: Correspondence

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  29. According to WHO estimates, tuberculosis case detection rate in Tanzania is less than 50% and this poses a major challenge to control tuberculosis in the country. Currently, one of the defining criteria for su...

    Authors: Esther S Ngadaya, Godfrey S Mfinanga, Eliud R Wandwalo and Odd Morkve

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:112

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  30. Diabetic neuropathy (DN) is a common complication of diabetes that has significant economic burden, especially for patients with comorbid depression or anxiety. This study examines and quantifies factors assoc...

    Authors: Luke Boulanger, Yang Zhao, Yanjun Bao and Mason W Russell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:111

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  31. Hospital physicians' time is a critical resource in medical care. Two aspects are of interest. First, the time spent in direct patient contact – a key principle of effective medical care. Second, simultaneous ...

    Authors: Matthias Weigl, Andreas Müller, Andrea Zupanc and Peter Angerer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:110

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  32. Health care expenditures for older adults are disproportionately high and increasing at both the individual and population levels. We evaluated the effects of the three cognitive training interventions (memory...

    Authors: Fredric D Wolinsky, Henry W Mahncke, Mark Kosinski, Frederick W Unverzagt, David M Smith, Richard N Jones, Anne Stoddard and Sharon L Tennstedt

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:109

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  33. Accurate spirometry is important in the management of COPD. The UK Quality and Outcomes Framework pay-for-performance scheme for general practitioners includes spirometry related indicators within its COPD dom...

    Authors: Mark Strong, Gail South and Robin Carlisle

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:108

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  34. This manuscript presents an initial description of doctoral level core competencies for health services research (HSR). The competencies were developed by a review of the literature, text analysis of instituti...

    Authors: Christopher B Forrest, Diane P Martin, Erin Holve and Anne Millman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:107

    Content type: Correspondence

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  35. Physicians frequently report negative attitudes about obesity which is thought to affect patient care. However, little is known about how attitudes toward treating obese patients are formed. We conducted a cro...

    Authors: Melanie Jay, Adina Kalet, Tavinder Ark, Michelle McMacken, Mary Jo Messito, Regina Richter, Sheira Schlair, Scott Sherman, Sondra Zabar and Colleen Gillespie

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:106

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  36. Structured care is proposed as a lever for improving care for patients with chronic conditions. The purpose of this study was to explore the associations of structured care characteristics, derived from the Ch...

    Authors: Marije Bosch, Trudy van der Weijden, Richard Grol, Henk Schers, Reinier Akkermans, Louis Niessen and Michel Wensing

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:104

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  37. The adoption of a healthy lifestyle, including physical activity, a balanced diet, a moderate alcohol consumption and abstinence from smoking, are associated with large decreases in the incidence and mortality...

    Authors: Alvaro Sanchez, Gonzalo Grandes, Josep M Cortada, Haizea Pombo, Laura Balague and Carlos Calderon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:103

    Content type: Study protocol

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  38. The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS) is an important public health intervention. The aim of this scheme is to provide a free piece of fruit and/or vegetable every day for children in Reception to Year ...

    Authors: Meaghan S Kitchen, Joan K Ransley, Darren C Greenwood, Graham P Clarke, Mark T Conner, Jennifer Jupp and Janet E Cade

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:101

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  39. Mandatory vaccination has contributed to the success of immunisation programmes but voluntary vaccination allows people to be responsible for their own health. There are benefits from both policies and the arg...

    Authors: Silvio ST Tafuri, Domenico DM Martinelli, Giovanni GC Caputi, Annamaria AA Arbore, Cinzia CG Germinario and Rosa RP Prato

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:100

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  40. Heart failure (HF) is common, costly and associated with significant morbidity and poor quality of life, particularly for patients with low socioeconomic status. Self-management training has been shown to redu...

    Authors: Darren A DeWalt, Kimberly A Broucksou, Victoria Hawk, David W Baker, Dean Schillinger, Bernice Ruo, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Mark Holmes, Morris Weinberger, Aurelia Macabasco-O'Connell and Michael Pignone

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:99

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  41. Traffic injuries can cause physical, psychological, and economical impairment, and affected individuals may also experience shortcomings in their post-accident care and treatment. In an earlier randomised cont...

    Authors: Carin Franzén, Ulf Björnstig, Christine Brulin and Lars Lindholm

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:98

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  42. A relatively small percentage of patients with chronic medical conditions account for a much larger percentage of inpatient costs. There is some evidence that case-management can improve health and quality-of-...

    Authors: Stuart Howell, Michael Coory, Jennifer Martin and Stephen Duckett

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:96

    Content type: Research article

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