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  1. To address dental workforce shortages in underserved areas in the United States, some States have enacted legislation to make it easier for foreign dental school graduates to become licensed dentists. However,...

    Authors: Naseem Bazargan, Donald L Chi and Peter Milgrom
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:336
  2. Most patients receive healthcare in primary care settings, but relatively little is known about patient safety. Out-of-hours contacts are of particular importance to patient safety. Our aim was to examine the ...

    Authors: Marleen Smits, Linda Huibers, Brian Kerssemeijer, Eimert de Feijter, Michel Wensing and Paul Giesen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:335
  3. In-hospital case-fatality rates in patients, admitted for acute myocardial infarction (AMI-CFRs), are internationally used as a quality indicator. Attempting to encourage the hospitals to assume responsibility...

    Authors: Willem Aelvoet, Nathalie Terryn, Geert Molenberghs, Guy De Backer, Christiaan Vrints and Marc van Sprundel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:334
  4. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death and hospitalisation among New Zealand children, with indigenous Māori and ethnic minority Pacific children significantly over represented in these statisti...

    Authors: Shanthi Ameratunga, Sally Abel, Sandar Tin Tin, Lanuola Asiasiga, Sharon Milne and Sue Crengle
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:333
  5. Information on patient experience and satisfaction with individual physicians could play an important role for performance measures, improved health care and health literacy. Physician rating sites (PRSs) bear...

    Authors: Swantje Reimann and Daniel Strech
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:332
  6. How doctors perceive managed care tools and incentives is not well known. We assessed doctors' opinions about the expected impact of eight managed care tools on quality of care, control of health care costs, p...

    Authors: Marie Deom, Thomas Agoritsas, Patrick A Bovier and Thomas V Perneger
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:331
  7. Gaps are typically regarded as a problem to be solved. People are stimulated to close or plug them. Researchers are moved to fill deficits in the literature in order to realise a more complete knowledge base, ...

    Authors: Jeffrey Braithwaite
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:330
  8. During the past 2 decades, there has been a rapid proliferation of "health examination center (HEC)" across China. The effects of their services on public's health have not been systemically investigated. This...

    Authors: Hai-Yun Wu, Ling-Ling Yang and Shan Zhou
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:329
  9. Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) have become a very popular tool for decision making in healthcare. While there is some evidence that CPGs improve outcomes, there are numerous factors that influence their a...

    Authors: Anna Kotzeva, Ivan Solà, José Miguel Carrasco, Petra Díaz del Campo, Francisco Javier Gracia, Enrique Calderón, Idoia de Gaminde, Maria Dolors Estrada, Flora Martínez, Carola Orrego, Rafael Rotaeche, Flavia Salcedo, Paola Velázquez and Pablo Alonso-Coello
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:328
  10. Older adults are at increased risk both of falling and of experiencing accidental domestic fire. In addition to advanced age, these adverse events share the risk factors of balance or mobility problems, cognit...

    Authors: Karen Lowton, Anne H Laybourne, David G Whiting and Finbarr C Martin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:327
  11. The functional referral system is important in backing-up antenatal, labour and delivery, and postnatal services in the primary level of care facilities. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness...

    Authors: Andrea B Pembe, Anders Carlstedt, David P Urassa, Gunilla Lindmark, Lennarth Nyström and Elisabeth Darj
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:326
  12. The co-occurrence of mental illness and substance use problems (referred to as "comorbidity" in this paper) is common, and is often reported by service providers as the expectation rather than the exception. D...

    Authors: Monika Merkes, Virginia Lewis and Rachel Canaway
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:325
  13. Chronic diseases account for nearly 60% of deaths around the world. The extent of this silent epidemic has not met determined responses in governments, policies or professionals in order to transform old Healt...

    Authors: Jose M Morales-Asencio, Francisco J Martin-Santos, Juan C Morilla-Herrera, Magdalena Cuevas Fernández-Gallego, Miriam Celdrán-Mañas, Francisco J Navarro-Moya, Maria M Rodríguez-Salvador, Francisco J Muñoz-Ronda, Elena Gonzalo-Jiménez and Almudena Millán Carrasco
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:324
  14. Many large studies have complex advisory committee structures, yet there is no empirical evidence regarding their optimal composition, scope and contribution. The aim of this study was to inform the committee ...

    Authors: Mike Slade, Victoria Bird, Ruth Chandler, Jo Fox, John Larsen, Jerry Tew and Mary Leamy
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:323
  15. In 2006, researchers and decision-makers launched a five-year project - Response to Accountable Priority Setting for Trust in Health Systems (REACT) - to improve planning and priority-setting through implement...

    Authors: Stephen Maluka, Peter Kamuzora, Miguel San Sebastián, Jens Byskov, Benedict Ndawi and Anna-Karin Hurtig
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:322
  16. Benzodiazepines are often used on a long term basis in the elderly to treat various psychological disorders including sleep disorders, some neurological disorders and anxiety. This is despite the risk of depen...

    Authors: Alesha J Smith and Susan E Tett
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:321
  17. The inverse care law persists: people living in poverty have the greatest needs and face considerable challenges in getting the care they need. Evidence reveals that GPs encounter difficulties in delivering ca...

    Authors: Christine Loignon, Jeannie L Haggerty, Martin Fortin, Christophe P Bedos, David Barbeau and Dawn Allen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:320
  18. More than 450 newborns die every hour worldwide, before they reach the age of four weeks (neonatal period) and over 500,000 women die from complications related to childbirth. The major direct causes of neonat...

    Authors: Shabina Ariff, Sajid B Soofi, Kamran Sadiq, Asher B Feroze, Shuaib Khan, Sadiqua N Jafarey, Nabeela Ali and Zulfiqar A Bhutta
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:319
  19. Demographic ageing will lead to increasing pressure on visual rehabilitation services, which need to be efficiently organised in the near future. The Dutch ICF Activity Inventory (D-AI) was developed to assess...

    Authors: Janna E Bruijning, Ruth MA van Nispen and Ger HMB van Rens
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:318
  20. Within the framework of collaborative action research, the aim was to explore the feasibility of developing and embedding physical activity promotion as a smoking cessation aid within UK 6/7-week National Heal...

    Authors: Adrian H Taylor, Emma S Everson-Hock and Michael Ussher
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:317
  21. To understand racial and ethnic disparities in health care utilization and their potential underlying causes, valid information on race and ethnicity is necessary. However, the validity of pediatric race and e...

    Authors: Ning Smith, Rajan L Iyer, Annette Langer-Gould, Darios T Getahun, Daniel Strickland, Steven J Jacobsen, Wansu Chen, Stephen F Derose and Corinna Koebnick
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:316
  22. Swiss ambulatory care is characterized by independent, and primarily practice-based, physicians, receiving fee for service reimbursement. This study analyses supply sensitive services using ambulatory care cla...

    Authors: André Busato, Pius Matter, Beat Künzi and David C Goodman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:315
  23. More than 90% of dementia patients are cared for by their general practitioners, who are decisively involved in the diagnosis, therapy and recommendation of support services. Objective: To test whether special tr...

    Authors: Carolin Donath, Elmar Gräßel, Maria Großfeld-Schmitz, Petra Menn, Jörg Lauterberg, Sonja Wunder, Peter Marx, Stephan Ruckdäschel, Hilmar Mehlig and Rolf Holle
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:314
  24. Granting dispensing pharmacists the authority to prescribe has significant implications for pharmaceutical and health human resources policy, and quality of care. Despite the growing number of jurisdictions th...

    Authors: Michael R Law, Steven G Morgan, Sumit R Majumdar, Larry D Lynd and Carlo A Marra
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:313
  25. Population aging increases the number of glaucoma patients which leads to higher workloads of glaucoma specialists. If stable glaucoma patients were monitored by optometrists and ophthalmic technicians in a gl...

    Authors: Kim M Holtzer-Goor, Esther van Sprundel, Hans G Lemij, Thomas Plochg, Niek S Klazinga and Marc A Koopmanschap
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:312
  26. Studies that identify reasons for readmissions are gaining importance in the light of the changing demographics worldwide which has led to greater demand for hospital beds. It is essential to profile the preva...

    Authors: Carrie HK Yam, Eliza LY Wong, Frank WK Chan, Michael CM Leung, Fiona YY Wong, Annie WL Cheung and EK Yeoh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:311
  27. The Comprehensive Rural Health Services Project Ballabgarh, run by All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi has a computerized Health Management Information System (HMIS) since 1988. The HMIS...

    Authors: Anand Krishnan, Baridalyne Nongkynrih, Kapil Yadav, Satyavir Singh and Vivek Gupta
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:310
  28. Reducing patient length of stay is a high priority for health service providers. Preliminary information suggests additional Saturday rehabilitation services could reduce the time a patient stays in hospital b...

    Authors: Nicholas F Taylor, Natasha K Brusco, Jennifer J Watts, Nora Shields, Casey Peiris, Natalie Sullivan, Genevieve Kennedy, Cheng Kwong Teo, Allison Farley, Kylee Lockwood and Camilla Radia-George
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:308
  29. Russian society has faced dramatic changes in terms of social stratification since the collapse of the Soviet Union. During this time, extensive reforms have taken place in the organisation of health services,...

    Authors: Tatiana Dubikaytis, Meri Larivaara, Olga Kuznetsova and Elina Hemminki
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:307
  30. The current demographic transition will lead to increasing demands on health services. However, debate exists as to the role age plays relative to co-morbidity in terms of health services utilization. While ag...

    Authors: Rahim Moineddin, Jason X Nie, Li Wang, C Shawn Tracy and Ross EG Upshur
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:306
  31. The two primary objectives of this study were to the assess consultation load of occupational health physicians (OHPs), and their difficulties and needs with regard to their sickness certification tasks in sic...

    Authors: Rob Hoedeman, Boudien Krol, Annette H Blankenstein, Petra C Koopmans and Johan W Groothoff
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:305
  32. Broad community access to high quality evidence-based primary mental health care is an ongoing challenge around the world. In Australia one approach has been to broaden access to care by funding psychologists ...

    Authors: G Armstrong, G Blashki, L Joubert, R Bland, R Moulding, J Gunn and L Naccarella
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:304
  33. The length of wait lists to access specialist clinics in the public system is problematic for Queensland Health, general practitioners and patients. To address this issue at The Townsville Hospital, the GP Lia...

    Authors: Lesley A Stainkey, Isaac A Seidl, Andrew J Johnson, Gladys E Tulloch and Tilley Pain
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:303
  34. Limited access to weight management care can have a negative impact on the health and well-being of obese children and youth. Our objectives were to describe the characteristics of clients referred to a pediat...

    Authors: Kathryn A Ambler, Douglas WJ Hagedorn and Geoff DC Ball
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:302
  35. In China, the New Co-operative Medical System (NCMS), a rural health insurance system, has expanded nationwide since 2003. This study aims to describe prenatal care use, content and costs of care in one county...

    Authors: Qian Long, Tuohong Zhang, Elina Hemminki, Xiaojun Tang, Kun Huang, Shengbin Xiao and Rachel Tolhurst
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:301
  36. Substantial regional health inequalities have been shown to exist in Turkey for major health indicators. Turkish data on hospitals deserves a closer examination with a special emphasis on the regional differen...

    Authors: Hediye AD Aksan, Işıl Ergin and Zeliha Ocek
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:300
  37. For the treatment of chronic back pain, it has been theorized that integrative care plans can lead to better outcomes than those achieved by monodisciplinary care alone, especially when using a collaborative, ...

    Authors: Michele J Maiers, Kristine K Westrom, Claire G Legendre and Gert Bronfort
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:298
  38. The health sector reform in Colombia, initiated by Law 100 (1993) that introduced a managed competition model, is generally presented as a successful experience of improving access to care through a health ins...

    Authors: Ingrid Vargas, María Luisa Vázquez, Amparo Susana Mogollón-Pérez and Jean-Pierre Unger
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:297
  39. Older patients are at high risk for poor outcomes after acute hospital admission. The mortality rate in these patients is approximately 20%, whereas 30% of the survivors decline in their level of activities of...

    Authors: Bianca M Buurman, Juliette L Parlevliet, Bob AJ van Deelen, Rob J de Haan and Sophia E de Rooij
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:296
  40. Management decisions regarding quality and quantity of nurse staffing have important consequences for hospital budgets. Furthermore, these management decisions must address the nursing care requirements of the...

    Authors: Martin Mueller, Stefanie Lohmann, Ralf Strobl, Christine Boldt and Eva Grill
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:295
  41. Assessment of patients' satisfaction with health care services could help to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the system and provide guidance for further development. The study's objectives were to: (i...

    Authors: Muhammad A Zahid, Jude U Ohaeri and Adel A Al-Zayed
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:294
  42. Health clinicians perceive certain patients as 'difficult' across all settings, including mental health care. In this area, patients with non-psychotic disorders that become long-term care users may be perceiv...

    Authors: Bauke Koekkoek, Berno van Meijel, Aart Schene and Giel Hutschemaekers
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:293
  43. A study to evaluate the impact of a combined intervention (in-class and on-line training courses, a practicum and economic incentives) to improve anti-osteoporosis treatment and to improve recordkeeping for sp...

    Authors: José Sanfélix-Genovés, Salvador Peiró, Gabriel Sanfélix-Gimeno, Isabel Hurtado, Manuel Pascual de la Torre, José Luis Trillo-Mata and Vicente Giner-Ruiz
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:292
  44. Almost every Western healthcare system is changing to make their services more centered around out-patient care. In particular, long-term or geriatric patients who have been discharged from the hospital often ...

    Authors: Wolfgang Schmid and Thomas Ostermann
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:291
  45. The burden of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Uganda is high. The aim of this paper is to describe the experience of the first 7 years of the prevention of mother- to- child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) ...

    Authors: Robert Byamugisha, Thorkild Tylleskär, Mike N Kagawa, Saul Onyango, Charles AS Karamagi and James K Tumwine
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:290
  46. Biomedical and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) academic and clinical communities have yet to arrive at a common understanding of what Integrative healthcare (IHC) is and how it is practiced. The M...

    Authors: Isabelle Gaboury, Heather Boon, Marja Verhoef, Mathieu Bujold, Laurent M Lapierre and David Moher
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:289
  47. Adverse drug reactions (ADR) are a substantial cause of hospital admissions. We conducted a nationwide study to estimate the burden of hospital admissions for ADRs in Spain during a six-year period (2001-2006)...

    Authors: Pilar Carrasco-Garrido, López Ana de Andrés, Valentín Hernández Barrera, Gil Ángel de Miguel and Rodrigo Jiménez-García
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:287