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  1. In the UK many people with cancer and their carers do not have easy access to the welfare benefits to which they are entitled adding further strain to the process of dealing with cancer. It is estimated that n...

    Authors: Suzanne Moffatt, Emma Noble and Catherine Exley
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:259
  2. The Mental Health Country Profile is a tool that was generated by the International Mental Health Policy and Services Project to inform policy makers, professionals and other key stakeholders about important i...

    Authors: Maria Niemi, Huong T Thanh, Tran Tuan and Torkel Falkenberg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:257
  3. Clinical practice guidelines recommend colonoscopies at regular intervals for colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors. Using data from a large, multi-regional, population-based cohort, we describe the rate of survei...

    Authors: Talya Salz, Morris Weinberger, John Z Ayanian, Noel T Brewer, Craig C Earle, Jennifer Elston Lafata, Deborah A Fisher, Bryan J Weiner and Robert S Sandler
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:256
  4. Older adults with multiple chronic illnesses are at risk for worsening functional and medical status and hospitalization. Home telemonitoring may help slow this decline. This protocol of a randomized controlle...

    Authors: Paul Y Takahashi, Gregory J Hanson, Jennifer L Pecina, Robert J Stroebel, Rajeev Chaudhry, Nilay D Shah and James M Naessens
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:255
  5. Studies carried out in developing countries have indicated that training courses in newborn resuscitation are efficacious in teaching local birth attendants how to properly utilize simple resuscitation devices...

    Authors: Vincenzo Zanardo, Alphonse Simbi, Massimo Micaglio, Francesco Cavallin, Leon Tshilolo and Daniele Trevisanuto
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:254
  6. Benchmarking is one of the methods used in business that is applied to hospitals to improve the management of their operations. International comparison between hospitals can explain performance differences. A...

    Authors: Wineke AM van Lent, Relinde D de Beer and Wim H van Harten
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:253
  7. In Greece there is lack of large epidemiological studies regarding morbidity and mortality in primary health care. The aim of the present study was to estimate the prevalence and morbidity of the most common d...

    Authors: Markos Minas, Nikolaos Koukosias, Elias Zintzaras, Konstantinos Kostikas and Konstantinos I Gourgoulianis
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:252
  8. Although store-and-forward teledermatology is increasingly becoming popular, evidence on its effects on efficiency and costs is lacking. The aim of this study, performed in addition to a clustered randomised t...

    Authors: Nina Eminović, Marcel G Dijkgraaf, Rosanne M Berghout, Astrid H Prins, Patrick JE Bindels and Nicolette F de Keizer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:251
  9. Long waiting times and large caseloads are a challenge to children's therapy services internationally. Research in hospital-based healthcare indicates that waiting times are a function of throughput, and that ...

    Authors: Niina Kolehmainen, Graeme MacLennan, Jillian J Francis and Edward AS Duncan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:249
  10. Pay-for-performance (P4P) is one of the primary tools used to support healthcare delivery reform. Substantial heterogeneity exists in the development and implementation of P4P in health care and its effects. T...

    Authors: Pieter Van Herck, Delphine De Smedt, Lieven Annemans, Roy Remmen, Meredith B Rosenthal and Walter Sermeus
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:247
  11. Implementation of linkage to HIV care programs in the U.S. is poorly described in the literature despite the central role of these programs in delivering clients from HIV testing facilities to clinical care si...

    Authors: Jason Craw, Lytt Gardner, Amber Rossman, DeAnn Gruber, O'Donnell Noreen, Diana Jordan, Richard Rapp, Cathy Simpson and Karen Phillips
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:246
  12. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented the CMS-Hierarchical Condition Category (CMS-HCC) model to risk adjust Medicare capitation payments. This study intends to assess the perfor...

    Authors: Pengxiang Li, Michelle M Kim and Jalpa A Doshi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:245
  13. Type 2 Diabetes mellitus (T2DM) affects persons of all ages, while also placing heavy economic burdens on national economies and healthcare systems. The study aims to investigate the determinants of direct med...

    Authors: Weibing Wang, Chaowei Fu, Haijing Zhuo, Jianfeng Luo and Biao Xu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:244
  14. Malawi is reassessing its HIV prevention strategy in the light of a limited reduction in the epidemic. No community based incidence studies have been carried out in Malawi, so estimates of where new infections...

    Authors: Kenneth Maleta and Cameron Bowie
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:243
  15. Existing studies concerning the health care use of homeless people describe higher utilisation rates for hospital-based care and emergency care, and lower rates for primary care by homeless people compared to ...

    Authors: Evelyn Verlinde, Tine Verdée, Mieke Van de Walle, Bruno Art, Jan De Maeseneer and Sara Willems
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:242
  16. Physicians are often unable to eat and drink properly during their work day. Nutrition has been linked to cognition. We aimed to examine the effect of a nutrition based intervention, that of scheduled nutritio...

    Authors: Jane B Lemaire, Jean E Wallace, Kelly Dinsmore, Adriane M Lewin, William A Ghali and Delia Roberts
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:241
  17. Although previous studies proved that the implementation of mentoring program is beneficial for enhancing the nursing skills and attitudes, few researchers devoted to exploring the impact of mentoring function...

    Authors: Rhay-Hung Weng, Ching-Yuan Huang, Wen-Chen Tsai, Li-Yu Chang, Syr-En Lin and Mei-Ying Lee
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:240
  18. It is well known that physicians' night-call duty may cause impaired performance and adverse effects on subjective health, but there is limited knowledge about effects on sleep duration and recovery time. In r...

    Authors: Birgitta Malmberg, Göran Kecklund, Björn Karlson, Roger Persson, Per Flisberg and Palle Ørbaek
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:239
  19. Herpes zoster (HZ) is a painful disease affecting a considerable part of the elderly. Programmatic HZ vaccination of elderly people may considerably reduce HZ morbidity and its related costs, but the extent of...

    Authors: Alies van Lier, Albert Jan van Hoek, Wim Opstelten, Hein J Boot and Hester E de Melker
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:237
  20. Calculating the Charlson comorbidity index (CCI) from medical records is a time-consuming and expensive process. The objectives of this study are to 1) measure agreement between medical record and claims data ...

    Authors: Hyun-Ju Seo, Seok-Jun Yoon, Sang-Il Lee, Kun Sei Lee, Young Ho Yun, Eun-Jung Kim and In-Hwan Oh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:236
  21. For the treatment of depression in diabetes patients, it is important that depression is recognized at an early stage. A screening method for depression is the patient health questionnaire (PHQ-9). The aim of ...

    Authors: Kirsten M van Steenbergen-Weijenburg, Lars de Vroege, Robert R Ploeger, Jan W Brals, Martijn G Vloedbeld, Thiemo F Veneman, Leona Hakkaart-van Roijen, Frans FH Rutten, Aartjan TF Beekman and Christina M van der Feltz-Cornelis
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:235
  22. Safety activities have been initiated at many hospitals in Taiwan, but little is known about the safety culture at these hospitals. The aims of this study were to verify a safety culture survey instrument in C...

    Authors: Wui-Chiang Lee, Hwei-Ying Wung, Hsun-Hsiang Liao, Chien-Ming Lo, Fei-Ling Chang, Pa-Chun Wang, Angela Fan, Hsin-Hsin Chen, Han-Chuan Yang and Sheng-Mou Hou
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:234
  23. Telehealth is the delivery of health care at a distance, using information and communication technology. The major rationales for its introduction have been to decrease costs, improve efficiency and increase a...

    Authors: Victoria A Wade, Jonathan Karnon, Adam G Elshaug and Janet E Hiller
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:233
  24. Compliance represents a major determinant for the effectiveness of pharmacotherapy. Compliance reports summarising electronically compiled compliance data qualify healthcare needs and can be utilised as part o...

    Authors: Oliver Schwalbe, Christian Scheerans, Ines Freiberg, Andrea Schmidt-Pokrzywniak, Andreas Stang and Charlotte Kloft
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:232
  25. The main objective of this research is to identify, categorize, and analyze barriers perceived by physicians to the adoption of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) in order to provide implementers with beneficia...

    Authors: Albert Boonstra and Manda Broekhuis
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:231
  26. Primary care nurses play an important role in diabetes care, and were introduced in GP-practice partly to shift care from hospital to primary care. The aim of this study was to assess whether the referral rate...

    Authors: Christel E van Dijk, Robert A Verheij, Johan Hansen, Lud van der Velden, Giel Nijpels, Peter P Groenewegen and Dinny H de Bakker
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:230
  27. Antiretroviral treatment services delivered in hospital settings in Africa increasingly lack capacity to meet demand and are difficult to access by patients. We evaluate the effectiveness of nurse led primary ...

    Authors: Ciaran P Humphreys, John Wright, John Walley, Canaan T Mamvura, Kerry A Bailey, Sweetness N Ntshalintshali, Robert M West and Aby Philip
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:229
  28. Many countries have tried to reduce waiting times for health care through formal wait time reduction strategies. Our paper describes views of members of the public about a wait time management initiative - the...

    Authors: Rebecca A Bruni, Andreas Laupacis, Wendy Levinson and Douglas K Martin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:228
  29. The impact of a pediatric rehabilitation service delivery reorganization to improve access to services on parents' and service providers' perception of service quality was evaluated. Child-, family-, service- ...

    Authors: Chantal Camden, Bonnie Swaine, Sylvie Tétreault and Marie-Michèle Brodeur
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:227
  30. Many devices are in use to prevent pressure ulcers, but from most little is known about their effects and costs. One such preventive device is the Australian Medical Sheepskin that has been proven effective in...

    Authors: Patriek Mistiaen, Andre Ament, Anneke L Francke, Wilco Achterberg, Ruud Halfens, Janneke Huizinga and Henri Post
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:226
  31. Taiwan established a system of universal National Health Insurance (NHI) in March, 1995. Today, the NHI covers more than 98% of Taiwan's population and enrollees enjoy almost free access to healthcare with sma...

    Authors: Yue-Chune Lee, Yu-Tung Huang, Yi-Wen Tsai, Shiuh-Ming Huang, Ken N Kuo, Martin McKee and Ellen Nolte
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:225
  32. To maintain the sustainability of public long-term care insurance (LTCI) in Japan, a preventive care policy was introduced in 2006 that seeks to promote active improvement in functional status of elderly peopl...

    Authors: Tomoaki Ishibashi and Naoki Ikegami
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:224
  33. For ethical approval of a multicentre study in Canada, investigators must apply separately to individual Research Ethics Boards (REBs). In principle, the protection of human research subjects is of utmost impo...

    Authors: Hanna Ezzat, Sue Ross, Peter von Dadelszen, Tara Morris, Robert Liston and Laura A Magee
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:223
  34. Out-of-hours care in the primary care setting is rapidly changing and evolving towards general practitioner 'cooperatives' (GPC). GPCs already exist in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia, all ...

    Authors: Hilde Philips, Roy Remmen, Paul Van Royen, Marc Teblick, Leo Geudens, Marc Bronckaers and Herman Meeuwis
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:222
  35. The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between skill mix, patient outcomes, length of stay and service costs in older peoples' intermediate care services in England.

    Authors: Simon Dixon, Billingsley Kaambwa, Susan Nancarrow, Graham P Martin and Stirling Bryan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:221
  36. We hypothesize that a substantial portion of individuals who forgo conventional care in a given year turn to some form of alternative medicine. This study also examines whether individuals who use only alterna...

    Authors: Richard L Nahin, James M Dahlhamer and Barbara J Stussman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:220
  37. Support groups have proved to be effective in reducing the burden on family caregivers of dementia patients. Nevertheless, little is known about the factors that influence utilisation or quality expectations o...

    Authors: Elmar Gräßel, Angelika Trilling, Carolin Donath and Katharina Luttenberger
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:219
  38. Using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as a case, we used Taiwan's National Health Insurance (NHI) database, to empirically explore the association between policy interventions (price regulation,...

    Authors: Fei-Yuan Hsiao, Yi-Wen Tsai and Weng-Foung Huang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:218
  39. The Brazilian health system is founded on the principle of equity, meaning provision of equal care for equal needs. However, little is known about the impact of health policies in narrowing socioeconomic healt...

    Authors: Célia L Szwarcwald, Paulo RB Souza-Júnior and Giseli N Damacena
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:217
  40. People use emergency department services for a wide variety of health complaints, many of which could be handled outside hospitals. Many frequent readmissions are due to problems with chronic disease and are p...

    Authors: Sue E Kirby, Sarah M Dennis, Upali W Jayasinghe and Mark F Harris
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:216
  41. Australians born in countries where hepatitis B infection is endemic are 6-12 times more likely to develop hepatocellular cancer (HCC) than Australian-born individuals. However, a program of screening, surveil...

    Authors: Monica C Robotin, Melanie Q Kansil, Jacob George, Kirsten Howard, Steven Tipper, Miriam Levy, Nghi Phung and Andrew G Penman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:215
  42. Very early rehabilitation is expected to improve functional outcomes after stroke, although its effectiveness has not been fully evaluated. The purpose of this study was to investigate the association between ...

    Authors: Hiroki Matsui, Hideki Hashimoto, Hiromasa Horiguchi, Hideo Yasunaga and Shinya Matsuda
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:213
  43. The Ministry of Health (MOH) launched the National Reproductive Health Policy in 2005, which included recommendations regarding the use of emergency contraceptive pills (ECP). However, ECP have not yet been in...

    Authors: Vanphanom Sychareun, Keokedthong Phongsavan, Visanou Hansana and Alongkone Phengsavanh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:212
  44. The current health care reform in China launched in 2009 tackles the problem of access to appropriate medicines for its 1.3 billion people by focusing on providing essential medicines to all. To provide eviden...

    Authors: Wen Chen, Shenglan Tang, Jing Sun, Dennis Ross-Degnan and Anita K Wagner
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:211
  45. During the past three decades, Oman has made significant progress in controlling TB within it's borders. However, the national TB control program elimination target has yet to be reached. This study aims to ex...

    Authors: Abdullah Al-Maniri, Grethe Fochsen, Omar Al-Rawas and Ayesha De Costa
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:210
  46. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the only curative treatment available to severe thalassemic patients. The treatment, however, is very costly, particularly in the context of low and middle inc...

    Authors: Pattara Leelahavarong, Usa Chaikledkaew, Suradej Hongeng, Vijj Kasemsup, Yoel Lubell and Yot Teerawattananon
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:209