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  1. Pay-for-performance systems raise concerns regarding inequity in health care because providers might select patients for whom targets can easily be reached. This paper aims to describe the evolution of pre-exi...

    Authors: Pauline Boeckxstaens, Delphine De Smedt, Jan De Maeseneer, Lieven Annemans and Sara Willems
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:209
  2. The Baby Friendly Hospital (Health) Initiative (BFHI) is a global initiative aimed at protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding and is based on the ten steps to successful breastfeeding. Worldwide, ov...

    Authors: Virginia Schmied, Karleen Gribble, Athena Sheehan, Christine Taylor and Fiona C Dykes
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:208
  3. Health and social services provided at home are becoming increasingly important. Hence, there is a need for information on home care in Europe. The objective of this literature review was to respond to this ne...

    Authors: Nadine Genet, Wienke GW Boerma, Dionne S Kringos, Ans Bouman, Anneke L Francke, Cecilia Fagerström, Maria Gabriella Melchiorre, Cosetta Greco and Walter Devillé
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:207
  4. With the use of medicines being a broad and extensive part of health management, mechanisms to ensure quality use of medicines are essential. Drug usage evaluation (DUE) is an evidence-based quality improvemen...

    Authors: Lisa K Pulver, Angela Wai, David J Maxwell, Marion B Robertson and Steven Riddell
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:206
  5. In South Africa, limited human resources are a major constraint to achieving universal antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage. Many of the public-sector HIV clinics operating within tertiary facilities, that we...

    Authors: Rachel Mukora, Salome Charalambous, Maysoon Dahab, Robin Hamilton and Alan Karstaedt
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:205
  6. General Practitioners {GP} in Sweden prescribe more than 50% of all prescriptions. Scientific knowledge on the opinions of GPs regarding drug information has been sparse. Such knowledge could be valuable when ...

    Authors: Ingmarie Skoglund, Cecilia Björkelund, Kirsten Mehlig, Ronny Gunnarsson and Margareta Möller
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:204
  7. Public and private family planning providers face different incentive structures, which may affect overall quality and ultimately the acceptability of family planning for their intended clients. This analysis ...

    Authors: Paul L Hutchinson, Mai Do and Sohail Agha
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:203
  8. Older people have higher rates of hospital admission than the general population and higher rates of readmission due to complications and falls. During hospitalisation, older people experience significant func...

    Authors: Mary D Courtney, Helen E Edwards, Anne M Chang, Anthony W Parker, Kathleen Finlayson and Kyra Hamilton
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:202
  9. As an important outcome of the health system, equity in health service utilization has attracted an increasing amount of attention in the literature on health reform in China in recent years. The poor, who fre...

    Authors: Zhongliang Zhou, Jianmin Gao, Ashley Fox, Keqin Rao, Ke Xu, Ling Xu and Yaoguang Zhang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:201
  10. Recruiting, retaining and meeting increasing demand for experienced, qualified nurses is an issue of concern for all health care systems. The UK has been creating clinical career structures for nurses that inc...

    Authors: Vari M Drennan and Claire Goodman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:200
  11. Medication errors have been reported to be a leading cause of death in hospitalized patients. In this study we focused on identifying and quantifying errors in the handwritten drug ordering and dispensing docu...

    Authors: Maximilian J Hartel, Lukas P Staub, Christoph Röder and Stefan Eggli
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:199
  12. All sectors in health care are being asked to focus on the knowledge-to-practice gap, or knowledge translation, to increase service effectiveness. A social interaction approach to knowledge translation assumes...

    Authors: Anita R Kothari, Julia J Bickford, Nancy Edwards, Maureen J Dobbins and Mechthild Meyer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:198
  13. Early school success is clearly related to later health. A prediction index that uses parent report to assess children's risk for poor academic achievement could potentially direct targeted service delivery to...

    Authors: Susmita Pati, Kyleen Hashim, Brett Brown, Alexander G Fiks and Christopher B Forrest
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:197
  14. To facilitate access to the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) services, HIV counselling and testing are offered routinely in antenatal care settings. Focusing a cohort of pregnant women at...

    Authors: Alemnesh H Mirkuzie, Mitike M Sisay, Karen Marie Moland and Anne N Åstrøm
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:196
  15. In recent years there has been increasing interest in transferring new knowledge into health care practices, a process often referred to as implementation. The various subcultures that exist among health care ...

    Authors: Siw Carlfjord, Agneta Andersson and Malou Lindberg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:195
  16. Co-morbidity information derived from administrative data needs to be validated to allow its regular use. We assessed evolution in the accuracy of coding for Charlson and Elixhauser co-morbidities at three tim...

    Authors: Jean-Marie Januel, Jean-Christophe Luthi, Hude Quan, François Borst, Patrick Taffé, William A Ghali and Bernard Burnand
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:194
  17. Health insurance claims data are increasingly used for health services research in Germany. Hospital diagnoses in these data are coded according to the International Classification of Diseases, German modifica...

    Authors: Ingo Langner, Rafael Mikolajczyk and Edeltraut Garbe
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:193
  18. Overweight and obesity are associated with many conditions treated in primary care. Our objectives were: 1) to determine the frequency of weight-related conditions in a national sample of outpatient visits in ...

    Authors: Adam G Tsai, Elmer D Abbo and Lorraine G Ogden
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:191
  19. Tobacco dependence among people with mental health problems is an issue that deserves attention both from a clinical and from a public health perspective. Research suggests that Stop Smoking Services often fai...

    Authors: Lisa McNally, Chloe Todd and Elena Ratschen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:190
  20. With a greater emphasis on cost containment in many health care systems, it has become common to evaluate each physician's relative resource use. This study explored the major factors that influence the econom...

    Authors: Hee-Chung Kang and Jae-Seok Hong
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:189
  21. Childhood tuberculosis (TB) has been a neglected area in national TB control programme (NTCP) in high burden countries. The NTP Pakistan adapted the global approaches by developing and piloting its policy guid...

    Authors: Nauman Safdar, Sven Gudmund Hinderaker, Noor Ahmed Baloch, Donald A Enarson, Muhammad Amir Khan and Odd Morkve
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:187
  22. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) accounts for around 4% of all public hospital annual admissions in Hong Kong. By year 2020, COPD will be ranked fifth among the conditions with the highest burden t...

    Authors: Frank WK Chan, Fiona YY Wong, Carrie HK Yam, Wai-ling Cheung, Eliza LY Wong, Michael CM Leung, William B Goggins and Eng-kiong Yeoh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:186
  23. A major benefit offered by telemedicine is the avoidance of travel, by patients, their carers and health care professionals. Unfortunately, there is very little published information about the extent of avoide...

    Authors: Richard Wootton, Kambiz Bahaadinbeigy and David Hailey
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:185
  24. It is expected that increased demands on services will result from expanding numbers of older people with long-term conditions and social care needs. There is significant interest in the potential for technolo...

    Authors: Peter Bower, Martin Cartwright, Shashivadan P Hirani, James Barlow, Jane Hendy, Martin Knapp, Catherine Henderson, Anne Rogers, Caroline Sanders, Martin Bardsley, Adam Steventon, Raymond Fitzpatrick, Helen Doll and Stanton Newman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:184
  25. The role of patient race in medical decision-making is heavily debated. While some evidence suggests that patient race can be used by physicians to predict disease risk and determine drug therapy, other studie...

    Authors: Shedra Amy Snipes, Sherrill L Sellers, Adebola Odunlami Tafawa, Lisa A Cooper, Julie C Fields and Vence L Bonham
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:183
  26. Several instruments and clinical scoring systems have been established to evaluate patients with ligamentous knee injuries. A comparison of individual articles in the literature is challenging, not only becaus...

    Authors: Mazda Farshad, Christian Gerber, Thomas Szucs and Dominik C Meyer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:182
  27. This study examined multiple dimensions of healthcare access in order to develop a typology of perceived barriers to healthcare access in community-dwelling elderly. Secondary aims were to define distinct clas...

    Authors: Joshua M Thorpe, Carolyn T Thorpe, Korey A Kennelty and Nancy Pandhi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:181
  28. Chronic conditions such as coronary heart disease (CHD) challenge health care to provide systematic and long-lasting disease management. In this study of patients who were revascularized, we examine whether tr...

    Authors: Tuulikki Vehko, Reijo Sund, Kristiina Manderbacka, Unto Häkkinen and Ilmo Keskimäki
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:180
  29. The co-occurance of multiple medical conditions has a negative impact on health related quality of life (HRQoL) for patients with type 2 diabetes. These patients demand for intensified care programs. Participa...

    Authors: Dominik Ose, Antje Miksch, Elisabeth Urban, Iris Natanzon, Joachim Szecsenyi, Cornelia Ursula Kunz and Tobias Freund
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:179
  30. Research regarding the decision to adopt and implement technological innovations in radiation oncology is lacking. This is particularly problematic since these technologies are often complex and rapidly evolvi...

    Authors: Kate Bak, Mark J Dobrow, David Hodgson and Anthony Whitton
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:178
  31. Integrated care is considered as a strategy to improve the delivery, efficiency, client outcomes and satisfaction rates of health care. To integrate the care from multiple providers into a coherent client-focu...

    Authors: Mirella MN Minkman, Robbert P Vermeulen, Kees TB Ahaus and Robbert Huijsman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:177
  32. The number of nongovernmental organizations working on AIDS has grown. There is great diversity in the type of activities and population groups that have been targeted. The purposes of this study are: to descr...

    Authors: Anna Berenguera, Enriqueta Pujol-Ribera, Concepció Violan, Amparo Romaguera, Rosa Mansilla, Albert Giménez, Carlos Ascaso and Jesús Almeda
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:176
  33. Medication errors are often involved in reported adverse events. Drug therapy, prescribed by physicians, is mostly carried out by nurses, who are expected to master all aspects of medication. Research has reve...

    Authors: Bjoerg O Simonsen, Inger Johansson, Gro K Daehlin, Lene Merete Osvik and Per G Farup
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:175
  34. Substitution with opioid-agonists (e.g., methadone) has shown to be an effective treatment for chronic long-term opioid dependency. Patient satisfaction with treatment has been associated with improved addicti...

    Authors: Kirsten I Marchand, Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes, Daphne Guh, Suzanne Brissette, David C Marsh and Martin T Schechter
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:174
  35. The concept of knowledge management has been prevalent in the business sector for decades. Only recently has knowledge management been receiving attention by the health care sector, in part due to the ever gro...

    Authors: Anita Kothari, Nina Hovanec, Robyn Hastie and Shannon Sibbald
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:173
  36. The healthcare management literature states that physicians often coordinate their activities within and between organizations through social networks. Previous studies have also documented the relationship be...

    Authors: Daniele Mascia, Americo Cicchetti, Maria Pia Fantini, Gianfranco Damiani and Walter Ricciardi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:172
  37. Clinicians informally assess changes in patients' status over time to prognosticate their outcomes. The incorporation of trends in patient status into regression models could improve their ability to predict o...

    Authors: Jenna Wong, Monica Taljaard, Alan J Forster and Carl van Walraven
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:171
  38. The aim of the project was to develop a plan to address a forecasted deficit of approximately $4.65 million for fiscal year 2010/11 in the Vancouver Communities division of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authori...

    Authors: Craig Mitton, Francois Dionne, Rizwan Damji, Duncan Campbell and Stirling Bryan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:169
  39. Performance of specialty referrals is coming under scrutiny, but a lack of identifiable measures impedes measurement efforts. The objective of this study was to systematically review the literature to identify...

    Authors: James P Guevara, Diane Hsu and Christopher B Forrest
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:168
  40. Although the value of telemonitoring in heart failure patients is increasingly studied, little is known about the value of the separate components of telehealth: ICT guided disease management and telemonitorin...

    Authors: Arjen E de Vries, Richard M de Jong, Martje HL van der Wal, Tiny Jaarsma, Rene B van Dijk and Hans L Hillege
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:167
  41. Reducing spatial access disparities to healthcare services is a growing priority for healthcare planners especially among developed countries with aging populations. There is thus a pressing need to determine ...

    Authors: André Ngamini Ngui and Philippe Apparicio
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:166
  42. From a management perspective, it is necessary to examine how a hospital's top management assess the patient safety culture in their organisation. This study examines whether the Hospital Survey on Patient Saf...

    Authors: Antje Hammer, Nicole Ernstmann, Oliver Ommen, Markus Wirtz, Tanja Manser, Yvonne Pfeiffer and Holger Pfaff
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:165
  43. The Chronic Care Model (CCM) is an evidence based, population based approach to improve care for people with chronic conditions. The Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (ACIC) instrument is widely used to measu...

    Authors: Jost Steinhaeuser, Katja Goetz, Dominik Ose, Katharina Glassen, Iris Natanzon, Stephen Campbell, Joachim Szecsenyi and Antje Miksch
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:164
  44. A quantitative measurement of inequality in geographic accessibility to pediatric care as well as that of mean distance or travel time is very important for priority setting to ensure fair access to pediatric ...

    Authors: Susumu Tanimura and Masayuki Shima
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:163
  45. In the UK, audiology services deliver the majority of tinnitus patient care, but not all patients experience the same level of service. In 2009, the Department of Health released a Good Practice Guide to infor...

    Authors: Phillip E Gander, Derek J Hoare, Luke Collins, Sandra Smith and Deborah A Hall
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:162
  46. Evidence-based care should improve acute stroke outcomes with the same magnitude of effect for stroke patients of all ages. However, there is evidence to suggest that, in some instances, older stroke patients ...

    Authors: Julie A Luker, Kylie Wall, Julie Bernhardt, Ian Edwards and Karen A Grimmer-Somers
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:161
  47. Integrated delivery methods in healthcare systems have been proposed to confront the increasing complexity in general health care. INTERMED is an empirically derived, observer-rated instrument to measure case ...

    Authors: Elena Lobo, MªJosé Rabanaque, MªLuisa Bellido and Antonio Lobo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:160