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  1. The cost effective provision of quality care for chronic diseases is a major challenge for health care systems. We describe a project to improve the care of patients with the highly prevalent disorders of diab...

    Authors: Latifa M Baynouna, Amal I Shamsan, Tahira A Ali, Lolowa A Al Mukini, Moza H Al Kuwiti, Thuraya A Al Ameri, Nico JD Nagelkerke, Ahmad M Abusamak, Nader M Ahmed, Sanaa M Zein Al Deen, Tariq M Jaber, Abdulkarim M Elkhalid, Anthony D Revel, Alhusini I Al Husaini, Fouad A Nour, Hayat O Ahmad…
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:47
  2. Unmet healthcare needs - the difference between healthcare services deemed necessary to deal with a particular health problem and the actual services received - is commonly measured by the question, "During th...

    Authors: Emily G Marshall, Sabrina T Wong, Jeannie L Haggerty and Jean-Fréderic Levesque
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:46
  3. Comparing patterns of resource utilization between hospitals is often complicated by biases in community and patient populations. Stroke patients treated with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) provide a parti...

    Authors: Angela F Caveney, Robert Silbergleit, Shirley Frederiksen, William J Meurer, Susan L Hickenbottom, Rodney W Smith and Phillip A Scott
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:44
  4. An East African survey showed that among the few health facilities that measured adherence to antiretroviral therapy, practices and definitions varied widely. We evaluated the feasibility of collecting routine...

    Authors: John C Chalker, Tenaw Andualem, Lillian N Gitau, Joseph Ntaganira, Celestino Obua, Hailu Tadeg, Paul Waako and Dennis Ross-Degnan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:43
  5. Access to antiretroviral therapy has dramatically expanded in Africa in recent years, but there are no validated approaches to measure treatment adherence in these settings.

    Authors: Dennis Ross-Degnan, Marsha Pierre-Jacques, Fang Zhang, Hailu Tadeg, Lillian Gitau, Joseph Ntaganira, Robert Balikuddembe, John Chalker and Anita K Wagner
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:42
  6. In Australia, many community service program data collections developed over the last decade, including several for aged care programs, contain a statistical linkage key (SLK) to enable derivation of client-le...

    Authors: Rosemary Karmel, Phil Anderson, Diane Gibson, Ann Peut, Stephen Duckett and Yvonne Wells
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:41
  7. The profile of the medical profession is changing in regard to feminization, attitudes towards the profession, and the lifestyle aspirations of young physicians. The issues addressed in this study are the care...

    Authors: Barbara Buddeberg-Fischer, Martina Stamm, Claus Buddeberg, Georg Bauer, Oliver Hämmig, Michaela Knecht and Richard Klaghofer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:40
  8. Medication errors occur frequently at points of transition in care. The key problems causing these medication errors are: incomplete and inappropriate medication reconciliation at hospital discharge (partly ar...

    Authors: Fatma Karapinar-Çarkıt, Sander D Borgsteede, Jan Zoer, Carl Siegert, Maurits van Tulder, Antoine CG Egberts and Patricia MLA van den Bemt
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:39
  9. International health policy surveys are used to compare and evaluate health system performance, but little is known about the effects of non-response. The objective of this study was to assess the effects of n...

    Authors: Oyvind A Bjertnaes, Hilde H Iversen and Geir Bukholm
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:38
  10. In our region (Eastern South Limburg, The Netherlands) an open access echocardiography service started in 2002. It was the first service of this kind in The Netherlands. Our study aims were: (1) to evaluate de...

    Authors: Leanne MSG van Heur, Leo HB Baur, Marleen Tent, Cara LB Lodewijks-van der Bolt, Marjolijn Streppel, Ron AG Winkens and Henri EJH Stoffers
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:37
  11. Diabetes is the third most common chronic condition in childhood and poor glycaemic control leads to serious short-term and life-limiting long-term complications. In addition to optimal medical management, it ...

    Authors: Rachel McNamara, Mike Robling, Kerenza Hood, Kristina Bennert, Susan Channon, David Cohen, Elizabeth Crowne, Helen Hambly, Kamila Hawthorne, Mirella Longo, Lesley Lowes, Rebecca Playle, Stephen Rollnick and John W Gregory
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:36
  12. Improvements in treatment of mental disorders are repeatedly called for. General practitioners (GPs) are responsible for the majority of treatment of mental disorders. Consequently, we interviewed GPs about th...

    Authors: Arnstein Mykletun, Ann Kristin Knudsen, Tone Tangen and Simon Øverland
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:35
  13. The majority of patients using antihypertensive medications fail to achieve their recommended target blood pressure. Poor daily adherence with medication regimens and a lack of persistence with medication use ...

    Authors: Rosalind Lau, Kay Stewart, Kevin P McNamara, Shane L Jackson, Jeffery D Hughes, Gregory M Peterson, Diana A Bortoletto, Jenny McDowell, Michael J Bailey, Arthur Hsueh and Johnson George
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:34
  14. This paper investigates knowledge of Community Health Insurance (CHI) and the perception of its relevance by key policy makers and health service managers in Uganda. Community Health Insurance schemes currentl...

    Authors: Robert K Basaza, Bart Criel and Patrick Van der Stuyft
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:33
  15. Clinimetric data for the fire fighting simulation test (FFST), a new test proposed for the Workers' Health Surveillance (WHS) of Dutch fire fighters, were evaluated.

    Authors: Marie-Christine J Plat, Monique HW Frings-Dresen and Judith K Sluiter
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:32
  16. Administrative and survey data are two key data sources for population-based research about chronic disease. The objectives of this methodological paper are to: (1) estimate agreement between the two data sour...

    Authors: Lisa M Lix, Marina S Yogendran, Souradet Y Shaw, Laura E Targownick, Jennifer Jones and Osama Bataineh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:31
  17. Nursing home care for people with dementia is increasingly organized in small-scale and homelike care settings, in which normal daily life is emphasized. Despite this increase, relatively little is known about...

    Authors: Hilde Verbeek, Sandra MG Zwakhalen, Erik van Rossum, Ton Ambergen, Gertrudis IJM Kempen and Jan PH Hamers
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:30
  18. As in other resource limited settings, the Ministry of Health in Zambia is challenged to make affordable and acceptable PMTCT interventions accessible and available. With a 14.3% HIV prevalence, the MOH estima...

    Authors: Kwasi Torpey, Mushota Kabaso, Prisca Kasonde, Rebecca Dirks, Maxmillian Bweupe, Catherine Thompson and Ya Diul Mukadi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:29
  19. The Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (HSOPS) is used to assess safety culture in many countries. Accordingly, the questionnaire has been translated into Turkish for the study of patient safety culture...

    Authors: Said Bodur and Emel Filiz
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:28
  20. Although performance measurement for assessing care quality is an emerging area, a system for measuring the quality of cancer care at the hospital level has not been well developed. The purpose of this study w...

    Authors: Kuo-Piao Chung, Yun-Jau Chang, Mei-Shu Lai, Raymond Nien-Chen Kuo, Skye H Cheng, Li-Tzong Chen, Reiping Tang, Tsang-Wu Liu and Ming-Jium Shieh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:27
  21. Smoking cessation quitlines are an effective yet largely untapped resource for clinician referrals. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of a fax referral system that links community health centers (...

    Authors: Donna Shelley and Jennifer Cantrell
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:25
  22. The increasing demand on hospitalisation, either due to elective activity from the waiting lists or due to emergency admissions coming from the Emergency Department (ED), requires looking for strategies that l...

    Authors: B Ortiga, C Capdevila, A Salazar, MF Viso, C Bartolomé and X Corbella
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:23
  23. In the financing of a national health system, where pharmaceutical spending is one of the main cost containment targets, predicting pharmacy costs for individuals and populations is essential for budget planni...

    Authors: Amaia Calderón-Larrañaga, Chad Abrams, Beatriz Poblador-Plou, Jonathan P Weiner and Alexandra Prados-Torres
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:22
  24. There are many instruments available freely for evaluating obstetric care quality in low-resource settings. However, this profusion can be confusing; moreover, evaluation instruments need to be adapted to loca...

    Authors: Florence Morestin, Abel Bicaba, Jean de Dieu Sermé and Pierre Fournier
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:20
  25. The effectiveness of collaborative care for patients with major depressive disorder in primary care has been established. Assessing its cost-effectiveness is important for deciding on implementation. This revi...

    Authors: Kirsten M van Steenbergen-Weijenburg, Christina M van der Feltz-Cornelis, Eva K Horn, Harm WJ van Marwijk, Aartjan TF Beekman, Frans FH Rutten and Leona Hakkaart-van Roijen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:19
  26. Transferring knowledge from research into practice can be challenging, partly because the process involves a change in attitudes, roles and behaviour by individuals and teams. Helping teams to identify then ta...

    Authors: Annie McCluskey and Sandy Middleton
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:18
  27. Question Prompt Lists (QPLs) have proven very effective in encouraging cancer patients to ask questions, allowing them to take up a more active role during visits with the oncologist. As no such tool has yet b...

    Authors: Caterina Caminiti, Francesca Diodati, Silvia Filiberti, Barbara Marcomini, Maria Antonietta Annunziata, Maria Ollari and Rodolfo Passalacqua
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:16
  28. Integrative health care (IHC) is an interdisciplinary blending of conventional medicine and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) with the purpose of enhancing patients' health. In 2006, we designed a s...

    Authors: Marja J Verhoef, Andrea Mulkins, Ania Kania, Barbara Findlay-Reece and Silvano Mior
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:14
  29. Drug prescribing errors are frequent in the hospital setting and pharmacists play an important role in detection of these errors. The objectives of this study are (1) to describe the drug prescribing errors ra...

    Authors: Thibaut Caruba, Isabelle Colombet, Florence Gillaizeau, Vanida Bruni, Virginie Korb, Patrice Prognon, Dominique Bégué, Pierre Durieux and Brigitte Sabatier
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:13
  30. Non-specific low back pain is a common cause for consultation with the general practitioner, generating increased health and social costs. This study will analyse the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary inter...

    Authors: Teresa Rodriguez-Blanco, Isabel Fernández-San-Martin, Montserrat Balagué-Corbella, Anna Berenguera, Jenny Moix, Elena Montiel-Morillo, Esther Núñez-Juárez, Maria J González-Moneo, Magda Pie-Oncins, Raquel Martín-Peñacoba, Mercè Roura-Olivan, Montse Núñez-Juárez and Enriqueta Pujol-Ribera
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:12
  31. Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection has been shown to be a major risk factor for cervical cancer. Vaccines against HPV-16 and HPV-18 are highly effective in preventing type-specific HPV infections and related...

    Authors: Pang-Hsiang Liu, Fu-Chang Hu, Ping-Ing Lee, Song-Nan Chow, Chao-Wan Huang and Jung-Der Wang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:11
  32. Tajikistan has the highest incidence rate of tuberculosis (TB) in Central Asia. Its health system still bears many features from Soviet times and is under-funded. Affordability is a major barrier to health car...

    Authors: Raffael Ayé, Kaspar Wyss, Hanifa Abdualimova and Sadullo Saidaliev
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:10
  33. The use of hospital discharge administrative data (HDAD) has been recommended for automating, improving, even substituting, population-based cancer registries. The frequency of false positive and false negativ...

    Authors: Enrique Bernal-Delgado E, Carmen Martos, Natalia Martínez, María Dolores Chirlaque, Mirari Márquez, Carmen Navarro, Lauro Hernando, Joaquín Palomar, Isabel Izarzugaza, Nerea Larrañaga, Olatz Mokoroa, M Cres Tobalina, Joseba Bidaurrazaga, María José Sánchez, Carmen Martínez, Miguel Rodríguez…
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:9
  34. Many quality and safety improvement methods in healthcare rely on a complete and accurate map of the process. Process mapping in healthcare is often achieved using a sequential flow diagram, but there is littl...

    Authors: Lacey Colligan, Janet E Anderson, Henry WW Potts and Jonathan Berman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:7
  35. The district resource allocation formula in Malawi was recently reviewed to include stunting as a proxy measure of socioeconomic status. In many countries where the concept of need has been incorporated in res...

    Authors: Gerald Manthalu, Dominic Nkhoma and Sanderson Kuyeli
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:6
  36. Despite universal health care, there continues to be regional access disparities to coronary angiography in Canada. Our objective was to evaluate the extent to which demand-side factors such as clinical urgenc...

    Authors: Harindra C Wijeysundera, Therese A Stukel, Alice Chong, Madhu K Natarajan and David A Alter
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:5
  37. Supplementary prescribing for mental health nurses was first introduced in the UK in 2003. Since then, a number of studies have reported stakeholders' perceptions of the success of the initiative. However, the...

    Authors: Ian J Norman, Samantha Coster, Paul McCrone, Andrew Sibley and Cate Whittlesea
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:4
  38. Cancer program delivery, like the rest of health care in Canada, faces two ongoing challenges: to coordinate a pan-Canadian approach across complex provincial jurisdictions, and to facilitate the rapid transla...

    Authors: Colene Bentley, George P Browman and Barbara Poole
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:3
  39. Clinical practice guidelines have been developed aiming to improve the quality of care. The implementation of the computerized clinical guidelines (CCG) has been supported by the development of computerized cl...

    Authors: Gianfranco Damiani, Luigi Pinnarelli, Simona C Colosimo, Roberta Almiento, Lorella Sicuro, Rocco Galasso, Lorenzo Sommella and Walter Ricciardi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:2
  40. Geriatric patients recently discharged from hospital experience increased chance of unplanned readmissions and admission to nursing homes. Several studies have shown that medication-related discrepancies are c...

    Authors: Marianne Mesteig, Jorunn L Helbostad, Olav Sletvold, Tove Røsstad and Ingvild Saltvedt
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:1
  41. Emergency departments (EDs) are high pressure health care settings involving complex interactions between staff members in providing and organising patient care. Without good communication and cooperation amon...

    Authors: Nerida Creswick, Johanna I Westbrook and Jeffrey Braithwaite
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:247
  42. Public drug insurance plans provide limited reimbursement for Alzheimer's disease (AD) medications in many jurisdictions, including Canada and the United Kingdom. This study was conducted to assess Canadians' ...

    Authors: Mark Oremus, Jean-Eric Tarride, Natasha Clayton and Parminder Raina
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:246
  43. Based on positive findings from a randomized controlled trial, Kaiser Permanente's national executive leadership group set an expectation that all Kaiser Permanente and partner hospitals would implement a cons...

    Authors: Richard Della Penna, Helene Martel, Esther B Neuwirth, Jennifer Rice, Marta I Filipski, Jennifer Green and Jim Bellows
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:245
  44. Consumer directed health care proposes that patients will engage as informed consumers of health care services by sharing in more of their medical costs, often through deductibles. We examined knowledge of ded...

    Authors: Mary Reed, Nancy Benedetti, Richard Brand, Joseph P Newhouse and John Hsu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:244