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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Health, fair financing and responsiveness to the user's needs and expectations are seen as the essential objectives of health systems. Efforts have been made to conceptualise and measure responsiveness as a ba...

    Authors: Mercy K Njeru, Astrid Blystad, Isaac K Nyamongo and Knut Fylkesnes
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:243
  18. Continuity of care has been explored largely from academic and service provider perspectives, and in relation to adult patient/client groups. We interviewed parents of children with complex chronic health cond...

    Authors: Anton R Miller, Christopher J Condin, William H McKellin, Nicola Shaw, Anne F Klassen and Sam Sheps
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:242
  19. Patient information, medical history, clinical outcomes and demographic information, can be registered in different ways in registration programs. For evaluation of diabetes care, data can easily be extracted ...

    Authors: Andrea S Fokkens, P Auke Wiegersma and Sijmen A Reijneveld
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:241
  20. Recent research suggests that ethnic subgroup designation plays an important role in health-related disparities among Hispanics. Our objective was to examine the influence of Hispanics' self-reported ethnic su...

    Authors: Lorraine S Wallace, Jennifer E DeVoe, Edwin S Rogers, Joanne Protheroe, Gillian Rowlands and George E Fryer Jr
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:240
  21. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a serious public health problem in Taiwan and the world. The most effective, affordable treatments involve early prevention/detection/intervention, requiring screening. Successf...

    Authors: Deng-Juin Lin, Ya-Hsin Li, Jar-Yuan Pai, Ing-Cheau Sheu, Robert Glen, Ming-Jen Chou and Ching-Yi Lee
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:239
  22. Nowadays, new organisational strategies should be indentified to improve primary care and its link with secondary care in terms of efficacy and timeliness of interventions thus preventing unnecessary hospital ...

    Authors: Paolo Zanaboni, Simonetta Scalvini, Palmira Bernocchi, Gabriella Borghi, Caterina Tridico and Cristina Masella
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:238
  23. Accurately indentifying heart failure (HF) patients from administrative claims data is useful for both research and quality of care efforts. Yet, there are few comparisons of the various claims data criteria (...

    Authors: Fadi Alqaisi, L Keoki Williams, Edward L Peterson and David E Lanfear
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:237
  24. Body mass index (BMI) will be a reportable health measure in the United States (US) through implementation of Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) guidelines. We evaluated current document...

    Authors: Stephanie A Rose, Alexander Turchin, Richard W Grant and James B Meigs
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:236
  25. Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines support clinical decision-making by making recommendations to guide clinical practice. These recommendations are developed by integrating the expertise of a multidis...

    Authors: Tari J Turner
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:235
  26. The context of healthcare organizations such as hospitals is increasingly accepted as having the potential to influence the use of new knowledge. However, the mechanisms by which the organizational context inf...

    Authors: Carole A Estabrooks, Janet E Squires, Greta G Cummings, Judy M Birdsell and Peter G Norton
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:234
  27. Hearing impairment is the most common body system disability in veterans. In 2008, nearly 520,000 veterans had a disability for hearing loss through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Changes in eligibil...

    Authors: Margaret P Collins, Pamela E Souza, Chuan-Fen Liu, Patrick J Heagerty, Dagmar Amtmann and Bevan Yueh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:233
  28. Previous evidence indicates potential variation in the quality of care of cancer patients. We aimed to examine whether recent changes in the treatment of oesophagogastric cancers have been distributed equally ...

    Authors: Georgios Lyratzopoulos, Josephine M Barbiere, Chetna Gajperia, Michael Rhodes, David C Greenberg and Karen A Wright
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:231
  29. Since 2003, the number of pilot areas of the New Rural Cooperative Medical System (NRCMS) has increased in rural China. And the major efforts have been concentrated on the enrollment of prospective members. In...

    Authors: Xilong Pan, Ying Zhang, Li Xu, Ju Huang and Qianqian Zhao
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:230
  30. Patient experience is commonly monitored in evaluating and improving health care, but the experience of carers (partners/relatives/friends) is rarely monitored even though the role of carers can often be subst...

    Authors: Paul Sinfield, Richard Baker, Carolyn Tarrant, Shona Agarwal, Andrew M Colman, William Steward, Roger Kockelbergh and John K Mellon
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:229
  31. Polypharmacy is regarded as an important risk factor for fallingand several studies and meta-analyses have shown an increased fall risk in users of diuretics, type 1a antiarrhythmics, digoxin and psychotropic ...

    Authors: Federico Baranzini, Marcello Diurni, Francesca Ceccon, Nicola Poloni, Sara Cazzamalli, Chiara Costantini, Cristiano Colli, Laura Greco and Camilla Callegari
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:228
  32. Analyses of utilization trends (cost drivers) allow us to understand changes in colorectal cancer (CRC) costs over time, better predict future costs, identify changes in the use of specific types of care (eg, ...

    Authors: Kathleen Lang, Lisa M Lines, David W Lee, Jonathan R Korn, Craig C Earle and Joseph Menzin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:227
  33. Common mental health problems impose substantial challenges to patients, carers, and health care systems. A range of interventions have demonstrable efficacy in improving the lives of people experiencing such ...

    Authors: Christopher Dowrick, Linda Gask, Suzanne Edwards, Saadia Aseem, Peter Bower, Heather Burroughs, Amy Catlin, Carolyn Chew-Graham, Pam Clarke, Mark Gabbay, Simon Gowers, Derek Hibbert, Marija Kovandzic, Jonathan Lamb, Karina Lovell, Anne Rogers…
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:226
  34. The immigrant population has increased greatly in Spain in recent years to the point where immigrants made up 12% of the infant population in 2008. There is little information available on the profile of this ...

    Authors: Luís A Gimeno-Feliu, Javier Armesto-Gómez, Rosa Macipe-Costa and Rosa Magallón-Botaya
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:225
  35. This paper presents a Mixed Integer Programming (MIP) model for designing the layout of the Intensive Care Units' (ICUs) patient care space. In particular, this MIP model was developed for optimizing the layou...

    Authors: Javier Sánchez Alejo, Modoaldo Garrido Martín, Miguel Ortega-Mier and Álvaro García-Sánchez
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:224
  36. This study analyzed the likelihood of less-urgent emergency department (ED) visits among type 2 diabetic patients receiving care under a diabetes disease management (DM) program offered by the Louisiana State ...

    Authors: Shang-Jyh Chiou, Claudia Campbell, Ronald Horswell, Leann Myers and Richard Culbertson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:223
  37. Although primary care should be the cornerstone of medical practice, inappropriate use of urgent care for non-urgent patients is a growing problem that has significant economic and healthcare consequences. The...

    Authors: David R Scott, Holly A Batal, Sharon Majeres, Jill C Adams, Rita Dale and Philip S Mehler
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:222
  38. Specialist physicians provide a large share of outpatient health care for children and adolescents in the United States, but little is known about the nature and content of these services in the ambulatory set...

    Authors: Jose M Valderas, Barbara Starfield, Christopher B Forrest, Luis Rajmil, Martin Roland and Bonnie Sibbald
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:221
  39. The Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg have adopted laws decriminalizing euthanasia under strict conditions of prudent practice. These laws stipulate, among other things, that the attending physician should ...

    Authors: Yanna Van Wesemael, Joachim Cohen, Bregje D Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Johan Bilsen and Luc Deliens
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:220
  40. Patients regard health care professionals as role models for leading a healthy lifestyle. Health care professionals' own behaviour and attitudes concerning healthy lifestyle have an influence in counselling pa...

    Authors: Karen Voigt, Sabine Twork, Dirk Mittag, Anne Göbel, Roger Voigt, Jörg Klewer, Joachim Kugler, Stefan R Bornstein and Antje Bergmann
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:219
  41. Relatively little research attention has been given to the development of standardised and psychometrically sound scales for measuring influences relevant to the utilisation of health services. This study aims...

    Authors: Jianzhen Zhang, Brian Oldenburg and Gavin Turrell
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:218
  42. Population aging poses significant challenges to primary care providers and healthcare policy makers. Primary care reform can alleviate the pressures, but these initiatives require clinical benchmarks and evid...

    Authors: Ketan Vegda, Jason X Nie, Li Wang, C Shawn Tracy, Rahim Moineddin and Ross EG Upshur
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:217
  43. Alzheimer's disease is the leading cause of dementia and affects about 25 million people worldwide. Recent studies have evaluated the effect of early interventions for dementia, but few studies have considered...

    Authors: Rikke Søgaard, Jan Sørensen, Frans B Waldorff, Ane Eckermann, Dorthe V Buss and Gunhild Waldemar
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:215
  44. As one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the Pearl River Delta of South China, Shenzhen attracts millions of migrant workers annually. The objectives of this study were to compare health needs, self-r...

    Authors: Jin Mou, Jinquan Cheng, Dan Zhang, Hanping Jiang, Liangqiang Lin and Sian M Griffiths
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:214
  45. The HIV epidemic poses significant challenges to the low income countries in sub Saharan Africa (SSA), affecting the attrition rate among health care workers, their level of motivation, and absenteeism from wo...

    Authors: Anne N Åstrøm and Elwalid F Nasir
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:213
  46. In the Netherlands, pregnant women without medical complications can decide where they want to give birth, at home or in a short-stay hospital setting with a midwife. However, a decrease in the home birth rate...

    Authors: Marijke JC Hendrix, Silvia MAA Evers, Marloes CM Basten, Jan G Nijhuis and Johan L Severens
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:211