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  1. Patients' satisfaction is an important indicator for quality of care. Measuring healthcare quality and improving patient satisfaction have become increasingly prevalent, especially among healthcare providers a...

    Authors: Ghizlane Soufi, Jihane Belayachi, Salma Himmich, Samir Ahid, Mehdi Soufi, Aicha Zekraoui and Redouane Abouqal
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:149
  2. An aging population, rise in chronic illnesses, increase in life expectancy and shift towards care being provided at the community level are trends that are collectively creating an urgency to advance hospice ...

    Authors: Allison M Williams, Valorie A Crooks, Kyle Whitfield, Mary-Lou Kelley, Judy-Lynn Richards, Lily DeMiglio and Sarah Dykeman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:147
  3. Medicine access is an important goal of medicine policy; however the evaluation of medicine access is a subject under conceptual and methodological development. The aim of this study was to describe quantitati...

    Authors: Vera Maria V Paniz, Anaclaudia G Fassa, Maria de Fátima S Maia, Marlos R Domingues and Andréa D Bertoldi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:146
  4. In recent decades immigration to Norway from Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe has increased rapidly. The aim of this study was to assess the quality of care for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients from the...

    Authors: Anh T Tran, Lien M Diep, John G Cooper, Tor Claudi, Jørund Straand, Kåre Birkeland, Wibeche Ingskog and Anne K Jenum
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:145
  5. Different models exist to provide HIV/STI services for most-at-risk populations (MARP). Along the Tete traffic corridor in Mozambique, linking Malawi and Zimbabwe, a night clinic opening between 4 and 10 PM wa...

    Authors: Yves Lafort, Diederike Geelhoed, Luisa Cumba, Carla das Dores Mosse Lázaro, Wim Delva, Stanley Luchters and Marleen Temmerman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:144
  6. African-Americans admitted to U.S. hospitals with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) are more likely than Caucasians to experience prolonged hospital length of stay (LOS), possibly due to either differential t...

    Authors: Christopher R Frei, Eric M Mortensen, Laurel A Copeland, Russell T Attridge, Mary Jo V Pugh, Marcos I Restrepo, Antonio Anzueto, Brandy Nakashima and Michael J Fine
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:143
  7. Case management has been suggested as an innovative strategy that facilitates the improvement of a patient's quality of life, reduction of hospital length of stay, optimization of self-care and improvement of ...

    Authors: Klaske Wynia, Coby Annema, Hans Nissen, Jacques De Keyser and Berrie Middel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:142
  8. It is important to find a comorbidity measure with better performance for use with administrative data. The new method proposed by Elixhauser et al. has never been validated and compared to the widely used Cha...

    Authors: Yu-Tseng Chu, Yee-Yung Ng and Shiao-Chi Wu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:140
  9. Home blood pressure (BP) is closely linked to patient outcomes. However, the prevalence of its documentation has not been examined. The objective of this study was to analyze the prevalence and factors affecti...

    Authors: Michael H Kramer, Eugene Breydo, Maria Shubina, Kelly Babcock, Jonathan S Einbinder and Alexander Turchin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:139
  10. The rate of cesarean delivery was 35% in 2007 in Taiwan. It is unclear how many of the cesarean deliveries were without medical indications. Women's preference for cesarean delivery during their course of preg...

    Authors: Kuei-Hui Chu, Chen-Jei Tai, Chun-Sen Hsu, Mei-Chiang Yeh and Li-Yin Chien
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:138
  11. Information on prescribing quality is increasingly used by policy makers, insurance companies and health care providers. For reliable assessment of prescribing quality it is important to correctly identify the...

    Authors: Liana Martirosyan, Onyebuchi A Arah, Flora M Haaijer-Ruskamp, Jozé Braspenning and Petra Denig
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:137
  12. Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common microvascular complications of diabetes and one of the major causes of adult visual impairment in national surveys in Taiwan. This study aimed to identify the hea...

    Authors: Lin-Chung Woung, Ching-Yao Tsai, Hsin-Kai Chou, Ming-Tsu Tsai, Wei-Her Tsai, Pesus Chou and Shih-Tsuo Shen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:136
  13. Quantitative prospective methods are widely used to evaluate the impact of new technologies such as electronic prescribing (eP) on medication errors. However, they are labour-intensive and it is not always fea...

    Authors: Imogen Savage, Tony Cornford, Ela Klecun, Nick Barber, Sarah Clifford and Bryony Dean Franklin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:135
  14. Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus is one of the most disabling chronic conditions worldwide, resulting in significant human, social and economic costs and placing huge demands on health care systems. The Inala Chronic ...

    Authors: Deborah A Askew, Claire L Jackson, Robert S Ware and Anthony Russell
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:134
  15. National cancer policies identify the improvement of care coordination as a priority to improve the delivery of health services for people with cancer. Identification of the current barriers to effective cance...

    Authors: Jennifer Walsh, James D Harrison, Jane M Young, Phyllis N Butow, Michael J Solomon and Lindy Masya
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:132
  16. In healthcare today, decisions are made in the face of serious resource constraints. Healthcare managers are struggling to provide high quality care, manage resources effectively, and meet changing patient nee...

    Authors: Shannon L Sibbald, Jennifer L Gibson, Peter A Singer, Ross Upshur and Douglas K Martin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:131
  17. Few studies have examined whether risk adjustment is evenly applicable to hospitals with various characteristics and case-mix. In this study, we applied a generic prediction model to nationwide discharge data ...

    Authors: Hiroaki Miyata, Hideki Hashimoto, Hiromasa Horiguchi, Kiyohide Fushimi and Shinya Matsuda
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:130
  18. Strengthening primary health care is critical to reducing health inequity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The Audit and Best practice for Chronic Disease Extension (ABCDE) project has facili...

    Authors: Ross Bailie, Damin Si, Cindy Shannon, James Semmens, Kevin Rowley, David J Scrimgeour, Tricia Nagel, Ian Anderson, Christine Connors, Tarun Weeramanthri, Sandra Thompson, Robyn McDermott, Hugh Burke, Elizabeth Moore, Dallas Leon, Richard Weston…
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:129
  19. New pharmacological therapies are challenging the healthcare systems, and there is an increasing need to assess their therapeutic value in relation to existing alternatives as well as their potential budget im...

    Authors: Björn Wettermark, Marie E Persson, Nils Wilking, Mats Kalin, Seher Korkmaz, Paul Hjemdahl, Brian Godman, Max Petzold and Lars L Gustafsson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:128
  20. Kidney transplantation is associated with greater long term survival rates and improved quality of life compared with dialysis. Continuous growth in the number of patients with kidney failure has not been matc...

    Authors: Emmanouil K Symvoulakis, Emilia Stavroulaki, Myfanwy Morgan and Roger Jones
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:127
  21. Medication claims are commonly used to calculate the risk adjustment for measuring healthcare cost. The Rx-defined Morbidity Groups (Rx-MG) which combine the use of medication to indicate morbidity have been i...

    Authors: Raymond NC Kuo and Mei-Shu Lai
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:126
  22. As advances in genetics are becoming increasingly relevant to mainstream healthcare, a major challenge is to ensure that these are integrated appropriately into mainstream medical services. In 2003, the Depart...

    Authors: Catherine L Bennett, Sarah E Burke, Hilary Burton and Peter A Farndon
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:125
  23. Obtaining the necessary approvals and permission for clinical research requires successful negotiation of the ethical and R&D layers of the NHS. Differences in structure and governance frameworks feature betwe...

    Authors: Andrew GH Thompson and Emma F France
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:124
  24. Self-administered surveys are an essential methodological tool for health services and knowledge translation research, and engaging end-users of the research is critical. However, few documented accounts of th...

    Authors: Michelle E Kho, Ellen Rawski, Julie Makarski and Melissa C Brouwers
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:123
  25. To ensure carers of people with dementia receive support, community services increasingly use measures of caregiver (carer) burden to assess for unmet need. This study used Bradshaw's taxonomy of need to explo...

    Authors: Christine Stirling, Sharon Andrews, Toby Croft, James Vickers, Paul Turner and Andrew Robinson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:122
  26. Daily smokers and hazardous drinkers are high-risk patients, developing 2-4 times more complications after surgery. Preoperative smoking and alcohol cessation for four to eight weeks prior to surgery halves th...

    Authors: Hanne Tønnesen, Pernille Faurschou, Helge Ralov, Ditte Mølgaard-Nielsen, Grethe Thomas and Vibeke Backer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:121
  27. Subjective parameters such as quality of life or patient satisfaction gain importance as outcome parameters and benchmarks in health care. In many countries hospitals are now undergoing accreditation as mandat...

    Authors: Cornelia Sack, Peter Lütkes, Wolfram Günther, Raimund Erbel, Karl-Heinz Jöckel and Gerald J Holtmann
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:120
  28. There is worldwide variation in rehabilitation practices after total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and no agreement on which interventions will lead to optimal short and long term pa...

    Authors: Marie D Westby and Catherine L Backman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:119
  29. Network forms of organization are increasingly popular in primary care. At the end of the 1990s General Practitioners (GPs) in Italy were given the opportunity to adopt network forms of organization with the a...

    Authors: Giovanni Fattore and Domenico Salvatore
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:118
  30. Many countries are developing health financing mechanisms to pursue the goal of universal coverage. In China, a rural health insurance system entitled New Cooperative Medical Scheme (NCMS) is being developed s...

    Authors: Baorong Yu, Qingyue Meng, Charles Collins, Rachel Tolhurst, Shenglan Tang, Fei Yan, Lennart Bogg and Xiaoyun Liu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:116
  31. Job satisfaction is important to staff management of township health centers (THCs), as it is associated with organizational performance, quality of care and employee retention. The purpose of this study was t...

    Authors: Jun A Liu, Qi Wang and Zu X Lu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:115
  32. The evidence gained from effective self-management interventions is often criticised for the ambiguity of its active components, and consequently the obstruction of their implementation into daily practice.

    Authors: Helle Terkildsen Maindal, Marit Kirkevold, Annelli Sandbæk and Torsten Lauritzen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:114
  33. The engagement of hospitals in Public-Private Mix (PPM) for Directly Observed Treatment Short-Course (DOTS) strategy has increased rapidly internationally - including in Indonesia. In view of the rapid global ...

    Authors: Ari Probandari, Lars Lindholm, Hans Stenlund, Adi Utarini and Anna-Karin Hurtig
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:113
  34. Case management is an important component of structured and evidence-based primary care for chronically ill patients. Its effectiveness and efficiency has been evaluated in numerous clinical trials. This proto...

    Authors: Tobias Freund, Felizitas Kayling, Antje Miksch, Joachim Szecsenyi and Michel Wensing
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:112
  35. Published prevalence studies on multimorbidity present diverse data collection methods, sources of data, targeted age groups, diagnoses considered and study populations, making the comparability of prevalence ...

    Authors: Martin Fortin, Catherine Hudon, Jeannie Haggerty, Marjan van den Akker and José Almirall
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:111
  36. Long-term care is often associated with high health care expenditures. In the Netherlands, an ageing population will likely increase the demand for long-term care within the near future. The development of ris...

    Authors: Albert Wong, Rianne Elderkamp-de Groot, Johan Polder and Job van Exel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:110
  37. Currently there is no framework for those involved in the identification, evaluation and prioritisation of new diagnostic technologies. Therefore we aimed to develop prioritisation criteria for the assessment ...

    Authors: Annette Plüddemann, Carl Heneghan, Matthew Thompson, Nia Roberts, Nicholas Summerton, Luan Linden-Phillips, Claire Packer and Christopher P Price
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:109
  38. Instruments have been developed to assess professional views of the quality of care but have rarely been tested for responsiveness to change. The objective of this study was to test the responsiveness of the G...

    Authors: Oyvind A Bjertnaes, Arjan Nieland, Elisabeth Damerell and Andrew Garratt
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:108
  39. Healthcare workers have been identified as one of the high risk groups for being infected with influenza during influenza pandemic. Potential levels of absenteeism among healthcare workers in hospital settings...

    Authors: Eliza LY Wong, Samuel YS Wong, Kenny Kung, Annie WL Cheung, Tiffany T Gao and Sian Griffiths
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:107
  40. Coeliac disease is a common chronic autoimmune disorder. Underdiagnosis is common and the quality of life impact of symptoms may be severe. We report a study of symptom duration and quality of life before and ...

    Authors: Alastair M Gray and Irene N Papanicolas
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:105
  41. This paper describes the development and implementation of an intervention to facilitate teamwork between general practice and outside allied and community health services and providers.

    Authors: Mark F Harris, Bibiana C Chan, Christopher Daniel, Qing Wan, Nick Zwar and Gawaine Powell Davies
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:104
  42. Inequalities in uptake of cancer screening by ethnic minority populations are well documented in a number of international studies. However, most studies to date have explored screening uptake for a single can...

    Authors: Charlotte L Price, Ala K Szczepura, Anil K Gumber and Julietta Patnick
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:103
  43. Fibromyalgia is a painful, debilitating illness with a prevalence of 0.5-5.0% that affects women more than men. It has been shown that the diagnosis of fibromyalgia is associated with improved patient satisfac...

    Authors: Ernest Choy, Serge Perrot, Teresa Leon, Joan Kaplan, Danielle Petersel, Anna Ginovker and Erich Kramer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:102
  44. Physicians who serve as public health specialists at public health centers and health departments in local or central government have significant roles because of their public health expertise. The aim of this...

    Authors: Soichi Koike, Tomoko Kodama, Shinya Matsumoto, Hiroo Ide, Hideo Yasunaga and Tomoaki Imamura
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:101
  45. Reporting incidents can contribute to safer health care, as an awareness of the weaknesses of a system could be considered as a starting point for improvements. It is believed that patient safety education for...

    Authors: José D Jansma, Dorien LM Zwart, Ian P Leistikow, Cor J Kalkman, Cordula Wagner and Arnold B Bijnen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:100