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  1. The existence of publicly-accessible datasets comprised a significant opportunity for health services research to evolve into a science that supports health policy making and evaluation, proper inter- and intr...

    Authors: Shadi S Saleh, Mohamad S Alameddine and Fadi El-Jardali
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:197
  2. The aim of the study was to develop quality indicators that can be used for quality assessment of registries of occupational diseases in relation to preventive policy on a national level. The research question...

    Authors: Dick Spreeuwers, Angela GEM de Boer, Jos HAM Verbeek and Frank JH van Dijk
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:194
  3. Individuals of African descent living in western countries have increased rates of hypertension and hypertension-related complications. Poor adherence to hypertension treatment (medication and lifestyle change...

    Authors: Joke A Haafkens, Erik JAJ Beune, Eric P Moll van Charante and Charles O Agyemang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:193
  4. Lower-income countries face severe health worker shortages. Recent evidence suggests that this problem can be mitigated by task-shifting--delegation of aspects of health care to less specialized health workers...

    Authors: Joseph B Babigumira, Barbara Castelnuovo, Mohammed Lamorde, Andrew Kambugu, Andy Stergachis, Philippa Easterbrook and Louis P Garrison
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:192
  5. The role of health services must be re-oriented towards health promotion to more effectively contribute to population health. One of the objectives of the Swedish public health policy is that health promotion ...

    Authors: Helene Johansson, Lars Weinehall and Maria Emmelin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:191
  6. Cancer patients usually undergo extensive and debilitating treatments, which make quality of life (QoL) and patient satisfaction important health care assessment measures. However, very few studies have evalua...

    Authors: Christopher G Lis, Mark Rodeghier, James F Grutsch and Digant Gupta
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:190
  7. There is no validated way of measuring the prevalence and duration of patient delay, and we do not know how people perceive and define the time intervals they are asked to report in patient delay studies. This...

    Authors: Rikke Sand Andersen, Peter Vedsted, Frede Olesen, Flemming Bro and Jens Søndergaard
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:189
  8. Comprising of both organisational and patient level components, collaborative care is a potentially powerful intervention for improving depression treatment in UK primary Care. However, as previous models have...

    Authors: David A Richards, Adwoa Hughes-Morley, Rachel A Hayes, Ricardo Araya, Michael Barkham, John M Bland, Peter Bower, John Cape, Carolyn A Chew-Graham, Linda Gask, Simon Gilbody, Colin Green, David Kessler, Glyn Lewis, Karina Lovell, Chris Manning…
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:188
  9. Use of available interpreter services by hospital clincial staff is often suboptimal, despite evidence that trained interpreters contribute to quality of care and patient safety. Examination of intra-hospital ...

    Authors: Patricia Hudelson and Sarah Vilpert
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:187
  10. We examined the association between quality of care and 30 day mortality in a nationwide cohort of patients hospitalized with hip fracture.

    Authors: Katrine A Nielsen, Niels C Jensen, Claus M Jensen, Marianne Thomsen, Lars Pedersen, Søren P Johnsen, Annette Ingeman, Paul D Bartels and Reimar W Thomsen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:186
  11. U.S. cancer screening guidelines communicate important information regarding the ages for which screening tests are appropriate. Little attention has been given to whether breast, colorectal and prostate cance...

    Authors: Srikanth Kadiyala
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:185
  12. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death in the developed world, and its prevention a core activity in current UK general practice. Currently, family history is not systematically integrated ...

    Authors: Nadeem Qureshi, Sarah Armstrong, Paula Saukko, Tracey Sach, Jo Middlemass, Phil H Evans, Joe Kai, Hannah Farrimond and Steve E Humphries
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:184
  13. Quality is on the agenda of European general practice (GP). European researchers have, in collaboration, developed tools to assess quality of GPs. In this feasibility study, we tested the European Practice Ass...

    Authors: Roy Remmen, Luc Seuntjens, Dominique Paulus, Dominique Pestiaux, Klaus Knops and Ann Van den Bruel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:183
  14. Chronic illness and disability can have damaging, even catastrophic, socioeconomic effects on individuals and their households. We examined the experiences of people affected by chronic heart failure, complica...

    Authors: Yun-Hee Jeon, Beverley Essue, Stephen Jan, Robert Wells and Judith A Whitworth
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:182
  15. Japan has experienced two large changes which affect the supply and distribution of physicians. They are increases in medical school enrollment capacity and in the proportion of female physicians. The purpose ...

    Authors: Soichi Koike, Shinya Matsumoto, Tomoko Kodama, Hiroo Ide, Hideo Yasunaga and Tomoaki Imamura
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:180
  16. Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a complex, progressive disease which requires a variety of quality improvement strategies. Limited information is available on the feasibility and effectiveness of interdisciplinary...

    Authors: Liesbeth Borgermans, Geert Goderis, Carine Van Den Broeke, Geert Verbeke, An Carbonez, Anna Ivanova, Chantal Mathieu, Bert Aertgeerts, Jan Heyrman and Richard Grol
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:179
  17. An evaluation of NHS Direct Wales (NHSDW), a national telephone-based healthcare advice and information service, was undertaken. A key objective was to describe the actions of callers and assess the appropriat...

    Authors: Helen Snooks, Julie Peconi, James Munro, Wai-Yee Cheung, Jaynie Rance and Anne Williams
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:178
  18. There is evidence for higher morbidity among prison inmates than in the general population. Despite this, patient satisfaction with the prison health services is scarcely investigated. The aim of the present s...

    Authors: Johan Håkon Bjørngaard, Åse-Bente Rustad and Ellen Kjelsberg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:176
  19. Collaborative approaches in quality improvement have been promoted since the introduction of the Breakthrough method. The effectiveness of this method is inconclusive and further independent evaluation of the ...

    Authors: Mireille van den Berg, Rianne Frenken and Roland Bal
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:175
  20. The ageing population in Europe is putting an ever increasing demand on the long-term care (LTC) services provided by these countries. This study analyses the relationship between the LTC institutional supply ...

    Authors: Gianfranco Damiani, Simona C Colosimo, Lorella Sicuro, Alessandra Burgio, Alessandra Battisti, Alessandro Solipaca, Giordana Baldassarre, Roberta Crialesi, Giulia Milan, Tiziana Tamburrano and Walter Ricciardi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:174
  21. We report baseline data on the organisation of COPD care in UK NHS hospitals participating in the National COPD Resources and Outcomes Project (NCROP).

    Authors: Robert A Stone, Brian DW Harrison, Derek Lowe, Rhona J Buckingham, Nancy A Pursey, Harold SR Hosker, Jonathan M Potter and C Michael Roberts
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:173
  22. Hong Kong's rapidly ageing population, characterised by one of the longest life expectancies and the lowest fertility rate in the world, is likely to drive long-term care (LTC) expenditure higher. This study a...

    Authors: Roger Y Chung, Keith YK Tin, Benjamin J Cowling, King Pan Chan, Wai Man Chan, Su Vui Lo and Gabriel M Leung
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:172
  23. Families of people with eating disorders are often caught up in rule bound eating and safety behaviours that characterise the illness. The main aim of this study was to develop a valid and specific scale to me...

    Authors: Ana R Sepulveda, Olivia Kyriacou and Janet Treasure
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:171
  24. Prevention of diabetes and coronary heart disease (CHD) is possible but identification of at-risk patients for targeting interventions is a challenge in primary care.

    Authors: Marie-France Hivert, Richard W Grant, Peter Shrader and James B Meigs
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:170
  25. Tuberculosis (TB) patients have difficulty following a long-term treatment regimen. Efforts to improve treatment outcomes require better understanding of adherence as a complex behavioral issue and of the part...

    Authors: Weiguo Xu, Wei Lu, Yang Zhou, Limei Zhu, Hongbing Shen and Jianming Wang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:169
  26. Emergency medicine has generally been considered a high risk specialty. The purpose of this study is to assess the risk of being sued in the district courts for caring emergency room (ER) patients from the per...

    Authors: Che-Ming Yang, Shin-Han Tsai and Wen-Ta Chiu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:168
  27. Many countries have introduced elements of managed competition in their healthcare system with the aim to accomplish more efficient and demand-driven health care. Simultaneously, generating and reporting of co...

    Authors: Michelle Hendriks, Peter Spreeuwenberg, Jany Rademakers and Diana MJ Delnoij
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:167
  28. Specialty-specific data on career satisfaction may be useful for understanding physician workforce trends and for counseling medical students about career options.

    Authors: J Paul Leigh, Daniel J Tancredi and Richard L Kravitz
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:166
  29. To date there has been relatively little published about how research priorities are set, and even less about methods by which decision-makers can be engaged in defining a relevant and appropriate research age...

    Authors: Neale Smith, Craig Mitton, Stuart Peacock, Evelyn Cornelissen and Stuart MacLeod
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:165
  30. The purpose of this study was to identify important motivational factors according to the views of health-care professionals in Greek hospitals and particularly to determine if these might differ in the public...

    Authors: Nick Kontodimopoulos, Victoria Paleologou and Dimitris Niakas
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:164
  31. Information transfer is critical in the primary care to specialist referral process and has been examined extensively in the US and other countries, yet there has been little attention to the patient's perspec...

    Authors: Carol L Ireson, Svetla Slavova, Carol L Steltenkamp and F Douglas Scutchfield
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:163
  32. Communities of practice and social-professional networks are generally considered to enhance workplace experience and enable organizational success. However, despite the remarkable growth in interest in the ro...

    Authors: Jeffrey Braithwaite, Johanna I Westbrook, Geetha Ranmuthugala, Frances Cunningham, Jennifer Plumb, Janice Wiley, Dianne Ball, Sue Huckson, Cliff Hughes, Brian Johnston, Joanne Callen, Nerida Creswick, Andrew Georgiou, Luc Betbeder-Matibet and Deborah Debono
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:162
  33. In recent years, artificial neural network is advocated in modeling complex multivariable relationships due to its ability of fault tolerance; while decision tree of data mining technique was recommended becau...

    Authors: Jing Wang, Man Li, Yun-tao Hu and Yu Zhu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:161
  34. Postal surveys are a frequently used method of data collection in health services research. Low response rates increase the potential for bias and threaten study validity. The objectives of this study were to ...

    Authors: Julia V Cook, Heather O Dickinson and Martin P Eccles
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:160
  35. Panic disorder (PD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are two of the most disabling and costly anxiety disorders seen in primary care. However, treatment quality of these disorders in primary care general...

    Authors: Anna DT Muntingh, Christina M van der Feltz-Cornelis, Harm WJ van Marwijk, Philip Spinhoven, Willem JJ Assendelft, Margot WM de Waal, Leona Hakkaart-van Roijen, Herman J Adèr and Anton JLM van Balkom
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:159
  36. While much research has been conducted on medication safety, few of these studies have addressed primary care, despite the high volume of prescribing and dispensing of medicines that occurs in this setting. Th...

    Authors: Denham L Phipps, Peter R Noyce, Dianne Parker and Darren M Ashcroft
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:158
  37. Vast quantities of electronic data are collected about patients and service users as they pass through health service and other public sector organisations, and these data present enormous potential for resear...

    Authors: David V Ford, Kerina H Jones, Jean-Philippe Verplancke, Ronan A Lyons, Gareth John, Ginevra Brown, Caroline J Brooks, Simon Thompson, Owen Bodger, Tony Couch and Ken Leake
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:157
  38. Growth in use and overuse of diagnostic imaging significantly impacts the quality and costs of health care services. What are the modifiable factors for increasing and unnecessary use of radiological services?...

    Authors: Kristin B Lysdahl and Bjørn M Hofmann
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:155
  39. Computerised clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) are used widely to improve quality of care and patient outcomes. This systematic review evaluated the impact of CDSSs in targeting specific aspects of pre...

    Authors: Sallie-Anne Pearson, Annette Moxey, Jane Robertson, Isla Hains, Margaret Williamson, James Reeve and David Newby
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:154
  40. Orientation and mobility training (O&M-training) in using an identification cane, also called symbol cane, is provided to people with low vision to facilitate independent participation in the community. In The...

    Authors: GAR Zijlstra, GHMB van Rens, EJA Scherder, DM Brouwer, J van der Velde, PFJ Verstraten and GIJM Kempen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:153
  41. Most research publications on Chronic Care Model (CCM) implementation originate from organizations or countries with a well-structured primary health care system. Information about efforts made in countries wi...

    Authors: Patricia Sunaert, Hilde Bastiaens, Luc Feyen, Boris Snauwaert, Frank Nobels, Johan Wens, Etienne Vermeire, Paul Van Royen, Jan De Maeseneer, An De Sutter and Sara Willems
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:152
  42. Ageing of Mexican population implies greater demand of hospital services. Nevertheless, the available resources are used inadequately. In this study, the direct medical costs associated with the appropriatenes...

    Authors: Joaquín F Mould-Quevedo, Carmen García-Peña, Iris Contreras-Hernández, Teresa Juárez-Cedillo, Claudia Espinel-Bermúdez, Gabriela Morales-Cisneros and Sergio Sánchez-García
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:151
  43. Over the past few decades, drug and overall healthcare expenditure have risen rapidly in most countries. The present study investigates the attitudes and the factors which influence physician prescribing decis...

    Authors: Mamas Theodorou, Vasiliki Tsiantou, Andreas Pavlakis, Nikos Maniadakis, Vasilis Fragoulakis, Elpida Pavi and John Kyriopoulos
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:150
  44. While there is an increasing emphasis on patient empowerment and shared decision-making, subjective values for attributes associated with their treatment still need to be measured and considered. This contribu...

    Authors: Axel C Mühlbacher, Ina Rudolph, Hans-Joachim Lincke and Matthias Nübling
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:149
  45. A growing number of German hospitals have been privatized with the intention of increasing cost effectiveness and improving the quality of health care. Numerous studies investigated what possible qualitative a...

    Authors: Stefanie Mache, Karin Vitzthum, Albert Nienhaus, Burghard F Klapp and David A Groneberg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:148
  46. Community members are stakeholders in hospitals and have a right to participate in the improvement of quality of services rendered to them. Their views are important because they reflect the perspectives of th...

    Authors: Elizeus Rutebemberwa, Elizabeth Ekirapa-Kiracho, Olico Okui, Damien Walker, Aloysius Mutebi and George Pariyo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:146