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  1. Increasing population rates of cardiac catheterization can lead to the detection of more people with high risk coronary disease and opportunity for subsequent revascularization. However, such a strategy should...

    Authors: Fiona M Clement, William A Ghali, Stephane Rinfret and Braden J Manns
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:324
  2. There is variation in cardiac catheterization utilization across jurisdictions. Previous work from Alberta, Canada, showed no evidence of a plateau in the yield of high-risk disease at cardiac catheterization ...

    Authors: Fiona M Clement, Braden J Manns, Brenda Brownell, Peter D Faris, Michelle M Graham, Karin Humphries, Michael Love, Merril L Knudtson and William A Ghali
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:323
  3. Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often experience exacerbations of the disease that require hospitalization. Current guidelines offer little guidance for identifying patients whose cl...

    Authors: José M Quintana, Cristóbal Esteban, Irantzu Barrio, Susana Garcia-Gutierrez, Nerea Gonzalez, Inmaculada Arostegui, Iratxe Lafuente, Marisa Bare, Juan Antonio Blasco and Silvia Vidal
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:322
  4. Although the association between mortality and admission to intensive care units (ICU) in the "after hours" (weekends and nights) has been the topic of extensive investigation, the timing of discharge from ICU...

    Authors: Kevin B Laupland, Benoit Misset, Bertrand Souweine, Alexis Tabah, Elie Azoulay, Dany Goldgran-Toledano, Anne-Sylvie Dumenil, Aurélien Vésin, Samir Jamali, Hatem Kallel, Christophe Clec'h, Michael Darmon, Carole Schwebel and Jean-Francois Timsit
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:321
  5. In the UK there are almost three times as many beds in care homes as in National Health Service (NHS) hospitals. Care homes rely on primary health care for access to medical care and specialist services. Repea...

    Authors: Sue L Davies, Claire Goodman, Frances Bunn, Christina Victor, Angela Dickinson, Steve Iliffe, Heather Gage, Wendy Martin and Katherine Froggatt
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:320
  6. Time nurses spend with patients is associated with improved patient outcomes, reduced errors, and patient and nurse satisfaction. Few studies have measured how nurses distribute their time across tasks. We aim...

    Authors: Johanna I Westbrook, Christine Duffield, Ling Li and Nerida J Creswick
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:319
  7. Long waiting times for registration to see a doctor is problematic in China, especially in tertiary hospitals. To address this issue, a web-based appointment system was developed for the Xijing hospital. The a...

    Authors: Wenjun Cao, Yi Wan, Haibo Tu, Fujun Shang, Danhong Liu, Zhijun Tan, Caihong Sun, Qing Ye and Yongyong Xu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:318
  8. The decision whether to treat conservatively or reconstruct surgically a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is an ongoing subject of debate. The high prevalence and associated public health burden of torn A...

    Authors: Mazda Farshad, Christian Gerber, Dominik C Meyer, Alexander Schwab, Patricia R Blank and Thomas Szucs
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:317
  9. The challenges posed by the rapidly ageing population, and the increased preponderance of disabled people in this group, coupled with the rising level of public expenditure required to service the complex orga...

    Authors: Gianfranco Damiani, Valentina Farelli, Angela Anselmi, Lorella Sicuro, Alessandro Solipaca, Alessandra Burgio, Domenica Fioredistella Iezzi and Walter Ricciardi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:316
  10. Research on health care utilization in low income countries suggests that patients frequently bypass PHC facilities in favour of higher-level hospitals - despite substantial additional time and financial costs...

    Authors: Catherine Kahabuka, Gunnar Kvåle, Karen Marie Moland and Sven Gudmund Hinderaker
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:315
  11. In health care, many organizations are working on quality improvement and/or innovation of their care practices. Although the effectiveness of improvement processes has been studied extensively, little attenti...

    Authors: Sarah S Slaghuis, Mathilde MH Strating, Roland A Bal and Anna P Nieboer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:314
  12. As a result of the previous part of this trial, many patients with cardiovascular disease were expected to receive a statin for the first time. In order to provide these patients with comprehensive information...

    Authors: Caroline HPA Van de Steeg-van Gompel, Michel Wensing and Peter AGM De Smet
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:313
  13. Limited evidence exists regarding the association of pre-existing mental health conditions in patients with stroke and stroke outcomes such as rehospitalization, mortality, and function. We examined the associ...

    Authors: Almas Dossa, Mark E Glickman and Dan Berlowitz
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:311
  14. Bangladesh suffers from a lack of healthcare providers. The growing chronic disease epidemic's demand for healthcare resources will further strain Bangladesh's limited healthcare workforce. Little is known abo...

    Authors: John D Parr, Wietze Lindeboom, Masuma A Khanam and Tracey L Pérez Koehlmoos
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:309
  15. Paediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is relatively common and disabling with a mean time out of school of more than one academic year. NICE guidelines recommend referral to sp...

    Authors: Carly M Webb, Simon M Collin, Toity Deave, Andrew Haig-Ferguson, Amy Spatz and Esther Crawley
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:308
  16. Given the high mortality associated with neonatal illnesses and severe malnutrition and the development of packages of interventions that provide similar challenges for service delivery mechanisms we set out t...

    Authors: David Gathara, Newton Opiyo, John Wagai, Stephen Ntoburi, Philip Ayieko, Charles Opondo, Annah Wamae, Santau Migiro, Wycliffe Mogoa, Aggrey Wasunna, Fred Were, Grace Irimu and Mike English
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:307
  17. Recent investigations by the Ministry of Health of Cambodia suggest that counterfeit medicines have been introduced into the pharmaceutical market in tampered packaging. To further explore this possibility, an...

    Authors: Mohiuddin H Khan, Manabu Akazawa, Eav Dararath, Heng B Kiet, Tey Sovannarith, Nam Nivanna, Naoko Yoshida and Kazuko Kimura
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:306
  18. Crew resource management (CRM) has the potential to enhance patient safety in intensive care units (ICU) by improving the use of non-technical skills. However, CRM evaluation studies in health care are inconcl...

    Authors: Peter F Kemper, Martine de Bruijne, Cathy van Dyck and Cordula Wagner
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:304
  19. Health care reform promises to dramatically increase the number of Americans covered by health insurance. Osteopathic physicians (DOs) are recognized for primary care, including a "hands-on" style with an emph...

    Authors: John C Licciardone and Karan P Singh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:303
  20. Tinnitus affects about 10-15% of the general population and risks for developing tinnitus are rising through increased exposure to leisure noise through listening to personal music players at high volume. The ...

    Authors: Deborah A Hall, Miguel JA Láinez, Craig W Newman, Tanit Ganz Sanchez, Martin Egler, Frank Tennigkeit, Marco Koch and Berthold Langguth
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:302
  21. Prisoners are associated with high health care needs compared with the general population. This study aims to investigate prisoners' use of health service.

    Authors: Merete Berg Nesset, Åse-Bente Rustad, Ellen Kjelsberg, Roger Almvik and Johan Håkon Bjørngaard
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:301
  22. Health worker shortage and maldistribution are among the biggest threats to health systems in Africa. New medical graduates are prime targets for recruitment to deprived rural areas. However, little research h...

    Authors: Jennifer C Johnson, Emmanuel Nakua, Mawuli Dzodzomenyo, Peter Agyei-Baffour, Mawuli Gyakobo, Kwesi Asabir, Janet Kwansah, S Rani Kotha, Rachel C Snow and Margaret E Kruk
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:300
  23. Patients are increasingly expected to become active, critical consumers in healthcare. They can use comparative healthcare information presented on websites to make informed choices for healthcare providers. H...

    Authors: Nicolien C Zwijnenberg, Olga C Damman, Peter Spreeuwenberg, Michelle Hendriks and Jany JDJM Rademakers
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:299
  24. Liver cancer is both common and burdensome in Asia. Effective liver cancer control, however, is hindered by a complex etiology and a lack of coordination across clinical disciplines. We sought to identify stra...

    Authors: John FP Bridges, Gisselle Gallego, Masatoshi Kudo, Kiwamu Okita, Kwang-Hyub Han, Sheng-Long Ye and Barri M Blauvelt
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:298
  25. Hypertension is a common major risk factor for stroke and coronary heart disease. Little is known about how achievement of financially incentivised and non-incentivised indicators of quality of care varies wit...

    Authors: Salah Hammouche, Richard Holland and Nicholas Steel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:297
  26. Governments in several countries attempt to strengthen user participation through instructing health care organisations to plan and implement activities such as user representation in administrational boards, ...

    Authors: Marit By Rise, Hilde Grimstad, Marit Solbjør and Aslak Steinsbekk
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:296
  27. The Chronic Care Model (CCM) is an evidence-based approach to improving the structure of care for chronically ill patients with multimorbidity. The Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (ACIC), an instrument comm...

    Authors: Jost Steinhaeuser, Antje Miksch, Dominik Ose, Katharina Glassen, Iris Natanzon, Joachim Szecsenyi and Katja Goetz
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:295
  28. Genetic testing is increasingly used as a tool throughout the health care system. In 2011 the number of clinically available genetic tests is approaching 2,000, and wide variation exists between these tests in...

    Authors: Diana C Darcy, Eleanor T Lewis, Kelly E Ormond, David J Clark and Jodie A Trafton
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:294
  29. Despite major policy initiatives in the United Kingdom to enhance women's experiences of maternity care, improving in-patient postnatal care remains a low priority, although it is an aspect of care consistentl...

    Authors: Debra E Bick, Val Rose, Annette Weavers, Julie Wray and Sarah Beake
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:293
  30. The majority of retirement village residents are at risk of medication misadventure. In a recent survey of retirement village residents in Victoria, two-thirds had at least one medication-related risk factor, ...

    Authors: Cik Yin Lee, Johnson George, Rohan A Elliott and Kay Stewart
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:292
  31. The selection of patients for rehabilitation, and the timing of transfer from acute care, are important clinical decisions that impact on care quality and patient flow. This paper reports utilization review da...

    Authors: Christopher J Poulos, Christopher Magee, Guy Bashford and Kathy Eagar
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:291
  32. Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) payment is preferred by healthcare reform in various countries but its implementation in resource-limited countries has not been fully explored.

    Authors: Krit Pongpirul, Damian G Walker, Hafizur Rahman and Courtland Robinson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:290
  33. The economic burden of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) during the index hospitalization has been confirmed in previous studies. However, the long-term economic impact is still unclear. The aim of this st...

    Authors: Chih-Chieh Yang, Nai-Ching Shih, Wen-Chiung Chang, San-Kuei Huang and Ching-Wen Chien
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:289
  34. The aim of this study is to describe the magnitude of educational inequalities in utilisation of general practitioner (GP) and specialist services in 9 European countries. In addition to West European countrie...

    Authors: Irina Stirbu, Anton E Kunst, Andreas Mielck and Johan P Mackenbach
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:288
  35. Population ageing may threaten the sustainability of future health care systems. Strengthening primary health care, including long-term care, is one of several measures being taken to handle future health care...

    Authors: Trygve S Deraas, Gro R Berntsen, Toralf Hasvold and Olav H Førde
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:287
  36. Effective interventions to reduce mortality and morbidity in maternal and newborn health already exist. Information about quality and performance of care and the use of critical interventions are useful for sh...

    Authors: João Paulo Souza, Ahmet Metin Gülmezoglu, Guillermo Carroli, Pisake Lumbiganon and Zahida Qureshi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:286
  37. although there is a wealth of information available about quality improvement tools and techniques in healthcare there is little understanding about overcoming the challenges of day-to-day implementation in co...

    Authors: Glenn B Robert, Janet E Anderson, Susan J Burnett, Karina Aase, Boel Andersson-Gare, Roland Bal, Johan Calltorp, Francisco Nunes, Anne-Marie Weggelaar, Charles A Vincent and Naomi J Fulop
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:285
  38. Delay in diagnosis of cancer may worsen prognosis. The aim of this study is to explore patient-, general practitioner (GP)- and system-related delay in the interval from first cancer symptom to diagnosis and t...

    Authors: Rikke P Hansen, Peter Vedsted, Ineta Sokolowski, Jens Søndergaard and Frede Olesen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:284
  39. Aboriginal peoples globally, and First Nations peoples in Canada particularly, suffer from high rates of type 2 diabetes and related complications compared with the general population. Research into the unique...

    Authors: Onil K Bhattacharyya, Irit R Rasooly, Mariam Naqshbandi, Elizabeth A Estey, James Esler, Ellen Toth, Ann C Macaulay and Stewart B Harris
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:283
  40. As low- and middle-income countries experience economic development, ensuring quality of health care delivery is a central component of health reform. Nevertheless, health reforms in low- and middle-income cou...

    Authors: Emily J Cherlin, Adel A Allam, Erika L Linnander, Rex Wong, Essam El-Toukhy, Heather Sipsma, Harlan M Krumholz, Leslie A Curry and Elizabeth H Bradley
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:282
  41. Frail older people admitted to acute care hospitals are at risk of a range of adverse outcomes, including geriatric syndromes, although targeted care strategies can improve health outcomes for these patients. ...

    Authors: Caroline A Brand, Melinda Martin-Khan, Olivia Wright, Richard N Jones, John N Morris, Catherine M Travers, Joannne Tropea and Leonard C Gray
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:281
  42. Work-related injuries result in considerable morbidity, as well as social and economic costs. Pain associated with these injuries is a complex, contested topic, and narcotic analgesics (NA) remain important tr...

    Authors: Janet A Parsons, Muhammad Mamdani, Onil Bhattacharyya, Claire Marie Fortin, Magda Melo, Christina Salmon, Stavroula R Raptis, Donna Bain and Patricia O'Campo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:280