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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Addressing substance use disorders effectively requires a long-term approach. Substance abuse treatment is typically of short duration; referring patients to Twelve Step based self-help groups (TSGs) – e.g. Na...

    Authors: John-Kåre Vederhus, Øistein Kristensen, Alexandre Laudet and Thomas Clausen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:147
  17. 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
  18. Multimorbidity is a highly frequent condition in older people, but well designed longitudinal studies on the impact of multimorbidity on patients and the health care system have been remarkably scarce in numbe...

    Authors: Ingmar Schäfer, Heike Hansen, Gerhard Schön, Wolfgang Maier, Susanne Höfels, Attila Altiner, Angela Fuchs, Ferdinand M Gerlach, Juliana J Petersen, Jochen Gensichen, Sven Schulz, Steffi Riedel-Heller, Melanie Luppa, Siegfried Weyerer, Jochen Werle, Horst Bickel…
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:145
  19. Placebo interventions can have meaningful effects for patients. However, little is known about the circumstances of their use in clinical practice. We aimed to investigate to what extent and in which way Swiss...

    Authors: Margrit Fässler, Markus Gnädinger, Thomas Rosemann and Nikola Biller-Andorno
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:144
  20. Communication between general practitioners (GPs) and specialists is important, if we want patients to receive the right type of care at the right moment. Most communication takes place through telephone conta...

    Authors: Annette J Berendsen, Annegriet Kuiken, Wim HGM Benneker, Betty Meyboom-de Jong, Theo B Voorn and Jan Schuling
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:143
  21. Parents of children with food allergy, primary care physicians, and members of the general public play a critical role in the health and well-being of food-allergic children, though little is known about their...

    Authors: Ruchi S Gupta, Jennifer S Kim, Elizabeth E Springston, Jacqueline A Pongracic, Xiaobin Wang and Jane Holl
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:142
  22. Legislative measures have been identified as one effective way of changing attitude or behaviour towards health care. The aim of this study was to describe trends in patients' complaints for medical issues; to...

    Authors: Camila Giugliani, Nathalie Gault, Valia Fares, Jérémie Jegu, Sergio Eleni dit Trolli, Julie Biga and Gwenaelle Vidal-Trecan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:141
  23. Long term management of patients with Type 2 diabetes is well established within Primary Care. However, despite extensive efforts to implement high quality care both service provision and patient health outcom...

    Authors: Susan Hrisos, Martin P Eccles, Jill J Francis, Marije Bosch, Rob Dijkstra, Marie Johnston, Richard Grol, Eileen FS Kaner and Ian N Steen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:140
  24. It is well-known that the use of care services is most intensive in the last phase of life. However, so far only a few determinants of end-of-life care utilization are known. The aims of this study were to des...

    Authors: Anne Margriet Pot, France Portrait, Geraldine Visser, Martine Puts, Marjolein I Broese van Groenou and Dorly JH Deeg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:139
  25. This study was wanted to investigate the prevalence of concomitant injuries among hospitalized acute spinal trauma patients aged 20 and over and the effects of those injuries on medical utilization in Taiwan.

    Authors: Dachen Chu, Yi-Hui Lee, Ching-Heng Lin, Pesus Chou and Nan-Ping Yang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:137
  26. Providing timely access to physiotherapy has long been a problem for the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. In an attempt to improve access some physiotherapy services have introduced a new treatme...

    Authors: Chris Salisbury, Nadine E Foster, Annette Bishop, Michael Calnan, Jo Coast, Jeanette Hall, Elaine Hay, Sandra Hollinghurst, Cherida Hopper, Sean Grove, Surinder Kaur and Alan Montgomery
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:136
  27. To overcome the drawback of individual item-by-item box plots of disclosure for patient views on healthcare service quality, we propose to inspect interrelationships among items that measure a common entity. A...

    Authors: Tsair-Wei Chien, Wen-Chung Wang, Hsien-Yi Wang and Hung-Jung Lin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:135
  28. Federally qualified community health centers (CHCs) and rural health clinics (RHCs) are intended to provide access to care for vulnerable populations. While some research has explored the effects of CHCs on po...

    Authors: Janice C Probst, James N Laditka and Sarah B Laditka
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:134
  29. Korea achieved universal health insurance coverage in only 12 years; however, insufficient government funding has resulted in high out-of-pocket payments and, in turn, a demand for supplementary private health...

    Authors: Dong Wook Shin, Kee-Taig Jung, Sung Kim, Jae-Moon Bae, Young-Woo Kim, Keun Won Ryu, Jun Ho Lee, Jae-Hyung Noh, Tae-Sung Sohn and Young Ho Yun
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:133
  30. Despite a lower overall incidence, Aboriginal Australians experience poorer outcomes from cancer compared with the non-Aboriginal population as manifested by higher mortality and lower 5-year survival rates. L...

    Authors: Shaouli Shahid, Lizzie Finn, Dawn Bessarab and Sandra C Thompson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:132
  31. Molecular oncology testing (MOT) to detect genomic alterations underlying cancer holds promise for improved cancer care. Yet knowledge limitations regarding the delivery of testing services may constrain the t...

    Authors: Fiona A Miller, Paul Krueger, Robert J Christensen, Catherine Ahern, Ronald F Carter and Suzanne Kamel-Reid
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:131
  32. Previous research has provided evidence that socioeconomic status has an impact on invasive treatments use after acute myocardial infarction. In this paper, we compare the socioeconomic inequality in the use o...

    Authors: Julian Perelman, Amir Shmueli, Kathryn M McDonald, Louise Pilote, Olga Saynina and Marie-Christine Closon
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:130
  33. Risk adjustment and mortality prediction in studies of critical care are usually performed using acuity of illness scores, such as Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II (APACHE II), which emphasize...

    Authors: Susan Quach, Deirdre A Hennessy, Peter Faris, Andrew Fong, Hude Quan and Christopher Doig
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:129
  34. Clinical vignettes have been used widely to compare quality of clinical care and to assess variation in practice, but the effect of different response formats has not been extensively evaluated. Our objective ...

    Authors: Thao Pham, Carine Roy, Xavier Mariette, Fréderic Lioté, Pierre Durieux and Philippe Ravaud
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:128
  35. Patients with schizophrenia have difficulty managing their medical healthcare needs, possibly resulting in delayed treatment and poor outcomes. We analyzed whether patients reduced primary care use over time, ...

    Authors: Laurel A Copeland, John E Zeber, Chen-Pin Wang, Michael L Parchman, Valerie A Lawrence, Marcia Valenstein and Alexander L Miller
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:127
  36. Although some studies have used the Team Climate Inventory within teams working in health care settings, none of these included quality improvement teams. The aim of our study is to investigate the psychometri...

    Authors: Mathilde MH Strating and Anna P Nieboer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:126
  37. The beneficial effects of highly active antiretroviral therapy, increasing survival and the prevention of AIDS defining illness development are well established. However, the annual Portuguese hospital mortali...

    Authors: Sara S Dias, Valeska Andreozzi, Maria O Martins and Jorge Torgal
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:125
  38. Ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) provide outpatient surgical services more efficiently than hospital outpatient departments, benefiting patients through lower co-payments and other expenses. We studied the i...

    Authors: Seth A Strope, Aruna Sarma, Zaojun Ye, John T Wei and Brent K Hollenbeck
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:121
  39. Evidence is necessary but not sufficient for decision-making, such as making recommendations by clinical practice guideline panels. However, the fundamental premise of evidence-based medicine (EBM) rests on th...

    Authors: Benjamin Djulbegovic, Thomas A Trikalinos, John Roback, Ren Chen and Gordon Guyatt
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:120
  40. The use of antidepressants during pregnancy has increased in recent years. In the Netherlands, almost 2% of all pregnant women are exposed to antidepressants. Although guidelines have been developed on conside...

    Authors: Tessa Ververs, Liset van Dijk, Somaye Yousofi, Fred Schobben and Gerard HA Visser
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:119
  41. The impact of high physician workload and job stress on quality and outcomes of healthcare delivery is not clear. Our study explored whether high workload and job stress were associated with lower performance ...

    Authors: Pieter van den Hombergh, Beat Künzi, Glyn Elwyn, Jan van Doremalen, Reinier Akkermans, Richard Grol and Michel Wensing
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:118
  42. Tissue engineering is an emerging field. Novel bioengineered skin substitutes and genetically derived growth factors offer innovative approaches to reduce the burden of diabetic foot and venous leg ulcers for ...

    Authors: Astrid Langer and Wolf Rogowski
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:115
  43. Failure by a large portion of PLHIV to take optimally ARV treatment can have serious repercussions on their health. The absence of a systematic treatment-taking promotion program in Quebec prompted stakeholder...

    Authors: Pilar Ramirez-Garcia and José Côté
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:113