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  1. Timely accessibility to organized inpatient stroke rehabilitation services may become compromised since the demand for rehabilitation services following stroke is rapidly growing with no promise of additional ...

    Authors: Dany Gagnon, Sylvie Nadeau and Vincent Tam

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:151

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Given the public-private mix of the Greek health system, the purpose of this study was to assess whether variations in the utilisation of health services, both primary and inpatient care, were associated with ...

    Authors: Evelina Pappa and Dimitris Niakas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:146

    Content type: Research article

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  3. It is difficult to keep control over prescribing behaviour in general practices. The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of a dissemination strategy of multidisciplinary guidelines on the volume of...

    Authors: Jody D Martens, Ron AG Winkens, Trudy van der Weijden, Daisy de Bruyn and Johan L Severens

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:145

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Adherence to clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of specific illnesses may result in unexpected outcomes, given that multiple therapies must often be given to patients with diverse medical condition...

    Authors: Manfred Stommel, Ade Olomu, Margaret Holmes-Rovner, William Corser and Joseph C Gardiner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:140

    Content type: Research article

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  5. The GRADE method represents a new approach to grading the quality of evidence and strength of recommendations in the preparation of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG). In the context of a pilot study to assess...

    Authors: Carlos Calderón, Rafael Rotaeche, Arritxu Etxebarria, Mercé Marzo, Rosa Rico and Marta Barandiaran

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:138

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Researchers are increasingly required to describe the impact of their work, e.g. in grant proposals, project reports, press releases and research assessment exercises. Specialised impact assessment studies can...

    Authors: Shyama Kuruvilla, Nicholas Mays, Andrew Pleasant and Gill Walt

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:134

    Content type: Research article

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  7. The study is part of a nationwide evaluation of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in primary care in Switzerland. The goal was to evaluate the extent and structure of basic health insurance expendit...

    Authors: Andre Busato, Reiner Eichenberger and Beat Künzi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:132

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Although medical specialists traditionally hold negative views towards working part-time, the practice of medicine has evolved. Given the trend towards more part-time work and that there is no evidence that it...

    Authors: Marjolein Lugtenberg, Phil JM Heiligers, Judith D de Jong and Lammert Hingstman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:126

    Content type: Research article

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  9. In the era of cost containment, managers are constantly pursuing increased organizational performance and productivity by aiming at the obvious target, i.e. the workforce. The health care sector, in which prod...

    Authors: Victoria Paleologou, Nick Kontodimopoulos, Aggeliki Stamouli, Vassilis Aletras and Dimitris Niakas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:118

    Content type: Research article

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  10. District health systems in Africa depend largely on public funding. In many countries, not only are these funds insufficient, but they are also released in an untimely fashion, thereby creating serious cash fl...

    Authors: Augustine D Asante, Anthony B Zwi and Maria T Ho

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:105

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Chronic medical conditions have been associated with periodontal disease. This study examined if periodontal treatment can contribute to changes in overall risk and medical expenditures for three chronic condi...

    Authors: David A Albert, Donald Sadowsky, Panos Papapanou, Mary L Conicella and Angela Ward

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:103

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Documentation of the hospitalizations rates following a stroke provides the inputs required for planning health services and to evaluate the economic efficiency of any new therapies.

    Authors: J Jaime Caro, Kristen Migliaccio-Walle, Khajak J Ishak, Irina Proskorovsky and Judith A O'Brien

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:99

    Content type: Research article

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  13. In some Western countries, the medical profession is continuously losing prestige, doctors are claiming of high demands, low rewards, and difficult structural working conditions. This study aimed to investigat...

    Authors: Barbara Buddeberg-Fischer, Claudia Dietz, Richard Klaghofer and Claus Buddeberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:98

    Content type: Research article

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  14. The government-led "evidence-based guidelines for cataract treatment" labelled pirenoxine and glutathione eye drops, which have been regarded as the standard care for cataracts in Japan, as lacking evidence of...

    Authors: Miho Sekimoto, Yuichi Imanaka, Nobuko Kitano, Tatsuro Ishizaki and Osamu Takahashi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:92

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Developing complex interventions for testing in randomised controlled trials is of increasing importance in healthcare planning. There is a need for careful design of interventions for secondary prevention of ...

    Authors: Mairead Corrrigan, Margaret E Cupples, Susan M Smith, Molly Byrne, Claire S Leathem, Pauline Clerkin and Andrew W Murphy

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:90

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Primary care is being encouraged to implement multiprofessional, system level, chronic illness management approaches to depression. We undertook this study to identify and assess the quality of RCTs testing sy...

    Authors: Jane Gunn, Justine Diggens, Kelsey Hegarty and Grant Blashki

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:88

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Comorbidity has been shown to intensify health care utilization and to increase medical care costs for patients with diabetes. However, most studies have been focused on one health care service, mainly hospita...

    Authors: Jeroen N Struijs, Caroline A Baan, Francois G Schellevis, Gert P Westert and Geertrudis AM van den Bos

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:84

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Researchers have become increasingly aware that ambulance personnel may be at risk of developing work-related health problems. This article systematically explores the literature on health problems and work-re...

    Authors: Tom Sterud, Øivind Ekeberg and Erlend Hem

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:82

    Content type: Research article

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  19. In unexplained and mild male factor subfertility, both intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) are indicated as first line treatments. Because the success rate of IUI is low, many coup...

    Authors: Nora Pashayan, Georgios Lyratzopoulos and Raj Mathur

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:80

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Patients are increasingly using complementary therapies, often for chronic conditions. Asthma is the most common chronic condition in the UK. Previous research indicates that some asthma patients experience ga...

    Authors: Alison Shaw, Elizabeth A Thompson and Debbie Sharp

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:76

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Age-related alterations in metabolism and excretion of medications increase the risk of adverse drug events in the elderly. Inappropriate polypharmacy and prescription practice entails increased burdens of imp...

    Authors: Jørund Straand, Arne Fetveit, Sture Rognstad, Svein Gjelstad, Mette Brekke and Ingvild Dalen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:72

    Content type: Study protocol

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  22. Paget's disease of bone (PDB) is characterised by focal increases in bone turnover, affecting one or more bones throughout the skeleton. This disrupts normal bone architecture and causes pain, deformity, deafn...

    Authors: Anne L Langston, Marie Johnston, Clare Robertson, Marion K Campbell, Vikki A Entwistle, Theresa M Marteau, Marilyn McCallum and Stuart H Ralston

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:71

    Content type: Study protocol

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  23. Anthroposophic therapies (counselling, special medication, art, eurythmy movement, and rhythmical massage) aim to stimulate long-term self-healing processes, which theoretically could lead to a reduction of he...

    Authors: Harald J Hamre, Claudia M Witt, Anja Glockmann, Renatus Ziegler, Stefan N Willich and Helmut Kiene

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:65

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Recently the financial status of primary care trusts has come under considerable scrutiny by the government, and financial deficits have been blamed on poor local management of resources. This paper examines t...

    Authors: Padmanabhan Badrinath, Rosemary Anne Currell and Peter M Bradley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:64

    Content type: Research article

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  25. The use of natural health products, such as vitamins, minerals, and herbs, by Canadians has been increasing with time. As a result of consumer concern about the quality of these products, the Canadian Departme...

    Authors: Hina Laeeque, Heather Boon, Natasha Kachan, Jillian Clare Cohen and Joseph D'Cruz

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:63

    Content type: Research article

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  26. The Spanish National Health Service is a universal and free health care system. Non-specific low back pain (LBP) is a prevalent disorder, generating large health and social costs. The objectives of this study ...

    Authors: Francisco M Kovacs, Carmen Fernández, Antonio Cordero, Alfonso Muriel, Luis González-Luján and María Teresa Gil del Real

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:57

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Two striking demographic shifts evident in today's workforce are also apparent in the medical profession. One is the entry of a new generation of physicians, Gen Xers, and the other is the influx of women. Bot...

    Authors: Emily Jovic, Jean E Wallace and Jane Lemaire

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:55

    Content type: Research article

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  28. To measure the effectiveness of strategies to implement clinical guidelines andthe influence of organisational characteristics on hospital care.

    Authors: Rob Dijkstra, Michel Wensing, Ruth Thomas, Reinier Akkermans, Joze Braspenning, Jeremy Grimshaw and Richard Grol

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:53

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Scientifically rigorous general population-based studies comparing chiropractic with primary-care medical patients within and between countries have not been published. The objective of this study is to compar...

    Authors: Eric L Hurwitz and Lu-May Chiang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:49

    Content type: Research article

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  30. To be useful, clinical practice guidelines need to be evidence based; otherwise they will not achieve the validity, reliability and credibility required for implementation.

    Authors: Fiona Campbell, Heather O Dickinson, Julia VF Cook, Fiona R Beyer, Martin Eccles and James M Mason

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:47

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Because of the rapid aging population, the demand for residential care exceeds availability. This paper presents the results of a study that focuses on the demand of elderly people for residential care and det...

    Authors: PMA van Bilsen, JPH Hamers, W Groot and C Spreeuwenberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:39

    Content type: Research article

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  32. To improve health-care delivery, care providers must base their services on community health needs and create a seamless continuum of care in which these needs can be met. Though, it is not obvious that provid...

    Authors: Thomas Plochg, Diana MJ Delnoij, Nelleke PC Hoogedoorn and Niek S Klazinga

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:37

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Drug utilization review (DUR) programs are being conducted in Canadian hospitals with the aim of improving the appropriateness of prescriptions. However, there is little evidence of their effectiveness. The ob...

    Authors: Jean-Pierre Grégoire, Jocelyne Moisan, Louise Potvin, Isabelle Chabot, René Verreault and Alain Milot

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:33

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Discharge from hospital to a nursing home represents a major event in the life of an older person and should only follow a comprehensive functional and medical assessment. A previous study identified 3 depende...

    Authors: Anita Slade, Jon Fear and Alan Tennant

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:31

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Self-management programs for patients with heart failure can reduce hospitalizations and mortality. However, no programs have analyzed their usefulness for patients with low literacy. We compared the efficacy ...

    Authors: Darren A DeWalt, Robert M Malone, Mary E Bryant, Margaret C Kosnar, Kelly E Corr, Russell L Rothman, Carla A Sueta and Michael P Pignone

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:30

    Content type: Research article

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  36. A variety of international organizations, professional groups and individuals are promoting evidence-informed obstetric care in China. We measured change in obstetric practice during vaginal delivery that coul...

    Authors: Xu Qian, Helen Smith, Hong Liang, Ji Liang and Paul Garner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:29

    Content type: Research article

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  37. In this methodological paper we document the interpretation of a mixed methods study and outline an approach to dealing with apparent discrepancies between qualitative and quantitative research data in a pilot...

    Authors: Suzanne Moffatt, Martin White, Joan Mackintosh and Denise Howel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:28

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Consensus techniques have been used previously to create explicit criteria to prioritize cataract extraction; however, the appropriateness of the intervention was not included explicitly in previous studies. W...

    Authors: José M Quintana, Antonio Escobar and Amaia Bilbao

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:24

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Emerging animal and zoonotic diseases and increasing international trade have resulted in an increased demand for veterinary surveillance systems. However, human and financial resources available to support go...

    Authors: Katharina DC Stärk, Gertraud Regula, Jorge Hernandez, Lea Knopf, Klemens Fuchs, Roger S Morris and Peter Davies

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:20

    Content type: Debate

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  40. The purpose of this research is to understand the performance of home healthcare practice in the US. The relationships between home healthcare patient factors and agency characteristics are not well understood...

    Authors: Elizabeth A Madigan and Olivier Louis Curet

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:18

    Content type: Research article

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  41. The application of Willingness To Pay (WTP) measurement with Contingent Valuation Method (CVM) to medical services is gradually increasing. Knowing what influences WTP is an important matter because validity o...

    Authors: Hideo Yasunaga, Hiroo Ide, Tomoaki Imamura and Kazuhiko Ohe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:12

    Content type: Research article

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  42. The inspiration for the present assessment of the nutritional care of medical patients is puzzlement about the divide that exists between the theoretical knowledge about the importance of the diet for ill pers...

    Authors: Karin O Lassen, Jens Olsen, Edvin Grinderslev, Filip Kruse and Merete Bjerrum

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:7

    Content type: Research article

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  43. It has been postulated that patients admitted on weekends or after office hours may experience delays in clinical management and consequently have longer length of stay (LOS). We investigated if day and time o...

    Authors: Arul Earnest, Mark IC Chen and Eillyne Seow

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:6

    Content type: Research article

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  44. A significant gap has been documented between best practice and the actual practice of surgery. Our group identified that colorectal cancer staging in Ontario was suboptimal and subsequently developed a knowle...

    Authors: Frances C Wright, Calvin HL Law, Linda D Last, Neil Klar, David P Ryan and Andrew J Smith

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:4

    Content type: Study protocol

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  45. Economic valuations of health care programs often require using patients as subjects, implying that research methodology should conform to the surrounding social, cultural and ethical context. The significance...

    Authors: Nick Kontodimopoulos and Dimitris Niakas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:3

    Content type: Research article

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