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  1. Since, at the health system level, there is little research into the possible interrelationships among the various indicators of health, healthcare performance, non-medical determinants of health, and communit...

    Authors: OA Arah and GP Westert

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:76

    Content type: Research article

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  2. It is well-known that the number of physical therapy treatment sessions varies over treatment episodes. Information is lacking, however, on the source and explanation of the variation. The purposes of the curr...

    Authors: Ilse CS Swinkels, Raymond H Wimmers, Peter P Groenewegen, Wil JH van den Bosch, Joost Dekker and Cornelia HM van den Ende

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:74

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  3. The purpose of the study was to identify and to profile alcohol-related attendances to emergency rooms (ERs) of 11 hospitals of various medical specialties covering a large urban population, to assess risk fac...

    Authors: Bernhard T Baune, Rafael T Mikolajczyk, Gerhard Reymann, Annette Duesterhaus, Susanne Fleck, Hildegard Kratz and Ulrike Sundermann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:73

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  4. Knowing what influences physicians attitudes toward health care costs is an important matter, because most health care expenditures are the results of doctors' decisions. Many decisions regarding medical tests...

    Authors: Patrick A Bovier, Diane P Martin and Thomas V Perneger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:72

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  5. The general practitioner in Norway is expected to ensure equity and effectiveness through fair rationing. At the same time, due to recent reforms of the Norwegian health care sector, both the role of economic ...

    Authors: Benedicte Carlsen and Ole Frithjof Norheim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:70

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Control of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is an important part of the effort to reduce the risk of HIV/AIDS. STI clinics in the government hospitals in India provide services predominantly to the poor....

    Authors: Lalit Dandona, Pratap Sisodia, TLN Prasad, Elliot Marseille, M Chalapathi Rao, A Anod Kumar, SG Prem Kumar, YK Ramesh, Mead Over, M Someshwar and James G Kahn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:69

    Content type: Research article

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  7. The evidence base for improving reproductive health continues to grow. However, concerns remain that the translation of this evidence into appropriate policies is partial and slow. Little is known about the fa...

    Authors: Morten Aaserud, Simon Lewin, Simon Innvaer, Elizabeth J Paulsen, Astrid T Dahlgren, Mari Trommald, Lelia Duley, Merrick Zwarenstein and Andrew D Oxman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:68

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Communication may affect perceptions of fair process for intensive care unit bed allocation decisions through its impact on the publicity condition of accountability for reasonableness.

    Authors: Andrew B Cooper, Amit S Joglekar, Jennifer Gibson, Alissa H Swota and Douglas K Martin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:67

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Early interventions proved to be able to improve prognosis in acute stroke patients. Prompt identification of symptoms, organised timely and efficient transportation towards appropriate facilities, become esse...

    Authors: Marica Ferri, Assunta De Luca, Paolo Giorgi Rossi, Giuliano Lori and Gabriella Guasticchi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:66

    Content type: Study protocol

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  10. Because of their complex clinical presentations and needs frail elderly people require another approach than people who age without many complications. Several inpatient geriatric health services have proven e...

    Authors: René JF Melis, Monique IJ van Eijken, George F Borm, Michel Wensing, Eddy Adang, Eloy H van de Lisdonk, Theo van Achterberg and Marcel GM Olde Rikkert

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:65

    Content type: Study protocol

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  11. Despite the recent proliferation in research on patient trust, it is seldom a primary outcome, and is often a peripheral area of interest. The length of our original scales to measure trust may limit their use...

    Authors: Elizabeth Dugan, Felicia Trachtenberg and Mark A Hall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:64

    Content type: Research article

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  12. The proportion of patients who undergo surgery within a clinically safe time is an important performance indicator in health systems that use wait lists to manage access to care. However, little is known about...

    Authors: Boris G Sobolev, Adrian R Levy, Lisa Kuramoto and Robert Hayden

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:63

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Negative variation in the management of patients with the same clinical condition is frequent, and affects quality of care. Recent studies indicate that single interventions are not an effective solution. We a...

    Authors: Caterina Caminiti, Umberto Scoditti, Francesca Diodati and Rodolfo Passalacqua

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:62

    Content type: Research article

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  14. To demonstrate the use of end-quintile comparisons in assessing the effect of socio-economic status on hospital utilisation and outcomes in Western Australia.

    Authors: Kate J Brameld and C D'Arcy J Holman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:61

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Unequal geographical distribution of medical care resources and insufficient healthcare coverage have been two long-standing problems with Taiwan's public health system. The implementation of National Health I...

    Authors: Tu-Bin Chu, Tsai-Ching Liu, Chin-Shyan Chen, Yi-Wen Tsai and Wen-Ta Chiu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:60

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Occupational Physicians rely especially on advice from colleagues when answering their information demands. On the other hand, Evidence-based Medicine (EBM) promotes the use of up-to-date research literature i...

    Authors: Frederieke Schaafsma, Jos Verbeek, Carel Hulshof and Frank van Dijk

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:59

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Major international differences in heart failure treatment have been repeatedly described, but the reasons for these differences remain unclear. National guideline recommendations might be a relevant factor. T...

    Authors: Heidrun B Sturm, Wiek H van Gilst, Karl Swedberg, FD Richard Hobbs and Flora M Haaijer-Ruskamp

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:57

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Aboriginal people in Australia experience the highest prevalence of diabetes in the country, an excess of preventable complications and early death. There is increasing evidence demonstrating the importance of...

    Authors: Damin Si, Ross Bailie, Christine Connors, Michelle Dowden, Allison Stewart, Gary Robinson, Joan Cunningham and Tarun Weeramanthri

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:56

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  19. Postal questionnaires are widely used to collect data in healthcare research but a poor response rate may reduce the validity and reliability of results. There was a lack of evidence available relating to use ...

    Authors: Sara Kenyon, Katie Pike, David Jones, David Taylor, Alison Salt, Neil Marlow and Peter Brocklehurst

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:55

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  20. Over recent years there has been an increasing prevalence of verbal and physical violence in Israel, including in the work place. Physicians are exposed to violence in hospitals and in the community. The objec...

    Authors: Tal Carmi-Iluz, Roni Peleg, Tami Freud and Pesach Shvartzman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:54

    Content type: Research article

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  21. It is important that response rates to postal surveys are as high as possible to ensure that the results are representative and to maximise statistical power. Previous research has suggested that any personali...

    Authors: Kirstie McKenzie-McHarg, Lucy Tully, Simon Gates, Sarah Ayers and Peter Brocklehurst

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:52

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Failure to keep outpatient medical appointments results in inefficiencies and costs. The objective of this study is to show the factors in an existing electronic database that affect failed appointments and to...

    Authors: Vernon J Lee, Arul Earnest, Mark I Chen and Bala Krishnan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:51

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Improving the quality of health care requires a range of evidence-based activities. Audit and feedback is commonly used as a quality improvement tool in the UK National Health Service [NHS]. We set out to asse...

    Authors: R Foy, MP Eccles, G Jamtvedt, J Young, JM Grimshaw and R Baker

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:50

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Exercise therapy (ET) is the main conservative and proven effective treatment of patients with intermittent claudication. Currently, the most frequent exercise prescription is a single 'go home and walk' advis...

    Authors: EM Willigendael, BLW Bendermacher, C van der Berg, RJThJ Welten, MH Prins, RA Bie de and JAW Teijink

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:49

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Despite cost containment efforts, parenteral (IV) ciprofloxacin appears to be overutilized at Vancouver General Hospital. In November 2003, the Pharmacist-managed intravenous to oral (IV-PO) Dosage Form Conver...

    Authors: Bradley P Ho, Tim TY Lau, Robert M Balen, Terryn L Naumann and Peter J Jewesson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:48

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Patient choice is a major theme in current healthcare delivery. Little is known about patients' wishes regarding the timing of medical outpatient clinics.

    Authors: Claire L Feeney, Nicola J Roberts and Martyn R Partridge

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:47

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  27. There are number of studies showing that general practice is one of the most stressful workplace among health care workers. Since Baltic States regained independence in 1990, the reform of the health care syst...

    Authors: Giedrius Vanagas and Susanna Bihari-Axelsson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:45

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  28. General opinion is that doctors are increasingly dissatisfied with their job, but few longitudinal studies exist. This study has been conducted to investigate a possible decline in professional and personal sa...

    Authors: Magne Nylenna, Pål Gulbrandsen, Reidun Førde and Olaf G Aasland

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:44

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Adult outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy (OPAT) programs have been reported in the literature for over 20 years, however there are no published reports quantifying preference for treatment location of pa...

    Authors: Carlo A Marra, Luciana Frighetto, Alan F Goodfellow, Amy O Wai, M Lynn Chase, Ruth E Nicol, Carole A Leong, Sally Tomlinson, Barbara M Ferreira and Peter J Jewesson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:43

    Content type: Research article

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  30. We sought to estimate the numbers of patients affected and deaths avoided by adopting the Leapfrog Group's recommended hospital procedure volume minimums for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery and per...

    Authors: Andrew J Epstein, Saif S Rathore, Harlan M Krumholz and Kevin GM Volpp

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:42

    Content type: Research article

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  31. To meet the universally recognised challenge of caring for people with long-term diseases many healthcare cultures are encouraging family physicians to develop specialist skills. We aimed to determine the majo...

    Authors: Hilary Pinnock, Gopalakrishnan Netuveli, David Price and Aziz Sheikh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:40

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  32. There are currently several concerns about the ways in which people are recruited to participate in randomised controlled trials, the low acceptance rates among people invited to participate, and the experienc...

    Authors: Anne L Langston, Marion K Campbell, Vikki A Entwistle and Zoë Skea

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:39

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Intermediate care was developed in order to bridge acute, primary and social care, primarily for elderly persons with complex care needs. Such bridging initiatives are intended to reduce hospital stays and imp...

    Authors: Thomas Plochg, Diana MJ Delnoij, Tineke F van der Kruk, Tonnie ACM Janmaat and Niek S Klazinga

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:38

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  34. The main objective of this study is to apply autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) models to make real-time predictions on the number of beds occupied in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, during the recent SA...

    Authors: Arul Earnest, Mark I Chen, Donald Ng and Leo Yee Sin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:36

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  35. Among patients in skilled nursing facilities for post-acute care, increased registered nurse, total licensed staff, and nurse assistant staffing is associated with a decreased rate of hospital transfer for sel...

    Authors: David A Ganz, Sandra F Simmons and John F Schnelle

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:35

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  36. There has been debate about the cost-effectiveness of photodynamic therapy (PDT), a treatment for neovascular age-related macular degeneration. We have been monitoring trends for the provision of PDT in the UK...

    Authors: Robbie C Foy, Barny Foot, Jill Francis, Usha Chakravarthy and Richard PL Wormald

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:34

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  37. We were commissioned to carry out three health assessments in urban areas of Dublin in Ireland. We required an epidemiologically robust method that could collect data rapidly and inexpensively. We were dealing...

    Authors: Susan M Smith, Jean Long, Jillian Deady, Frances O'Keeffe, Deirdre Handy and Tom O'Dowd

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:32

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  38. Recognising that household interviews may produce biased estimates of health services utilisation, we examined for under- and over-reporting of hospitalisation episodes in three recent, consecutive population-...

    Authors: Eva LH Tsui, Gabriel M Leung, Pauline PS Woo, Sarah Choi and Su-Vui Lo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:31

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  39. A significant proportion of trial participants respond to placebos for a variety of conditions. Despite the common conduct of these trials and the strong emphasis placed on informed consent, very little is kno...

    Authors: Zelda Di Blasi, Fay Crawford, Colin Bradley and Jos Kleijnen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:30

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  40. It is estimated that approximately half of emergency department (ED) usage in the U.S. and other developed countries is for non-urgent conditions and that this usage is related to availability, social, and eco...

    Authors: Anthony Suruda, Thomas J Burns, Stacey Knight and J Michael Dean

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:29

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  41. Executive walk rounds (EWRs) are a widely used but unstudied activity designed to improve safety culture in hospitals. Therefore, we measured the impact of EWRs on one important part of safety culture – provid...

    Authors: Eric J Thomas, J Bryan Sexton, Torsten B Neilands, Allan Frankel and Robert L Helmreich

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:28

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:46

  42. In recent years, Dutch general practitioner (GP) out-of-hours service has been reorganised into large-scale GP cooperatives. Until now little is known about GPs' experiences with working at these cooperatives ...

    Authors: Caro JT van Uden, Fred HM Nieman, Gemma BWE Voss, Geertjan Wesseling, Ron AG Winkens and Harry FJM Crebolder

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:27

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  43. Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic neurodegenerative disease which at present has no cure, and it usually results in severe disability. The burden of PD increases as the illness progresses, resulting in the...

    Authors: Marco Cosentino, Emilia Martignoni, Donatella Michielotto, Daniela Calandrella, Giulio Riboldazzi, Claudio Pacchetti, Gianmario Frigo, Giuseppe Nappi and Sergio Lecchini

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:26

    Content type: Research article

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