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  1. Objective was to describe variations in how social insurance officers conceive the cooperation with the health care in their daily work with sick leave.

    Authors: Carina A Thorstensson, Jenny Mathiasson, Barbro Arvidsson, Anders Heide and Ingemar F Petersson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:231
  2. In many different countries the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (HSOPS) is used to assess the safety culture in hospitals. Accordingly, the questionnaire has been translated into Dutch for applicatio...

    Authors: Marleen Smits, Ingrid Christiaans-Dingelhoff, Cordula Wagner, Gerrit van der Wal and Peter P Groenewegen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:230
  3. In-hospital mortality is an important performance measure for quality improvement, although it requires proper risk adjustment. We set out to develop in-hospital mortality prediction models for acute hospitali...

    Authors: Hiroaki Miyata, Hideki Hashimoto, Hiromasa Horiguchi, Shinya Matsuda, Noboru Motomura and Shinichi Takamoto
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:229
  4. During the SARS epidemic, healthcare utilization and medical services decreased significantly. However, the long-term impact of SARS on hospital performance needs to be further discussed.

    Authors: Dachen Chu, Ran-Chou Chen, Chia-Yu Ku and Pesus Chou
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:228
  5. Reports of inadequate cancer patient care have given rise to various interventions to support cancer care pathways which, overall, seem poorly studied. Case management (CM) is one method that may support a cos...

    Authors: Christian N Wulff, Marianne Thygesen, Jens Søndergaard and Peter Vedsted
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:227
  6. Epidemiological studies have shown that microalbuminuria is an important risk factor for arteriosclerosis, coronary heart disease and other vascular diseases in persons with type 2 diabetes. In the present stu...

    Authors: Christa Meisinger, Margit Heier, Rüdiger Landgraf, Michael Happich, H-Erich Wichmann and Wolfgang Piehlmeier
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:226
  7. Accident and emergency (A&E) departments and general practitioner (GP) posts are often used inappropriately, leading to overcrowding. In the Netherlands, increasingly more integrated emergency posts (IEPs) are...

    Authors: Rudolf B Kool, Daniel J Homberg and Helen CM Kamphuis
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:225
  8. Persons with a chronic disease are less often employed than healthy persons. If employed, many of them experience problems at work. Therefore, we developed a training programme aimed at job retention. The obje...

    Authors: Inge Varekamp, Gabe de Vries, Annelies Heutink and Frank JH van Dijk
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:224
  9. Patients with stroke should have access to a continuum of care from organized stroke units in the acute phase, to appropriate rehabilitation and secondary prevention measures. Moreover to improve the outcomes ...

    Authors: Massimiliano Panella, Sara Marchisio, Antonella Barbieri and Francesco Di Stanislao
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:223
  10. Studies carried out in the community enable researchers to understand access to medicines, affordability, and barriers to use from the consumer's point of view, and may stimulate the development of adequate me...

    Authors: Andréa D Bertoldi, Aluísio JD Barros, Anita Wagner, Dennis Ross-Degnan and Pedro C Hallal
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:222
  11. Oral anticoagulation prevents strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation but, for reasons that remain unclear, less than 40% of all patients with atrial fibrillation receive warfarin. The literature postulat...

    Authors: Pablo Alonso-Coello, Victor M Montori, Ivan Solà, Holger J Schünemann, Philip J Devereaux, Cathy Charles, Mercè Roura, M Gloria Díaz, Juan Carlos Souto, Rafael Alonso, Sven Oliver, Rafael Ruiz, Blanca Coll-Vinent, Ana Isabel Diez, Ignasi Gich and Gordon Guyatt
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:221
  12. To assess the development of and variation in lengths of stay in Dutch hospitals and to determine the potential reduction in hospital days if all Dutch hospitals would have an average length of stay equal to t...

    Authors: Ine Borghans, Richard Heijink, Tijn Kool, Ronald J Lagoe and Gert P Westert
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:220
  13. Limited literacy is common among patients with chronic conditions and is associated with poor health outcomes. We sought to determine the association between literacy and blood pressure in primary care patient...

    Authors: Benjamin J Powers, Maren K Olsen, Eugene Z Oddone, Carolyn T Thorpe and Hayden B Bosworth
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:219
  14. Interest is increasing in the application of standardised outcome measures in clinical practice. Measures designed for use in research may not be sufficiently precise to be used in monitoring individual patien...

    Authors: J Greenhalgh, AF Long, R Flynn and S Tyson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:217
  15. Blood pressure (BP) monitors are commonly stationed in public places such as pharmacies, but it is uncertain how many people with hypertension currently use them. We sought to estimate the proportion of hypert...

    Authors: Anthony J Viera, Lauren W Cohen, C Madeline Mitchell and Philip D Sloane
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:216
  16. Support for patient self-management is an accepted role for health professionals. Little evidence exists on the appropriate basis for the role of health professionals in achieving optimum self-management outco...

    Authors: John Furler, Christine Walker, Irene Blackberry, Trisha Dunning, Nabil Sulaiman, James Dunbar, James Best and Doris Young
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:214
  17. The adoption of a healthy lifestyle, including physical activity, a healthy diet, moderate alcohol consumption and abstinence from smoking, is associated with a major decrease in the incidence of chronic disea...

    Authors: Gonzalo Grandes, Alvaro Sanchez, Josep M Cortada, Laura Balague, Carlos Calderon, Arantza Arrazola, Itziar Vergara and Eduardo Millan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:213
  18. The study's first objective was to determine the levels of patient satisfaction with services at antiretroviral treatment (ART) assessment sites. Differences in patient satisfaction with several aspects of ser...

    Authors: Edwin Wouters, Christo Heunis, Dingie van Rensburg and Herman Meulemans
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:210
  19. During the recent years improved operation techniques and administrative procedures have been developed for early rehabilitation. At the same time preoperative lifestyle intervention (prehabilitation) has reve...

    Authors: Per Rotbøll Nielsen, Jakob Andreasen, Mikael Asmussen and Hanne Tønnesen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:209
  20. Although clinical research is integral to the advancement of medical knowledge, physicians face a variety of obstacles to their participation as investigators in clinical trials. We examined factors that influ...

    Authors: Anouk T Dev, Teresa L Kauf, Amany Zekry, Keyur Patel, Karen Heller, Kevin A Schulman and John G McHutchison
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:208
  21. The increasing diversity of population in European Countries poses new challenges to national health systems. There is a lack of data on accessibility and use of health care services by migrants, appropriatene...

    Authors: Sónia F Dias, Milton Severo and Henrique Barros
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:207
  22. Research interest in the quality of life (QOL) of persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) has been spurred by the need to broaden outcome measures. Far less of this interest has been directed at the family caregi...

    Authors: Asmahan F Alshubaili, Jude U Ohaeri, Abdel W Awadalla and Asser A Mabrouk
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:206
  23. Type 2 diabetes is rapidly growing as a proportion of the disease burden in Australia as elsewhere. This study addresses the cost effectiveness of an integrated approach to assisting general practitioners (GPs...

    Authors: Ian S McRae, James RG Butler, Beverly M Sibthorpe, Warwick Ruscoe, Jill Snow, Dhigna Rubiano and Karen L Gardner
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:205
  24. Part-time working is a growing phenomenon in medicine, which is expected to influence informal networks at work differently compared to full-time working. The opportunity to meet and build up social capital at...

    Authors: Phil JM Heiligers, Judith D de Jong, Peter P Groenewegen, Lammert Hingstman, Beate Völker and Peter Spreeuwenberg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:204
  25. Postpartum women who experience socioeconomic disadvantage are at higher risk for poor health outcomes than more advantaged postpartum women, and may benefit from access to community based postpartum health se...

    Authors: Christine Kurtz Landy, Wendy Sword and Donna Ciliska
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:203
  26. China is facing a significant tuberculosis epidemic among rural-to-urban migrants, which poses a threat to TB control. This study aimed to understand the health seeking behaviour of and health systems response...

    Authors: Qian Long, Ying Li, Yang Wang, Yong Yue, Cheng Tang, Shenglan Tang, S Bertel Squire and Rachel Tolhurst
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:202
  27. Over the past decade, practitioners in primary health care (PHC) settings in many countries have issued written prescriptions to patients to promote increased physical activity or exercise. The aim of this stu...

    Authors: ME Leijon, P Bendtsen, P Nilsen, K Ekberg and A Ståhle
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:201
  28. The use of cardiovascular health services is greater among patients with depressive symptoms than among patients without. However, the extent to which such associations between depressive symptoms and health s...

    Authors: Paul A Kurdyak, William H Gnam, Paula Goering, Alice Chong and David A Alter
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:200
  29. Many patients are dissatisfied with the way in which their complaints about health care are dealt with. This study tested the assumption that this dissatisfaction consists – in part at least – of unmet expecta...

    Authors: Roland D Friele, Emmy M Sluijs and Johan Legemaate
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:199
  30. The way patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) are treated is partly determined by non-medical factors. There is a solid body of evidence that patient and physician characteristics influence doctors' manag...

    Authors: Olaf von dem Knesebeck, Markus Bönte, Johannes Siegrist, Lisa Marceau, Carol Link, Sara Arber, Ann Adams and John McKinlay
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:198
  31. This paper presents qualitative findings from an assessment of the acceptability of using economic evaluation among policy actors in Thailand. Using cost-utility data from two economic analyses a hypothetical ...

    Authors: Yot Teerawattananon and Steve Russell
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:197
  32. Cross national drug utilization studies can provide information about different influences on physician prescribing. This is important for medicines with issues around safety and quality of use, like non selec...

    Authors: Nadia Barozzi and Susan E Tett
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:196
  33. A significant number of Lebanese medical graduates have emigrated from Lebanon. The objective of this study was to evaluate the hypothesis that the repatriation of Lebanese physicians educated abroad has contr...

    Authors: Elie A Akl, Khalil El-Asmar, Nancy Maroun, Salim M Adib and Beatrice Khater-Menassa
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:195
  34. New products evolving from research and development can only be translated to medical practice on a large scale if they are reimbursed by third-party payers. Yet the decision processes regarding reimbursement ...

    Authors: Wolf H Rogowski, Susanne C Hartz and Jürgen H John
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:194
  35. Demand for home care services has increased considerably, along with the growing complexity of cases and variability among resources and providers. Designing services that guarantee co-ordination and integrati...

    Authors: JM Morales-Asencio, E Gonzalo-Jiménez, FJ Martin-Santos, JC Morilla-Herrera, M Celdráan-Mañas, A Millán Carrasco, JJ García-Arrabal and I Toral-López
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:193
  36. It is ethically controversial whether medical doctors are morally permitted to ration the care of their patients at the bedside. To explore whether general practitioners in fact do ration in this manner we con...

    Authors: Sigurd MR Lauridsen, Michael Norup and Peter Rossel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:192
  37. How to protect patients from harm is a question of universal interest. Measuring and improving safety culture in care giving units is an important strategy for promoting a safe environment for patients. The Sa...

    Authors: Ellen T Deilkås and Dag Hofoss
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:191
  38. In 2001 Brazilian citizens aged 40 or older were invited to participate in a nationwide population screening program for diabetes. Capillary glucose screening tests and procedures for diagnostic confirmation w...

    Authors: Cristiana M Toscano, Bruce B Duncan, Sotero S Mengue, Carísi Anne Polanczyk, Luciana B Nucci, Adriana Costa e Forti, Cláudio D Fonseca and Maria Inês Schmidt
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:189
  39. The new forms of organization of healthcare services entail the development of new clinical practices that are grounded in collaboration. Despite recent advances in research on the subject of collaboration, th...

    Authors: Danielle D'Amour, Lise Goulet, Jean-François Labadie, Leticia San Martín-Rodriguez and Raynald Pineault
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:188
  40. The valid and reliable measurement of health service utilization, productivity losses and consequently total disease-related costs is a prerequisite for health services research and for health economic analysi...

    Authors: Bernd Schweikert, Harry Hahmann and Reiner Leidl
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:187
  41. Infertile couples might experience psychological distress and suffer from impaired health-related quality of life. This study aimed to examine health-related quality of life in infertile couples receiving eith...

    Authors: Batool Rashidi, Ali Montazeri, Fatemeh Ramezanzadeh, Mamak Shariat, Nasrin Abedinia and Mahnaz Ashrafi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:186
  42. Many health care systems now use priority wait lists for scheduling elective coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery, but there have not yet been any direct estimates of reductions in in-hospital mortal...

    Authors: Boris G Sobolev, Guy Fradet, Robert Hayden, Lisa Kuramoto, Adrian R Levy and Mark J FitzGerald
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:185
  43. A growing body of international literature points to the importance of a system approach to improve the quality of care in primary health care settings. Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) concepts and techni...

    Authors: Ross Bailie, Damin Si, Christine Connors, Tarun Weeramanthri, Louise Clark, Michelle Dowden, Lynette O'Donohue, John Condon, Sandra Thompson, Nikki Clelland, Tricia Nagel, Karen Gardner and Alex Brown
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:184
  44. Several studies in wealthy countries suggest that utilization of GP and hospital services, after adjusting for health care need, is equitable or pro-poor, whereas specialist care tends to favour the better off...

    Authors: Enrique Regidor, David Martínez, María E Calle, Paloma Astasio, Paloma Ortega and Vicente Domínguez
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:183
  45. Many patients with chronic illness receive health care in primary care settings, so a challenge is to provide well-structured chronic care in these settings. Our aim was to develop and test a Dutch version of ...

    Authors: Michel Wensing, Jan van Lieshout, Hans Peter Jung, Jan Hermsen and Thomas Rosemann
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:182