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  1. Very early rehabilitation is expected to improve functional outcomes after stroke, although its effectiveness has not been fully evaluated. The purpose of this study was to investigate the association between ...

    Authors: Hiroki Matsui, Hideki Hashimoto, Hiromasa Horiguchi, Hideo Yasunaga and Shinya Matsuda
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:213
  2. The Ministry of Health (MOH) launched the National Reproductive Health Policy in 2005, which included recommendations regarding the use of emergency contraceptive pills (ECP). However, ECP have not yet been in...

    Authors: Vanphanom Sychareun, Keokedthong Phongsavan, Visanou Hansana and Alongkone Phengsavanh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:212
  3. The current health care reform in China launched in 2009 tackles the problem of access to appropriate medicines for its 1.3 billion people by focusing on providing essential medicines to all. To provide eviden...

    Authors: Wen Chen, Shenglan Tang, Jing Sun, Dennis Ross-Degnan and Anita K Wagner
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:211
  4. During the past three decades, Oman has made significant progress in controlling TB within it's borders. However, the national TB control program elimination target has yet to be reached. This study aims to ex...

    Authors: Abdullah Al-Maniri, Grethe Fochsen, Omar Al-Rawas and Ayesha De Costa
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:210
  5. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the only curative treatment available to severe thalassemic patients. The treatment, however, is very costly, particularly in the context of low and middle inc...

    Authors: Pattara Leelahavarong, Usa Chaikledkaew, Suradej Hongeng, Vijj Kasemsup, Yoel Lubell and Yot Teerawattananon
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:209
  6. Physicians experience workplace stress and draw on different coping strategies. The primary goal of this paper is to use interview data to explore physicians' self reported coping strategies. In addition, ques...

    Authors: Jane B Lemaire and Jean E Wallace
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:208
  7. During a four-year action research project (2003-2007), a program targeting all type 2 diabetes patients was implemented in a well-defined geographical region in Belgium. The implementation of the program resu...

    Authors: Patricia Sunaert, Hilde Bastiaens, Frank Nobels, Luc Feyen, Geert Verbeke, Etienne Vermeire, Jan De Maeseneer, Sara Willems and An De Sutter
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:207
  8. There is worldwide interest in managing the global burden of long-term conditions. Current health policy places emphasis on self-management and supporting patient participation as ways of improving patient out...

    Authors: Joanne Protheroe, Tom Blakeman, Peter Bower, Carolyn Chew-Graham and Anne Kennedy
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:206
  9. Numerous not-for-profit pharmacies have been created to improve access to medicines for the poor, but many have failed due to insufficient financial planning and management. These pharmacies are not well descr...

    Authors: Brenda Waning, Jason Maddix and Lyne Soucy
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:205
  10. The study presents a geographical analysis of dental trauma in a population of 12 and 15 year-old school-children, in the city of Curitiba, Brazil (n = 1581), using a database obtained in the period 2005-2006....

    Authors: Max L Carvalho, Samuel J Moysés, Roberto E Bueno, Silvia Shimakura and Simone T Moysés
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:203
  11. In order to address the challenges of an ageing population the Belgian government decided to allocate resources to the creation of geriatric day hospitals (GDHs). Although GDHs are meant to be a strategy to su...

    Authors: Piet Vanden Bussche, Fien Desmyter, Christiane Duchesnes, Valérie Massart, Didier Giet, Jean Petermans, Veerle Vyncke, Nele Ven Den Noortgate and Sara Willems
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:202
  12. Human resource crises in developing countries have been identified as a critical aspect of poor quality and low accessibility in health care. Worker motivation is an important facet of this issue. Specifically...

    Authors: Ahmad Azam Malik, Shelby Suzanne Yamamoto, Aurélia Souares, Zeeshan Malik and Rainer Sauerborn
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:201
  13. Health care for cancer patients is primarily shaped by health care professionals. This raises the question to what extent health care professionals are aware of patients' preferences, needs and values.

    Authors: Hester Wessels, Alexander de Graeff, Klaske Wynia, Miriam de Heus, Cas LJJ Kruitwagen, Saskia CCM Teunissen and Emile E Voest
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:198
  14. Although a sizeable budget is available for HIV/AIDS control in Thailand, there will never be enough resources to implement every programme for all target groups at full scale. As such, there is a need to prio...

    Authors: Sitaporn Youngkong, Rob Baltussen, Sripen Tantivess, Xander Koolman and Yot Teerawattananon
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:197
  15. This study investigated the incidence of potentially preventable hospitalisations in the first two years of life among children in the National Health Insurance (NHI) system of Taiwan. It also examined income ...

    Authors: Likwang Chen, Hsin-Ming Lu, Shu-Fang Shih, Ken N Kuo, Chi-Liang Chen and Lynn Chu Huang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:196
  16. This study sought to describe the incidence of transitions into and out of Medicaid, characterize the populations that transition and determine if health insurance instability is associated with changes in hea...

    Authors: Ritesh Banerjee, Jeanette Y Ziegenfuss and Nilay D Shah
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:195
  17. In opioid maintenance treatment (OMT) there are documented treatment differences both between countries and between OMT programmes. Some of these differences have been associated with staff attitudes. The aim ...

    Authors: Linn Gjersing, Helge Waal, John RM Caplehorn, Michael Gossop and Thomas Clausen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:194
  18. Diabetic foot infections are common, serious, and diverse. There is uncertainty about optimal antibiotic treatment, and probably substantial variation in practice. Our aim was to document whether this is the c...

    Authors: Benjamin G Fincke, Donald R Miller, Cindy L Christiansen and Robin S Turpin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:193
  19. Diabetic foot infections are common, serious, and varied. Diagnostic and treatment strategies are correspondingly diverse. It is unclear how patients are managed in actual practice and how outcomes might be im...

    Authors: Benjamin G Fincke, Donald R Miller and Robin Turpin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:192
  20. Medical pluralism (MP) can be defined as the employment of more than one medical system or the use of both conventional and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for health and illness. A population-bas...

    Authors: Chun-Chuan Shih, Yi-Chang Su, Chien-Chang Liao and Jaung-Geng Lin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:191
  21. The prevalence of both chronic diseases and multi-morbidity increases with longer life spans. As Australia's population ages, the aged care sector is under increasing pressure to ensure that quality aged care ...

    Authors: Yun-Hee Jeon, Nicholas J Glasgow, Teri Merlyn and Emily Sansoni
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:190
  22. The primary aim of this study was to develop and psychometrically test a Greek-language instrument for measuring satisfaction with home care. The first empirical evidence about the level of satisfaction with t...

    Authors: Vassilis H Aletras, Arsenis Kostarelis, Maria Tsitouridou, Dimitris Niakas and Anna Nicolaou
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:189
  23. Sound policy, resource allocation and day-to-day management decisions in the health sector require timely information from routine health information systems (RHIS). In most low- and middle-income countries, t...

    Authors: David R Hotchkiss, Anwer Aqil, Theo Lippeveld and Edward Mukooyo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:188
  24. Despite increased resources over the past few years the coverage of malaria control interventions is still inadequate to reach national and international targets and achieve the full potential of the intervent...

    Authors: Jayne Webster, Daniel Chandramohan and Kara Hanson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10(Suppl 1):S8

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  25. The home-management of malaria strategy seeks to improve prompt and effective anti-malarial drug use through the informal sector, with a potential channel being the Private Medicine Retailers (PMRs). Previous ...

    Authors: Timothy Abuya, Abdinasir Amin, Sassy Molyneux, Willis Akhwale, Vicki Marsh and Lucy Gilson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10(Suppl 1):S7

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  26. Millions of individuals with malaria-like fevers purchase drugs from private retailers, but artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), the only effective treatment in regions with high levels of resistanc...

    Authors: Justin M Cohen, Oliver Sabot, Kate Sabot, Megumi Gordon, Isaac Gross, David Bishop, Moses Odhiambo, Yahya Ipuge, Lorrayne Ward, Alex Mwita and Catherine Goodman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10(Suppl 1):S6

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  27. Screening tests for cervical cancer are effective in reducing the disease burden. In Thailand, a Pap smear program has been implemented throughout the country for 40 years. In 2008 the Ministry of Public Healt...

    Authors: Jomkwan Yothasamut, Choenkwan Putchong, Teera Sirisamutr, Yot Teerawattananon and Sripen Tantivess
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10(Suppl 1):S5

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  28. South Africa’s antiretroviral programme is governed by defined national plans, establishing treatment targets and providing funding through ring-fenced conditional grants. However, in terms of the country’s qu...

    Authors: Helen Schneider, David Coetzee, Dingie Van Rensburg and Lucy Gilson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10(Suppl 1):S4

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  29. Despite concerns about affordability and sustainability, many models of the lifetime costs of antiretroviral therapy (ART) used in resource limited settings are based on data from small research cohorts, toget...

    Authors: Rory Leisegang, Gary Maartens, Michael Hislop, Leon Regensberg and Susan Cleary
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10(Suppl 1):S3

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  30. While South Africa spends approximately 7.4% of GDP on healthcare, only 43% of these funds are spent in the public system, which is tasked with the provision of care to the majority of the population including...

    Authors: Susan Cleary and Di McIntyre
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10(Suppl 1):S2

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  31. Kenya has bold plans for scaling up priority interventions nationwide, but faces major human resource challenges, with a lack of skilled workers especially in the most disadvantaged rural areas.

    Authors: Kethi Mullei, Sandra Mudhune, Jackline Wafula, Eunice Masamo, Michael English, Catherine Goodman, Mylene Lagarde and Duane Blaauw
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10(Suppl 1):S1

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 10 Supplement 1

  32. The PELICAN Multidisciplinary Team Total Mesorectal Excision (MDT-TME) Development Programme aimed to improve clinical outcomes for rectal cancer by educating colorectal cancer teams in precision surgery and r...

    Authors: Cath Taylor, Joanna M Sippitt, Gary Collins, Chris McManus, Alison Richardson, Jeremy Dawson, Michael Richards and Amanda J Ramirez
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:187
  33. In previous decades a substantial number of community-based studies mostly including dementia cases examined predictors of nursing home admission (NHA) among elderly people. However, no one study has analysed ...

    Authors: Melanie Luppa, Tobias Luck, Herbert Matschinger, Hans-Helmut König and Steffi G Riedel-Heller
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:186
  34. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use - of which naturopathy constitutes a significant proportion - accounts for approximately half of all health consultations and half of out-of-pocket expenditure ...

    Authors: Jon L Wardle, Jon Adams and Chi-Wai Lui
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:185
  35. This paper is a response to the suggestion by Sacristán et al that clinicians can increase their clinical freedom by undertaking individualised economic analyses that demonstrate that interventions, which at a po...

    Authors: Amanda Burls
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:184
  36. Since Professor Hampton announced the death of clinical freedom in 1983, the increasing influence of Evidence-based Medicine and Health Technology Assessment has contributed to augment the feeling that clinici...

    Authors: José Antonio Sacristán, María Costi, Amparo Valladares and Tatiana Dilla
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:183
  37. The promotion of care pathways in the recent Governmental health policy reports of Lord Darzi is likely to increase efforts to promote the use of care pathways in the NHS. Evidence on the process of pathway im...

    Authors: Sara Evans-Lacko, Manuela Jarrett, Paul McCrone and Graham Thornicroft
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:182
  38. Although indicated prevention of depression is available for about 80% of the Dutch population at little or no cost, only a small proportion of those with subthreshold depression make use of these services.

    Authors: Pim Cuijpers, Annemieke van Straten, Lisanne Warmerdam and Marie José van Rooy
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:181
  39. Over the last 30 years options for collecting self-reported data in health surveys and questionnaires have increased with technological advances. However, mode of data collection such as face-to-face interview...

    Authors: Michael R Robling, David K Ingledew, Giles Greene, Adrian Sayers, Chris Shaw, Lesley Sander, Ian T Russell, John G Williams and Kerenza Hood
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:180
  40. People with mental health problems exhibit smoking rates up to three times that of the general population. Metabolic interactions between hydrocarbon agents in tobacco smoke and some antipsychotic drugs accoun...

    Authors: Lisa McNally and Elena Ratschen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:179
  41. A principal reason for low use of public health care services is the perception of inferior quality of care. Studying health service user (HSU) experiences with their care and their perception of health servic...

    Authors: Alma Lucila Sauceda-Valenzuela, Veronika J Wirtz, Yared Santa-Ana-Téllez and Maria de la Luz Kageyama-Escobar
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:178
  42. Responsibility loadings determine relative value units of dental services that translate services into a common scale of work effort. The aims of this paper were to elicit responsibility loadings for a subset ...

    Authors: David S Brennan and A John Spencer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:177
  43. In developed countries, health care utilization among immigrant groups differs where the dominant interpretation is unjustified overutilization due to lack of acculturation. We investigated utilization of pres...

    Authors: Semiha Denktaş, Gerrit Koopmans, Erwin Birnie, Marleen Foets and Gouke Bonsel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:176
  44. The number of women serving in the United States military increased during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), leading to a subsequent surge in new women Veterans seeking health...

    Authors: Mona Duggal, Joseph L Goulet, Julie Womack, Kirsha Gordon, Kristin Mattocks, Sally G Haskell, Amy C Justice and Cynthia A Brandt
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:175
  45. The aim of Clinical Governance (CG) is to the pursuit of quality in health care through the integration of all the activities impacting on the patient into a single strategy.

    Authors: Maria Lucia Specchia, Giuseppe La Torre, Roberta Siliquini, Silvio Capizzi, Luca Valerio, Pierangela Nardella, Alessandro Campana and Walter Ricciardi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:174
  46. Episodes of Emergency Department (ED) service use among older adults previously have not been constructed, or evaluated as multi-dimensional phenomena. In this study, we constructed episodes of ED service use ...

    Authors: Brian Kaskie, Maksym Obrizan, Elizabeth A Cook, Michael P Jones, Li Liu, Suzanne Bentler, Robert B Wallace, John F Geweke, Kara B Wright, Elizabeth A Chrischilles, Claire E Pavlik, Robert L Ohsfeldt, Gary E Rosenthal and Fredric D Wolinsky,
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:173