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  1. Subjective parameters such as quality of life or patient satisfaction gain importance as outcome parameters and benchmarks in health care. In many countries hospitals are now undergoing accreditation as mandat...

    Authors: Cornelia Sack, Peter Lütkes, Wolfram Günther, Raimund Erbel, Karl-Heinz Jöckel and Gerald J Holtmann
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:120
  2. There is worldwide variation in rehabilitation practices after total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and no agreement on which interventions will lead to optimal short and long term pa...

    Authors: Marie D Westby and Catherine L Backman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:119
  3. Network forms of organization are increasingly popular in primary care. At the end of the 1990s General Practitioners (GPs) in Italy were given the opportunity to adopt network forms of organization with the a...

    Authors: Giovanni Fattore and Domenico Salvatore
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:118
  4. Many countries are developing health financing mechanisms to pursue the goal of universal coverage. In China, a rural health insurance system entitled New Cooperative Medical Scheme (NCMS) is being developed s...

    Authors: Baorong Yu, Qingyue Meng, Charles Collins, Rachel Tolhurst, Shenglan Tang, Fei Yan, Lennart Bogg and Xiaoyun Liu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:116
  5. Job satisfaction is important to staff management of township health centers (THCs), as it is associated with organizational performance, quality of care and employee retention. The purpose of this study was t...

    Authors: Jun A Liu, Qi Wang and Zu X Lu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:115
  6. The evidence gained from effective self-management interventions is often criticised for the ambiguity of its active components, and consequently the obstruction of their implementation into daily practice.

    Authors: Helle Terkildsen Maindal, Marit Kirkevold, Annelli Sandbæk and Torsten Lauritzen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:114
  7. The engagement of hospitals in Public-Private Mix (PPM) for Directly Observed Treatment Short-Course (DOTS) strategy has increased rapidly internationally - including in Indonesia. In view of the rapid global ...

    Authors: Ari Probandari, Lars Lindholm, Hans Stenlund, Adi Utarini and Anna-Karin Hurtig
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:113
  8. Case management is an important component of structured and evidence-based primary care for chronically ill patients. Its effectiveness and efficiency has been evaluated in numerous clinical trials. This proto...

    Authors: Tobias Freund, Felizitas Kayling, Antje Miksch, Joachim Szecsenyi and Michel Wensing
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:112
  9. Published prevalence studies on multimorbidity present diverse data collection methods, sources of data, targeted age groups, diagnoses considered and study populations, making the comparability of prevalence ...

    Authors: Martin Fortin, Catherine Hudon, Jeannie Haggerty, Marjan van den Akker and José Almirall
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:111
  10. Long-term care is often associated with high health care expenditures. In the Netherlands, an ageing population will likely increase the demand for long-term care within the near future. The development of ris...

    Authors: Albert Wong, Rianne Elderkamp-de Groot, Johan Polder and Job van Exel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:110
  11. Currently there is no framework for those involved in the identification, evaluation and prioritisation of new diagnostic technologies. Therefore we aimed to develop prioritisation criteria for the assessment ...

    Authors: Annette Plüddemann, Carl Heneghan, Matthew Thompson, Nia Roberts, Nicholas Summerton, Luan Linden-Phillips, Claire Packer and Christopher P Price
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:109
  12. Instruments have been developed to assess professional views of the quality of care but have rarely been tested for responsiveness to change. The objective of this study was to test the responsiveness of the G...

    Authors: Oyvind A Bjertnaes, Arjan Nieland, Elisabeth Damerell and Andrew Garratt
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:108
  13. Healthcare workers have been identified as one of the high risk groups for being infected with influenza during influenza pandemic. Potential levels of absenteeism among healthcare workers in hospital settings...

    Authors: Eliza LY Wong, Samuel YS Wong, Kenny Kung, Annie WL Cheung, Tiffany T Gao and Sian Griffiths
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:107
  14. Coeliac disease is a common chronic autoimmune disorder. Underdiagnosis is common and the quality of life impact of symptoms may be severe. We report a study of symptom duration and quality of life before and ...

    Authors: Alastair M Gray and Irene N Papanicolas
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:105
  15. This paper describes the development and implementation of an intervention to facilitate teamwork between general practice and outside allied and community health services and providers.

    Authors: Mark F Harris, Bibiana C Chan, Christopher Daniel, Qing Wan, Nick Zwar and Gawaine Powell Davies
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:104
  16. Inequalities in uptake of cancer screening by ethnic minority populations are well documented in a number of international studies. However, most studies to date have explored screening uptake for a single can...

    Authors: Charlotte L Price, Ala K Szczepura, Anil K Gumber and Julietta Patnick
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:103
  17. Fibromyalgia is a painful, debilitating illness with a prevalence of 0.5-5.0% that affects women more than men. It has been shown that the diagnosis of fibromyalgia is associated with improved patient satisfac...

    Authors: Ernest Choy, Serge Perrot, Teresa Leon, Joan Kaplan, Danielle Petersel, Anna Ginovker and Erich Kramer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:102
  18. Physicians who serve as public health specialists at public health centers and health departments in local or central government have significant roles because of their public health expertise. The aim of this...

    Authors: Soichi Koike, Tomoko Kodama, Shinya Matsumoto, Hiroo Ide, Hideo Yasunaga and Tomoaki Imamura
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:101
  19. Reporting incidents can contribute to safer health care, as an awareness of the weaknesses of a system could be considered as a starting point for improvements. It is believed that patient safety education for...

    Authors: José D Jansma, Dorien LM Zwart, Ian P Leistikow, Cor J Kalkman, Cordula Wagner and Arnold B Bijnen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:100
  20. Although chemotherapy is not a routine recommendation for stage II colon cancer by the U.S. national guidelines, 20-30% of patients have received chemotherapy. This study investigated whether screening mammogr...

    Authors: Xinhua Yu and Alexander M McBean
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:98
  21. The communication literature currently focuses primarily on improving physicians' verbal and non-verbal behaviors during the medical interview. The Four Habits Model is a teaching and research framework for ph...

    Authors: Jaya K Rao, Lynda A Anderson, Bhuvana Sukumar, Danielle A Beauchesne, Terry Stein and Richard M Frankel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:97
  22. This manuscript describes a method for adjustment of nursing home quality indicators (QIs) defined using the Center for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) nursing home resident assessment system, the Minimum D...

    Authors: Richard N Jones, John P Hirdes, Jeffrey W Poss, Maureen Kelly, Katharine Berg, Brant E Fries and John N Morris
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:96
  23. This study aims to describe the development, testing and optimization of a new standard instrument, the Consumer Quality Index (CQ-index®) Long-term Care, for measuring client experiences with long-term care in t...

    Authors: Mattanja Triemstra, Sjenny Winters, Rudolf B Kool and Therese A Wiegers
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:95
  24. In the modern hospital environment, increasing possibilities in medical examination techniques and increasing documentation tasks claim the physicians' energy and encroach on their time spent with patients. Th...

    Authors: Gerhild Becker, Dorothee E Kempf, Carola J Xander, Felix Momm, Manfred Olschewski and Hubert E Blum
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:94
  25. Coordination within hospitals is a major attribute of medical care and influences quality of care. This study tested the validity of 3 indicators covering two key aspects of coordination: the transfer of writt...

    Authors: Etienne Minvielle, Henri Leleu, Frédéric Capuano, Catherine Grenier, Philippe Loirat and Laurent Degos
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:93
  26. The notion 'hard to reach' is a contested and ambiguous term that is commonly used within the spheres of social care and health, especially in discourse around health and social inequalities. There is a need t...

    Authors: Sarah M Flanagan and Beverley Hancock
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:92
  27. Integration of medical care across clinicians and settings could enhance the quality of care for patients. To date, there is limited data on the levels of integration in practice. Our objective was to compare ...

    Authors: Martin Strandberg-Larsen, Michaela L Schiøtz, Jeremy D Silver, Anne Frølich, John S Andersen, Ilana Graetz, Mary Reed, Jim Bellows, Allan Krasnik, Thomas Rundall and John Hsu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:91
  28. There is growing concern certain not-for-profit hospitals are not providing enough uncompensated care to justify their tax exempt status. Our objective was to compare the amount of uncompensated care provided ...

    Authors: Peter Cram, Levent Bayman, Ioana Popescu, Mary S Vaughan-Sarrazin, Xueya Cai and Gary E Rosenthal
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:90
  29. Previous research on mental health care has shown considerable differences in use of seclusion, restraint and involuntary medication among different wards and geographical areas. This study investigates to wha...

    Authors: Tonje Lossius Husum, Johan Håkon Bjørngaard, Arnstein Finset and Torleif Ruud
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:89
  30. Like in several other Western countries, in the Dutch health care system regulated competition has been introduced. In order to make this work, comparable information is required about the performance of healt...

    Authors: Diana MJ Delnoij, Jany JDJM Rademakers and Peter P Groenewegen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:88
  31. The Primary Community Care Network (PCCN) Demonstration Project, launched by the Bureau of National Health Insurance (BNHI) in 2003, is still in progress. Partnership structures in PCCNs represent both contrac...

    Authors: Chia-Yi Liau, Cheng-Chieh Lin, Yung-Kai Lin and Blossom Yen-Ju Lin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:87
  32. The demands in hospitals for safety and quality, combined with limitations in financing health care require effective cooperation between physicians and managers. The complex relationship between both groups h...

    Authors: Hanneke AHJ Klopper-Kes, Sabine Siesling, Nienke Meerdink, Celeste PM Wilderom and Wim H van Harten
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:86
  33. Aim of study was to document 1) that patient safety culture scores vary considerably by hospital department and ward, and 2) that much of the variation is across the lowest level organizational units: the ward...

    Authors: Ellen Deilkås and Dag Hofoss
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:85
  34. The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG-DHHS) issued a report which showed explosive growth and also raised questions of lack of medical necessity and/or indications...

    Authors: Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Vidyasagar Pampati, Vijay Singh, Mark V Boswell, Howard S Smith and Joshua A Hirsch
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:84
  35. Many measurement scales for interprofessional collaboration are developed for one health professional group, typically nurses. Evaluating interprofessional collaborative relationships can benefit from employin...

    Authors: Chris Kenaszchuk, Scott Reeves, David Nicholas and Merrick Zwarenstein
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:83
  36. The epidemiology and disease burden of annual influenza in children in mainland People's Republic of China have not been reported in detail. To understand the incidence and epidemiology of laboratory-proven in...

    Authors: Wei Ji, Tao Zhang, Xuelan Zhang, Lufang Jiang, Yunfang Ding, Chuangli Hao, Liwen Ju, Yuqing Wang, Qingwu Jiang, Mark Steinhoff, Steven Black and Genming Zhao
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:82
  37. Disease management programmes are heterogeneous in nature and often lack a theoretical basis. An evaluation model has been developed in which theoretically driven inquiries link disease management intervention...

    Authors: Karin MM Lemmens, Anna P Nieboer, Maureen PMH Rutten-Van Mölken, Constant P van Schayck, Javier D Asin, Jos AM Dirven and Robbert Huijsman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:81
  38. There has been a substantial increase in research on mental illness related stigma over the past 10 years, with many measures in use. This study aims to review current practice in the survey measurement of men...

    Authors: Elaine Brohan, Mike Slade, Sarah Clement and Graham Thornicroft
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:80
  39. The quality of the physician-patient therapeutic relationship is a key factor in the effectiveness of care. Unfortunately, physicians and people living in poverty inhabit very different social milieux, and thi...

    Authors: Christine Loignon, Jeannie L Haggerty, Martin Fortin, Christophe P Bedos, Dawn Allen and David Barbeau
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:79
  40. In primary health care, provider-patient interaction is fundamental platform and critically affects service delivery. Nevertheless, it is often ignored in medical research and practice and it is infrequently s...

    Authors: Zewdie Birhanu, Tsion Assefa, Mirkuzie Woldie and Sudhakar Morankar
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:78
  41. Chronic heart failure (CHF) is the leading cause of all hospitalisations and readmissions in older people, accounting for a large proportion of developed countries' national health care expenditure. CHF can se...

    Authors: Yun-Hee Jeon, Stefan G Kraus, Tanisha Jowsey and Nicholas J Glasgow
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:77
  42. The literature comparing private not-for-profit, for-profit, and government providers mostly relies on empirical evidence from high-income and established market economies. Studies from developing and transiti...

    Authors: Karen Eggleston, Mingshan Lu, Congdong Li, Jian Wang, Zhe Yang, Jing Zhang and Hude Quan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:76
  43. Implementation of medical interventions may vary with organization and available capacity. The influence of this source of variability on the cost-effectiveness can be evaluated by computer simulation followin...

    Authors: Sabrina Ramwadhdoebe, Godefridus G Van Merode, Magda M Boere-Boonekamp, Ralph JB Sakkers and Erik Buskens
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:75
  44. An industrial dispute between prison doctors and the Irish Prison Service (IPS) took place in 2004. Part of the resolution of that dispute was that an independent review of prison medical and support services ...

    Authors: Joe M Barry, Catherine D Darker, David E Thomas, Shane PA Allwright and Tom O'Dowd
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:74
  45. The rapid HIV antibody test is the diagnostic tool of choice in low and middle-income countries. Previous evidence suggests that rapid HIV diagnostic tests may underperform in the field, failing to detect a su...

    Authors: Benjamin J Wolpaw, Catherine Mathews, Mickey Chopra, Diana Hardie, Virginia de Azevedo, Karen Jennings and Mark N Lurie
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:73
  46. Working in a hospital during an extraordinary infectious disease outbreak can cause significant stress and contribute to healthcare workers choosing to reduce patient contact. Psychological training of healthc...

    Authors: Robert G Maunder, William J Lancee, Reet Mae, Leslie Vincent, Nathalie Peladeau, Mary Agnes Beduz, Jonathan J Hunter and Molyn Leszcz
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:72
  47. Laboratory testing is frequently unnecessary, particularly repetitive testing. Among the interventions proposed to reduce unnecessary testing, Computerized Decision Support Systems (CDSS) have been shown to be...

    Authors: Julie Niès, Isabelle Colombet, Eric Zapletal, Florence Gillaizeau, Patrick Chevalier and Pierre Durieux
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:70