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  1. Overcrowding in emergency department (EDs) is partly due to the use of EDs by nonurgent patients. In France, the authorities responded to the problem by creating primary care units (PCUs): alternative structur...

    Authors: Stéphanie Gentile, Pascal Vignally, Anne-Claire Durand, Sabina Gainotti, Roland Sambuc and Patrick Gerbeaux
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:66
  2. Even though there is general agreement that primary care is the linchpin of effective health care delivery, to date no efforts have been made to systematically review the scientific evidence supporting this su...

    Authors: Dionne S Kringos, Wienke GW Boerma, Allen Hutchinson, Jouke van der Zee and Peter P Groenewegen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:65
  3. Burnout in the healthcare workers is formally defined as a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion caused by long-term involvement in situations that are emotionally demanding.

    Authors: Andreas Pavlakis, Vasilios Raftopoulos and Mamas Theodorou
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:63
  4. Reading problems are frequently reported by visually impaired persons. A closed-circuit television (CCTV) can be helpful to maintain reading ability, however, it is difficult to learn how to use this device. I...

    Authors: Marloes C Burggraaff, Ruth MA van Nispen, Bart JM Melis-Dankers and Ger HMB van Rens
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:62
  5. People with severe mental illnesses (SMI) are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Clinical guidelines recommend regular screening for CVD risk factors. We evaluated a nurse led intervention to i...

    Authors: David PJ Osborn, Irwin Nazareth, Christine A Wright and Michael B King
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:61
  6. The aim of this study is to explore perceptions of people with chronic neck or low back pain about how characteristics of home exercise programs and care-provider style during clinical encounters may affect ad...

    Authors: Pilar Escolar-Reina, Francesc Medina-Mirapeix, Juan J Gascón-Cánovas, Joaquina Montilla-Herrador, Francisco J Jimeno-Serrano, Silvana L de Oliveira Sousa, M Elena del Baño-Aledo and Rafael Lomas-Vega
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:60
  7. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is one of the more frequent reasons diabetic patients are admitted to hospital, and there are reports that the long-term prognosis after an AMI is much worse in these patients...

    Authors: Ana Lopez-de-Andres, Valentín Hernández-Barrera, Pilar Carrasco-Garrido, Jesús Esteban-Hernandez, Ángel Gil-de-Miguel and Rodrigo Jiménez-García
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:59
  8. The last decade has seen enormous advances in HIV treatment and care, but how to implement scaled up HIV testing, prevention, and treatment in low-income areas still presents a formidable public health challen...

    Authors: Joseph D Tucker, Li-Gang Yang, Zheng-Jun Zhu, Bin Yang, Yue-Pin Yin, Myron S Cohen and Xiang-Sheng Chen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:58
  9. Physician cost profiles (also called efficiency or economic profiles) compare the costs of care provided by a physician to his or her peers. These profiles are increasingly being used as the basis for policy a...

    Authors: John L Adams, Elizabeth A McGlynn, J William Thomas and Ateev Mehrotra
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:57
  10. Nearly 1 in 10 in the population experience fatigue of more than six months at any one time. Chronic fatigue is a common reason for consulting a general practitioner, and some patients report their symptoms ar...

    Authors: Ramon Sabes-Figuera, Paul McCrone, Mike Hurley, Michael King, Ana Nora Donaldson and Leone Ridsdale
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:56
  11. In summer 2003 a disease management program (DMP) for type 2 diabetes was introduced on a nationwide basis in Germany. Patient participation and continuity of care within the DMP are important factors to achie...

    Authors: Ingmar Schäfer, Claudia Küver, Benjamin Gedrose, Falk Hoffmann, Barbara Ruß-Thiel, Hans-Peter Brose, Hendrik van den Bussche and Hanna Kaduszkiewicz
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:55
  12. Service franchising is a business model that involves building a network of outlets (franchisees) that are locally owned, but act in coordinated manner with the guidance of a central headquarters (franchisor)....

    Authors: Anh D Ngo, Dana L Alden, Van Pham and Ha Phan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:54
  13. In Japan, medical error leading to patient death is often handled through the criminal rather than civil justice system. However, the number of cases handled through the criminal system and how this has change...

    Authors: L Jay Starkey and Shoichi Maeda
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:53
  14. Little research has been done on patient call light use and staff response time, which were found to be associated with inpatient falls and satisfaction. Nurses' perspectives may moderate or mediate the aforem...

    Authors: Huey-Ming Tzeng
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:52
  15. Although international scientific research on health issues has been dealing with the problem of aggression and violence towards those employed in health care, research activities in Germany are still at an ea...

    Authors: Simone Franz, Annett Zeh, Anja Schablon, Saskia Kuhnert and Albert Nienhaus
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:51
  16. While there is considerable research on medical workforce supply trends, there is little research examining the determinants of labour supply decisions for the medical workforce. The "Medicine in Australia: Ba...

    Authors: Catherine M Joyce, Anthony Scott, Sung-Hee Jeon, John Humphreys, Guyonne Kalb, Julia Witt and Anne Leahy
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:50
  17. This paper describes a study protocol designed to evaluate a programme of smoking cessation interventions targeting pregnant women and young people living in urban and rural locations in Northeast Scotland. Th...

    Authors: Flora CG Douglas, Denise A Gray and Edwin R van Teijlingen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:49
  18. Although some studies examined the association between shared decision-making (SDM) and type of breast cancer surgery received, it is little known how treatment decisions might be shaped by the information pro...

    Authors: Myung Kyung Lee, Dong Young Noh, Seok Jin Nam, Se Hyun Ahn, Byeong Woo Park, Eun Sook Lee and Young Ho Yun
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:48
  19. The cost effective provision of quality care for chronic diseases is a major challenge for health care systems. We describe a project to improve the care of patients with the highly prevalent disorders of diab...

    Authors: Latifa M Baynouna, Amal I Shamsan, Tahira A Ali, Lolowa A Al Mukini, Moza H Al Kuwiti, Thuraya A Al Ameri, Nico JD Nagelkerke, Ahmad M Abusamak, Nader M Ahmed, Sanaa M Zein Al Deen, Tariq M Jaber, Abdulkarim M Elkhalid, Anthony D Revel, Alhusini I Al Husaini, Fouad A Nour, Hayat O Ahmad…
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:47
  20. Unmet healthcare needs - the difference between healthcare services deemed necessary to deal with a particular health problem and the actual services received - is commonly measured by the question, "During th...

    Authors: Emily G Marshall, Sabrina T Wong, Jeannie L Haggerty and Jean-Fréderic Levesque
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:46
  21. Little is known about the role European patient organisations play in the process of deciding on reimbursement for medicines. Therefore we explore the current role of patient organisations in the process of reimb...

    Authors: Janneke Noordman, Liset van Dijk and Roland Friele
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:45
  22. Comparing patterns of resource utilization between hospitals is often complicated by biases in community and patient populations. Stroke patients treated with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) provide a parti...

    Authors: Angela F Caveney, Robert Silbergleit, Shirley Frederiksen, William J Meurer, Susan L Hickenbottom, Rodney W Smith and Phillip A Scott
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:44
  23. An East African survey showed that among the few health facilities that measured adherence to antiretroviral therapy, practices and definitions varied widely. We evaluated the feasibility of collecting routine...

    Authors: John C Chalker, Tenaw Andualem, Lillian N Gitau, Joseph Ntaganira, Celestino Obua, Hailu Tadeg, Paul Waako and Dennis Ross-Degnan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:43
  24. Access to antiretroviral therapy has dramatically expanded in Africa in recent years, but there are no validated approaches to measure treatment adherence in these settings.

    Authors: Dennis Ross-Degnan, Marsha Pierre-Jacques, Fang Zhang, Hailu Tadeg, Lillian Gitau, Joseph Ntaganira, Robert Balikuddembe, John Chalker and Anita K Wagner
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:42
  25. In Australia, many community service program data collections developed over the last decade, including several for aged care programs, contain a statistical linkage key (SLK) to enable derivation of client-le...

    Authors: Rosemary Karmel, Phil Anderson, Diane Gibson, Ann Peut, Stephen Duckett and Yvonne Wells
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:41
  26. The profile of the medical profession is changing in regard to feminization, attitudes towards the profession, and the lifestyle aspirations of young physicians. The issues addressed in this study are the care...

    Authors: Barbara Buddeberg-Fischer, Martina Stamm, Claus Buddeberg, Georg Bauer, Oliver Hämmig, Michaela Knecht and Richard Klaghofer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:40
  27. Medication errors occur frequently at points of transition in care. The key problems causing these medication errors are: incomplete and inappropriate medication reconciliation at hospital discharge (partly ar...

    Authors: Fatma Karapinar-Çarkıt, Sander D Borgsteede, Jan Zoer, Carl Siegert, Maurits van Tulder, Antoine CG Egberts and Patricia MLA van den Bemt
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:39
  28. International health policy surveys are used to compare and evaluate health system performance, but little is known about the effects of non-response. The objective of this study was to assess the effects of n...

    Authors: Oyvind A Bjertnaes, Hilde H Iversen and Geir Bukholm
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:38
  29. In our region (Eastern South Limburg, The Netherlands) an open access echocardiography service started in 2002. It was the first service of this kind in The Netherlands. Our study aims were: (1) to evaluate de...

    Authors: Leanne MSG van Heur, Leo HB Baur, Marleen Tent, Cara LB Lodewijks-van der Bolt, Marjolijn Streppel, Ron AG Winkens and Henri EJH Stoffers
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:37
  30. Diabetes is the third most common chronic condition in childhood and poor glycaemic control leads to serious short-term and life-limiting long-term complications. In addition to optimal medical management, it ...

    Authors: Rachel McNamara, Mike Robling, Kerenza Hood, Kristina Bennert, Susan Channon, David Cohen, Elizabeth Crowne, Helen Hambly, Kamila Hawthorne, Mirella Longo, Lesley Lowes, Rebecca Playle, Stephen Rollnick and John W Gregory
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:36
  31. Improvements in treatment of mental disorders are repeatedly called for. General practitioners (GPs) are responsible for the majority of treatment of mental disorders. Consequently, we interviewed GPs about th...

    Authors: Arnstein Mykletun, Ann Kristin Knudsen, Tone Tangen and Simon Øverland
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:35
  32. The majority of patients using antihypertensive medications fail to achieve their recommended target blood pressure. Poor daily adherence with medication regimens and a lack of persistence with medication use ...

    Authors: Rosalind Lau, Kay Stewart, Kevin P McNamara, Shane L Jackson, Jeffery D Hughes, Gregory M Peterson, Diana A Bortoletto, Jenny McDowell, Michael J Bailey, Arthur Hsueh and Johnson George
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:34
  33. This paper investigates knowledge of Community Health Insurance (CHI) and the perception of its relevance by key policy makers and health service managers in Uganda. Community Health Insurance schemes currentl...

    Authors: Robert K Basaza, Bart Criel and Patrick Van der Stuyft
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:33
  34. Clinimetric data for the fire fighting simulation test (FFST), a new test proposed for the Workers' Health Surveillance (WHS) of Dutch fire fighters, were evaluated.

    Authors: Marie-Christine J Plat, Monique HW Frings-Dresen and Judith K Sluiter
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:32
  35. Administrative and survey data are two key data sources for population-based research about chronic disease. The objectives of this methodological paper are to: (1) estimate agreement between the two data sour...

    Authors: Lisa M Lix, Marina S Yogendran, Souradet Y Shaw, Laura E Targownick, Jennifer Jones and Osama Bataineh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:31
  36. Nursing home care for people with dementia is increasingly organized in small-scale and homelike care settings, in which normal daily life is emphasized. Despite this increase, relatively little is known about...

    Authors: Hilde Verbeek, Sandra MG Zwakhalen, Erik van Rossum, Ton Ambergen, Gertrudis IJM Kempen and Jan PH Hamers
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:30
  37. As in other resource limited settings, the Ministry of Health in Zambia is challenged to make affordable and acceptable PMTCT interventions accessible and available. With a 14.3% HIV prevalence, the MOH estima...

    Authors: Kwasi Torpey, Mushota Kabaso, Prisca Kasonde, Rebecca Dirks, Maxmillian Bweupe, Catherine Thompson and Ya Diul Mukadi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:29
  38. The Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (HSOPS) is used to assess safety culture in many countries. Accordingly, the questionnaire has been translated into Turkish for the study of patient safety culture...

    Authors: Said Bodur and Emel Filiz
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:28
  39. Although performance measurement for assessing care quality is an emerging area, a system for measuring the quality of cancer care at the hospital level has not been well developed. The purpose of this study w...

    Authors: Kuo-Piao Chung, Yun-Jau Chang, Mei-Shu Lai, Raymond Nien-Chen Kuo, Skye H Cheng, Li-Tzong Chen, Reiping Tang, Tsang-Wu Liu and Ming-Jium Shieh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:27
  40. Smoking cessation quitlines are an effective yet largely untapped resource for clinician referrals. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of a fax referral system that links community health centers (...

    Authors: Donna Shelley and Jennifer Cantrell
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:25
  41. The increasing demand on hospitalisation, either due to elective activity from the waiting lists or due to emergency admissions coming from the Emergency Department (ED), requires looking for strategies that l...

    Authors: B Ortiga, C Capdevila, A Salazar, MF Viso, C Bartolomé and X Corbella
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:23
  42. In the financing of a national health system, where pharmaceutical spending is one of the main cost containment targets, predicting pharmacy costs for individuals and populations is essential for budget planni...

    Authors: Amaia Calderón-Larrañaga, Chad Abrams, Beatriz Poblador-Plou, Jonathan P Weiner and Alexandra Prados-Torres
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:22
  43. There are many instruments available freely for evaluating obstetric care quality in low-resource settings. However, this profusion can be confusing; moreover, evaluation instruments need to be adapted to loca...

    Authors: Florence Morestin, Abel Bicaba, Jean de Dieu Sermé and Pierre Fournier
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:20
  44. The effectiveness of collaborative care for patients with major depressive disorder in primary care has been established. Assessing its cost-effectiveness is important for deciding on implementation. This revi...

    Authors: Kirsten M van Steenbergen-Weijenburg, Christina M van der Feltz-Cornelis, Eva K Horn, Harm WJ van Marwijk, Aartjan TF Beekman, Frans FH Rutten and Leona Hakkaart-van Roijen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:19
  45. Transferring knowledge from research into practice can be challenging, partly because the process involves a change in attitudes, roles and behaviour by individuals and teams. Helping teams to identify then ta...

    Authors: Annie McCluskey and Sandy Middleton
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:18