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  1. Mandatory vaccination has contributed to the success of immunisation programmes but voluntary vaccination allows people to be responsible for their own health. There are benefits from both policies and the arg...

    Authors: Silvio ST Tafuri, Domenico DM Martinelli, Giovanni GC Caputi, Annamaria AA Arbore, Cinzia CG Germinario and Rosa RP Prato
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:100
  2. Heart failure (HF) is common, costly and associated with significant morbidity and poor quality of life, particularly for patients with low socioeconomic status. Self-management training has been shown to redu...

    Authors: Darren A DeWalt, Kimberly A Broucksou, Victoria Hawk, David W Baker, Dean Schillinger, Bernice Ruo, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Mark Holmes, Morris Weinberger, Aurelia Macabasco-O'Connell and Michael Pignone
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:99
  3. Nepal's Safe Delivery Incentive Programme (SDIP) was introduced nationwide in 2005 with the intention of increasing utilisation of professional care at childbirth. It provided cash to women giving birth in a h...

    Authors: Timothy Powell-Jackson, Joanna Morrison, Suresh Tiwari, Basu Dev Neupane and Anthony M Costello
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:97
  4. A relatively small percentage of patients with chronic medical conditions account for a much larger percentage of inpatient costs. There is some evidence that case-management can improve health and quality-of-...

    Authors: Stuart Howell, Michael Coory, Jennifer Martin and Stephen Duckett
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:96
  5. Combination therapy in managing psychiatric disorders is not uncommon. While combination therapy has been documented for depression and schizophrenia, little is known about combination therapy practices in man...

    Authors: Gerhardt M Pohl, David L Van Brunt, Wenyu Ye, William W Stoops and Joseph A Johnston
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:95
  6. There is considerable discussion surrounding whether advanced hospitals provide better childbirth care than local community hospitals. This study examines the effect of shifting childbirth services from advanc...

    Authors: Shi-Yi Wang, Sylvia H Hsu and Li-Kuei Chen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:94
  7. In chronic disease management, patients are increasingly called upon to undertake a new role as lay tutors within self-management training programmes. The internet constitutes an increasingly significant healt...

    Authors: Anne Kennedy, Anne Rogers, Caroline Sanders, Claire Gately and Victoria Lee
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:93
  8. Unlike other malignancies, there is no literature supporting the accuracy of medical claims data for identifying surgical treatments among patients with kidney cancer. We sought to validate externally a previo...

    Authors: David C Miller, Christopher S Saigal, Joan L Warren, Meryl Leventhal, Dennis Deapen, Mousumi Banerjee, Julie Lai, Jan Hanley and Mark S Litwin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:92
  9. Current guidelines for dementia care recommend the combination of drug therapy with non-pharmaceutical measures like counselling and social support. However, the scientific evidence concerning non-pharmaceutic...

    Authors: Rolf Holle, Elmar Gräßel, Stefan Ruckdäschel, Sonja Wunder, Hilmar Mehlig, Peter Marx, Olaf Pirk, Martin Butzlaff, Simone Kunz and Jörg Lauterberg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:91
  10. Mood and anxiety disorders are highly prevalent and have a large impact on the lives of the affected individuals. Therefore, optimal treatment of these disorders is highly important. In this study we will exam...

    Authors: Wike Seekles, Annemieke van Straten, Aartjan Beekman, Harm van Marwijk and Pim Cuijpers
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:90
  11. African policy-makers are increasingly considering abolishing user fees as a solution to improve access to health care systems. There is little evidence on this subject in West Africa, and particularly in coun...

    Authors: Valéry Ridde and Aissa Diarra
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:89
  12. Since the last decade there has been a gradual change of boundaries of health professions in providing arthritis care. In Canada, some facilities have begun to adopt new arthritis care models, some of which in...

    Authors: Linda C Li, Marie D Westby, Evelyn Sutton, Marlene Thompson, Eric C Sayre and Lynn Casimiro
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:88
  13. Farmers represent a subgroup of rural and remote communities at higher risk of suicide attributed to insecure economic futures, self-reliant cultures and poor access to health services. Early intervention mode...

    Authors: Jeffrey D Fuller, Brian Kelly, Susan Law, Georgia Pollard and Lyn Fragar
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:87
  14. In an effort to promote healthy ageing and preserve health and function, the government of Chile has formulated a package of actions into the Programme for Complementary Food in Older People (Programa de Alime...

    Authors: Damian G Walker, Cristian Aedo, Cecilia Albala, Elizabeth Allen, Alan D Dangour, Diana Elbourne, Emily Grundy and Ricardo Uauy
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:85
  15. Not all cancer patients receive state-of-the-art care and providing regular feedback to clinicians might reduce this problem. The purpose of this study was to assess the utility of various data sources in prov...

    Authors: Michael Coory, Bridie Thompson, Peter Baade and Lin Fritschi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:84
  16. People living in rural Australia are more likely to die in hospital following an acute myocardial infarction than those living in major cities. While several factors, including time taken to access hospital ca...

    Authors: Leigh D Kinsman, Penny Buykx, John S Humphreys, Pamela C Snow and Jon Willis
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:83
  17. HIV prevention programmes for truck drivers form part of the HIV control efforts, but systematic data on the outputs and cost of providing such services in India are not readily available for further planning ...

    Authors: SG Prem Kumar, Rakhi Dandona, John A Schneider, YK Ramesh and Lalit Dandona
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:82
  18. Job satisfaction in the hospital is an important predictor for many significant management ratios. Acceptance in professional life or high workload are known as important predictors for job satisfaction. The i...

    Authors: Oliver Ommen, Elke Driller, Thorsten Köhler, Christoph Kowalski, Nicole Ernstmann, Melanie Neumann, Petra Steffen and Holger Pfaff
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:81
  19. The philosophy of evidence-based medicine (EBM) was introduced in the early 90s as a new approach to the practice of medicine, using the best available evidence to make decisions about health care. Despite ong...

    Authors: Pablo Alonso-Coello, Ivan Solà, Rafael Rotaeche, Ana Isabel González, Mercè Marzo-Castillejo, Arturo Louro-González, Ricard Carrillo, Paola Velázquez, Guillermo García-Velasco and Carlos Calderón
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:80
  20. Due to long waits for primary care appointments and extended emergency department wait times, newer sites for episodic primary care services, such as urgent care centers, have developed. However, little is kno...

    Authors: Robin M Weinick, Steffanie J Bristol and Catherine M DesRoches
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:79
  21. A comprehensive asthma care program (ACP) based on Canadian Asthma Consensus Guidelines was implemented in 8 primary care sites in Ontario, Canada. A survey was distributed to health care providers' (HCPs) to ...

    Authors: Teresa To, Susan McLimont, Chengning Wang and Lisa Cicutto
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:77
  22. Studies on differences between immigrant and non-immigrant groups in health care utilization vary with respect to the extent and direction of differences in use. Therefore, our study aimed to provide a systema...

    Authors: Ellen Uiters, Walter Devillé, Marleen Foets, Peter Spreeuwenberg and Peter P Groenewegen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:76
  23. There is an increasing burden of chronic illness in low and middle income countries, driven by TB/HIV, as well as non-communicable diseases. Few health systems are organized to meet the needs of chronically il...

    Authors: Jane Goudge, Lucy Gilson, Steven Russell, Tebogo Gumede and Anne Mills
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:75
  24. Evidence-based guidelines have the potential to improve healthcare. However, their de-novo-development requires substantial resources – especially for complex conditions, and adaptation may be biased by contex...

    Authors: Christiane Muth, Jochen Gensichen, Martin Beyer, Allen Hutchinson and Ferdinand M Gerlach
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:74
  25. The recovery process is characterized by the interaction of a set of individual, environmental and organizational conditions common to different people suffering with a mental health problem. The fact that mos...

    Authors: Sylvie Noiseux, Denise St-Cyr Tribble, Claude Leclerc, Nicole Ricard, Ellen Corin, Raymond Morissette and Roseline Lambert
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:73
  26. The medical performance evaluation, which provides a basis for rational decision-making, is an important part of medical service research. Current progress with health services reform in China is far from sati...

    Authors: Weiyan Jian, Yinmin Huang, Mu Hu and Xiumei Zhang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:72
  27. Population ageing, the emergence of chronic illness, and the shift away from institutional care challenge conventional approaches to assessment systems which traditionally are problem and setting specific.

    Authors: Leonard C Gray, Katherine Berg, Brant E Fries, Jean-Claude Henrard, John P Hirdes, Knight Steel and John N Morris
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:71
  28. Within the framework of a prospective cohort study of Swiss medical school graduates a sample of young physicians aspiring to an academic career were surveyed on their career support and barriers experienced u...

    Authors: Barbara Buddeberg-Fischer, Martina Stamm and Claus Buddeberg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:70
  29. The break-up of the USSR brought considerable disruption to health services in Russia. The uptake of compulsory health insurance rose rapidly after its introduction in 1993. However, by 2000 coverage was still...

    Authors: Francesca Perlman, Dina Balabanova and Martin McKee
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:68
  30. NHS Stop Smoking Services in the UK provide cost effective smoking cessation interventions, but approximately 75% of smokers who are abstinent at 4 weeks relapse to smoking by 12 months. This study aimed to ex...

    Authors: Shade A Agboola, Tim J Coleman and Ann D McNeill
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:67
  31. The way in which patients and their doctors interact is a potentially important factor in optimal communication during consultations as well as treatment, compliance and follow-up care. The aim of this multidi...

    Authors: Michelle Kelly-Irving, Christine Rolland, Anissa Afrite, Chantal Cases, Paul Dourgnon, Pierre Lombrail, Jean Pascal and Thierry Lang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:66
  32. Diagnostic error is an important error type since diagnostic adverse events are regularly judged as being preventable and the consequences are considered to be severe. Existing research often focuses on either...

    Authors: Laura Zwaan, Abel Thijs, Cordula Wagner, Gerrit van der Wal and Daniëlle RM Timmermans
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:65
  33. The burden of disease of hearing disorders among children is high, but a large part goes undetected. School-based screening programs in combination with the delivery of hearing aids can alleviate this situatio...

    Authors: Rob Baltussen, Ju Li, Li Dong Wu, Xiao Hui Ge, Bai Yu Teng, Xi Bin Sun, Rui Han, Xiao Li Wang and Bradley McPherson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:64
  34. Patient satisfaction is a complex and difficult concept to measure, thus precluding the use of exclusively quantitative methods for its description. The purpose of this survey was firstly to identify particula...

    Authors: Ludmila Marcinowicz, Slawomir Chlabicz and Ryszard Grebowski
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:63
  35. Coordination between care providers of different disciplines is essential to improve the quality of care, in particular for patients with chronic diseases. The way in which general practitioners (GP's) and med...

    Authors: Annette J Berendsen, G Majella de Jong, Betty Meyboom-de Jong, Janny H Dekker and Jan Schuling
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:62
  36. The state of Uttar Pradesh, India accounts for one-quarter of India's neonatal deaths and 8 percent of those worldwide. More than half (52%) of these deaths occur due to infections. In order to achieve Millenn...

    Authors: Neeraj M Srivastava, Shally Awasthi and Girdhar G Agarwal
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:61
  37. The importance of Small Area Variation Analysis for policy-making contrasts with the scarcity of work on the validity of the statistics used in these studies. Our study aims at 1) determining whether variation...

    Authors: Berta Ibáñez, Julián Librero, Enrique Bernal-Delgado, Salvador Peiró, Beatriz González López-Valcarcel, Natalia Martínez and Felipe Aizpuru
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:60
  38. To evaluate the vigilance of medical specialists as to the lifestyle of their cardiovascular outpatients by comparing lifestyle screening as registered in medical records versus a lifestyle questionnaire (LSQ)...

    Authors: Annemarie J Fouwels, Sebastiaan JH Bredie, Hub Wollersheim and Gerard M Schippers
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:59
  39. Patients in hospitals and nursing homes are at risk of the development of, often preventable, adverse events (AEs), which threaten patient safety. Guidelines for prevention of many types of AEs are available, ...

    Authors: Betsie GI van Gaal, Lisette Schoonhoven, Marlies EJL Hulscher, Joke AJ Mintjes, George F Borm, Raymond TCM Koopmans and Theo van Achterberg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:58
  40. The health care delivery system in the United States is facing cost and quality pressures that will require fundamental changes to remain viable. The optimal structures of the relationships between the hospita...

    Authors: John P Kepros and Razvan C Opreanu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:57
  41. The ongoing process of population aging is associated with an increase in prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions with a concomitant increase in the demand of orthopaedic services. Shortages of orthopaedic se...

    Authors: Mayilee Canizares, Crystal MacKay, Aileen M Davis, Nizar Mahomed and Elizabeth M Badley
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:56
  42. Recognizing the importance of increased patient participation in healthcare decisions leads decision makers to consider effective ways to incorporate patient perspectives in Health Technology Assessment (HTA) ...

    Authors: Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Dolorès Lepage-Savary, Johanne Gagnon, Michèle St-Pierre, Chantale Simard, Marc Rhainds, Renald Lemieux, François-Pierre Gauvin, Marie Desmartis and France Légaré
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:54
  43. Recognition of the importance of the early years in determining health and educational attainment and promotion of the World Health Organization Health for All (HFA) principles has led to an international tren...

    Authors: Margaret Kelaher, David Dunt, Peter Feldman, Andrea Nolan and Bridie Raban
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:53
  44. Studies on the association between access to health care and household income have rarely included an assessment of 'forgone care', but this indicator could add to our understanding of the inverse care law. We...

    Authors: Andreas Mielck, Raphael Kiess, Olaf von dem Knesebeck, Irina Stirbu and Anton E Kunst
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:52
  45. Since establishing universal free access to antiretroviral therapy in 1996, the Brazilian Health System has increased the number of centers providing HIV/AIDS outpatient care from 33 to 540. There had been no ...

    Authors: Maria Ines Battistella Nemes, Regina Melchior, Cáritas Relva Basso, Elen Rose Lodeiro Castanheira, Maria Teresa Seabra Soares de Britto e Alves and Shaun Conway
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:51
  46. The triad of quality, innovation and economic restraint is as important in health care as it is in the business world. There are many proposals for the assessment of quality and of economic restraints in healt...

    Authors: Franz Porzsolt, Amit K Ghosh and Robert M Kaplan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:50