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  1. The number of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) agencies increases. One component of HTAs are economic aspects. To incorporate economic aspects commonly economic evaluations are performed. A convergence of re...

    Authors: Tim Mathes, Esther Jacobs, Jana-Carina Morfeld and Dawid Pieper
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:371
  2. Health system weaknesses in Africa are broadly well known, constraining progress on reducing the burden of both communicable and non-communicable disease (Afr Health Monitor, Special issue, 2011, 14-24), and t...

    Authors: Rachel Jenkins, Caleb Othieno, Stephen Okeyo, Julyan Aruwa, James Kingora and Ben Jenkins
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:368
  3. Performance-based financing is increasingly being applied in a variety of contexts, with the expectation that it can improve the performance of health systems. However, while there is a growing literature on i...

    Authors: Sophie Witter, Jurrien Toonen, Bruno Meessen, Jean Kagubare, György Fritsche and Kelsey Vaughan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:367
  4. Hospital readmissions are serious and costly events, and readmission rates are considered to be an indicator of quality in health care management. Several models to identify patients at risk of unplanned readm...

    Authors: Shu Yun Tan, Lian Leng Low, Yong Yang and Kheng Hock Lee
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:366
  5. To organize tailored healthcare for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), knowledge about patterns in the use of healthcare among subgroups, such as those with depressive symptoms, is essential. Thus, the purpo...

    Authors: Charlotte Ytterberg, Sanna Lundqvist and Sverker Johansson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:365
  6. Adverse drug events (ADEs) are a considerable cause of inhospital morbidity and mortality. Patient flow differs substantially for surgical and nonsurgical patients: surgical patients are subjected to multiple ...

    Authors: Eveline B Boeker, Monica de Boer, Jordy JS Kiewiet, Loraine Lie-A-Huen, Marcel GW Dijkgraaf and Marja A Boermeester
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:364
  7. Hospital-at-home is an accepted alternative for usual hospital treatment for patients with a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) exacerbation. The introduction of hospital-at-home may lead to changes ...

    Authors: Cecile MA Utens, Lucas MA Goossens, Onno CP van Schayck, Maureen PHM Rutten-vanMölken, Maria W Braken, Loes MGA van Eijsden and Frank WJM Smeenk
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:363
  8. The functional split model of consultant psychiatrist care for inpatients has been one of the major service redesign that has occurred in the NHS in the last decade. It is unclear if this new split model offer...

    Authors: Millia Begum, Keith Brown, Anthony Pelosi, Jim Crabb, John McTaggart, Caroline Mitchell, Everett Julyan, Tony Donegan and Michael Gotz
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:362
  9. In South Africa, the health service is based on a Primary Health Care (PHC) philosophy with the District Health System (DHS) as the locus of delivery. However eye care services, particularly primary eye care, ...

    Authors: Kovin S Naidoo, Kesi Naidoo, Yashika Maharaj, Prasidh Ramson, Diane Wallace and Reshma Dabideen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:361
  10. An increasing number of falls result in an emergency call and the subsequent dispatch of paramedics. In the absence of physical injury, abnormal physiological parameters or change in usual functional status, i...

    Authors: A Stefanie Mikolaizak, Paul M Simpson, Anne Tiedemann, Stephen R Lord, Gideon A Caplan, Jason C Bendall, Kirsten Howard and Jacqueline CT Close
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:360
  11. Herpes zoster (HZ) is a self-limiting painful skin rash affecting mostly individuals from 50 years of age. The main complication is postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), a long-lasting pain after rash has resolved. A ...

    Authors: Bernhard Ultsch, Felix Weidemann, Thomas Reinhold, Anette Siedler, Gérard Krause and Ole Wichmann
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:359
  12. In Ghana’s health delivery services, facilitative supervisory visit (FSV) as a system of management is new. This paper presents the standard evaluation results of FSV, which formed an integral part of the comm...

    Authors: Moses Aikins, Amos Laar, Justice Nonvignon, Samuel Sackey, Takaharu Ikeda, George Woode, Alexis Nang-Beifubah and Frank Nyonator
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:358
  13. Uganda is the last East African country to adopt a National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). To lessen the inequitable burden of healthcare spending, health financing reform has focused on the establishment of ...

    Authors: Robert K Basaza, Thomas S O’Connell and Ivana Chapčáková
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:357
  14. Despite well-articulated benefits, the introduction of Nurse Practitioners (NPs) in Australia has been slow. Poorly defined nomenclature relating to advanced practice roles in nursing and variations in such ro...

    Authors: Julie Li, Johanna Westbrook, Joanne Callen, Andrew Georgiou and Jeffrey Braithwaite
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:356
  15. The performance management concept is relatively new to the Ugandan health sector. Uganda has been implementing health sector reforms for nearly two decades. The reforms included the introduction of the result...

    Authors: George William Lutwama, Janetta Hendrika Roos and Bethabile Lovely Dolamo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:355
  16. Patient safety has been a priority in primary healthcare in the last years. The prevailing culture is seen as an important condition for patient safety in practice and several tools to measure patient safety c...

    Authors: Natasha J Verbakel, Dorien LM Zwart, Maaike Langelaan, Theo JM Verheij and Cordula Wagner
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:354
  17. Maintaining dignity is an important element of end-of-life care and also of the care given in nursing homes. Factors influencing personal dignity have been studied from both nursing home residents’ and staff’s...

    Authors: Mariska G Oosterveld-Vlug, H Roeline W Pasman, Isis E van Gennip, Dick L Willems and Bregje D Onwuteaka-Philipsen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:353
  18. Clinical practice guidelines have been developed to improve the quality of health care. However, adherence to current monomorbidity-focused, mono-disciplinary guidelines may result in undesirable effects for p...

    Authors: Eva Blozik, Hendrik van den Bussche, Felix Gurtner, Ingmar Schäfer and Martin Scherer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:352
  19. Organizational context is recognized as an important influence on the successful implementation of research by healthcare professionals. However, there is relatively little empirical evidence to support this w...

    Authors: Janet E Squires, Carole A Estabrooks, Shannon D Scott, Greta G Cummings, Leslie Hayduk, Sung Hyun Kang and Bonnie Stevens
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:351
  20. During the 90s, Greece has been transformed to a host country for immigrants mostly from the Balkans and Eastern European Countries, who currently constitute approximately 9% of the total population. Despite t...

    Authors: Petros Galanis, Panayiota Sourtzi, Thalia Bellali, Mamas Theodorou, Ioanna Karamitri, Olga Siskou, Giorgos Charalambous and Daphne Kaitelidou
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:350
  21. Worldwide, there has been a marked increase in the number of inguinal and femoral hernia repairs performed as day surgery procedures. This study aimed to outline the epidemiology of the procedures for repairin...

    Authors: Mario Saia, Domenico Mantoan, Alessandra Buja, Chiara Bertoncello, Tatjana Baldovin, Chiara Zanardo, Giampietro Callegaro and Vincenzo Baldo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:349
  22. Urgent referral for suspected cancer was implemented in Denmark on 1 April 2008 to reduce the secondary care interval (i.e. the time interval from the general practitioner’s first referral of a patient to seco...

    Authors: Mette Bach Larsen, Rikke Pilegaard Hansen, Dorte Gilså Hansen, Frede Olesen and Peter Vedsted
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:348
  23. Improving patient safety has become a major focus of clinical care and research over the past two decades. An institution’s patient safety climate represents an essential component of ensuring a safe environme...

    Authors: Natalie Zimmermann, Kaspar Küng, Susan M Sereika, Sandra Engberg, Bryan Sexton and René Schwendimann
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:347
  24. There are few published health technology assessments that have included the impact of a disease or treatment on caregivers’ health related quality of life (HRQL). The objectives of this study were to explore ...

    Authors: Sarah Acaster, Rodolphe Perard, Deven Chauhan and Andrew J Lloyd
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:346
  25. The Zambian Defence Force (ZDF) is working to improve the quality of services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) at its health facilities. This study evaluates the impact of an intervention...

    Authors: Young Mi Kim, Maureen Chilila, Hildah Shasulwe, Joseph Banda, Webby Kanjipite, Supriya Sarkar, Eva Bazant, Cyndi Hiner, Maya Tholandi, Stephanie Reinhardt, Joyce Chongo Mulilo and Adrienne Kols
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:345
  26. Aging of the population in all western countries will challenge Emergency Departments (ED) as old patients visit these health services more frequently and present with special needs. The aim of this study is t...

    Authors: Sarah Vilpert, Hélène Jaccard Ruedin, Lionel Trueb, Stéfanie Monod-Zorzi, Bertrand Yersin and Christophe Büla
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:344
  27. Good quality spatial data on Family Physicians or General Practitioners (GPs) are key to accurately measuring geographic access to primary health care. The validity of computed associations between health outc...

    Authors: Soumya Mazumdar, Paul Konings, Danielle Butler and Ian Stewart McRae
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:343
  28. Heart failure (HF) is a frequent condition in the elderly and mortality is high. This study sought to describe the profile of those providing care in the community and their needs.

    Authors: Patricia M Davidson, Amy P Abernethy, Phillip J Newton, Katherine Clark and David C Currow
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:342
  29. Delirium is a common complication for older people in hospital. Evidence suggests that delirium incidence in hospital may be reduced by about a third through a multi-component intervention targeted at known mo...

    Authors: Mary Godfrey, Jane Smith, John Green, Francine Cheater, Sharon K Inouye and John B Young
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:341
  30. The performance of comorbidity measures for predicting mortality in chronic disease populations and using ICD-9 diagnosis codes in administrative health data has been investigated in several studies, but less ...

    Authors: Lisa M Lix, Jacqueline Quail, Opeyemi Fadahunsi and Gary F Teare
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:340
  31. Increasing incidences of cancer combined with prolonged survival have raised the need for developing community based rehabilitation. The objectives of the analysis were to describe and interpret the key issues...

    Authors: Karen la Cour and Malcolm P Cutchin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:339
  32. Professional networks are used increasingly in health care to bring together members from different sites and professions to work collaboratively. Key players within these networks are known to affect network ...

    Authors: Janet C Long, Frances C Cunningham, Peter Carswell and Jeffrey Braithwaite
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:338
  33. Admission to an emergency department (ED) is a key vulnerable moment when patients are at increased risk of medication discrepancies and medication histories are an effective way of ensuring that fewer errors ...

    Authors: Jesus Becerra-Camargo, Fernando Martinez-Martinez and Emilio Garcia-Jimenez
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:337
  34. Primary health care is recognised as an integral part of a country’s health care system. Measuring hospitalisations, that could potentially be avoided with high quality and accessible primary care, is one indi...

    Authors: Odette R Gibson, Leonie Segal and Robyn A McDermott
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:336
  35. Few studies have investigated the relationships between HIV-related knowledge, fear of contagion in dental environments and Oral Impacts on Daily Performance (OIDP) among dental patients. Our objectives were t...

    Authors: Elwalid F Nasir, Mihaela C Marthinussen and Anne N Åstrøm
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:335
  36. Assistive Technologies, defined as “electrical or mechanical devices designed to help people recover movement” have demonstrated clinical benefits in upper-limb stroke rehabilitation. Stroke services are becom...

    Authors: Sara Demain, Jane Burridge, Caroline Ellis-Hill, Ann-Marie Hughes, Lucy Yardley, Lisa Tedesco-Triccas and Ian Swain
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:334
  37. Community-based health care planning and regulation necessitates grouping facilities and areal units into regions of similar health care use. Limited research has explored the methodologies used in creating th...

    Authors: Paul L Delamater, Ashton M Shortridge and Joseph P Messina
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:333
  38. A Swedish version of the USA Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality“Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture” (S-HSOPSC) wasdeveloped to be used in both hospitals and primary care. Two new dimensionswith ...

    Authors: Mats Hedsköld, Karin Pukk-Härenstam, Elisabeth Berg, Marion Lindh, Michael Soop, John Øvretveit and Magna Andreen Sachs
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:332
  39. The pharmaceutical industry invests heavily in promotion, and it uses a variety of promotional strategies to influence physicians’ prescribing decisions. Within this context, medical representatives (MRs) are ...

    Authors: Mahmoud Abdullah Al-Areefi, Mohamed Azmi Hassali and Mohamed Izham b Mohamed Ibrahim
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:331
  40. Discharge Against Medical Advice (DAMA) from hospital is associated with adverse outcomes and is considered an indicator of the responsiveness of hospitals to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

    Authors: Judith M Katzenellenbogen, Frank M Sanfilippo, Michael ST Hobbs, Matthew W Knuiman, Dawn Bessarab, Angela Durey and Sandra C Thompson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:330
  41. In most Western countries, the referral letter forms the basis for establishing the priority of patients for specialised health care and for the coordination of care between the services. To be able to define ...

    Authors: Miriam Hartveit, Olav Thorsen, Eva Biringer, Kris Vanhaecht, Benedicte Carlsen and Aslak Aslaksen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:329
  42. Registered Nurses (RNs) play an important role in caring for patients suffering from cancer pain. A lack of knowledge regarding pain management and the RNs’ own perception of cancer pain could act as barriers ...

    Authors: Markus Gustafsson and Gunilla Borglin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:328
  43. Person-centeredness is increasingly advocated in the literature as a gold-standard, best practice concept in health services for older people. This concept describes care that incorporates individual and multi...

    Authors: Anita Nilsson, Marie Lindkvist, Birgit H Rasmussen and David Edvardsson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:327
  44. Despite a high prevalence of disability, Aboriginal Australians access disability services in Australia less than non-Aboriginal Australians with a disability. The needs of Aboriginal children with disability ...

    Authors: Michelle DiGiacomo, Patricia Delaney, Penelope Abbott, Patricia M Davidson, Joanne Delaney and Frank Vincent
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:326
  45. Patient safety can be increased by improving the organization of care. A tool that evaluates the actual organization of care, as perceived by multidisciplinary teams, is the Care Process Self-Evaluation Tool (...

    Authors: Deborah Seys, Svin Deneckere, Walter Sermeus, Eva Van Gerven, Massimiliano Panella, Luk Bruyneel, Timothy Mutsvari, Rafaela Camacho Bejarano, Seval Kul and Kris Vanhaecht
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:325
  46. Stakeholder roles in the application of evidence are influenced by context, the nature of the evidence, the policy development process, and stakeholder interactions. Past research has highlighted the role of s...

    Authors: Juliet Nabyonga Orem, Bruno Marchal, DavidKaawa Mafigiri, Freddie Ssengooba, Jean Macq, Valeria Campos Da Silveira and Bart Criel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:324
  47. Translating evidence into practice is an important final step in the process of evidence-based practice. Medical record audits can be used to examine how well practice compares with published evidence, and ide...

    Authors: Annie McCluskey, Angela Vratsistas-Curto and Karl Schurr
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:323
  48. Children with respiratory tract infections are the single most frequent patient group to make use of primary care health care resources. The use of antibiotics remains highly prevalent in young children, but c...

    Authors: Niamh M Redmond, Rachel Davies, Hannah Christensen, Peter S Blair, Andrew M Lovering, John P Leeming, Peter Muir, Barry Vipond, Hannah Thornton, Margaret Fletcher, Brendan Delaney, Paul Little, Matthew Thompson, Tim J Peters and Alastair D Hay
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:322
  49. In Canada, demand for multidisciplinary bariatric (obesity) care far outstrips capacity. Consequently, prolonged wait times exist and contribute to substantial health impairments.

    Authors: Raj S Padwal, Arya M Sharma, Miriam Fradette, Susan Jelinski, Scott Klarenbach, Alun Edwards and Sumit R Majumdar
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:321
  50. District level health system governance is recognised as an important but challenging element of health system development in low and middle-income countries. Accountability is a more recent focus in health sy...

    Authors: Susan M Cleary, Sassy Molyneux and Lucy Gilson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:320