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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Low literacy is a significant problem across the developed world. A considerable body of research has reported associations between low literacy and less appropriate access to healthcare services, lower likeli...

    Authors: Phyllis Easton, Vikki A Entwistle and Brian Williams
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:319
  12. Stroke is a time-dependent medical emergency in which early presentation to specialist care reduces death and dependency. Up to 70% of all stroke patients obtain first medical contact from the Emergency Medica...

    Authors: Caroline L Watkins, Michael J Leathley, Stephanie P Jones, Gary A Ford, Tom Quinn and Chris J Sutton
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:318
  13. To formulate sustainable long-term care policies, it is critical first to understand the relationship between informal care and formal care expenditure. The aim of this paper is to examine to what extent infor...

    Authors: Sari Kehusmaa, Ilona Autti-Rämö, Hans Helenius and Pekka Rissanen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:317
  14. The purpose of this study is to identify which variables –among those commonly available and used in the primary care setting– best predict mortality in a cohort of elderly dependent patients living at home (E...

    Authors: Joan Gené Badia, Alícia Borràs Santos, Joan Carles Contel Segura, Carlos Ascaso Terén, Laura Corredoira González, Ester Limón Ramírez and Pedro Gallo de Puelles
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:316
  15. The high segmentation and fragmentation in the provision of services are some of the main problems of the Colombian health system. In 2004 the district government of Bogota decided to implement a Primary Healt...

    Authors: Paola A Mosquera, Jinneth Hernández, Román Vega, Jorge Martínez and Miguel San Sebastián
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:315
  16. Prostate cancer disproportionately affects low-income and minority men. This study evaluates the impact of a patient navigation intervention on timeliness of diagnostic resolution and treatment initiation amon...

    Authors: Melissa A Simon, Narissa J Nonzee, June M McKoy, Dachao Liu, Thanh Ha Luu, Peter Byer, Elizabeth A Eklund, Elizabeth A Richey, Zhigang Wu, XinQi Dong and Alfred W Rademaker
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:314
  17. Healthcare provider spontaneous reporting of suspected adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) is central to monitoring post-licensure vaccine safety, but little is known about how healthcare professional...

    Authors: Adriana Parrella, Annette Braunack-Mayer, Michael Gold, Helen Marshall and Peter Baghurst
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:313
  18. In recent years, there has been growing interest in measuring the efficiency of hospitals in Iran and several studies have been conducted on the topic. The main objective of this paper was to review studies in...

    Authors: Aliasghar A Kiadaliri, Mehdi Jafari and Ulf-G Gerdtham
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:312
  19. Although there is a global movement toward health system integration and collaboration, little is known about values, beliefs, and attitudes towards collaboration between stakeholders in public health (i.e. pr...

    Authors: Noori Akhtar-Danesh, Ruta Valaitis, Linda O’Mara, Patricia Austin and Val Munroe
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:311
  20. Referral management centres (RMC) for elective referrals are designed to facilitate the primary to secondary care referral path, by improving quality of referrals and easing pressures on finite secondary care ...

    Authors: Ally Xiang, Helen Smith, Paul Hine, Katy Mason, Stefania Lanza, Anna Cave, Jonathan Sergeant, Zoe Nicholson and Peter Devlin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:310
  21. Continuity is an important aspect of quality of care, especially for complex patients in the community. We explored provider perceptions of continuity through a system’s lens. The circle of care was used as th...

    Authors: Morgan Price and Francis Y Lau
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:309
  22. Patients diagnosed with cancer by the emergency route often have more advanced diseases and poorer outcomes. Rates of cancer diagnosed through unplanned admissions vary within and between countries, suggesting...

    Authors: Carmen Tsang, Alex Bottle, Azeem Majeed and Paul Aylin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:308
  23. Potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) in older people is common in primary care and can result in increased morbidity, adverse drug events, hospitalizations and mortality. The prevalence of PIP in Irelan...

    Authors: Barbara Clyne, Marie C Bradley, Carmel M Hughes, Daniel Clear, Ronan McDonnell, David Williams, Tom Fahey and Susan M Smith
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:307
  24. The burden of chronic conditions is high in low- and middle-income countries and poses a significant challenge to already weak healthcare delivery systems in these countries. Studies investigating chronic cond...

    Authors: Upendra Bhojani, Thriveni S Beerenahalli, Roopa Devadasan, CM Munegowda, Narayanan Devadasan, Bart Criel and Patrick Kolsteren
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:306
  25. Strong evidence exists to support preoperative pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) to reduce the severity and duration of urinary incontinence after radical prostatectomy. Receipt of preoperative PFMT amongst ...

    Authors: Andrew D Hirschhorn, Gregory S Kolt and Andrew J Brooks
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:305
  26. Limited access to drugs is a crucial barrier to reducing the growing impact of cancer in low- and middle-income countries. Approaches based on drug donations or adaptive pricing strategies yield promising but ...

    Authors: Ebru Tekinturhan, Etienne Audureau, Marie-Pierre Tavolacci, Patricia Garcia-Gonzalez, Joël Ladner and Joseph Saba
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:304
  27. Continuity of care is essential for good quality diabetes management. We recently found that 46% of patients defaulted from care (had no contact with the clinic for 18 months after a follow-up appointment was ...

    Authors: Janine C Malcolm, Julie Maranger, Monica Taljaard, Baiju Shah, Chetna Tailor, Clare Liddy, Erin Keely and Teik Chye Ooi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:303
  28. The appropriate use of medicines continues to be an important area of inter-disciplinary research activity both in the UK and beyond. Key qualitative work in this area in the last decade has included the ‘medi...

    Authors: Simon White, Paul Bissell and Claire Anderson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:302
  29. Patient-centered diabetes care requires shared decision making (SDM). Decision aids promote SDM, but their efficacy in nonacademic and rural primary care clinics is unclear.

    Authors: Megan E Branda, Annie LeBlanc, Nilay D Shah, Kristina Tiedje, Kari Ruud, Holly Van Houten, Laurie Pencille, Marge Kurland, Barbara Yawn and Victor M Montori
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:301
  30. To determine financial and quality of life impact of patients calling the ‘0845’ NHS Direct (NHS Direct) telephone helpline from the perspective of NHS service providers.

    Authors: Rod Lambert, Richard Fordham, Shirley Large and Brian Gaffney
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:300
  31. Malnutrition, with accompanying weight loss, is an unnecessary risk in hospitalised persons and often remains poorly recognised and managed. The study aims to evaluate a hospital-wide multifaceted intervention...

    Authors: Alison L Kitson, Timothy J Schultz, Leslye Long, Alison Shanks, Rick Wiechula, Ian Chapman and Stijn Soenen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:299
  32. In 1995, Tanzania introduced the voluntary Community Health Fund (CHF) with the aim of ensuring universal health coverage by increasing financial investment in the health sector. The uptake of the CHF is low, ...

    Authors: Boniphace Marwa, Bernard Njau, Joachim Kessy and Declare Mushi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:298
  33. The loss of human resource capacity has had a severe impact on the health system in South Africa. This study investigates the causes of migration focussing on the role of salaries and benefits. Health professi...

    Authors: Gavin George, Millicent Atujuna and Jeff Gow
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:297
  34. Care pathways are widely used in hospitals for a structured and detailed planning of the care process. There is a growing interest in extending care pathways into primary care to improve quality of care by inc...

    Authors: Sabine Van Houdt, Jan Heyrman, Kris Vanhaecht, Walter Sermeus and Jan De Lepeleire
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:296
  35. Health care providers play a significant role in large scale health emergency planning, detection, response, recovery and communication with the public. The effectiveness of health care providers in emergency ...

    Authors: Janet G Baseman, Debra Revere, Ian Painter, Mariko Toyoji, Hanne Thiede and Jeffrey Duchin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:295
  36. The utilization of reproductive health services is an important component in preventing adolescents from different sexual and reproductive health problems. It plays a vital role in safeguarding youth in Sub-Sa...

    Authors: Senafikish Amsalu Feleke, Digsu Negese Koye, Amsalu Feleke Demssie and Zelalem Birhanu Mengesha
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:294
  37. To evaluate the effectiveness of a new multifactorial intervention to improve health care for chronic ischemic heart disease patients in primary care. The strategy has two components: a) organizational for the...

    Authors: Domingo Orozco-Beltran, Esther Ruescas-Escolano, Ana Isabel Navarro-Palazón, Alberto Cordero, María Gaubert-Tortosa, Jorge Navarro-Perez, Concepción Carratalá-Munuera, Salvador Pertusa-Martínez, Enrique Soler-Bahilo, Francisco Brotons-Muntó, Jose Bort-Cubero, Miguel Angel Nuñez-Martinez, Vicente Bertomeu-Martinez and Vicente Francisco Gil-Guillen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:293
  38. The shortage and mal-distribution of surgical specialists in sub-Saharan African countries is born out of shortage of individuals choosing a surgical career, limited training capacity, inadequate remuneration,...

    Authors: Moses Galukande, Sam Kaggwa, Patrick Sekimpi, Othman Kakaire, Achilles Katamba, Ian Munabi, Francis Mwesigye Runumi, Ed Mills, Amy Hagopian, Geoffrey Blair, Scott Barnhart and Sam Luboga
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:292
  39. The primary bottleneck to achieving the MDGs in low-income countries is health systems that are too fragile to deliver the volume and quality of services to those in need. Strong and effective health systems a...

    Authors: Wilbroad Mutale, Virginia Bond, Margaret Tembo Mwanamwenge, Susan Mlewa, Dina Balabanova, Neil Spicer and Helen Ayles
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:291
  40. Tuberculosis (TB) remains a significant public health problem in Peru, causing an estimated 35,000 new cases each year, 6.7% of whom are co-infected with HIV. Social support mechanisms are key in influencing h...

    Authors: Valerie A Paz-Soldán, Rebecca E Alban, Christy D Jones and Richard A Oberhelman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:290
  41. Patients with complex health conditions frequently require care from multiple providers and are particularly vulnerable to poorly executed transitions from one healthcare setting to another. Poorly executed ca...

    Authors: Lianne Jeffs, Renee F Lyons, Jane Merkley and Chaim M Bell
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:289
  42. Patients with addictions and concurrent disorders constitute the most underserved population in the system of care. There are numerous reasons why this population has so much difficulty accessing services, inc...

    Authors: Christian Schütz, Isabelle Aubé Linden, Iris Torchalla, Kathy Li, Majid Al-Desouki and Michael Krausz
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:288
  43. There is a paucity of knowledge on the cost of health care services in Ghana. This poses a challenge in the economic evaluation of programmes and inhibits policy makers in making decisions about allocation of ...

    Authors: Maxwell Ayindenaba Dalaba, Patricia Akweongo, Germain Savadogo, Happiness Saronga, John Williams, Rainer Sauerborn, Hengjin Dong and Svetla Loukanova
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:287
  44. Little is known about the prevalence of modifiable risk factors of falling in elderly persons with a fall-history who do not visit the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department after one or more falls. The objec...

    Authors: Alice C Scheffer, Pieter Boele van Hensbroek, Nynke van Dijk, Jan S K Luitse, Johannes C Goslings, René H Luigies and Sophia E de Rooij
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:286
  45. Inequitable access to medicines is a major weakness in the Indian health care system. Baseline data needed to develop effective public health policy and provide equitable access to essential medicines. The pre...

    Authors: Anita Kotwani
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:285
  46. Advances in radiology technology have contributed to a substantial increase in utilization of radiology services. Physicians, who are well educated in medical matters, would be expected to be knowledgeable abo...

    Authors: Chen-Yi Wu, Hsiao-Yun Hu, Likwang Chen, Nicole Huang, Yiing-Jeng Chou and Chung-Pin Li
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:284
  47. Stomach cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in Japan. The objectives of this study were to estimate and project the economic burden associated with stomach cancer in Japan, and to identify the...

    Authors: Kayoko Haga, Kunichika Matsumoto, Takefumi Kitazawa, Kanako Seto, Shigeru Fujita and Tomonori Hasegawa
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:283
  48. In contrast to other safety critical industries, well-developed systems to monitor safety within the healthcare system remain limited. Retrospective record review is one way of identifying adverse events in he...

    Authors: Kristina Schildmeijer, Maria Unbeck, Olav Muren, Joep Perk, Karin Pukk Härenstam and Lena Nilsson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:282
  49. Road traffic injuries (RTIs) are a substantial cause of mortality and disability globally. There is little published information regarding healthcare resource utilization following RTIs, especially in low and ...

    Authors: Hassan Haghparast-Bidgoli, Soheil Saadat, Lennart Bogg, Mohammad Hossein Yarmohammadian and Marie Hasselberg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:281
  50. The Australian federal government introduced private health insurance incentive policy reforms in 2000 that increased the uptake of private health insurance in Australia. There is currently a lack of evidence ...

    Authors: Shauna Trafalski, Tom Briffa, Joseph Hung, Rachael E Moorin, Frank Sanfilippo, David B Preen and Kristjana Einarsdóttir
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:280