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  1. Many patients have uncontrolled blood pressure (BP) because they are not taking medications as prescribed. Providers may have difficulty accurately assessing adherence. Providers need to assess medication adhe...

    Authors: Jennifer Meddings, Eve A Kerr, Michele Heisler and Timothy P Hofer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:270
  2. Schizophrenia is among the most burdensome and costly illnesses worldwide. To estimate the cost of schizophrenia in France, a longitudinal study was carried out between 1998 and 2002. The main objective of thi...

    Authors: Emmanuelle Sarlon, Dirk Heider, Aurélie Millier, Jean-Michel Azorin, Hans-Helmut König, Karina Hansen, Matthias C Angermeyer, Samuel Aballéa and Mondher Toumi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:269
  3. Widespread literature on inequity in healthcare access and utilization has been published, but research on socioeconomic differences in waiting times is sparse and the evidence is fragmentary and controversial...

    Authors: Alessio Petrelli, Giuliana De Luca, Tania Landriscina and Giuseppe Costa
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:268
  4. In order to assist health service planning, understanding factors that influence higher trauma treatment costs is essential. The majority of trauma costing research reports the cost of trauma from the perspect...

    Authors: Lynsey Willenberg, Kate Curtis, Colman Taylor, Stephen Jan, Parisa Glass and John Myburgh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:267
  5. The study of length of stay (LOS) outliers is important for the management and financing of hospitals. Our aim was to study variables associated with high LOS outliers and their evolution over time.

    Authors: Alberto Freitas, Tiago Silva-Costa, Fernando Lopes, Isabel Garcia-Lema, Armando Teixeira-Pinto, Pavel Brazdil and Altamiro Costa-Pereira
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:265
  6. Fatigue is common and has been shown to result in high economic costs to society. The aim of this study is to compare the cost-effectiveness of two active therapies, graded-exercise (GET) and counselling (COUN...

    Authors: Ramon Sabes-Figuera, Paul McCrone, Mike Hurley, Michael King, Ana Nora Donaldson and Leone Ridsdale
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:264
  7. Available evidence suggests that smokers have a lower propensity than others to use primary care services. But previous studies have incorporated only limited adjustment for confounding and mediating factors s...

    Authors: Louisa R Jorm, Leah C Shepherd, Kris D Rogers and Fiona M Blyth
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:263
  8. Educational attainment is strongly related to specific health outcomes. The pathway in which individual patient-provider interactions contribute to (re)producing these inequalities has yet to be studied. In th...

    Authors: Jany Rademakers, Diana Delnoij, Jessica Nijman and Dolf de Boer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:261
  9. The model of volunteer community health workers (CHWs) is a common approach to serving the poor communities in developing countries. BRAC, a large NGO in Bangladesh, is a pioneer in this area, has been using f...

    Authors: Khurshid Alam, Jahangir AM Khan and Damian G Walker
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:260
  10. In 2006, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) Access to Care Working Group recommended a 30-day wait time benchmark for cardiac rehabilitation (CR). The objectives of the current study were to: (1) descri...

    Authors: Sherry L Grace, Yongyao Tan, Louise Marcus, William Dafoe, Chris Simpson, Neville Suskin and Caroline Chessex
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:259
  11. When depression accompanies diabetes, it complicates treatment, portends worse outcomes and increases health care costs. A collaborative care case-management model, previously tested in an urban managed care o...

    Authors: Jeffrey A Johnson, Fatima Al Sayah, Lisa Wozniak, Sandra Rees, Allison Soprovich, Constance L Chik, Pierre Chue, Peter Florence, Jennifer Jacquier, Pauline Lysak, Andrea Opgenorth, Wayne J Katon and Sumit R Majumdar
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:258
  12. A cost-effectiveness analysis of timely dialysis referral after renal transplant failure was undertaken from the perspective of the Public Administration. The current Spanish situation, where all the patients ...

    Authors: Guillermo Villa, Emilio Sánchez-Álvarez, Jesús Cuervo, Lucía Fernández-Ortiz, Pablo Rebollo and Francisco Ortega
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:257
  13. The 15-item Care Transition Measure (CTM-15) is a measure for assessing the quality of care during transition from the patients’ perspective. The purpose of this study was to test the psychometric properties o...

    Authors: Anu Birla Bakshi, Shiou-Liang Wee, Charlene Tay, Loong-Mun Wong, Ian Yi-Onn Leong, Reshma A Merchant and Nan Luo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:256
  14. Cancer is a major cause of global morbidity and mortality. Since a high prevalence of functional impairments has been observed among cancer patients, rehabilitation has been proposed as a strategy to restore p...

    Authors: Heui-Fen Lin, Ying-Tai Wu and Jau-Yih Tsauo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:255
  15. In December 2000, Medicare eliminated time limitations in immunosuppressant coverage after kidney transplant for beneficiaries age ≥65 and those who were disabled. This change did not apply to younger non-disa...

    Authors: Vanessa Grubbs, Laura C Plantinga, Eric Vittinghoff, Ann M O’Hare and R Adams Dudley
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:254
  16. Benefits of early nephrology care are well-established, but as many as 40% of U.S. patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) do not see a nephrologist before its onset. Our objective was to evaluate the eff...

    Authors: Brian Lee, Marianne Turley, Di Meng, Yvonne Zhou, Terhilda Garrido, Alan Lau and Linda Radler
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:252
  17. Due to fragmentation of care, continuity of care is often limited in the care provided to frail older people. Further, frail older people are not always enabled to become involved in their own care. Therefore,...

    Authors: Sarah HM Robben, Marieke Perry, Mirjam Huisjes, Leontien van Nieuwenhuijzen, Henk J Schers, Chris van Weel, Marcel GM Olde Rikkert, Theo van Achterberg, Maud M Heinen and René JF Melis
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:251
  18. Healthcare professional response rates to postal questionnaires are declining and this may threaten the validity and generalisability of their findings. Methods to improve response rates do incur costs (resour...

    Authors: Liz Glidewell, Ruth Thomas, Graeme MacLennan, Debbie Bonetti, Marie Johnston, Martin P Eccles, Richard Edlin, Nigel B Pitts, Jan Clarkson, Nick Steen and Jeremy M Grimshaw
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:250
  19. In the United Kingdom and worldwide, there is significant policy interest in improving the quality of care for patients with mental health disorders and distress. Improving quality of care means addressing not...

    Authors: Linda Gask, Peter Bower, Jonathan Lamb, Heather Burroughs, Carolyn Chew-Graham, Suzanne Edwards, Derek Hibbert, Marija Kovandžić, Karina Lovell, Anne Rogers, Waquas Waheed, Christopher Dowrick and AMP Research Group
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:249
  20. The adoption of new medicines is influenced by a complex set of social processes that have been widely examined in terms of individual prescribers’ information-seeking and decision-making behaviour. However, q...

    Authors: Adam G Dunn, Jeffrey Braithwaite, Blanca Gallego, Richard O Day, William Runciman and Enrico Coiera
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:248
  21. The enormous fiscal pressures facing trauma centers may lead trauma centers to reduce nurse staffing and to make increased use of less expensive and less skilled personnel. The impact of nurse staffing and ski...

    Authors: Laurent G Glance, Andrew W Dick, Turner M Osler, Dana B Mukamel, Yue Li and Patricia W Stone
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:247
  22. Medication-related problems are a serious concern in Australian primary care. Pharmacist interventions have been shown to be effective in identifying and resolving these problems. Collaborative general practit...

    Authors: Edwin Tan, Kay Stewart, Rohan A Elliott and Johnson George
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:246
  23. Little is known about workplace violence among correctional health professionals. This study aimed to describe the patterns, severity and outcomes of incidents of workplace violence among employees of a large ...

    Authors: Aaron W Cashmore, Devon Indig, Stephen E Hampton, Desley G Hegney and Bin B Jalaludin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:245
  24. Previous studies have shown that patients’ anxiety and dissatisfaction are predictors for increased postoperative pain and reduced efficacy of pain treatment. However, it remains to be shown whether patient an...

    Authors: Randi Bilberg, Birgitte Nørgaard, Søren Overgaard and Kirsten Kaya Roessler
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:244
  25. Cardiac rehabilitation (CR), a multidisciplinary program consisting of exercise, risk factor modification and psychosocial intervention, forms an integral part of managing patients after myocardial infarction ...

    Authors: Wai Pong Wong, Jun Feng, Keng Ho Pwee and Jeremy Lim
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:243
  26. The Chronic Care Model (CCM) achieved widespread acceptance and reflects the core elements of patient-centred care in chronic diseases such as CVD and COPD. Our aim is to assess the extent to which current car...

    Authors: Jane Murray Cramm and Anna Petra Nieboer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:242
  27. Many countries have passed laws giving patients the right to participate in decisions about health care. People with dementia cannot be assumed to be incapable of making decisions on their diagnosis alone as t...

    Authors: Kari Lislerud Smebye, Marit Kirkevold and Knut Engedal
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:241
  28. Little is known about service providers’ knowledge, attitudes, and experiences in relation to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals seeking care for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), an...

    Authors: Cindy L Masaro, Joy Johnson, Cathy Chabot and Jean Shoveller
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:240
  29. Japan is setting the pace among aging societies of the world. In 2005, Japan became the country with the highest proportion of elderly persons in the world. To deal with the accelerated ageing population and w...

    Authors: Pedro Olivares-Tirado, Nanako Tamiya and Masayo Kashiwagi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:239
  30. The extent to which uncomplicated obesity among an otherwise healthy middle-aged population is associated with higher longitudinal health-care expenditures remains unclear.

    Authors: David A Alter, Harindra C Wijeysundera, Barry Franklin, Peter C Austin, Alice Chong, Paul I Oh, Jack V Tu and Therese A Stukel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:238
  31. In response to the rapid aging of the population in Japan, many care systems have been created in quick succession. Establishment of discharge planning departments (DPDs) in hospitals is one of them. In this s...

    Authors: Satoko Nagata, Hikari Tomura and Sachiyo Murashima
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:237
  32. Multi-disciplinary heart failure (HF) clinics have been shown to improve outcomes for HF patients in randomized clinical trials. However, it is unclear how widely available specialized HF clinics are in Ontari...

    Authors: Harindra C Wijeysundera, Gina Trubiani, Lusine Abrahamyan, Nicholas Mitsakakis, William Witteman, Mike Paulden, Gabrielle van der Velde, Kori Kingsbury and Murray Krahn
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:236
  33. Changes that improve the quality of health care should be sustained. Falling back to old, unsatisfactory ways of working is a waste of resources and can in the worst case increase resistance to later initiativ...

    Authors: Einar Hovlid, Oddbjørn Bukve, Kjell Haug, Aslak Bjarne Aslaksen and Christian von Plessen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:235
  34. Cardiovascular disease accounts for a large burden of disease, but is amenable to prevention through lifestyle modification. This paper examines patient and practice predictors of referral to a lifestyle modif...

    Authors: Megan E Passey, Rachel A Laws, Upali W Jayasinghe, Mahnaz Fanaian, Suzanne McKenzie, Gawaine Powell-Davies, David Lyle and Mark F Harris
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:234
  35. The implementation of collaborative TB/HIV activities may help to mitigate the impact of the dual epidemic on patients and communities. Such implementation requires integrated interventions across facilities a...

    Authors: Jeannine Uwimana, Christina Zarowsky, Harry Hausler and Debra Jackson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:233
  36. In recent years healthcare professionals have faced increasing concerns about the value of childhood vaccination and many find it difficult to deal with parents who object to vaccination. In general, healthcar...

    Authors: Wilhelmina LM Ruijs, Jeannine LA Hautvast, Giovanna van IJzendoorn, Wilke JC van Ansem, Glyn Elwyn, Koos van der Velden and Marlies EJL Hulscher
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:231
  37. Primary health care (PHC) encompasses an array of health and social services that focus on preventative, diagnostic, and basic care measures to maintain wellbeing and address illnesses. In Canada, PHC involves...

    Authors: Valorie A Crooks and Nadine Schuurman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:230
  38. Pharmacists are viewed as highly trained yet underutilised and there is growing support to extend the role of the pharmacist within the primary health care sector. The integration of a pharmacist into a genera...

    Authors: Christopher Freeman, W Neil Cottrell, Greg Kyle, Ian Williams and Lisa Nissen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:229
  39. In South Africa the ever increasing demand for antiretroviral treatment (ART) runs the risk of leading to sub-optimal care in public sector ART clinics that are overburdened and under resourced. This study ass...

    Authors: Hans F Kinkel, Adeboye M Adelekan, Tessa S Marcus and Gustaaf Wolvaardt
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:228
  40. The study of the factors that encourage evidence-based clinical practice, such as structure, environment and professional skills, has contributed to an improvement in quality of care. Nevertheless, most of thi...

    Authors: Susana González-Torrente, Jordi Pericas-Beltrán, Miguel Bennasar-Veny, Rosa Adrover-Barceló, José M Morales-Asencio and Joan De Pedro-Gómez
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:227
  41. The prevalence of childhood bronchial asthma in Saudi Arabia has increased in less than a decade from 8% to 23%. Innovations in the management of asthma led to the development of evidence based clinical practi...

    Authors: Hayfaa A Wahabi and Rasmieh A Alziedan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:226
  42. Documented age, gender, race and socio-economic disparities in total joint arthroplasty (TJA), suggest that those who need the surgery may not receive it, and present a challenge to explain the causes of unmet...

    Authors: Rubén E Mújica Mota, Rosanna Tarricone, Oriana Ciani, John FP Bridges and Mike Drummond
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:225
  43. Knowledge of patterns in cancer patients’ health care utilisation around the time of diagnosis may guide health care resource allocation and provide important insights into this groups’ demand for health care ...

    Authors: Karina Garnier Christensen, Morten Fenger-Grøn, Kaare Rud Flarup and Peter Vedsted
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:224
  44. Specialized drug shops such as pharmacies and drug shops are increasingly becoming important sources of treatment. However, knowledge on their regulatory performance is scarce. We set out to systematically rev...

    Authors: Francis N Wafula, Eric M Miriti and Catherine A Goodman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:223
  45. Mental health problems are disproportionately higher amongst homeless people. Many barriers exist for homeless people with mental health problems in accessing treatment yet little research has been done on ser...

    Authors: Réamonn Canavan, Margaret M Barry, Aleksandra Matanov, Henrique Barros, Edina Gabor, Tim Greacen, Petra Holcnerová, Ulrike Kluge, Pablo Nicaise, Jacek Moskalewicz, José Manuel Díaz-Olalla, Christa Straßmayr, Aart H Schene, Joaquim J F Soares, Andrea Gaddini and Stefan Priebe
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:222
  46. Primary care for chronic illness varies across European healthcare systems. In patients suffering from coronary heart disease (CHD), factors associated with patients’ experiences of receiving structured chroni...

    Authors: Sabine Ludt, Jan van Lieshout, Stephen M Campbell, J Rochon, Dominik Ose, T Freund, Michel Wensing and Joachim Szecsenyi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:221
  47. Telehealth (TH) and telecare (TC) interventions are increasingly valued for supporting self-care in ageing populations; however, evaluation studies often report high rates of non-participation that are not wel...

    Authors: Caroline Sanders, Anne Rogers, Robert Bowen, Peter Bower, Shashivadan Hirani, Martin Cartwright, Ray Fitzpatrick, Martin Knapp, James Barlow, Jane Hendy, Theti Chrysanthaki, Martin Bardsley and Stanton P Newman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:220