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  1. 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
  2. The quality of physician communication skills influences health-related decisions, including use of cancer screening tests. We assessed whether patient-physician communication examination scores in a national,...

    Authors: Ari-Nareg Meguerditchian, Dale Dauphinee, Nadyne Girard, Tewodros Eguale, Kristen Riedel, André Jacques, Sarkis Meterissian, David L Buckeridge, Michal Abrahamowicz and Robyn Tamblyn
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:219
  3. The work of developing clinical practice guidelines began just a little more than ten years ago in China. Up to now, there have been few studies about them.

    Authors: Zhi-hong Zheng, Shu-qi Cui, Xiao-qin Lu, David Zakus, Wan-nian Liang, Fang Huang, Xiao-na Cao, Ya-li Zhao, Xiao-xia Peng, Ke-qin Rao and Jing Wu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:218
  4. The rate of caesarean delivery (CD) in rural China has been rapidly increasing in recent decades. Due to the exorbitant costs associated with CD, paying for this expensive procedure is often a great challenge ...

    Authors: Kun Huang, Fangbiao Tao, Lennart Bogg and Shenglan Tang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:217
  5. Hypertension is a serious public health problem in China and in other developing countries. Our aim is to conduct a systematic review of studies on the effectiveness of community interventions for hypertension...

    Authors: Zuxun Lu, Shiyi Cao, Yun Chai, Yuan Liang, Max Bachmann, Marc Suhrcke and Fujian Song
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:216
  6. 1st generation 5-hydroxytryptamine receptor antagonists (5-HT3 RAs), and palonosetron, a 2nd generation 5-HT3 RA, are indicated for the prevention of chemotherapy (CT)-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) associate...

    Authors: Swu-Jane Lin, Hind T Hatoum, Deborah Buchner, David Cox and Sanjeev Balu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:215
  7. To evaluate the appropriateness of potential data sources for the population of performance indicators for primary care (PC) practices.

    Authors: Michael E Green, William Hogg, Colleen Savage, Sharon Johnston, Grant Russell, R Liisa Jaakkimainen, Richard H Glazier, Janet Barnsley and Richard Birtwhistle
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:214
  8. Diabetes self-management education (DSME) can be delivered in many forms. Group based DSME is widespread due to being a cheaper method and the added advantages of having patient meet and discuss with each othe...

    Authors: Aslak Steinsbekk, LisbethØ Rygg, Monde Lisulo, Marit B Rise and Atle Fretheim
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:213
  9. Health facilities require teams of health workers with complementary skills and responsibilities to efficiently provide quality care. In low-income countries, failure to attract and retain health workers in ru...

    Authors: Peter C Rockers, Wanda Jaskiewicz, Laura Wurts, Margaret E Kruk, George S Mgomella, Francis Ntalazi and Kate Tulenko
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:212
  10. Gastrointestinal (GI), respiratory and dermal symptoms are common and cause substantial morbidity, although the information on their exact incidence and comparative burden is limited. The aim of this study was...

    Authors: Nusrat Najnin, Martha Sinclair, Andrew Forbes and Karin Leder
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:211
  11. Routine monitoring of patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) is crucial for measuring program success and accurate drug forecasting. However, compiling data from patient registers to measure retention in ART...

    Authors: Hannock Tweya, Caryl Feldacker, Anne Ben-Smith, Anthony D Harries, Ryuichi Komatsu, Andreas Jahn, Sam Phiri and Jean-Michel Tassie
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:210
  12. There is increasing interest in the contribution of the quality of nursing care to patient outcomes. Due to different casemix and risk profiles, algorithms for administrative health data that identify nursing-...

    Authors: Sally Wilson, Alexandra P Bremner, Yvonne Hauck and Judith Finn
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:209
  13. Limited financial and geographic access to primary care can adversely influence chronic disease outcomes. We examined variation in awareness, treatment, and control of hypertension, diabetes, and hyperlipidemi...

    Authors: Raegan W Durant, Gaurav Parmar, Faisal Shuaib, Anh Le, Todd M Brown, David L Roth, Martha Hovater, Jewell H Halanych, James M Shikany, Ronald J Prineas, Tandaw J Samdarshi and Monika M Safford
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:208
  14. Obstetric epidural analgesia (EA) is widely applied, but studies have reported that its use may be less extensive among immigrant women or those from minority ethnic groups. Our aim was to examine whether this...

    Authors: Alberto Jiménez-Puente, Nicolás Benítez-Parejo, Jorge Del Diego-Salas, Francisco Rivas-Ruiz and Claudio Maañón-Di Leo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:207
  15. In India, since the 1990s, there has been a burgeoning of NGOs involved in providing primary health care. This has resulted in a complex NGO-Government interface which is difficult for lone NGOs to navigate. T...

    Authors: Nathan J Grills, Priscilla Robinson and Maneesh Phillip
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:206
  16. The extant literature suggests that poorly defined job roles make it difficult for peer support workers to be successful, and hinder their integration into multi-disciplinary workplace teams. This article uses...

    Authors: Nora Jacobson, Lucy Trojanowski and Carolyn S Dewa
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:205
  17. Universal access is one of the major aims in public health and social care. Services should be provided on the basis of individual needs. However, municipal autonomy and the fragmentation of services may jeopa...

    Authors: Sari Kehusmaa, Ilona Autti-Rämö, Hans Helenius, Katariina Hinkka, Maria Valaste and Pekka Rissanen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:204
  18. London has the largest proportion of tuberculosis (TB) cases of any western European capital, with almost half of new cases drug-resistant. Prevalence varies considerably between and within boroughs with resea...

    Authors: Ruth Belling, Susan McLaren, Markella Boudioni and Leslie Woods
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:203
  19. Decision Analytic Models (DAMs) are established means of evidence-synthesis to differentiate between health interventions. They have mainly been used to inform clinical decisions and health technology assessme...

    Authors: Catherine R H Aicken, Nigel T Armstrong, Jackie A Cassell, Neil Macdonald, Angela C Bailey, Sandra A Johnson and Catherine H Mercer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:202
  20. In the literature there are only few empirical studies that analyse the decision makers’ reasoning to contract out health care and social services to private sector. However, the decisions on the delivery patt...

    Authors: Liina-Kaisa Tynkkynen, Juhani Lehto and Sari Miettinen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:201
  21. Health systems evidence can enhance policymaking and strengthen national health systems. In the Middle East, limited research exists on the use of evidence in the policymaking process. This multi-country study...

    Authors: Fadi El-Jardali, John N Lavis, Nour Ataya, Diana Jamal, Walid Ammar and Saned Raouf
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:200
  22. Healthcare workers including physicians, nurses, medical technicians and administrative staff experience high levels of occupational stress as a result of heavy workloads, extended working hours and time-relat...

    Authors: Yueh-Chi Tsai and Chieh-Hsing Liu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:199
  23. Checklists are clinical decision support tools that improve process of care and patient outcomes. We previously demonstrated that prompting critical care physicians to address issues on a daily rounding checkl...

    Authors: Curtis H Weiss, Stephen D Persell, Richard G Wunderink and David W Baker
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:198
  24. Accidental falls among inpatients are a substantial cause of hospital injury. A number of successful experimental studies on fall prevention have shown the importance and efficacy of multifactorial interventio...

    Authors: Sachiko Ohde, Mineko Terai, Aya Oizumi, Osamu Takahashi, Gautam A Deshpande, Miwako Takekata, Ryoichi Ishikawa and Tsuguya Fukui
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:197
  25. Typologies traditionally used for international comparisons of health systems often conflate many system characteristics. To capture policy changes over time and by service in health systems regulation of publ...

    Authors: Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, Emilie Renahy, Tania Jenkins and Helen Cerigo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:107
  26. High quality program data is critical for managing, monitoring, and evaluating national HIV treatment programs. By 2009, the Malawi Ministry of Health had initiated more than 270,000 patients on HIV treatment ...

    Authors: Bethany L Hedt-Gauthier, Lyson Tenthani, Shira Mitchell, Frank M Chimbwandira, Simon Makombe, Zengani Chirwa, Erik J Schouten, Marcello Pagano and Andreas Jahn
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:196
  27. Perinatal (mortality) audit can be considered to be a way to improve the careprocess for all pregnant women and their newborns by creating an opportunity to learn from unwanted events in the care process. In u...

    Authors: Mariet Th van Diem, Albertus Timmer, Klasien A Bergman, Katelijne Bouman, Nico van Egmond, Dennis A Stant, Lida H M Ulkeman, Wenda B Veen and JanJaapHM Erwich
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:195
  28. Task-shifting to lay community health providers is increasingly suggested as a potential strategy to overcome the barriers to sustainable antiretroviral treatment (ART) scale-up in high-HIV-prevalence, resourc...

    Authors: Edwin Wouters, Wim Van Damme, Dingie van Rensburg, Caroline Masquillier and Herman Meulemans
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:194
  29. Patients undergoing major orthopaedic surgery (MOS), such as total hip (THR) or total knee replacement (TKR), are at high risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE). For thromboembolism prophylaxis, the o...

    Authors: Sonja Zindel, Stephanie Stock, Dirk Müller and Björn Stollenwerk
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:192
  30. Information on prescribing quality of diabetes care is required by health care providers, insurance companies, policy makers, and the public. Knowledge regarding the opinions and preferences of all involved pa...

    Authors: Liana Martirosyan, Joekie Markhorst, Petra Denig, Flora M Haaijer-Ruskamp and Jozé Braspenning
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:191
  31. The prevalence of obesity is over 25% in many developed countries. Obesity is strongly associated with an increased risk of fatal and chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Ther...

    Authors: Alec Miners, Jody Harris, Lambert Felix, Elizabeth Murray, Susan Michie and Phil Edwards
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:190
  32. Supporting self-care is being explored across health care systems internationally as an approach to improving care for long term conditions in the context of ageing populations and economic constraint. UK heal...

    Authors: Gillard Steve, Adams Katie, Edwards Christine, Lucock Mike, Miller Stephen, Simons Lucy, Turner Kati, White Rachel and White Sarah
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:189
  33. Although general practitioners (GPs) and community pharmacists (CPs) are encouraged to collaborate, a true collaborative relationship does not exist between them. Our objective was to identify and analyze fact...

    Authors: Maria Rubio-Valera, Anna Maria Jové, Carmel M Hughes, Mireia Guillen-Solà, Marta Rovira and Ana Fernández
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:188
  34. Systematic reviews have shown that, although well prepared, the Consensus Guidelines have failed to change clinical practice. In the healthcare district of Castelnovo né Monti (Reggio Emilia, Italy), it became...

    Authors: Roberto Baricchi, Michele Zini, Maria Grazia Nibali, Walter Vezzosi, Vincenzo Insegnante, Clotilde Manfuso, Alessandra Polese, Valmer Costoli, Antonio Spelti, Debora Formisano, Danilo Orlandini, Fausto Nicolini and Antonio Poli
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:187
  35. To develop an instrument that predicts diabetes-related vascular disease severity using routinely collected data on Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults with type 2 diabetes, in the absence ...

    Authors: Odette R Gibson, Leonie Segal and Robyn A McDermott
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:185
  36. Blood pressure, lipid, and glycemic control are essential for reducing cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. Many health care systems have successfully shifted aspects of chronic disease management, including pop...

    Authors: Joe V Selby, Julie A Schmittdiel, Bruce Fireman, Marc Jaffe, Laura J Ransom, Wendy Dyer, Connie S Uratsu, Mary E Reed, Eve A Kerr and John Hsu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:183
  37. In low-resource settings, patients’ use of multiple healthcare sources may complicate chronic care and clinical outcomes as antiretroviral therapy (ART) continues to expand. However, little is known regarding ...

    Authors: Mosa Moshabela, Helen Schneider, Sheetal P Silal and Susan M Cleary
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:182
  38. Although most community-based health insurance (CBHI) schemes are voluntary, problem of adverse selection is hardly studied. Evidence on the impact of targeted subsidies on adverse selection is completely miss...

    Authors: Divya Parmar, Aurélia Souares, Manuela de Allegri, Germain Savadogo and Rainer Sauerborn
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:181
  39. In Australia, Medicare, the national health insurance system which includes the Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), provides partial coverage for most medical services and p...

    Authors: Leigh R Tooth, Richard Hockey, Susan Treloar, Christine McClintock and Annette Dobson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:179
  40. Literature has shown that dissemination of guidelines alone is insufficient to ensure that guideline recommendations are incorporated into every day clinical practice.

    Authors: Sarah E Hetrick, Andrew Thompson, Kally Yuen, Sue Finch and Alexandra G Parker
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:178
  41. Dentistry in Australia combines business and health care service, that is, the majority of patients pay money for tangible dental procedures such as fluoride applications, dental radiographs, dental fillings, ...

    Authors: Alexandra Sbaraini, Stacy M Carter, R Wendell Evans and Anthony Blinkhorn
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:177
  42. Chronic disease management has been implemented for some time in several countries to tackle the increasing burden of chronic diseases. While Switzerland faces the same challenge, such initiatives have only em...

    Authors: Stéphanie Lauvergeon, Bernard Burnand and Isabelle Peytremann-Bridevaux
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:176
  43. Uneven distribution of the medical workforce is globally recognised, with widespread rural health workforce shortages. There has been substantial research on factors affecting recruitment and retention of rura...

    Authors: Sheila Keane, Michelle Lincoln and Tony Smith
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:175
  44. In 2003 Ghana introduced a social health insurance scheme which resulted in the separation of purchasing of health services by the health insurance authority on the one hand and the provision of health service...

    Authors: Roger A Atinga, Sylvester A Mensah, Francis Asenso-Boadi and Francis-Xavier Andoh Adjei
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:174
  45. The present study protocol describes the trial design of a primary care intervention cohort study, which examines whether an extended, multi-professional physical activity referral (PAR) intervention is more e...

    Authors: Emelie Stenman, Matti E Leijon, Susanna Calling, Christina Bergmark, Daniel Arvidsson, Ulf-G Gerdtham, Kristina Sundquist and Rickard Ekesbo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:173
  46. Acute hospital discharge delays are a pressing concern for many health care administrators. In Canada, a delayed discharge is defined by the alternate level of care (ALC) construct and has been the target of m...

    Authors: Andrew P Costa, Jeffrey W Poss, Thomas Peirce and John P Hirdes
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:172