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  1. Although the general association between socioeconomic status (SES) and hospitalization has been well established, few studies have considered the relationship between SES and hospital length of stay (LOS), an...

    Authors: Margaret J McGregor, Robert J Reid, Michael Schulzer, J Mark Fitzgerald, Adrian R Levy and Michelle B Cox
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:152
  2. Given the public-private mix of the Greek health system, the purpose of this study was to assess whether variations in the utilisation of health services, both primary and inpatient care, were associated with ...

    Authors: Evelina Pappa and Dimitris Niakas
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:146
  3. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an incurable chronic disease that predominantly affects young adults. It has a high socio-economic impact which increases as disability progresses. An assessment of the real costs of...

    Authors: Virginia Casado, Sergio Martínez-Yélamos, Antonio Martínez-Yélamos, Olga Carmona, Lucia Alonso, Lucia Romero, Esther Moral, Laura Gubieras and Txomin Arbizu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:143
  4. The medical specialities chosen by doctors for their careers play an important part in the development of health-care services. This study aimed to investigate the influence of gender, personality traits, care...

    Authors: Barbara Buddeberg-Fischer, Richard Klaghofer, Thomas Abel and Claus Buddeberg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:137
  5. Millions of veterans are eligible to use the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Medicare because of their military service and age. This article examines whether an indirect measure of dual use based on ...

    Authors: Fredric D Wolinsky, Thomas R Miller, Hyonggin An, Paul R Brezinski, Thomas E Vaughn and Gary E Rosenthal
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:131
  6. The dichotomy employed vs. unemployed is still a relevant, but rather crude measure of status in current labour markets. Also, studies concerning the association of employment status with health have to specif...

    Authors: Pekka Virtanen, Mika Kivimäki, Jussi Vahtera and Markku Koskenvuo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:123
  7. Low utilization of effective coronary heart disease (CHD) prevention strategies may be due to many factors, but chief among them is the lack of patient involvement in prevention decisions. We undertook this st...

    Authors: Stacey L Sheridan, John Shadle, Ross J Simpson Jr and Michael P Pignone
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:121
  8. In general cantons regulate and control the Swiss health service system; patient flows within and between cantons are thereby partially disregarded. This paper develops an alternative spatial model, based upon...

    Authors: Klazien Matter-Walstra, Marcel Widmer and André Busato
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:119
  9. Accreditation has become ubiquitous across the international health care landscape. Award of full accreditation status in health care is viewed, as it is in other sectors, as a valid indicator of high quality ...

    Authors: Jeffrey Braithwaite, Johanna Westbrook, Marjorie Pawsey, David Greenfield, Justine Naylor, Rick Iedema, Bill Runciman, Sally Redman, Christine Jorm, Maureen Robinson, Sally Nathan and Robert Gibberd
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:113
  10. The aim of the study was to examine gender differences in the self-reported use of health care services by the elderly in rural and metropolitan areas of two Nordic countries with slightly different health car...

    Authors: Anna Liisa Suominen-Taipale, Tuija Martelin, Seppo Koskinen, Jostein Holmen and Roar Johnsen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:110
  11. Despite the wide availability of prenatal screening and diagnosis, a number of studies have reported no decrease in the rate of babies born with Down syndrome. The objective of this study was to investigate th...

    Authors: Evelyne E Muggli, David McCloskey and Jane L Halliday
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:109
  12. District health systems in Africa depend largely on public funding. In many countries, not only are these funds insufficient, but they are also released in an untimely fashion, thereby creating serious cash fl...

    Authors: Augustine D Asante, Anthony B Zwi and Maria T Ho
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:105
  13. Researchers and policy makers have focussed on the development of indicators to help monitor the success of regionalization, primary care reform and other health sector restructuring initiatives. Certain indic...

    Authors: Denise Cloutier-Fisher, Margaret J Penning, Chi Zheng and Eric-Bené F Druyts
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:104
  14. We used a validated inpatient satisfaction questionnaire to evaluate the health care received by patients admitted to several hospitals. This questionnaire was factored into distinct domains, creating a score ...

    Authors: José M Quintana, Nerea González, Amaia Bilbao, Felipe Aizpuru, Antonio Escobar, Cristóbal Esteban, José Antonio San-Sebastián, Emilio de-la-Sierra and Andrew Thompson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:102
  15. Cesarean section rates is often used as an indicator of quality of care in maternity hospitals. The assumption is that lower rates reflect in developed countries more appropriate clinical practice and general ...

    Authors: Maria P Fantini, Elisa Stivanello, Brunella Frammartino, Anna P Barone, Danilo Fusco, Laura Dallolio, Paolo Cacciari and Carlo A Perucci
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:100
  16. In some Western countries, the medical profession is continuously losing prestige, doctors are claiming of high demands, low rewards, and difficult structural working conditions. This study aimed to investigat...

    Authors: Barbara Buddeberg-Fischer, Claudia Dietz, Richard Klaghofer and Claus Buddeberg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:98
  17. The migration of health professionals from southern Africa to developed nations is negatively affecting the delivery of health care services in the source countries. Oftentimes however, it is the reasons for t...

    Authors: Adamson S Muula and Fresier C Maseko
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:97
  18. Although heart disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality the majority of patients do not access existing rehabilitation programs and patient resources are not designed to facilitate patient choice an...

    Authors: Julie Redfern, Elizabeth Ellis, Tom Briffa and Saul B Freedman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:95
  19. Congestive heart failure (CHF) has a substantial impact on care utilisation and quality of life. It is crucial for patients to cope with CHF adequately, if they are to live an acceptable life. Self-management ...

    Authors: Esther STF Smeulders, Jolanda CM van Haastregt, Elisabeth FM van Hoef, Jacques ThM van Eijk and Gertrudis IJM Kempen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:91
  20. Past attempts to estimate the cost of migration were limited to education costs only and did not include the lost returns from investment. The objectives of this study were: (i) to estimate the financial cost ...

    Authors: Joses Muthuri Kirigia, Akpa Raphael Gbary, Lenity Kainyu Muthuri, Jennifer Nyoni and Anthony Seddoh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:89
  21. State-wide surveys of recent mothers conducted over the past decade in Victoria, one state of Australia, have identified that women are consistently less satisfied with the care they received in hospital follo...

    Authors: Della A Forster, Helen L McLachlan, Jane Yelland, Jo Rayner, Judith Lumley and Mary-Ann Davey
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:83
  22. More than half of all antibiotic prescriptions in general practice are issued for respiratory tract infections (RTIs), despite convincing evidence that many of these infections are caused by viruses. Frequent ...

    Authors: Svein Gjelstad, Arne Fetveit, Jørund Straand, Ingvild Dalen, Sture Rognstad and Morten Lindbaek
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:75
  23. Paget's disease of bone (PDB) is characterised by focal increases in bone turnover, affecting one or more bones throughout the skeleton. This disrupts normal bone architecture and causes pain, deformity, deafn...

    Authors: Anne L Langston, Marie Johnston, Clare Robertson, Marion K Campbell, Vikki A Entwistle, Theresa M Marteau, Marilyn McCallum and Stuart H Ralston
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:71
  24. In the recent years there is a growing interest in Greece concerning the measurement of the satisfaction of patients who are visiting the outpatient clinics of National Health System (NHS) general acute hospit...

    Authors: Vassilis H Aletras, Efthemis A Papadopoulos and Dimitris A Niakas
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:66
  25. Anthroposophic therapies (counselling, special medication, art, eurythmy movement, and rhythmical massage) aim to stimulate long-term self-healing processes, which theoretically could lead to a reduction of he...

    Authors: Harald J Hamre, Claudia M Witt, Anja Glockmann, Renatus Ziegler, Stefan N Willich and Helmut Kiene
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:65
  26. The use of natural health products, such as vitamins, minerals, and herbs, by Canadians has been increasing with time. As a result of consumer concern about the quality of these products, the Canadian Departme...

    Authors: Hina Laeeque, Heather Boon, Natasha Kachan, Jillian Clare Cohen and Joseph D'Cruz
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:63
  27. Racial/ethnic disparities in cardiovascular disease complications have been observed in diabetic patients. We examined the association between race/ethnicity and cardiovascular disease risk factor control in a...

    Authors: Christopher S Wendel, Jayendra H Shah, William C Duckworth, Richard M Hoffman, M Jane Mohler and Glen H Murata
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:58
  28. Is the implementation of Quality Management (QM) in health care proceeding satisfactorily and can national health care policies influence the implementation process? Policymakers and researchers in a country n...

    Authors: C Wagner, L Gulácsi, E Takacs and M Outinen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:50
  29. Opioid misuse can complicate chronic pain management, and the non-medical use of opioids is a growing public health problem. The incidence and risk factors for opioid misuse in patients with chronic pain, howe...

    Authors: Timothy J Ives, Paul R Chelminski, Catherine A Hammett-Stabler, Robert M Malone, J Stephen Perhac, Nicholas M Potisek, Betsy Bryant Shilliday, Darren A DeWalt and Michael P Pignone
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:46
  30. There is widespread interest in measuring healthcare provider attitudes about issues relevant to patient safety (often called safety climate or safety culture). Here we report the psychometric properties, esta...

    Authors: John B Sexton, Robert L Helmreich, Torsten B Neilands, Kathy Rowan, Keryn Vella, James Boyden, Peter R Roberts and Eric J Thomas
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:44
  31. In an evidence-informed patient choice the patient has access to research-based information about the effectiveness of health care options and is encouraged to use this information in treatment decisions. This...

    Authors: Claire Glenton, Elin S Nilsen and Benedicte Carlsen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:34
  32. Self-management programs for patients with heart failure can reduce hospitalizations and mortality. However, no programs have analyzed their usefulness for patients with low literacy. We compared the efficacy ...

    Authors: Darren A DeWalt, Robert M Malone, Mary E Bryant, Margaret C Kosnar, Kelly E Corr, Russell L Rothman, Carla A Sueta and Michael P Pignone
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:30
  33. In this methodological paper we document the interpretation of a mixed methods study and outline an approach to dealing with apparent discrepancies between qualitative and quantitative research data in a pilot...

    Authors: Suzanne Moffatt, Martin White, Joan Mackintosh and Denise Howel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:28
  34. Control of reproduction and prevention of reproductive health problems are important reasons for women to use health services, but the proper organisational level of service provision is not clear. The purpose...

    Authors: Elina Hemminki, Tiina Sevon, Kati Tanninen, Eero Pukkala and Ahti Anttila
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:27
  35. Consensus development techniques were used in the late 1980s to create explicit criteria for the appropriateness of cataract extraction. We developed a new appropriateness of indications tool for cataract foll...

    Authors: José Ma Quintana, Antonio Escobar and Inmaculada Aróstegui
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:23
  36. Because individuals with HIV/AIDS often have complex medical and social needs, the impact of housing status on medical service utilization is difficult to isolate from the impact of conditions that may worsen ...

    Authors: Theresa W Kim, Stefan G Kertesz, Nicholas J Horton, Nicole Tibbetts and Jeffrey H Samet
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:19
  37. Outpatient preoperative assessment clinics were developed to provide an efficient assessment of surgical patients prior to surgery, and have demonstrated benefits to patients and the health care system. Howeve...

    Authors: Judy E Seidel, Cynthia A Beck, Gaia Pocobelli, Jane B Lemaire, Jennifer M Bugar, Hude Quan and William A Ghali
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:13
  38. Patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) are at increased risk of further acute cardiac events. Secondary prevention aims to decrease morbidity and mortality post-ACS. Depression is related to increased ri...

    Authors: Hannah M McGee, Frank Doyle, Ronán M Conroy, Davida De La Harpe and Emer Shelley
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:9
  39. The inspiration for the present assessment of the nutritional care of medical patients is puzzlement about the divide that exists between the theoretical knowledge about the importance of the diet for ill pers...

    Authors: Karin O Lassen, Jens Olsen, Edvin Grinderslev, Filip Kruse and Merete Bjerrum
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:7
  40. Patients across North America are using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) with increasing frequency as part of their management of many different health conditions. The objective of this study was t...

    Authors: Sunita Vohra, Kymm Feldman, Brad Johnston, Kellie Waters and Heather Boon
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:78
  41. The Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) method has been fruitfully used in many countries in Asia, Europe and North America to shed light on the efficiency of health facilities and programmes. There is, however, a...

    Authors: Ade Renner, Joses M Kirigia, Eyob A Zere, Saidou P Barry, Doris G Kirigia, Clifford Kamara and Lenity HK Muthuri
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:77
  42. Since, at the health system level, there is little research into the possible interrelationships among the various indicators of health, healthcare performance, non-medical determinants of health, and communit...

    Authors: OA Arah and GP Westert
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:76
  43. It is essential that knowledge gained through health services research is collated and made available for evaluation, for policy purposes and to enable collaboration between people working in similar areas (ca...

    Authors: Carl MJ Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth E Roughead, Gregory R Monteith and Susan E Tett
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:75