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  1. Patient navigation programs have been launched nationwide in an attempt to reduce racial/ethnic and socio-demographic disparities in cancer care, but few have evaluated outcomes in the prostate cancer setting....

    Authors: Narissa J Nonzee, June M McKoy, Alfred W Rademaker, Peter Byer, Thanh Ha Luu, Dachao Liu, Elizabeth A Richey, Athena T Samaras, Genna Panucci, XinQi Dong and Melissa A Simon
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:340
  2. Primary care medical staffs’ knowledge, attitude and behavior about health emergency and the response capacity are directly related to the control and prevention of public health emergencies. Therefore, it is ...

    Authors: Zhou Zhiheng, Wang Caixia, Wang Jiaji, Yang Huajie, Wang Chao and Liang Wannian
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:338
  3. The cornerstone of the health system in Zimbabwe, the district health system has been under the responsibility of the district health executive since 1984. Preliminary information obtained from some provincial...

    Authors: Mary Muchekeza, Anderson Chimusoro, Notion T Gombe, Mufuta Tshimanga and Gerald Shambira
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:335
  4. The casemix-based payment system has been adopted in many countries, although it often needs complementary adjustment taking account of each hospital’s unique production structure such as teaching and research...

    Authors: Hiroyuki Kawaguchi, Hideki Hashimoto and Shinya Matsuda
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:334
  5. In middle income countries the number of trained health technology assessment specialists is limited and the public budget for health technology assessment is considerably lower compared to developed countries...

    Authors: András Inotai, Márta Pékli, Gabriella Jóna, Orsolya Nagy, Edit Remák and Zoltán Kaló
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:332
  6. Population-level health administrative datasets such as hospital discharge data are used increasingly to evaluate health services and outcomes of care. However information about the accuracy of Australian disc...

    Authors: Efty Stavrou, Nicole Pesa and Sallie-Anne Pearson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:331
  7. Knowledge about the relation between user involvement in the provision of assistive technology and outcomes of assistive technology use is a prerequisite for the development of efficient service delivery strat...

    Authors: Johan Borg, Stig Larsson, Per-Olof Östergren, ASM Atiqur Rahman, Nazmul Bari and AHM Noman Khan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:330
  8. Healthcare accreditation standards are advocated as an important means of improving clinical practice and organisational performance. Standard development agencies have documented methodologies to promote open...

    Authors: David Greenfield, Marjorie Pawsey, Reece Hinchcliff, Max Moldovan and Jeffrey Braithwaite
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:329
  9. Primary Health Care (PHC) is a strategy endorsed for attaining equitable access to basic health care including treatment and prevention of endemic diseases. Thirty four years later, its implementation remains ...

    Authors: Peter Makaula, Paul Bloch, Hastings T Banda, Grace Bongololo Mbera, Charles Mangani, Alexandra de Sousa, Edwin Nkhono, Samuel Jemu and Adamson S Muula
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:328
  10. Pakistan is one of the six countries estimated to contribute to over half of all maternal deaths worldwide. To address its high maternal mortality rate, in particular the inequities in access to maternal healt...

    Authors: Zubia Mumtaz, Beverley O’Brien, Afshan Bhatti and Gian S Jhangri
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:326
  11. In Australia, whether to provide free influenza vaccine to health care workers (HCWs) is a policy decision for each hospital or jurisdiction, and is therefore not uniform across the country. This study explore...

    Authors: Holly Seale, Rajneesh Kaur and C Raina MacIntyre
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:325
  12. Sichuan Province is an agricultural and economically developing province in western China. To understand practices of prescribing medications for outpatients in rural township health centers is important for t...

    Authors: Qian Jiang, Bo Nancy Yu, Guiying Ying, Jiaqiang Liao, Huaping Gan, James Blanchard and Juying Zhang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:324
  13. Chronic diseases are rapidly increasing and are currently the major cause of death and disability worldwide. Patients with chronic diseases experience many challenges including medicine-related problems. Howev...

    Authors: Joan N Kalyango, Maurice Hall and Charles Karamagi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:323
  14. Australia is a culturally diverse nation with one in seven Australians born in a non-English speaking country. Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) populations are at a high risk of developing preventa...

    Authors: Nera Komaric, Suzanne Bedford and Mieke L van Driel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:322
  15. This paper describes the first phase of the LINKIN Health Study, which aims to evaluate health system functioning within a rural population. Locally relevant data on the health status and service usage of this...

    Authors: Catherine Elizabeth Hoon-Leahy, Jonathan Newbury, Alison Kitson, Deirdre Whitford, Anne Wilson, Jonathan Karnon, Jenny Baker, Konrad Jamrozik and Justin Beilby
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:321
  16. Community Pharmacists and General Practitioners (GPs) are increasingly being encouraged to adopt more collaborative approaches to health care delivery as collaboration in primary care has been shown to be effe...

    Authors: Connie Van, Daniel Costa, Penny Abbott, Bernadette Mitchell and Ines Krass
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:320
  17. Demand side financing (DSF) is a widely employed strategy to enhance utilization of healthcare. The impact of DSF on health care seeking in general and that of maternal care in particular is already known. Yet...

    Authors: Saji S Gopalan and Durairaj Varatharajan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:319
  18. Data collection for economic evaluation alongside clinical trials is burdensome and cost-intensive. Limiting both the frequency of data collection and recall periods can solve the problem. As a consequence, ga...

    Authors: Hildegard Seidl, Christa Meisinger, Rupert Wende and Rolf Holle
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:318
  19. Greater understanding of the variance in the number of consultations per dietetic treatment will increase the transparency of dietetic healthcare. Substantial inter-practitioner variation may suggest a potenti...

    Authors: Jacqueline Tol, Ilse C Swinkels, Peter M Spreeuwenberg, Chantal J Leemrijse, Dinny H de Bakker and Cindy Veenhof
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:317
  20. Cost-of-illness analysis is the main method of providing an overall vision of the economic impact of a disease. Such studies have been used to set priorities for healthcare policies and inform resource allocat...

    Authors: Julio Lopez-Bastida, Juan Oliva Moreno, Melany Worbes Cerezo, Lilisbeth Perestelo Perez, Pedro Serrano-Aguilar and Fernando Montón-Álvarez
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:315
  21. Quality of work life (QWL) has been found to influence the commitment of health professionals, including nurses. However, reliable information on QWL and turnover intention of primary health care (PHC) nurses ...

    Authors: Mohammed J Almalki, Gerry FitzGerald and Michele Clark
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:314
  22. Vaccination programs often organize subsidies and public relations in order to obtain high uptake rates and coverage. However, effects of subsidies and public relations have not been studied well in the litera...

    Authors: Masahide Kondo, Mariko Yamamura, Shu-Ling Hoshi and Ichiro Okubo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:313
  23. Accurate estimates of hypertension prevalence are critical for assessment of population health and for planning and implementing prevention and health care programs. While self-reported data is often more econ...

    Authors: Graciela Mentz, Amy J Schulz, Bhramar Mukherjee, Trivellore E Ragunathan, Denise White Perkins and Barbara A Israel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:312
  24. Guided by the evidence that delaying coronary revascularization may lead to symptom worsening and poorer clinical outcomes, expansion in cardiac surgery capacity has been recommended in Canada. Provincial gove...

    Authors: Boris G Sobolev, Guy Fradet, Lisa Kuramoto, Rita Sobolyeva, Basia Rogula and Adrian R Levy
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:311
  25. Mortality amenable to health-care services (‘amenable mortality’) has been defined as “premature deaths that should not occur in the presence of timely and effective health care” and as “conditions for which e...

    Authors: Maria P Fantini, Jacopo Lenzi, Giuseppe Franchino, Cristina Raineri, Alessandra Burgio, Luisa Frova, Gianfranco Domenighetti, Walter Ricciardi and Gianfranco Damiani
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:310
  26. Taiwan’s National Defense Bureau has been merging its hospitals and adjusting hospital accreditation levels since the beginning of 2006. These changes have introduced many stressors to the healthcare workers i...

    Authors: Dong-Sheng Tzeng, Wei-Ching Chung, Chi-Hung Lin and Chun-Yuh Yang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:309
  27. Emigrants are often a selected sample and in good health, but migration can have deleterious effects on health. Many immigrant groups report poor health and increased use of health services, and it is often cl...

    Authors: Hogne Sandvik, Steinar Hunskaar and Esperanza Diaz
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:308
  28. Health economics is increasingly used to inform resource allocation decision-making, however, there is comparatively little evidence relevant to minority groups. In part, this is due to lack of cost and effect...

    Authors: Katherine S Ong, Rob Carter, Margaret Kelaher and Ian Anderson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:307
  29. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex, chronic and progressive disease and rehabilitation services can provide important support to patients. Few MS rehabilitation programs have been shown to provide health imp...

    Authors: Jan Sørensen, Anne Lee, Brita Løvendahl, Michael Nørgaard, Jette Bay, Peter Vestergaard Rasmussen and Finn Boesen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:306
  30. The aim of the study is to describe the work pattern of personal care workers (PCWs) in nursing homes. This knowledge is important for staff performance appraisal, task allocation and scheduling. It will also ...

    Authors: Si-Yu Qian, Ping Yu, Zhen-Yu Zhang, David M Hailey, Pamela J Davy and Mark I Nelson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:305
  31. Patients who no-show to primary care appointments interrupt clinicians’ efforts to provide continuity of care. Prior literature reveals no-shows among diabetic patients are common. The purpose of this study is...

    Authors: Lynn A Nuti, Mark Lawley, Ayten Turkcan, Zhiyi Tian, Lingsong Zhang, Karen Chang, Deanna R Willis and Laura P Sands
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:304
  32. Validated instruments collecting data on health-related resource use are lacking, but required, for example, to investigate predictors of healthcare use or for health economic evaluation.

    Authors: Nadja Chernyak, Corinna Ernsting and Andrea Icks
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:303
  33. China’s recent growth in income has been unequally distributed, resulting in an unusually rapid retreat from relative income equality, which has impacted negatively on health services access. There exists a si...

    Authors: Yang Wang, Jian Wang, Elizabeth Maitland, Yaohui Zhao, Stephen Nicholas and Mingshan Lu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:302
  34. HPV vaccination reduces the risk of cervical cancer. Uptake however, of the ‘catch-up’ campaign in England for 17-18 year old girls is below the 80% NHS target. The aim of this randomized controlled trial is to a...

    Authors: Eleni Mantzari, Florian Vogt and Theresa M Marteau
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:301
  35. Economic evaluation of newborn screening poses specific methodological challenges. Amongst others, these challenges refer to the use of quality adjusted life years (QALYs) in newborns, and which costs and outc...

    Authors: Astrid Langer, Rolf Holle and Jürgen John
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:300
  36. Male circumcision (MC) has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV acquisition among heterosexual men, with WHO recommending MC as an essential component of comprehensive HIV prevention programs in high prevalenc...

    Authors: Anna Tynan, Andrew Vallely, Angela Kelly, Greg Law, John Millan, Peter Siba, John Kaldor and Peter S Hill
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:299
  37. Approximately 25% of so-called high utilizers of medical care are estimated to suffer from depression. A large proportion of these individuals remain undiagnosed and untreated. This study aims to examine the e...

    Authors: Anne Berghöfer, Astrid Hartwich, Michael Bauer, Jürgen Unützer, Stefan N Willich and Andrea Pfennig
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:298
  38. Generic Medicines are an important policy option allowing for access to affordable, essential medicines. Quality of generic medicines must be guaranteed through the activities of national medicines regulatory ...

    Authors: Aarti Patel, Robin Gauld, Pauline Norris and Thomas Rades
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:297
  39. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is more prevalent in regional and remote Australia compared to metropolitan areas. The aim of Healthy Hearts was to determine age and sex specific CVD risk factor levels and the po...

    Authors: Melinda J Carrington, Garry L Jennings, Robyn A Clark and Simon Stewart
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:296
  40. Two of the commonest chronic diseases experienced by older people in the general population are cardiovascular diseases and osteoarthritis. These conditions also commonly co-occur, which is only partly explain...

    Authors: James A Prior, Claire A Rushton, Kelvin P Jordan and Umesh T Kadam
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:295
  41. The working population is ageing, which will increase the number of workers with chronic health complaints, and, as a consequence, the number of workers seeking health care. It is very important to understand ...

    Authors: Romy Steenbeek
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:294
  42. The Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (PACIC) is a US measure of chronic illness quality of care, based on the influential Chronic Care Model (CCM). It measures a number of aspects of care, including ...

    Authors: Jo Rick, Kelly Rowe, Mark Hann, Bonnie Sibbald, David Reeves, Martin Roland and Peter Bower
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:293
  43. We studied the prevalence of common mental disorders among Dutch hospital physicians and investigated whether the presence of a mental disorder was associated with insufficient self-reported work ability.

    Authors: Martijn M Ruitenburg, Monique HW Frings-Dresen and Judith K Sluiter
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:292
  44. The role of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in improving access to basic healthcare services, and mobilising community actions on health is broadly recognised. The Primary Health Care (PHC) approach, identifie...

    Authors: Sara Javanparast, Fran Baum, Ronald Labonte, David Sanders, Zohreh Rajabi and Gholamreza Heidari
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:291
  45. Publicly-funded drug plans often use prior authorization policies to limit drug prescribing. To guide physician prescribing of a class of antibiotics with broad antimicrobial activity (quinolone antibiotics) i...

    Authors: Braden Manns, Kevin Laupland, Marcello Tonelli, Song Gao and Brenda Hemmelgarn
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:290
  46. This study examines the psychometric properties of 9 items on the Patient Activation component of the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) that assess how patients approach and communicate with their phy...

    Authors: Derjung M Tarn, Henry N Young and Benjamin M Craig
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:289
  47. In health services research, there is a growing view that partnerships between researchers and decision-makers (i.e., collaborative research teams) will enhance the effective translation and use of research re...

    Authors: Anne Hofmeyer, Catherine Scott and Laura Lagendyk
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:280