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  1. Proposals to expand Medicare coverage tend to be expensive, but the value of services purchased is not known. This study evaluates the efficiency of the average private supplemental insurance plan for Medicare...

    Authors: Peter Franks, Peter Muennig and Marthe Gold
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:23
  2. In British Columbia, Canada, all necessary medical services are funded publicly. Concerned with growing wait lists in the mid-1990s, the provincial government started providing extra funding for coronary arter...

    Authors: Adrian R Levy, Boris G Sobolev, Robert Hayden, Michael Kiely, J Mark FitzGerald and Martin T Schechter
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:22
  3. Outreach facilitation has been proven successful in improving the adoption of clinical preventive care guidelines in primary care practice. The net costs and savings of delivering such an intensive interventio...

    Authors: William Hogg, Neill Baskerville and Jacques Lemelin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:20
  4. Treatment delay in first episode psychosis is common. As general practitioners are the first point of contact for many individuals with first episode psychosis, they are well placed to detect the early symptom...

    Authors: Lynda Tait, Helen Lester, Max Birchwood, Nick Freemantle and Sue Wilson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:19
  5. The AGREE instrument has been validated for evaluating Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) pertaining to medical care. This study evaluated the reliability and validity of physical therapists using the AGREE to...

    Authors: Joy C MacDermid, Dina Brooks, Sherra Solway, Sharon Switzer-McIntyre, Lucie Brosseau and Ian D Graham
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:18
  6. Studies conducted in developed countries using economic models show that individual- and household- level variables are important determinants of health insurance ownership. There is however a dearth of such s...

    Authors: Joses M Kirigia, Luis G Sambo, Benjamin Nganda, Germano M Mwabu, Rufaro Chatora and Takondwa Mwase
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:17
  7. Quality of care from the perspective of users is increasingly used in evaluating health care performance. Going beyond satisfaction studies, quality of care from the users' perspective is conceptualised in two...

    Authors: Peter P Groenewegen, Jan J Kerssens, Herman J Sixma, Ingrid van der Eijk and Wienke GW Boerma
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:16
  8. Administrative health care databases may be particularly useful for injury surveillance, given that they are population-based, readily available, and relatively complete. Surveillance based on administrative d...

    Authors: Beth K Potter, Douglas Manuel, Kathy N Speechley, Iris A Gutmanis, M Karen Campbell and John J Koval
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:15
  9. Due to the complexity of health system reform in the post-conflict, post-disaster, and development settings, attempts to restructure health services are fraught with pitfalls that are often unanticipated becau...

    Authors: Brett D Nelson, Kerry Dierberg, Milena Šćepanović, Mihajlo Mitrović, Miloš Vuksanović, Ljiljana Milić and Michael J VanRooyen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:14
  10. Seasonality is a common feature of communicable diseases. Less well understood is whether seasonal patterns occur for non-communicable diseases. The overall effect of seasonal fluctuations on hospital admissio...

    Authors: Ross EG Upshur, Rahim Moineddin, Eric Crighton, Lori Kiefer and Muhammad Mamdani
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:13
  11. The aim of this body of research is to determine whether injuries in the home are more common in particular types of housing. Previous home injuries research has tended to focus on behaviours or the provision ...

    Authors: Robert G Newcombe, Ronan A Lyons, Sarah J Jones and Joanne Patterson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:12
  12. The increasing prevalence and impact of obstructive lung diseases and new insights, reflected in clinical guidelines, have led to concerns about the diagnosis and therapy of asthma and COPD in primary care. In...

    Authors: Antonius Schneider, Lutz Gantner, Inko Maag, Mathias M Borst, Michel Wensing and Joachim Szecsenyi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:11
  13. In quality of care research, limited information is found on the relationship between quality of care and disease outcomes. This case-control study was conducted with the aim to assess the effect of guideline ...

    Authors: Johan S de Koning, Niek S Klazinga, Peter J Koudstaal, Ad Prins, Gerard JJM Borsboom and Johan P Mackenbach
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:10
  14. Swedish patient associations for breast cancer patients (PABCPs) offer patients with breast cancer unlimited meetings with a breast cancer survivor, a contact person (CP). We applied the voluntary action persp...

    Authors: Christina Carlsson, Mef Nilbert and Kerstin Nilsson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:9
  15. Priority setting, also known as rationing or resource allocation, occurs at all levels of every health care system. Daniels and Sabin have proposed a framework for priority setting in health care institutions ...

    Authors: David Reeleder, Douglas K Martin, Christian Keresztes and Peter A Singer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:8
  16. There has been increasing interest in enhancing accountability in health care. As such, several methods have been developed to compare the quality of home care services. These comparisons can be problematic if...

    Authors: Dawn M Dalby, John P Hirdes and Brant E Fries
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:7
  17. In recent years out-of-hours primary care in the Netherlands has changed from practice-based to large-scale cooperatives. The purpose of this study is to determine patient satisfaction with current out-of-hour...

    Authors: CJT van Uden, AJHA Ament, SO Hobma, PJ Zwietering and HFJM Crebolder
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:6
  18. Pain is highly prevalent among older adults, but little is known about how patient involvement in medical decision-making may play a role in limiting its occurrence or severity. The purpose of this study was t...

    Authors: Tyrone F Borders, Ke Tom Xu, James Heavner and Gina Kruse
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:4
  19. Chronic non-cancer pain is a common problem that is often accompanied by psychiatric comorbidity and disability. The effectiveness of a multi-disciplinary pain management program was tested in a 3 month before...

    Authors: Paul R Chelminski, Timothy J Ives, Katherine M Felix, Steven D Prakken, Thomas M Miller, J Stephen Perhac, Robert M Malone, Mary E Bryant, Darren A DeWalt and Michael P Pignone
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:3
  20. Few studies report on the effect of organizational factors facilitating transfer between primary and tertiary care hospitals either within an integrated health care system or outside it. In this paper, we repo...

    Authors: Anne E Sales, Sandra L Pineros, David J Magid, Nathan R Every, Nancy D Sharp and John S Rumsfeld
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:2
  21. While significant strides have been made in health research, the incorporation of research evidence into healthcare decision-making has been marginal. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of how...

    Authors: Kevin Brazil, Elizabeth Ozer, Michelle M Cloutier, Robert Levine and Daniel Stryer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:1
  22. The evidence base of clinical interventions in paediatric hospitals of developing countries has not been formally assessed. We performed this study to determine the proportion of evidence-based therapeutic int...

    Authors: Nilton Y Carreazo, Carlos A Bada, Juan P Chalco and Luis Huicho
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:40
  23. Conventional total hip replacement (THR) may be felt to carry too high a risk of failure over a patient's lifetime, especially in young people. There is increasing interest in metal on metal hip resurfacing ar...

    Authors: Laura Wyness, Luke Vale, Kirsty McCormack, Adrian Grant and Miriam Brazzelli
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:39
  24. A number of approaches have been used to grade levels of evidence and the strength of recommendations. The use of many different approaches detracts from one of the main reasons for having explicit approaches:...

    Authors: David Atkins, Martin Eccles, Signe Flottorp, Gordon H Guyatt, David Henry, Suzanne Hill, Alessandro Liberati, Dianne O'Connell, Andrew D Oxman, Bob Phillips, Holger Schünemann, Tessa Tan-Torres Edejer, Gunn E Vist and John W Williams Jr
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:38
  25. Priority setting is one of the most difficult issues facing hospitals because of funding restrictions and changing patient need. A deadly communicable disease outbreak, such as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syn...

    Authors: Jennifer AH Bell, Sylvia Hyland, Tania DePellegrin, Ross EG Upshur, Mark Bernstein and Douglas K Martin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:36
  26. Preventive home visits to elderly people by public health nurses aim to maintain or improve the functional status of elderly and reduce the use of institutional care services. A number of trials that investiga...

    Authors: Ans Nicolaides-Bouman, Erik van Rossum, Gertrudis IJM Kempen and Paul Knipschild
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:35
  27. Direct admission to Coronary Care Unit (CCU) on hospital arrival can be considered as a good proxy for adequate management in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), as it has been associated with bet...

    Authors: Carla Ancona, Massimo Arcà, Carlo Saitto, Nera Agabiti, Danilo Fusco, Valeria Tancioni and Carlo A Perucci
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:34
  28. Self-reported information has commonly been used to monitor mammography utilization across populations and time periods. However, longitudinal investigations regarding the prevalence and determinants of incons...

    Authors: Christina M Bancej, Colleen J Maxwell and Judy Snider
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:32
  29. Postal questionnaires are an economical and simple method of data collection for research purposes but are subject to non-response bias. Several studies have explored the effect of monetary and non-monetary in...

    Authors: LM Roberts, S Wilson, A Roalfe and P Bridge
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:30
  30. Smoking in pregnancy is a public health problem and effective methods for reducing this are required. Although nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is effective for smoking cessation in non-pregnant people, ther...

    Authors: Tim Coleman, Marilyn Antoniak, John Britton, Jim Thornton, Sarah Lewis and Kim Watts
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:29
  31. The quality control of oral anticoagulant therapy (OAT) during the initiation and maintenance treatment is generally poor. Physicians' ordering of OAT (especially fluindione and warfarin) can be improved by dose ...

    Authors: Isabelle Colombet, Alessandra Bura-Rivière, Rémy Chatila, Gilles Chatellier and Pierre Durieux
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:27
  32. It is not currently known what is the patient's viewpoint of a "good" physician. We set out to define patient's priorities regarding different physician's attributes in 3 domains important in medical care.

    Authors: Ami Schattner, Dan Rudin and Navah Jellin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:26
  33. Patients' trust in physicians and in the medical profession is vital for a successful patient-physician relationship. Trust is especially salient in critical medical situations, such as serious side-effects, h...

    Authors: Rahul A Shenolikar, Rajesh Balkrishnan and Mark A Hall
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:24
  34. We describe a simple approach we used to identify barriers and tailor an intervention to improve pharmacological management of hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia. We also report the results of a post hoc e...

    Authors: Atle Fretheim, Andrew D Oxman and Signe Flottorp
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:23
  35. The reduced number of hospital beds and an ageing population have resulted in growing demands for home nursing. We know very little about the comprehensive care of these patients. The objectives were to identi...

    Authors: Sonja Modin and Anna-Karin Furhoff
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:22
  36. Traditional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a widely used class of therapy in the treatment of chronic pain and inflammation. The drugs are effective and can be relatively inexpensive thanks...

    Authors: Malcolm Doupe, Alan Katz, Brent Kvern, Lori-Jean Manness, Colleen Metge, Glen TD Thomson, Laura Morrison and Kat Rother
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:21
  37. In 2002, the World Health Organization published a health system performance ranking for 191 member countries. The ranking was based on five indicators, with fixed weights common to all countries.

    Authors: Jeremy A Lauer, CA Knox Lovell, Christopher JL Murray and David B Evans
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:19
  38. The improvement of the quality of the evidence used in treatment decision-making is especially important in the case of patients with complicated disease processes such as HIV/AIDS for which multiple treatment...

    Authors: Kasia E Stefanski, C Shawn Tracy and Ross EG Upshur
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:18
  39. Previous studies of methods to increase response rates on international postal surveys did not include providing return postage. We provided International Postage Vouchers – "Coupon-Réponse International" to c...

    Authors: Cheryl Carling
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:16
  40. Response rates to postal questionnaires are falling and this threatens the external validity of survey findings. We wanted to establish whether the incentive of being entered into a prize draw to win a persona...

    Authors: Sharon H Moses and T Justin Clark
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2004 4:14