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  1. Patients with psychiatric problems often seek help and assistance in hospital emergency departments. An important task of emergency room staff is to decide whether such patients need to be admitted or whether ...

    Authors: Marc Ziegenbein, Christoph Anreis, Bernhard Brüggen, Martin Ohlmeier and Stefan Kropp
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:150
  2. Patterns of care for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) strongly depend on the availability of on-site cardiac catheterization facilities. Although the management found at hospitals without on-site catheterizat...

    Authors: Abdul R Halabi, Christine A Beck, Mark J Eisenberg, Hugues Richard and Louise Pilote
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:148
  3. It is difficult to keep control over prescribing behaviour in general practices. The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of a dissemination strategy of multidisciplinary guidelines on the volume of...

    Authors: Jody D Martens, Ron AG Winkens, Trudy van der Weijden, Daisy de Bruyn and Johan L Severens
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:145
  4. Both occupational physicians and orthopedic surgeons can be involved in the management of work relevant musculoskeletal disorders. These physicians hardly communicate with each other and this might lead to dif...

    Authors: Elske Faber, Alex Burdorf, Anne Loes van Staa, Harald S Miedema and Jan AN Verhaar
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:144
  5. Efficient delivery strategies for health interventions are essential for high and sustainable coverage. We report impact of a change in programmatic delivery strategy from routine delivery through the Expanded...

    Authors: Honorati Masanja, Joanna Armstrong Schellenberg, Hassan M Mshinda, Meera Shekar, Joseph KL Mugyabuso, Godwin D Ndossi and Don de Savigny
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:142
  6. Knowledge of the structure and character of inter-organizational relationships found among health promotion organizations is a prerequisite for the development of evidence-based network-level intervention acti...

    Authors: Spencer Moore, Cynthia Smith, Tammy Simpson and Sharlene Wolbeck Minke
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:141
  7. Though new technologies like Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) may be accurate, they often diffuse into practice before thorough assessment of their value in diagnosis and management, and of their effects on pa...

    Authors: Stephen D Brealey, Christine Atwell, Stirling Bryan, Simon Coulton, Helen Cox, Ben Cross, Fiona Fylan, Andrew Garratt, Fiona J Gilbert, Maureen GC Gillan, Maggie Hendry, Kerenza Hood, Helen Houston, David King, Veronica Morton, Jo Orchard…
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:133
  8. The Provincial Transfer Authorization Centre (PTAC) was established as a part of the emergency response in Ontario, Canada to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003. Prior to 2003, data ...

    Authors: Victoria A Robinson, Russell D MacDonald, Doug Manuel and Vivek Goel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:129
  9. Literature on difficult doctor-patient relationships has focused on the "difficult patient." Our objective was to determine physician and practice characteristics associated with greater physician-reported fru...

    Authors: Erin E Krebs, Joanne M Garrett and Thomas R Konrad
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:128
  10. Ethnic differences in health care utilisation are frequently reported in research. Little is known about the concordance between different methods of data collection among ethnic minorities. The aim of this st...

    Authors: Ellen Uiters, Liset van Dijk, Walter Devillé, Marleen Foets, Peter Spreeuwenberg and Peter P Groenewegen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:115
  11. It is uncertain whether black white differences in the use of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) persist in the era of drug eluting stents. The purpose of this study is to determine if black veterans wit...

    Authors: Charles Maynard, Haili Sun, Elliott Lowy, Anne E Sales and Stephan D Fihn
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:107
  12. Surveys of the population are commonly used to obtain information on health status. Increasingly, researchers are linking self-reported health status information to primary care consultation data. However, it ...

    Authors: Amanda Jeffery, Clare Jinks and Kelvin Jordan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:101
  13. Documentation of the hospitalizations rates following a stroke provides the inputs required for planning health services and to evaluate the economic efficiency of any new therapies.

    Authors: J Jaime Caro, Kristen Migliaccio-Walle, Khajak J Ishak, Irina Proskorovsky and Judith A O'Brien
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:99
  14. The severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic threw the world into turmoil during the first half of 2003. Many subsequent papers have addressed its impact on health service utilization, but few have co...

    Authors: Tzeng-Ji Chen, Ming-Hwai Lin, Li-Fang Chou and Shinn-Jang Hwang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:94
  15. Being an important part of China's Urban Health Care Reform System, Community Health Centers (CHCs) have been established throughout the entire country and are presently undergoing substantial reconstruction. ...

    Authors: Xilong Pan, Hassan H Dib, Xiaohang Wang and Hong Zhang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:93
  16. More than 6 million Americans have undiagnosed diabetes. Several national organizations endorse screening for diabetes by physicians, but actual practice is poorly understood. Our objectives were to measure th...

    Authors: Lisa M Kern, Mark A Callahan, David J Brillon, Maryelena Vargas and Alvin I Mushlin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:87
  17. The detrimental effect of delaying surgical revascularization has been estimated in randomized trials and observational studies. It has been argued that the Kaplan-Meier method used in quantifying the hazard o...

    Authors: Boris G Sobolev, Adrian R Levy, Lisa Kuramoto, Robert Hayden, James M Brophy and J Mark FitzGerald
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:85
  18. The performance of Primary Care Trusts in England is assessed and published using a number of different performance indicators. Our study has two broad purposes. Firstly, to find out whether pairs of indicator...

    Authors: Celia Brown and Richard Lilford
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:81
  19. Health administrative data are frequently used for health services and population health research. Comparative research using these data has been facilitated by the use of a standard system for coding diagnose...

    Authors: Carolyn De Coster, Hude Quan, Alan Finlayson, Min Gao, Patricia Halfon, Karin H Humphries, Helen Johansen, Lisa M Lix, Jean-Christophe Luthi, Jin Ma, Patrick S Romano, Leslie Roos, Vijaya Sundararajan, Jack V Tu, Greg Webster and William A Ghali
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:77
  20. In spite of the high prevalence of psychiatric disorders among elderly residents in nursing homes, only a small number of patients in need of specialist care are referred to a psychiatric consultant. The aim o...

    Authors: Camilla MT Callegari, Marco Menchetti, Giovanni Croci, Scilla Beraldo, Chiara Costantini and Federico Baranzini
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:73
  21. Patient falls in hospitals are common and may lead to negative outcomes such as injuries, prolonged hospitalization and legal liability. Consequently, various hospital falls prevention programs have been imple...

    Authors: René Schwendimann, Hugo Bühler, Sabina De Geest and Koen Milisen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:69
  22. Recently the financial status of primary care trusts has come under considerable scrutiny by the government, and financial deficits have been blamed on poor local management of resources. This paper examines t...

    Authors: Padmanabhan Badrinath, Rosemary Anne Currell and Peter M Bradley
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:64
  23. Primary care practitioners have a potentially important role in the delivery of specialist care for people with long-term respiratory diseases. Within the UK the development of a General Practitioner with Spec...

    Authors: Mandy A Moffat, Aziz Sheikh, David Price, Annie Peel, Siân Williams, Jen Cleland and Hilary Pinnock
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:62
  24. The development of an instrument accurately assessing service quality in the GP Exercise Referral Scheme (ERS) industry could potentially inform scheme organisers of the factors that affect adherence rates lea...

    Authors: Don Cock, Iain C Adams, Adrian B Ibbetson and Phil Baugh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:61
  25. Dedicated out-patient preanaesthetic clinics are relatively recent phenomenon and information is sparse from developing world. This study attempted to evaluate the utilization of adult and paediatric preanaest...

    Authors: Seetharaman Hariharan, Deryk Chen and Lorna Merritt-Charles
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:59
  26. The number of women working in general practice internationally has been steadily rising. In Scotland there have been concerns that such a change may lead to increased part-time working and subsequently to a f...

    Authors: Brian McKinstry, Iain Colthart, Katy Elliott and Colin Hunter
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:56
  27. We used the insurance claims of a representative cohort to quantify the patterns of ambulatory care visits, especially the doctor-shopping phenomenon, in Taiwan.

    Authors: Tzeng-Ji Chen, Li-Fang Chou and Shinn-Jang Hwang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:54
  28. The cost-effectiveness acceptability curve (CEAC) is a method for summarizing the uncertainty in estimates of cost-effectiveness. The CEAC, derived from the joint distribution of costs and effects, illustrates...

    Authors: Elisabeth Fenwick, Deborah A Marshall, Adrian R Levy and Graham Nichol
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:52
  29. We assessed the linkage and correct linkage rate using deterministic record linkage among three commonly used Canadian databases, namely, the population registry, hospital discharge data and Vital Statistics r...

    Authors: Bing Li, Hude Quan, Andrew Fong and Mingshan Lu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:48
  30. Although currently available evidence predominantly recommends early laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) for the treatment of acute cholecystitis, this strategy has not been widely adopted in Japan. Herein, we d...

    Authors: Miho Sekimoto, Yuichi Imanaka, Masahiro Hirose, Tatsuro Ishizaki, Genki Murakami and Yushi Fukata
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:40
  31. The Future of Family Medicine Report calls for a fundamental redesign of the American family physician workplace. At the same time, academic family practices are under economic pressure. Most family medicine d...

    Authors: J Lloyd Michener, Truls Østbye, Victoria S Kaprielian, Katrina M Krause, Kimberly SH Yarnall, Susan D Yaggy and Margaret Gradison
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:38
  32. The cytological screening programme of Viterbo has completed the second round of invitations to the entire target population (age 25–64). From a public health perspective, it is important to know the Pap-test ...

    Authors: Paolo Giorgi Rossi, Gennaro Esposito, Silvia Brezzi, Angela Brachini, Patrizio Raggi and Antonio Federici
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:36
  33. The aim of this study was to compare the expressed levels of career satisfaction of three groups of comparable dental healthcare professionals, working in Trinidad, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

    Authors: Rahul Naidu, J Tim Newton and Katie Ayers
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:32
  34. Discharge from hospital to a nursing home represents a major event in the life of an older person and should only follow a comprehensive functional and medical assessment. A previous study identified 3 depende...

    Authors: Anita Slade, Jon Fear and Alan Tennant
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:31
  35. An increasing number of medical specialists prefer to work part-time. This development can be found worldwide. Problems to be faced in the realization of part-time work in medicine include the division of nigh...

    Authors: Judith D de Jong, Phil Heiligers, Peter P Groenewegen and Lammert Hingstman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:26
  36. Climate- or holiday-related seasonality in hospital admission rates is well known for many diseases. However, little research has addressed the impact of tourism on seasonality in admission rates. We therefore...

    Authors: Klazien Matter-Walstra, Marcel Widmer and André Busato
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:25
  37. The question of how best to reduce waiting times for health care, particularly surgical procedures such as hip and knee replacements is among the most pressing concern of the Canadian health care system. The o...

    Authors: Ross EG Upshur, Rahim Moineddin, Eric J Crighton and Muhammad Mamdani
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:22
  38. In order to improve the health of people with Type 1 diabetes in developing countries, a clear analysis of the constraints to insulin access and diabetes care is needed. We developed a Rapid Assessment Protoco...

    Authors: David Beran, John S Yudkin and Maximilian de Courten
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:17
  39. Organised stroke care saves lives and reduces disability. A clinical pathway might be a form of organised stroke care, but the evidence for the effectiveness of this model of care is limited.

    Authors: William J Taylor, Annie Wong, Richard J Siegert and Harry K McNaughton
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:16
  40. Children with congenital hearing impairment benefit from early detection and management of their hearing loss. These and related considerations led to the recommendation of universal newborn hearing screening....

    Authors: Eva Grill, Kai Uus, Franz Hessel, Linda Davies, Rod S Taylor, Juergen Wasem and John Bamford
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:14
  41. It has been postulated that patients admitted on weekends or after office hours may experience delays in clinical management and consequently have longer length of stay (LOS). We investigated if day and time o...

    Authors: Arul Earnest, Mark IC Chen and Eillyne Seow
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:6
  42. Referrals of patients from primary care to medical specialist care are an important activity in any health care system. German data show that the number of referrals by GPs have increased since 2004, but detai...

    Authors: Thomas Rosemann, Michel Wensing, Gernot Rueter and Joachim Szecsenyi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:5
  43. A significant gap has been documented between best practice and the actual practice of surgery. Our group identified that colorectal cancer staging in Ontario was suboptimal and subsequently developed a knowle...

    Authors: Frances C Wright, Calvin HL Law, Linda D Last, Neil Klar, David P Ryan and Andrew J Smith
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:4
  44. Accurate cost estimate and a profit and loss analysis are necessary for health care practice. We performed an actual financial analysis for an intensive care unit (ICU) of a university hospital in Japan, and t...

    Authors: Pengyu Cao, Shin-ichi Toyabe, Toshikazu Abe and Kouhei Akazawa
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:1