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  1. Neonatal hearing screening (NHS) has been routinely offered as a vital component of early childhood care in developed countries, whereas such a screening program is still at the pilot or preliminary stage as r...

    Authors: Li-Hui Huang, Luo Zhang, Ruo-Yan Gai Tobe, Fang-Hua Qi, Long Sun, Yue Teng, Qing-Lin Ke, Fei Mai, Xue-Feng Zhang, Mei Zhang, Ru-Lan Yang, Lin Tu, Hong-Hui Li, Yan-Qing Gu, Sai-Nan Xu, Xiao-Yan Yue…
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:97
  2. General practitioners (GP) in rural areas of Germany are struggling to find successors for their private practices. Telemonitoring at home offers an option to support remaining GPs and specialists in ambulator...

    Authors: Claudia Terschüren, Monika Mensing and Odile CL Mekel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:95
  3. The General Medical Services primary care contract for the United Kingdom financially rewards performance in 19 clinical areas, through the Quality and Outcomes Framework. Little is known about how best to det...

    Authors: Robert Fleetcroft, Nicholas Steel, Richard Cookson, Simon Walker and Amanda Howe
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:94
  4. Antenatal ultrasound scan is a widely accepted component of antenatal care. Studies have looked at the relationship between ultrasound scanning and caesarean section (CS) in certain groups of women in China. H...

    Authors: Kun Huang, Fangbiao Tao, Joanna Raven, Liu Liu, Xiaoyan Wu and Shenglan Tang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:93
  5. Severe shortages of qualified health workers and geographical imbalances in the workforce in many low-income countries require the national health sector management to closely monitor and address issues relate...

    Authors: Nils Gunnar Songstad, Karen Marie Moland, Deodatus Amadeus Massay and Astrid Blystad
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:92
  6. We investigated the impact that variations in the frequency of readmissions had upon a hospital's standardised mortality ratio (HSMR). An adapted HSMR model was used in the study. Our calculations were based o...

    Authors: Wim F van den Bosch, Peter Spreeuwenberg and Cordula Wagner
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:91
  7. The number of people surviving colorectal cancer has doubled in recent years. While much of the literature suggests that most people return to near pre-diagnosis status following surgery for colorectal cancer,...

    Authors: Deborah Fenlon, Alison Richardson, Julia Addington-Hall, Peter Smith, Jessica Corner, Jane Winter and Claire Foster
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:90
  8. Multimorbidity is a phenomenon with high burden and high prevalence in the elderly. Our previous research has shown that multimorbidity can be divided into the multimorbidity patterns of 1) anxiety, depression...

    Authors: Ingmar Schäfer, Heike Hansen, Gerhard Schön, Susanne Höfels, Attila Altiner, Anne Dahlhaus, Jochen Gensichen, Steffi Riedel-Heller, Siegfried Weyerer, Wolfgang A Blank, Hans-Helmut König, Olaf von dem Knesebeck, Karl Wegscheider, Martin Scherer, Hendrik van den Bussche and Birgitt Wiese
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:89
  9. Although acute hospitals offer a twenty-four hour seven day a week service levels of staffing are lower over the weekends and some health care processes may be less readily available over the weekend. Whilst i...

    Authors: Mohammed A Mohammed, Khesh S Sidhu, Gavin Rudge and Andrew J Stevens
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:87
  10. Online social networking and personally controlled health management systems (PCHMS) offer a new opportunity for developing innovative interventions to prevent diseases of public health concern (e.g., influenz...

    Authors: Annie YS Lau, Vitali Sintchenko, Jacinta Crimmins, Farah Magrabi, Blanca Gallego and Enrico Coiera
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:86
  11. Functional decline in community-dwelling older persons is associated with the loss of independence, the need for hospital and nursing-home care and premature death. The effectiveness of multifactorial interven...

    Authors: Jacqueline J Suijker, Bianca M Buurman, Gerben ter Riet, Marjon van Rijn, Rob J de Haan, Sophia E de Rooij and Eric P Moll van Charante
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:85
  12. Fall prevention programs for hospitalized patients have had limited success, and the effect of programs on decreasing total falls and fall-related injuries is still inconclusive. This exploratory multi-hospita...

    Authors: Huey-Ming Tzeng, Marita G Titler, David L Ronis and Chang-Yi Yin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:84
  13. Although the management of sarcoma is improving, non adherence to clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) remains high, mainly because of the low incidence of the disease and the variety of histological subtypes. ...

    Authors: Lionel Perrier, Alessandra Buja, Giuseppe Mastrangelo, Antonella Vecchiato, Paolo Sandonà, Françoise Ducimetière, Jean-Yves Blay, François Noël Gilly, Carole Siani, Pierre Biron, Dominique Ranchère-Vince, Anne-Valérie Decouvelaere, Philippe Thiesse, Christophe Bergeron, Angelo Paolo Dei Tos, Jean-Michel Coindre…
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:82
  14. The ability to sustain comprehensive primary health care (PHC) services in the face of change is crucial to the health of rural communities. This paper illustrates how one service has proactively managed chang...

    Authors: Penny Buykx, John S Humphreys, Rachel Tham, Leigh Kinsman, John Wakerman, Adel Asaid and Kathy Tuohey
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:81
  15. There is a global need to assess physicians' professional performance in actual clinical practice. Valid and reliable instruments are necessary to support these efforts. This study focuses on the reliability a...

    Authors: Karlijn Overeem, Hub C Wollersheim, Onyebuchi A Arah, Juliette K Cruijsberg, Richard PTM Grol and Kiki MJMH Lombarts
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:80
  16. Appropriateness of physician workforce greatly influences the quality of healthcare. When facing the crisis of physician shortages, the correction of manpower always takes an extended time period, and both the...

    Authors: Tsuen-Chiuan Tsai, Misha Eliasziw and Der-Fang Chen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:79
  17. Many critical treatment decisions are based on the medical history of patients with an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Discrepancies between the medical history documented by a health professional and the patie...

    Authors: Chete Eze-Nliam, Kellie Cain, Kasey Bond, Keith Forlenza, Rachel Jankowski, Gina Magyar-Russell, Gayane Yenokyan and Roy C Ziegelstein
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:78
  18. The impact of developments in colorectal cancer surgery on length-of-stay (LOS) and re-admission have not been well described. In a population-based analysis, we investigated predictors of LOS and emergency re...

    Authors: Maria Kelly, Linda Sharp, Fiona Dwane, Tracy Kelleher and Harry Comber
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:77
  19. In 2006, the Dutch hospital market was reformed to create a more efficient delivery system through managed competition. To allow competition on quality, patient experiences were measured using the Consumer Qua...

    Authors: David E Ikkersheim and Xander Koolman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:76
  20. Sub-Saharan African populations are growing in many European countries. Data on the health of these populations are rare. Additionally, many sub-Saharan African migrants are confronted with issues of low socio...

    Authors: Linda Boateng, Mary Nicolaou, Henriëtte Dijkshoorn, Karien Stronks and Charles Agyemang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:75
  21. The economic downturn exacerbates the inadequacy of resources for combating the worldwide HIV/AIDS pandemic and amplifies the need to improve the efficiency of HIV/AIDS programs.

    Authors: Wu Zeng, Donald S Shepard, Jon Chilingerian and Carlos Avila-Figueroa
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:74
  22. This systematic review and meta-analysis aims at assessing the composition and performance of care management models evaluated in the last decade and their impact on patient important outcomes.

    Authors: Jason S Egginton, Jennifer L Ridgeway, Nilay D Shah, Saranya Balasubramaniam, Joann R Emmanuel, Larry J Prokop, Victor M Montori and Mohammad Hassan Murad
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:72
  23. When it was initiated in 2001, England's national patient survey programme was one of the first in the world and has now been widely emulated in other healthcare systems. The aim of the survey programme was to...

    Authors: Anna DeCourcy, Elizabeth West and David Barron
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:71
  24. Policy that supports rural allied health service delivery is important given the shortage of services outside of Australian metropolitan centres. The shortage of allied health professionals means that rural cl...

    Authors: Craig Veitch, Michelle Lincoln, Anita Bundy, Gisselle Gallego, Angela Dew, Kim Bulkeley, Jennie Brentnall and Scott Griffiths
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:70
  25. In the Netherlands, midwives are autonomous medical practitioners and 78% of pregnant women start their maternity care with a primary care midwife. Scientific research to support evidence-based practice in pri...

    Authors: Judith Manniën, Trudy Klomp, Therese Wiegers, Monique Pereboom, Johannes Brug, Ank de Jonge, Margreeth van der Meijde, Eileen Hutton, Francois Schellevis and Evelien Spelten
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:69
  26. Health information technology (HIT) applications that incorporate point-of-care use of health-related quality of life (HRQL) assessments are believed to promote patient-centered interactions between seriously ...

    Authors: Christopher M Shea, Jacqueline R Halladay, David Reed and Timothy P Daaleman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:67
  27. The government of Kenya is making plans to implement a social health insurance program by transforming the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) into a universal health coverage program. This paper examines ...

    Authors: James K Kimani, Remare Ettarh, Catherine Kyobutungi, Blessing Mberu and Kanyiva Muindi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:66
  28. At least 3% of children spend some of their childhood in public care and, as a group, have poor outcomes across a range of education, employment, health and social care outcomes. Research, using social care or...

    Authors: Douglas E Simkiss, Nicholas J Spencer, Nigel Stallard and Margaret Thorogood
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:65
  29. Telepathology, which is an emerging form of telemedicine in Canada, is defined as the electronic transmission of pathological images, usually derived from microscopes, from one location to another. There are v...

    Authors: Marie-Claude Trudel, Guy Paré, Bernard Têtu and Claude Sicotte
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:64
  30. Ongoing care for chronic conditions such as diabetes is best provided by a range of health professionals working together. There are challenges in achieving this where collaboration crosses organisational and ...

    Authors: Julie McDonald, Rohan Jayasuriya and Mark Fort Harris
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:63
  31. Medication errors can occur at any of the three steps of the medication use process: prescribing, dispensing and administration. We aimed to determine the incidence, type and clinical importance of drug admini...

    Authors: Sarah Berdot, Brigitte Sabatier, Florence Gillaizeau, Thibaut Caruba, Patrice Prognon and Pierre Durieux
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:60
  32. Treatment for the hepatitis C virus (HCV) may be delayed significantly in HIV/HCV co-infected patients. Our study aims at identifying the correlates of access to HCV treatment in this population.

    Authors: Dominique Salmon-Ceron, Julien Cohen, Maria Winnock, Perrine Roux, Firouze Bani Sadr, Eric Rosenthal, Isabelle Poizot Martin, Marc-Arthur Loko, Marion Mora, Philippe Sogni, Bruno Spire, François Dabis and Maria Patrizia Carrieri
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:59
  33. Oral clefts are one of the most common birth defects worldwide. They require multiple healthcare interventions and add significant burden on the health and quality of life of affected individuals. However, not...

    Authors: George L Wehby, Dorthe Almind Pedersen, Jeffrey C Murray and Kaare Christensen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:58
  34. While increasing attention is placed on using evidence-based decision making (EBDM) to improve public health, there is little research assessing the current EBDM capacity of the public health workforce. Public...

    Authors: Julie A Jacobs, Paula F Clayton, Cassandra Dove, Tanya Funchess, Ellen Jones, Ghazala Perveen, Brandon Skidmore, Victor Sutton, Sarah Worthington, Elizabeth A Baker, Anjali D Deshpande and Ross C Brownson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:57
  35. New drugs often substitute others cheaper and with a risk-benefit balance better established. Our aim was to analyse the diffusion of new drugs during the first months of use, examining the differences between...

    Authors: Francisco Javier Garjón, Ana Azparren, Iván Vergara, Borja Azaola and Jose Ramón Loayssa
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:56
  36. International debates on improving health system performance and quality of care are strongly coined by systems thinking. There is a surprising lack of attention to the human (worker) elements. Although the ce...

    Authors: Karin Gross, Constanze Pfeiffer and Brigit Obrist
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:55
  37. A well-functioning referral system is fundamental to primary health care delivery. Understanding the providers' referral decision-making process becomes critical. This study's aim was to assess the correctness...

    Authors: Tegawende Pierre Ilboudo, Yiing-Jenq Chou and Nicole Huang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:54
  38. Delivering appropriate and affordable healthcare is a concern across the globe. As countries grapple with the issue of delivering healthcare with finite resources and populations continue to age, more health-r...

    Authors: Catherine Exley, Nikki Rousseau, Cam Donaldson and Jimmy G Steele
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:53
  39. The British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) is the first long-running UK longitudinal survey with a non-medical focus and a sample covering the whole age range to have asked for permission to link to a range of ...

    Authors: Gundi Knies, Jonathan Burton and Emanuela Sala
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:52
  40. More than half of veterans who use Veterans Health Administration (VA) care are also eligible for Medicare via disability or age, but no prior studies have examined variation in use of outpatient services by M...

    Authors: Chuan-Fen Liu, Chris L Bryson, James F Burgess Jr, Nancy Sharp, Mark Perkins and Matthew L Maciejewski
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:51
  41. Despite an increase in knowledge about the epidemiology of intimate partner violence (IPV), much less is known about interventions to reduce IPV and its associated impairment. One program that holds promise in...

    Authors: Susan M Jack, Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, C Nadine Wathen, Danielle M Davidov, Diane B McNaughton, Jeffrey H Coben, David L Olds and Harriet L MacMillan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:1952

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  42. Clinical networks have been established to improve health outcomes and processes of care by implementing a range of innovations and undertaking projects based on perceived local need. Limited research exists o...

    Authors: Elizabeth McInnes, Sandy Middleton, Glenn Gardner, Mary Haines, Maggie Haertsch, Christine L Paul and Peter Castaldi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:49
  43. Integration of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV services is a policy priority, both globally and in South Africa. Recent studies examining SRH/HIV integration in South Africa have focused primarily...

    Authors: Jennifer A Smit, Kathryn Church, Cecilia Milford, Abigail D Harrison and Mags E Beksinska
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:48
  44. Computed tomography (CT) is a major source of ionizing radiation exposure in medical diagnostic. Compared to adults, children are supposed to be more susceptible to health risks related to radiation. The purpo...

    Authors: Hiltrud Merzenich, Lucian Krille, Gael Hammer, Melanie Kaiser, Shunichi Yamashita and Hajo Zeeb
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:47