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  1. Despite the importance of continuity of care [COC] in contemporary mental health service provision, COC lacks a clearly agreed definition. Furthermore, whilst there is broad agreement that definitions should i...

    Authors: Angela Sweeney, Diana Rose, Sarah Clement, Fatima Jichi, Ian Rees Jones, Tom Burns, Jocelyn Catty, Susan Mclaren and Til Wykes
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:145
  2. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic illness confront multiple challenges that contribute to their poor health outcomes, and to the health disparities that exist in Australian society. Thi...

    Authors: Clive Aspin, Ngiare Brown, Tanisha Jowsey, Laurann Yen and Stephen Leeder
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:143
  3. Almost all assisted reproductive technology (ART) and intrauterine insemination (IUI) treatments performed in Australia are subsidized through the Australian Government’s universal insurance scheme, Medicare. ...

    Authors: Georgina M Chambers, Van Phuong Hoang, Rong Zhu and Peter J Illingworth
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:142
  4. Orientation and mobility (O&M) training in using an identification (ID) cane is provided to partially-sighted older adults to facilitate independent functioning and participation in the community. Recently, a ...

    Authors: Judith Ballemans, GA Rixt Zijlstra, Ger HMB van Rens, Jan SAG Schouten and Gertrudis IJM Kempen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:141
  5. Current antiretroviral treatment (ART) models in Africa are labour intensive and require a high number of skilled staff. In the context of constraints in human resources for health, task shifting is considered...

    Authors: Lyson Tenthani, Fabian Cataldo, Adrienne K Chan, Richard Bedell, Alexandra LC Martiniuk and Monique van Lettow
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:140
  6. Protracted, multi-year wait times exist for bariatric care in Canada. Our objective was to examine wait-listed patients’ health status and perceptions regarding the consequences of prolonged wait times using a...

    Authors: Raj S Padwal, Sumit R Majumdar, Scott Klarenbach, Daniel W Birch, Shahzeer Karmali, Linda McCargar, Konrad Fassbender and Arya M Sharma
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:139
  7. Over 50,000 non-medical healthcare professionals across the United Kingdom now have prescribing capabilities. However, there is no evidence available with regards to the extent to which non-medical prescribing...

    Authors: Molly Courtenay, Nicola Carey and Karen Stenner
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:138
  8. The benefits of a periodic health evaluation remain debatable. The incremental value added by such evaluations beyond the delivery of age appropriate screening and preventive medicine recommendations is unclear.

    Authors: Cindy A Kermott, Carol S Kuhle, Stephanie S Faubion, Ruth E Johnson, Donald D Hensrud and Mohammad Hassan Murad
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:137
  9. The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the impact of a July 2008 Tennessee Court of Appeals opinion that shifted financial responsibility for juvenile court ordered psychiatric evaluations from the S...

    Authors: Richard A Epstein, Jeff Feix, Patrick G Arbogast, Stephen H Beckjord and William V Bobo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:136
  10. Lebanon is witnessing an increased emigration of physicians. The objective of this study was to understand the perceptions of Lebanese policymakers of this emigration, and elicit their proposals for future pol...

    Authors: Elie A Akl, Nancy Maroun, Aline Rahbany and Amy Hagopian
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:135
  11. Healthcare professionals’ participation in short-term medical missions to low and middle income countries (LMIC) to provide healthcare has become common over the past 50 years yet little is known about the qua...

    Authors: Alexandra LC Martiniuk, Mitra Manouchehrian, Joel A Negin and Anthony B Zwi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:134
  12. Recruiting and retaining health professions remains a high priority for health system planners. Different employment sectors may vary in their appeal to providers. We used the concepts of inflow and stickiness...

    Authors: Michel D Landry, Robyn Hastie, Känecy Oñate, Brenda Gamble, Raisa B Deber and Molly C Verrier
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:133
  13. Dementia care in the Netherlands is shifting from fragmented, ad hoc care to more coordinated and personalised care. Case management contributes to this shift. The linkage model and a combination of intensive ...

    Authors: Janet MacNeil Vroomen, Lisa D Van Mierlo, Peter M van de Ven, Judith E Bosmans, Pim van den Dungen, Franka J M Meiland, Rose-Marie Dröes, Eric P Moll van Charante, Henriëtte E van der Horst, Sophia E de Rooij and Hein P J van Hout
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:132
  14. Provider-initiated HIV testing and counselling (PITC) is widely recommended to ensure timely treatment of HIV. The Zimbabwe Ministry of Health introduced PITC in 2007. We aimed to evaluate institutional capaci...

    Authors: Euphemia L Sibanda, Karin Hatzold, Owen Mugurungi, Getrude Ncube, Beatrice Dupwa, Pester Siraha, Lydia K Madyira, Alexio Mangwiro, Gaurav Bhattacharya and Frances M Cowan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:131
  15. Shared decision making contributes to high quality healthcare by promoting a patient-centered approach. Patient involvement in selecting the components of a diabetes medication program that best match the pati...

    Authors: Annie LeBlanc, Kari L Ruud, Megan E Branda, Kristina Tiedje, Kasey R Boehmer, Laurie J Pencille, Holly Van Houten, Marc Matthews, Nilay D Shah, Carl R May, Barbara P Yawn and Victor M Montori
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:130
  16. Little is known about the effects of professional staffing on cancer surgical outcomes. The present study aimed to investigate the association between cancer surgical outcomes and physician/nurse staffing in r...

    Authors: Hideo Yasunaga, Hideki Hashimoto, Hiromasa Horiguchi, Hiroaki Miyata and Shinya Matsuda
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:129
  17. Mitigating or reducing the risk of harm associated with the delivery of healthcare is a policy priority. While the risk of harm can be reduced in some instances (i.e. preventable), what constitutes preventable...

    Authors: Mohammed Nabhan, Tarig Elraiyah, Daniel R Brown, James Dilling, Annie LeBlanc, Victor M Montori, Timothy Morgenthaler, James Naessens, Larry Prokop, Veronique Roger, Stephen Swensen, Rodney L Thompson and M Hassan Murad
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:128
  18. Studies in resource-limited settings have shown that there are constraints to the use of teachers, peers or health professionals to deliver school health promotion interventions. School health programmes deliv...

    Authors: Divya Rajaraman, Sandra Travasso, Achira Chatterjee, Bhargav Bhat, Gracy Andrew, Suraj Parab and Vikram Patel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:127
  19. Parts of New Public Management-reforms of the public sector depend on introduction of market-like mechanisms to manage the sector, like free choice of hospital. However, patients may delegate the choice of hos...

    Authors: Hans O Birk and Lars O Henriksen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:126
  20. Proximal femur fracture (PFF) is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. The European Quality of Care Pathway (EQCP) study on PFF (NCT00962910) was designed to determine how care pathways (CP) fo...

    Authors: Kris Vanhaecht, Walter Sermeus, Jan Peers, Cathy Lodewijckx, Svin Deneckere, Fabrizio Leigheb, Steven Boonen, An Sermon, Paulo Boto, Rita Veloso Mendes and Massimiliano Panella
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:124
  21. Cost estimation is a central feature of health economic analyses. The aim of this study was to use a micro-costing approach and a societal perspective to estimate aggregated costs associated with cervical canc...

    Authors: Ju-Fang Shi, Jun-Feng Chen, Karen Canfell, Xiang-Xian Feng, Jun-Fei Ma, Yong-Zhen Zhang, Fang-Hui Zhao, Rong Li, Li Ma, Zhi-Fang Li, Jie-Bin Lew, Yan Ning and You-Lin Qiao
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:123
  22. We aimed to assess the hospital economic costs of nosocomial multi-drug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa acquisition.

    Authors: Eva Morales, Francesc Cots, Maria Sala, Mercè Comas, Francesc Belvis, Marta Riu, Margarita Salvadó, Santiago Grau, Juan P Horcajada, Maria Milagro Montero and Xavier Castells
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:122
  23. The English National Health Service’s (NHS) Stop Smoking Services (SSSs) constitute one of the most highly developed behavioural support programmes in the world. However, there is significant variation in succ...

    Authors: Máirtín S McDermott, Heather Thomson, Robert West, Jennifer AM Kenyon and Andy McEwen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:121
  24. Allied Health Professionals today are required, more than ever before, to demonstrate their impact. However, despite at least 20 years of expectation, many services fail to deliver routine outcome measurement ...

    Authors: Edward AS Duncan and Jennifer Murray
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:96
  25. South Africa’s maternal mortality rate (625 deaths/100,000 live births) is high for a middle-income country, although over 90% of pregnant women utilize maternal health services. Alongside HIV/AIDS, barriers t...

    Authors: Sheetal P Silal, Loveday Penn-Kekana, Bronwyn Harris, Stephen Birch and Diane McIntyre
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:120
  26. Services for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) have evolved with the development of independently led outreach Rheumatology Practitioner (RP) clinics in Primary Care (PC). Their clinical and cost effectiveness, compar...

    Authors: Asmaa S Abdelhamid, Janice Mooney, Andrew A Walker, Garry Barton, Alex J MacGregor, David GI Scott and Richard A Watts
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:119
  27. Social network analysis is an approach to study the interactions and exchange of resources among people. It can help understanding the underlying structural and behavioral complexities that influence the proce...

    Authors: Reza Yousefi-Nooraie, Maureen Dobbins, Melissa Brouwers and Patricia Wakefield
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:118
  28. Often new arrivals from refugee backgrounds have experienced poor health and limited access to healthcare services. The maternal and child health (MCH) service in Victoria, Australia, is a joint local and stat...

    Authors: Elisha Riggs, Elise Davis, Lisa Gibbs, Karen Block, Jo Szwarc, Sue Casey, Philippa Duell-Piening and Elizabeth Waters
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:117
  29. Improvements in the quality of health care services are often measured using data present in medical records. Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) contain potentially valuable new sources of health data. However,...

    Authors: Michelle Greiver, Jan Barnsley, Richard H Glazier, Bart J Harvey and Rahim Moineddin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:116
  30. The study objective was to compare physical function documented in the medical records with interview data, and also to evaluate hospital mortality predictions using pre-admission and on-admission functional s...

    Authors: Woan Shin Tan, Yew Yoong Ding, Wai Fung Chong, Jam Chin Tay and Jackie Yu-Ling Tan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:115
  31. Disease management programs, especially those based on the Chronic Care Model (CCM), are increasingly common in the Netherlands. While disease management programs have been well-researched quantitatively and e...

    Authors: Bethany Hipple Walters, Samantha A Adams, Anna P Nieboer and Roland Bal
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:114
  32. Acceptability is a poorly conceptualized dimension of access to health care. Using a study on childhood convulsion in rural Tanzania, we examined social acceptability from a user perspective. The study design ...

    Authors: Angel Dillip, Sandra Alba, Christopher Mshana, Manuel W Hetzel, Christian Lengeler, Iddy Mayumana, Alexander Schulze, Hassan Mshinda, Mitchell G Weiss and Brigit Obrist
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:113
  33. HIV/AIDS is fast becoming a chronic disease with the advent of antiretroviral drugs, therefore making home based care key in the management of chronically ill HIV/AIDS patient. The objective of this study was ...

    Authors: Amoran Olorunfemi E, Ogunsola Elijah O, Salako Albert O and Alausa Ok O
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:112
  34. The extent of stroke-related disability typically becomes most apparent after patient discharge to the community. As part of the Irish National Audit of Stroke Care (INASC), a national survey of community-base...

    Authors: Anne Hickey, Frances Horgan, Desmond O’Neill and Hannah McGee
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:111
  35. Members of the transgender community have identified healthcare access barriers, yet a corresponding inquiry into healthcare provider perspectives has lagged. Our aim was to examine physician perceptions of ba...

    Authors: John W Snelgrove, Amanda M Jasudavisius, Bradley W Rowe, Evan M Head and Greta R Bauer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:110
  36. Effective clinician-patient communication about health behavior change is one of the most important and most overlooked strategies to promote health and prevent disease. Existing guidelines for specific health...

    Authors: Susan A Flocke, Elizabeth Antognoli, Mary M Step, Sybil Marsh, Theodore Parran and Mary Jane Mason
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:109
  37. Violence at work is one of the major concerns in health care activities. The aim of this study was to identify the prevalence of physical and non-physical violence in a general health care facility in Italy an...

    Authors: Nicola Magnavita and Tarja Heponiemi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:108
  38. Previous operational research studies have demonstrated the feasibility of large-scale public sector ART programs in resource-limited settings. However, organizational and structural determinants of quality of...

    Authors: Sarang Deo, Stephanie M Topp, Andrew O Westfall, Matimbo M Chiko, Chibesa S Wamulume, Mary Morris and Stewart Reid
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:106
  39. A commitment to Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems now constitutes a core part of many governments’ healthcare reform strategies. The resulting politically-initiated large-scale or national EHR endeavors a...

    Authors: Amirhossein Takian, Dimitra Petrakaki, Tony Cornford, Aziz Sheikh and Nicholas Barber
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:105
  40. Reducing inequalities is one of the priorities of the National Health Service. However, there is no standard system for monitoring inequalities in the care provided by acute trusts. We explore the feasibility ...

    Authors: Katharine M Langford, Alex Bottle, Paul P Aylin and Helen Ward
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:104
  41. The burden of patients with heart failure on health care systems is widely recognised, although there have been few attempts to quantify individual patterns of care and differences in health service utilisatio...

    Authors: Jane Robertson, Patrick McElduff, Sallie-Anne Pearson, David A Henry, Kerry J Inder and John R Attia
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:103

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  42. Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) have a mandate to deliver smoking cessation support to Aboriginal people. However, a high proportion of AHWs are smokers and this undermines their delivery of smoking cessation...

    Authors: Anna P Dawson, Margaret Cargo, Harold Stewart, Alwin Chong and Mark Daniel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:102
  43. Population health status scores are routinely used to inform economic evaluation and evaluate the impact of disease and/or treatment on health. It is unclear whether the health status in black and minority eth...

    Authors: Melanie Calvert, Helen Duffy, Nick Freemantle, Russell Davis, Gregory YH Lip and Paramjit Gill
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:101
  44. This study investigated prognosis among patients under prolonged mechanical ventilation (PMV) through exploring the following issues: (1) post-PMV survival rates, (2) factors associated with survival after PMV...

    Authors: Hsin-Ming Lu, Likwang Chen, Jung-Der Wang, Mei-Chuan Hung, Ming-Shian Lin, Yuan-Horng Yan, Cheng-Ren Chen, Po-Sheng Fan, Lynn Chu Huang and Ken N Kuo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:100
  45. A four-year action research study was conducted across the Australian Capital Territory health system to strengthen interprofessional collaboration (IPC) though multiple intervention activities.

    Authors: Jeffrey Braithwaite, Mary Westbrook, Peter Nugus, David Greenfield, Joanne Travaglia, William Runciman, A Ruth Foxwell, Rosalie A Boyce, Timothy Devinney and Johanna Westbrook
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:99
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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