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  1. Antibiotics are frequently prescribed for older adults who reside in long-term care facilities. A substantial proportion of antibiotic use in this setting is inappropriate. Antibiotics are often prescribed for...

    Authors: Mark Loeb, Kevin Brazil, Lynne Lohfeld, Allison McGeer, Andrew Simor, Kurt Stevenson, Stephen Walter and Dick Zoutman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:17
  2. Several clinical practice guidelines (CPG) on antithrombotic prophylaxis in surgical patients help to decide about the prophylaxis strategy based on the patient risk of deep venous thrombosis (DVT). However, t...

    Authors: Martin O'Flaherty, Kaja Lerum, Paula Martin and Daniel Grassi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:16
  3. Postal surveys are a popular instrument for studies about continuing medical education habits. But little is known about the accuracy of responses in such surveys. The objective of this study was to quantify t...

    Authors: Sven Trelle
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:15
  4. There has been a relentless increase in emergency medical admissions in the UK over recent years. Many of these patients suffer with chronic conditions requiring continuing medical attention. We wished to dete...

    Authors: Hugh C Rayner, R Mark Temple, Tim Marshall and Dianne Clarke
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:12
  5. Although systematic reviews of health care interventions are an invaluable tool for health care providers and researchers, many potential authors never publish reviews. This study attempts to determine why som...

    Authors: Janet H Piehl, Sally Green and Chris Silagy
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:11
  6. A variety of approaches have been used to contain escalating hospital costs. One approach is intensifying price competition. The increase in price based competition, which changes the incentives hospitals face...

    Authors: Dana B Mukamel, Jack Zwanziger and Anil Bamezai
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:10
  7. We aim to establish the evidence base for the recognition and management of obstetric anal sphincter injury (OASI) and to compare this with current practice amongst UK obstetricians and coloproctologists.

    Authors: Ruwan J Fernando, Abdul H Sultan, Simon Radley, Peter W Jones and Richard B Johanson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:9
  8. Checklists for peer review aim to guide referees when assessing the quality of papers, but little evidence exists on the extent to which referees agree when evaluating the same paper. The aim of this study was...

    Authors: Alan A Montgomery, Anna Graham, Philip H Evans and Tom Fahey
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:8
  9. Organizational features can affect how staff view their quality of work life. Determining staff perceptions about quality of work life is an important consideration for employers interested in improving employ...

    Authors: Paul Krueger, Kevin Brazil, Lynne Lohfeld, H Gayle Edward, David Lewis and Erin Tjam
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:6
  10. Whilst there is broad agreement on what constitutes high quality health care for people with diabetes, there is little consensus on the most efficient way of delivering it. Structured recall systems can improv...

    Authors: Martin Eccles, Gillian Hawthorne, Paula Whitty, Nick Steen, Alessandra Vanoli, Jeremy Grimshaw and Linda Wood
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:5
  11. Economic evaluations alongside clinical trials are becoming increasingly common. Cost data are often collected through the use of postal questionnaires; however, the accuracy of this method is uncertain. We co...

    Authors: Andrew DM Kennedy, Anne P Leigh-Brown, David J Torgerson, James Campbell and Adrian Grant
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:2
  12. It is not known whether there are differences in the quality and recommendations between evidence-based (EB) and consensus-based (CB) guidelines. We used breast cancer guidelines as a case study to assess for ...

    Authors: Hugh Cruse, Magdalena Winiarek, Jan Marshburn, Otavio Clark and Benjamin Djulbegovic
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2002 2:1
  13. The study is designed to assess the organisational and human resource challenges faced by Primary Care Trusts (PCTs). Its objectives are to: specify the organisational and human resources challenges faced by P...

    Authors: Elizabeth V Newbronner, Mike J Pedler, J Tim Scott and Trevor A Sheldon
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2001 1:12
  14. Our aim was to compare access to effective care among elderly Medicare patients in a Staff Model and Group Model HMO and in Fee-for-Service (FFS) care.

    Authors: Mary B Barton, Debra A Dayhoff, Stephen B Soumerai, Margo L Rosenbach and Robert H Fletcher
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2001 1:11
  15. The format or frame in which the results of randomized trials are presented has been shown to influence health professional's self-reported practice. We sought to investigate the effect of framing cardiovascul...

    Authors: Tom Fahey, Alan A Montgomery and Tim J Peters
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2001 1:10
  16. We sought to quantify the impact of patient characteristics on complications and health care costs associated with influenza and influenza-like illness (ILI) in a nonelderly population.

    Authors: Debra E Irwin, Lisa B Weatherby, Wen-Yi Huang, Daniel M Rosenberg, Suzanne F Cook and Alexander M Walker
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2001 1:8
  17. Asthma is a common yet incompletely understood health problem associated with a high morbidity burden. A wide variety of seasonally variable environmental stimuli such as viruses and air pollution are believed...

    Authors: Eric J Crighton, Muhammad M Mamdani and Ross EG Upshur
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2001 1:7
  18. Albanian immigrants in Greece comprise a highly mobile population with unknown health care profile. We aimed to assess whether these immigrants were more or less likely to undergo laparotomy for suspected appe...

    Authors: Athina Tatsioni, Antonia Charchanti, Evangelia Kitsiou and John PA Ioannidis
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2001 1:5
  19. In South Africa, where health care resources are limited, it is important to ensure that drugs provision and use is rational. The Essential Drug List includes depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) and noret...

    Authors: Jennifer Smit, Andrew Gray, Lynn McFadyen and Khangelani Zuma
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2001 1:4
  20. Why waiting lists arise and how to address them remains unclear, and an improved understanding of these waiting list "dynamics" could lead to better management. The purpose of this study is to understand how t...

    Authors: David P D'Souza, Douglas K Martin, Laura Purdy, Andrea Bezjak and Peter A Singer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2001 1:3
  21. Total US population estimates of complications of medical care have relied on extrapolations of state-specific estimates. Generalizability is suspect because findings are limited by geographical location or ti...

    Authors: Elmer V Villanueva and Jeremy N Anderson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2001 1:2
  22. Stroke patients' care in hospital tends to be poorly organised, with poor communication and a lack of information being frequent sources of complaint. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether a patien...

    Authors: Mulunish Ayana, Pandora Pound, Fiona Lampe and Shah Ebrahim
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2001 1:1