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  1. For Norwegian general practitioners (GPs), acute treatment of mental illness and substance abuse are among the most commonly experienced emergency situations in out-of-hours primary healthcare. The largest sha...

    Authors: Ingrid H Johansen, Benedicte Carlsen and Steinar Hunskaar
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:132
  2. Patients have the potential to provide a rich source of information on both organisational aspects of safety and patient safety incidents. This project aims to develop two patient safety interventions to promo...

    Authors: Jane K Ward, Rosemary RC McEachan, Rebecca Lawton, Gerry Armitage, Ian Watt and John Wright
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:130
  3. The Government of the Republic of Kenya is in the process of implementing health care reforms. However, poor knowledge about costs of health care services is perceived as a major obstacle towards evidence-base...

    Authors: Steffen Flessa, Michael Moeller, Tim Ensor and Klaus Hornetz
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:128
  4. Nursing home residents are prone to acute illness due to their high age, underlying illnesses and immobility. We examined the incidence of acute hospital admissions among nursing home residents versus the age-...

    Authors: Birgitte Graverholt, Trond Riise, Gro Jamtvedt, Anette H Ranhoff, Kjell Krüger and Monica W Nortvedt
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:126
  5. Children's exposure to secondhand smoke is associated with increased morbidity. We estimated Medicaid expenditures for children living with smokers compared to those living with no smokers in the United States.

    Authors: Douglas E Levy, Nancy A Rigotti and Jonathan P Winickoff
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:125
  6. The potential of clinical interventions, aiming at reduction of preventable Adverse Drug Events (preventable ADEs) during hospital stay, have been studied extensively. Clinical Pharmacy is a well-established a...

    Authors: Joanna E Klopotowska, Peter C Wierenga, Sophia E de Rooij, Clementine C Stuijt, Lambertus Arisz, Paul F Kuks, Marcel G Dijkgraaf, Loraine Lie-A-Huen and Susanne M Smorenburg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:124
  7. Drop-out is an important problem in the treatment of substance use disorder. The focus of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of within treatment assessment with feedback directly to patients with ...

    Authors: Veerle Raes, Cor AJ De Jong, Dirk De Bacquer, Eric Broekaert and Jan De Maeseneer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:123
  8. Health systems are expected to serve the population needs in an effective, efficient and equitable manner. Therefore, the importance of strengthening of public, private and community health systems has been em...

    Authors: Iram Ejaz, Babar T Shaikh and Narjis Rizvi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:122
  9. Patient self-management is a key approach to manage non-communicable diseases. A pharmacist-led approach in patient self-management means collaborative care between pharmacists and patients. However, the devel...

    Authors: Fiona YY Wong, Frank WK Chan, Joyce HS You, Eliza LY Wong and EK Yeoh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:121
  10. The use of antenatal care (ANC) varies between countries and in different settings within each country. Most previous studies of ANC in Vietnam have been cross-sectional, and conducted in rural areas before th...

    Authors: Toan K Tran, Chuc TK Nguyen, Hinh D Nguyen, Bo Eriksson, Goran Bondjers, Karin Gottvall, Henry Ascher and Max Petzold
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:120
  11. Fall prevention interventions for community-dwelling older adults have been found to reduce falls in some research studies. However, wider implementation of fall prevention activities in routine care has yield...

    Authors: Isomi M Miake-Lye, Angel Amulis, Debra Saliba, Paul G Shekelle, Linda K Volkman and David A Ganz
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:119
  12. Swaziland has the highest HIV prevalence in the world and the highest estimated tuberculosis incidence rate in the world. An estimated 80% of TB patients are also infected with HIV. TB detection through intens...

    Authors: Susan Elden, Timothy Lawes, Søren Kudsk-Iversen, Joris Vandelanotte, Sabelo Nkawanyana, William Welfare, John Walley and John Wright
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:118
  13. Children with tracheotomy receive health care from an array of providers within various hospital and community health system sectors. Previous studies have highlighted substandard health information exchange b...

    Authors: Jay G Berry, Donald A Goldmann, Kenneth D Mandl, Heather Putney, David Helm, Jane O'Brien, Richard Antonelli and Robin M Weinick
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:117
  14. The paradox of health refers to the improvement in objective measures of health and the increase in the reported prevalence of chronic conditions. The objective of this paper is to test the paradox of health i...

    Authors: Anna García-Altés, Jaime Pinilla and Vicente Ortún
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:116
  15. Home mechanical ventilation probably represents the most advanced and complicated type of medical treatment provisioned outside a hospital setting. The aim of this study was both to explore the challenges expe...

    Authors: Knut Dybwik, Erik W Nielsen and Berit S Brinchmann
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:115
  16. In Britain over 39,000 reports were received by the National Patient Safety Agency relating to failures in documentation in 2007 and the UK Health Services Journal estimated in 2008 that over a million hospita...

    Authors: Susan J Burnett, Vashist Deelchand, Bryony Dean Franklin, Krishna Moorthy and Charles Vincent
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:114
  17. Care for patients with chronic diseases is challenging and requires multifaceted interventions to appropriately coordinate the entire treatment process. The effect of such interventions on clinical outcomes ha...

    Authors: Andrea S Fokkens, P Auke Wiegersma, Klaas van der Meer and Sijmen A Reijneveld
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:113
  18. In the United States, colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer and second leading cause of cancer death. Screening is a primary method to prevent CRC, yet screening remains low in ...

    Authors: William J Curry, Eugene J Lengerich, Brenda C Kluhsman, Marie A Graybill, Jason Z Liao, Eric W Schaefer, Angela M Spleen and Mark B Dignan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:112
  19. Optimal treatment gives complete relief of symptoms of many disorders. But even if such treatment is available, some patients have persisting complaints. One disorder, from which the patients should achieve co...

    Authors: Per G Farup, Ivar Blix, Sigurd Førre, Gjermund Johnsen, Ove Lange, Rune Johannessen and Hermod Petersen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:111
  20. South Africa endorses the global policy shift from primarily client-initiated voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) to routine/provider-initiated testing and counselling (PITC). The reason for this policy sh...

    Authors: N Gladys Kigozi, J Christo Heunis, Edwin Wouters and Henriëtte S van den Berg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:110
  21. Little is known about the association between job stress and job performance among surgeons, although physicians' well-being could be regarded as an important quality indicator. This paper examines association...

    Authors: Jens Klein, Kirstin Grosse Frie, Karl Blum and Olaf von dem Knesebeck
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:109
  22. There is an increasing recognition that modelling and simulation can assist in the process of designing health care policies, strategies and operations. However, the current use is limited and answers to quest...

    Authors: Gyuchan T Jun, Zoe Morris, Tillal Eldabi, Paul Harper, Aisha Naseer, Brijesh Patel and John P Clarkson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:108
  23. There is a lack of acceptable, reliable, and valid survey instruments to measure conceptual research utilization (CRU). In this study, we investigated the psychometric properties of a newly developed scale (th...

    Authors: Janet E Squires, Carole A Estabrooks, Christine V Newburn-Cook and Mark Gierl
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:107
  24. The use of comorbidities in risk adjustment for health outcomes research is frequently necessary to explain some of the observed variations. Medical charts reviews to obtain information on comorbidities is lab...

    Authors: Wai Fung Chong, Yew Yoong Ding and Bee Hoon Heng
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:105
  25. Chronic diseases are a leading contributor to work disability and job loss in Europe. Recent EU policies aim to improve job retention among chronically ill employees. Disability and occupational health researc...

    Authors: Joke A Haafkens, Helen Kopnina, Martha GM Meerman and Frank JH van Dijk
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:104
  26. In Japan, as the number of elderly covered by the Long-term Care Insurance (LTCI) system has increased, demand for long-term care services has increased substantially and consequently growing expenditures are ...

    Authors: Pedro Olivares-Tirado, Nanako Tamiya, Masayo Kashiwagi and Kimikazu Kashiwagi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:103
  27. Although it has been increasingly recognised that patient safety in primary care is important, little is known about the feasibility and effectiveness of different strategies to improve patient safety in prima...

    Authors: Sander Gaal, Wim Verstappen and Michel Wensing
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:102
  28. Controlled trials have found therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) infusion therapy to be equally efficacious in treating Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). Due to increases in th...

    Authors: Jeffrey L Winters, David Brown, Elisabeth Hazard, Ashok Chainani and Chester Andrzejewski Jr
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:101
  29. This study seeks to broaden current understandings of what patient safety means in mental healthcare and how it is accomplished. We propose a qualitative observational study of how safety is produced or not pr...

    Authors: Jennifer Plumb, Joanne Travaglia, Peter Nugus and Jeffrey Braithwaite
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:100
  30. In the United States, a medical home model has been shown to improve the outcomes for children with special health care needs. As part of this model, primary care physicians provide comprehensive medical care ...

    Authors: Xue Ming, Anjum Hashim, Sharon Fleishman, Therese West, Ning Kang, Xiang Chen and Barbie Zimmerman-Bier
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:99
  31. Yunnan province in China has a high tuberculosis (TB) burden. Cure rates in general are high, but they were below the target of 85% in 26 out of 129 counties in 2005. In these 26 counties we assessed which pat...

    Authors: Hua Jianzhao, Susan van den Hof, Xu Lin, Qiu Yubang, Hou Jinglong and Marieke J van der Werf
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:97
  32. The establishment of crisis resolution teams (CRTs) is part of the national mental health policy in several Western countries. The purpose of the present study is to describe characteristics of CRTs and their ...

    Authors: Nina Hasselberg, Rolf W Gråwe, Sonia Johnson and Torleif Ruud
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:96
  33. In 2006, a number of changes in the Dutch health insurance system came into effect. In this new system mobility of insured is important. The idea is that insured switch insurers because they are not satisfied ...

    Authors: Margreet Reitsma-van Rooijen, Judith D de Jong and Mieke Rijken
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:95
  34. Emergency Departments (ED) in Switzerland are faced with increasing numbers of patients seeking non-urgent treatment. The high rate of walks-ins with conditions that may be treated in primary care has led to s...

    Authors: Corinne Chmiel, Carola A Huber, Thomas Rosemann, Marco Zoller, Klaus Eichler, Patrick Sidler and Oliver Senn
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:94
  35. New therapeutic strategies in muscular dystrophies will make a difference in prognosis only if they are begun early in the course of the disease. Therefore, we investigated factors that influence the time to d...

    Authors: Simone Spuler, Andrea Stroux, Franziska Kuschel, Adelheid Kuhlmey and Friederike Kendel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:91
  36. This WHO study aimed to support Turkey in its efforts to strengthen the primary care (PC) system by implementing the WHO Primary Care Evaluation Tool (PCET). This article provides an overview of the organizati...

    Authors: Dionne S Kringos, Wienke GW Boerma, Ernst Spaan and Martina Pellny
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:90
  37. As in other societies, pharmaceutical expenditures in the Netherlands are rising every year. As a consequence, needs for cost control are often expressed. One possible solution for cost control could come thro...

    Authors: Petros Pechlivanoglou, Willem Jan van der Veen, Jens H Bos and Maarten J Postma
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:89
  38. Questionnaires are commonly used to collect patient, or user, experiences with health care encounters; however, their adaption to specific target groups limits comparison between groups. We present the constru...

    Authors: Ingeborg Strømseng Sjetne, Oyvind A Bjertnaes, Rolf Vegar Olsen, Hilde Hestad Iversen and Geir Bukholm
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:88
  39. Counselling is considered a prerequisite for the proper handling of testing and for ensuring effective HIV preventive efforts. HIV testing services have recently been scaled up substantially with a particular ...

    Authors: Mercy K Njeru, Astrid Blystad, Elizabeth H Shayo, Isaac K Nyamongo and Knut Fylkesnes
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:87
  40. An increasing numbers of deaths occur in nursing homes. Knowledge of the course of development over the years in death rates and predictors of mortality is important for officials responsible for organizing ca...

    Authors: Ingibjörg Hjaltadóttir, Ingalill Rahm Hallberg, Anna Kristensson Ekwall and Per Nyberg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:86
  41. Inpatient utilization associated with incidence of geriatric new-onset epilepsy has not been characterized in any large study, despite recognized high levels of risk factors (comorbidity).

    Authors: Laurel A Copeland, Alan B Ettinger, John E Zeber, Jodi M Gonzalez and Mary Jo Pugh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:84
  42. Many resource-limited countries are scaling up antiretroviral treatment (ART) towards universal access. However, there are few studies which evaluated outcomes of ART programs in these countries. In addition, ...

    Authors: Yibeltal Assefa, Abiyou Kiflie, Dessalegn Tesfaye, Damen Haile Mariam, Helmut Kloos, Wouters Edwin, Marie Laga and Wim Van Damme
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:81
  43. The Nepal Demographic Health Survey (NDHS) in 2006 showed that more than half (56%) of the women with sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, in Nepal sought sexual health services. There is no ...

    Authors: Laxmi Ghimire, W Cairns S Smith and Edwin R van Teijlingen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:79