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  1. Timely accessibility to organized inpatient stroke rehabilitation services may become compromised since the demand for rehabilitation services following stroke is rapidly growing with no promise of additional ...

    Authors: Dany Gagnon, Sylvie Nadeau and Vincent Tam
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:151
  2. Given the public-private mix of the Greek health system, the purpose of this study was to assess whether variations in the utilisation of health services, both primary and inpatient care, were associated with ...

    Authors: Evelina Pappa and Dimitris Niakas
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:146
  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. Adherence to clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of specific illnesses may result in unexpected outcomes, given that multiple therapies must often be given to patients with diverse medical condition...

    Authors: Manfred Stommel, Ade Olomu, Margaret Holmes-Rovner, William Corser and Joseph C Gardiner
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:140
  5. The GRADE method represents a new approach to grading the quality of evidence and strength of recommendations in the preparation of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG). In the context of a pilot study to assess...

    Authors: Carlos Calderón, Rafael Rotaeche, Arritxu Etxebarria, Mercé Marzo, Rosa Rico and Marta Barandiaran
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:138
  6. Researchers are increasingly required to describe the impact of their work, e.g. in grant proposals, project reports, press releases and research assessment exercises. Specialised impact assessment studies can...

    Authors: Shyama Kuruvilla, Nicholas Mays, Andrew Pleasant and Gill Walt
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:134
  7. The study is part of a nationwide evaluation of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in primary care in Switzerland. The goal was to evaluate the extent and structure of basic health insurance expendit...

    Authors: Andre Busato, Reiner Eichenberger and Beat Künzi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:132
  8. Although medical specialists traditionally hold negative views towards working part-time, the practice of medicine has evolved. Given the trend towards more part-time work and that there is no evidence that it...

    Authors: Marjolein Lugtenberg, Phil JM Heiligers, Judith D de Jong and Lammert Hingstman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:126
  9. In the era of cost containment, managers are constantly pursuing increased organizational performance and productivity by aiming at the obvious target, i.e. the workforce. The health care sector, in which prod...

    Authors: Victoria Paleologou, Nick Kontodimopoulos, Aggeliki Stamouli, Vassilis Aletras and Dimitris Niakas
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:118
  10. To explain why rates of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening including fecal occult blood testing (FOBT), flexible sigmoidoscopy (FS), colonoscopy (CS), and barium enema (BE), are low, this study assessed determi...

    Authors: Richard K Zimmerman, Mary Patricia Nowalk, Melissa Tabbarah and Seymour Grufferman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:116
  11. Despite the wide availability of prenatal screening and diagnosis, a number of studies have reported no decrease in the rate of babies born with Down syndrome. The objective of this study was to investigate th...

    Authors: Evelyne E Muggli, David McCloskey and Jane L Halliday
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:109
  12. District health systems in Africa depend largely on public funding. In many countries, not only are these funds insufficient, but they are also released in an untimely fashion, thereby creating serious cash fl...

    Authors: Augustine D Asante, Anthony B Zwi and Maria T Ho
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:105
  13. Chronic medical conditions have been associated with periodontal disease. This study examined if periodontal treatment can contribute to changes in overall risk and medical expenditures for three chronic condi...

    Authors: David A Albert, Donald Sadowsky, Panos Papapanou, Mary L Conicella and Angela Ward
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:103
  14. 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
  15. In some Western countries, the medical profession is continuously losing prestige, doctors are claiming of high demands, low rewards, and difficult structural working conditions. This study aimed to investigat...

    Authors: Barbara Buddeberg-Fischer, Claudia Dietz, Richard Klaghofer and Claus Buddeberg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:98
  16. The government-led "evidence-based guidelines for cataract treatment" labelled pirenoxine and glutathione eye drops, which have been regarded as the standard care for cataracts in Japan, as lacking evidence of...

    Authors: Miho Sekimoto, Yuichi Imanaka, Nobuko Kitano, Tatsuro Ishizaki and Osamu Takahashi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:92
  17. Developing complex interventions for testing in randomised controlled trials is of increasing importance in healthcare planning. There is a need for careful design of interventions for secondary prevention of ...

    Authors: Mairead Corrrigan, Margaret E Cupples, Susan M Smith, Molly Byrne, Claire S Leathem, Pauline Clerkin and Andrew W Murphy
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:90
  18. Primary care is being encouraged to implement multiprofessional, system level, chronic illness management approaches to depression. We undertook this study to identify and assess the quality of RCTs testing sy...

    Authors: Jane Gunn, Justine Diggens, Kelsey Hegarty and Grant Blashki
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:88
  19. Comorbidity has been shown to intensify health care utilization and to increase medical care costs for patients with diabetes. However, most studies have been focused on one health care service, mainly hospita...

    Authors: Jeroen N Struijs, Caroline A Baan, Francois G Schellevis, Gert P Westert and Geertrudis AM van den Bos
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:84
  20. Researchers have become increasingly aware that ambulance personnel may be at risk of developing work-related health problems. This article systematically explores the literature on health problems and work-re...

    Authors: Tom Sterud, Øivind Ekeberg and Erlend Hem
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:82
  21. In unexplained and mild male factor subfertility, both intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) are indicated as first line treatments. Because the success rate of IUI is low, many coup...

    Authors: Nora Pashayan, Georgios Lyratzopoulos and Raj Mathur
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:80
  22. Patients are increasingly using complementary therapies, often for chronic conditions. Asthma is the most common chronic condition in the UK. Previous research indicates that some asthma patients experience ga...

    Authors: Alison Shaw, Elizabeth A Thompson and Debbie Sharp
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:76
  23. Age-related alterations in metabolism and excretion of medications increase the risk of adverse drug events in the elderly. Inappropriate polypharmacy and prescription practice entails increased burdens of imp...

    Authors: Jørund Straand, Arne Fetveit, Sture Rognstad, Svein Gjelstad, Mette Brekke and Ingvild Dalen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:72
  24. Paget's disease of bone (PDB) is characterised by focal increases in bone turnover, affecting one or more bones throughout the skeleton. This disrupts normal bone architecture and causes pain, deformity, deafn...

    Authors: Anne L Langston, Marie Johnston, Clare Robertson, Marion K Campbell, Vikki A Entwistle, Theresa M Marteau, Marilyn McCallum and Stuart H Ralston
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:71
  25. Anthroposophic therapies (counselling, special medication, art, eurythmy movement, and rhythmical massage) aim to stimulate long-term self-healing processes, which theoretically could lead to a reduction of he...

    Authors: Harald J Hamre, Claudia M Witt, Anja Glockmann, Renatus Ziegler, Stefan N Willich and Helmut Kiene
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:65
  26. 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
  27. The use of natural health products, such as vitamins, minerals, and herbs, by Canadians has been increasing with time. As a result of consumer concern about the quality of these products, the Canadian Departme...

    Authors: Hina Laeeque, Heather Boon, Natasha Kachan, Jillian Clare Cohen and Joseph D'Cruz
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:63
  28. The Spanish National Health Service is a universal and free health care system. Non-specific low back pain (LBP) is a prevalent disorder, generating large health and social costs. The objectives of this study ...

    Authors: Francisco M Kovacs, Carmen Fernández, Antonio Cordero, Alfonso Muriel, Luis González-Luján and María Teresa Gil del Real
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:57
  29. Two striking demographic shifts evident in today's workforce are also apparent in the medical profession. One is the entry of a new generation of physicians, Gen Xers, and the other is the influx of women. Bot...

    Authors: Emily Jovic, Jean E Wallace and Jane Lemaire
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:55
  30. To measure the effectiveness of strategies to implement clinical guidelines andthe influence of organisational characteristics on hospital care.

    Authors: Rob Dijkstra, Michel Wensing, Ruth Thomas, Reinier Akkermans, Joze Braspenning, Jeremy Grimshaw and Richard Grol
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:53
  31. Scientifically rigorous general population-based studies comparing chiropractic with primary-care medical patients within and between countries have not been published. The objective of this study is to compar...

    Authors: Eric L Hurwitz and Lu-May Chiang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:49
  32. To be useful, clinical practice guidelines need to be evidence based; otherwise they will not achieve the validity, reliability and credibility required for implementation.

    Authors: Fiona Campbell, Heather O Dickinson, Julia VF Cook, Fiona R Beyer, Martin Eccles and James M Mason
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:47
  33. Because of the rapid aging population, the demand for residential care exceeds availability. This paper presents the results of a study that focuses on the demand of elderly people for residential care and det...

    Authors: PMA van Bilsen, JPH Hamers, W Groot and C Spreeuwenberg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:39
  34. To improve health-care delivery, care providers must base their services on community health needs and create a seamless continuum of care in which these needs can be met. Though, it is not obvious that provid...

    Authors: Thomas Plochg, Diana MJ Delnoij, Nelleke PC Hoogedoorn and Niek S Klazinga
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:37
  35. Drug utilization review (DUR) programs are being conducted in Canadian hospitals with the aim of improving the appropriateness of prescriptions. However, there is little evidence of their effectiveness. The ob...

    Authors: Jean-Pierre Grégoire, Jocelyne Moisan, Louise Potvin, Isabelle Chabot, René Verreault and Alain Milot
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:33
  36. 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
  37. Self-management programs for patients with heart failure can reduce hospitalizations and mortality. However, no programs have analyzed their usefulness for patients with low literacy. We compared the efficacy ...

    Authors: Darren A DeWalt, Robert M Malone, Mary E Bryant, Margaret C Kosnar, Kelly E Corr, Russell L Rothman, Carla A Sueta and Michael P Pignone
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:30
  38. A variety of international organizations, professional groups and individuals are promoting evidence-informed obstetric care in China. We measured change in obstetric practice during vaginal delivery that coul...

    Authors: Xu Qian, Helen Smith, Hong Liang, Ji Liang and Paul Garner
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:29
  39. In this methodological paper we document the interpretation of a mixed methods study and outline an approach to dealing with apparent discrepancies between qualitative and quantitative research data in a pilot...

    Authors: Suzanne Moffatt, Martin White, Joan Mackintosh and Denise Howel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:28
  40. Consensus techniques have been used previously to create explicit criteria to prioritize cataract extraction; however, the appropriateness of the intervention was not included explicitly in previous studies. W...

    Authors: José M Quintana, Antonio Escobar and Amaia Bilbao
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:24
  41. Emerging animal and zoonotic diseases and increasing international trade have resulted in an increased demand for veterinary surveillance systems. However, human and financial resources available to support go...

    Authors: Katharina DC Stärk, Gertraud Regula, Jorge Hernandez, Lea Knopf, Klemens Fuchs, Roger S Morris and Peter Davies
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:20
  42. The purpose of this research is to understand the performance of home healthcare practice in the US. The relationships between home healthcare patient factors and agency characteristics are not well understood...

    Authors: Elizabeth A Madigan and Olivier Louis Curet
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:18
  43. The application of Willingness To Pay (WTP) measurement with Contingent Valuation Method (CVM) to medical services is gradually increasing. Knowing what influences WTP is an important matter because validity o...

    Authors: Hideo Yasunaga, Hiroo Ide, Tomoaki Imamura and Kazuhiko Ohe
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:12
  44. The inspiration for the present assessment of the nutritional care of medical patients is puzzlement about the divide that exists between the theoretical knowledge about the importance of the diet for ill pers...

    Authors: Karin O Lassen, Jens Olsen, Edvin Grinderslev, Filip Kruse and Merete Bjerrum
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:7
  45. 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
  46. Economic valuations of health care programs often require using patients as subjects, implying that research methodology should conform to the surrounding social, cultural and ethical context. The significance...

    Authors: Nick Kontodimopoulos and Dimitris Niakas
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:3