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  1. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an incurable chronic disease that predominantly affects young adults. It has a high socio-economic impact which increases as disability progresses. An assessment of the real costs of...

    Authors: Virginia Casado, Sergio Martínez-Yélamos, Antonio Martínez-Yélamos, Olga Carmona, Lucia Alonso, Lucia Romero, Esther Moral, Laura Gubieras and Txomin Arbizu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:143
  2. The medical specialities chosen by doctors for their careers play an important part in the development of health-care services. This study aimed to investigate the influence of gender, personality traits, care...

    Authors: Barbara Buddeberg-Fischer, Richard Klaghofer, Thomas Abel and Claus Buddeberg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:137
  3. Millions of veterans are eligible to use the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Medicare because of their military service and age. This article examines whether an indirect measure of dual use based on ...

    Authors: Fredric D Wolinsky, Thomas R Miller, Hyonggin An, Paul R Brezinski, Thomas E Vaughn and Gary E Rosenthal
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:131
  4. The aim of the study was to examine gender differences in the self-reported use of health care services by the elderly in rural and metropolitan areas of two Nordic countries with slightly different health car...

    Authors: Anna Liisa Suominen-Taipale, Tuija Martelin, Seppo Koskinen, Jostein Holmen and Roar Johnsen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:110
  5. Researchers and policy makers have focussed on the development of indicators to help monitor the success of regionalization, primary care reform and other health sector restructuring initiatives. Certain indic...

    Authors: Denise Cloutier-Fisher, Margaret J Penning, Chi Zheng and Eric-Bené F Druyts
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:104
  6. We used a validated inpatient satisfaction questionnaire to evaluate the health care received by patients admitted to several hospitals. This questionnaire was factored into distinct domains, creating a score ...

    Authors: José M Quintana, Nerea González, Amaia Bilbao, Felipe Aizpuru, Antonio Escobar, Cristóbal Esteban, José Antonio San-Sebastián, Emilio de-la-Sierra and Andrew Thompson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:102
  7. Cesarean section rates is often used as an indicator of quality of care in maternity hospitals. The assumption is that lower rates reflect in developed countries more appropriate clinical practice and general ...

    Authors: Maria P Fantini, Elisa Stivanello, Brunella Frammartino, Anna P Barone, Danilo Fusco, Laura Dallolio, Paolo Cacciari and Carlo A Perucci
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:100
  8. The migration of health professionals from southern Africa to developed nations is negatively affecting the delivery of health care services in the source countries. Oftentimes however, it is the reasons for t...

    Authors: Adamson S Muula and Fresier C Maseko
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:97
  9. Although heart disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality the majority of patients do not access existing rehabilitation programs and patient resources are not designed to facilitate patient choice an...

    Authors: Julie Redfern, Elizabeth Ellis, Tom Briffa and Saul B Freedman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:95
  10. Congestive heart failure (CHF) has a substantial impact on care utilisation and quality of life. It is crucial for patients to cope with CHF adequately, if they are to live an acceptable life. Self-management ...

    Authors: Esther STF Smeulders, Jolanda CM van Haastregt, Elisabeth FM van Hoef, Jacques ThM van Eijk and Gertrudis IJM Kempen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:91
  11. Past attempts to estimate the cost of migration were limited to education costs only and did not include the lost returns from investment. The objectives of this study were: (i) to estimate the financial cost ...

    Authors: Joses Muthuri Kirigia, Akpa Raphael Gbary, Lenity Kainyu Muthuri, Jennifer Nyoni and Anthony Seddoh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:89
  12. The detrimental effect of delaying surgical revascularization has been estimated in randomized trials and observational studies. It has been argued that the Kaplan-Meier method used in quantifying the hazard o...

    Authors: Boris G Sobolev, Adrian R Levy, Lisa Kuramoto, Robert Hayden, James M Brophy and J Mark FitzGerald
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:85
  13. In the recent years there is a growing interest in Greece concerning the measurement of the satisfaction of patients who are visiting the outpatient clinics of National Health System (NHS) general acute hospit...

    Authors: Vassilis H Aletras, Efthemis A Papadopoulos and Dimitris A Niakas
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:66
  14. Racial/ethnic disparities in cardiovascular disease complications have been observed in diabetic patients. We examined the association between race/ethnicity and cardiovascular disease risk factor control in a...

    Authors: Christopher S Wendel, Jayendra H Shah, William C Duckworth, Richard M Hoffman, M Jane Mohler and Glen H Murata
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:58
  15. Is the implementation of Quality Management (QM) in health care proceeding satisfactorily and can national health care policies influence the implementation process? Policymakers and researchers in a country n...

    Authors: C Wagner, L Gulácsi, E Takacs and M Outinen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:50
  16. Control of reproduction and prevention of reproductive health problems are important reasons for women to use health services, but the proper organisational level of service provision is not clear. The purpose...

    Authors: Elina Hemminki, Tiina Sevon, Kati Tanninen, Eero Pukkala and Ahti Anttila
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:27
  17. Consensus development techniques were used in the late 1980s to create explicit criteria for the appropriateness of cataract extraction. We developed a new appropriateness of indications tool for cataract foll...

    Authors: José Ma Quintana, Antonio Escobar and Inmaculada Aróstegui
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:23
  18. Because individuals with HIV/AIDS often have complex medical and social needs, the impact of housing status on medical service utilization is difficult to isolate from the impact of conditions that may worsen ...

    Authors: Theresa W Kim, Stefan G Kertesz, Nicholas J Horton, Nicole Tibbetts and Jeffrey H Samet
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:19
  19. Outpatient preoperative assessment clinics were developed to provide an efficient assessment of surgical patients prior to surgery, and have demonstrated benefits to patients and the health care system. Howeve...

    Authors: Judy E Seidel, Cynthia A Beck, Gaia Pocobelli, Jane B Lemaire, Jennifer M Bugar, Hude Quan and William A Ghali
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:13
  20. Patients across North America are using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) with increasing frequency as part of their management of many different health conditions. The objective of this study was t...

    Authors: Sunita Vohra, Kymm Feldman, Brad Johnston, Kellie Waters and Heather Boon
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:78
  21. The Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) method has been fruitfully used in many countries in Asia, Europe and North America to shed light on the efficiency of health facilities and programmes. There is, however, a...

    Authors: Ade Renner, Joses M Kirigia, Eyob A Zere, Saidou P Barry, Doris G Kirigia, Clifford Kamara and Lenity HK Muthuri
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:77
  22. Since, at the health system level, there is little research into the possible interrelationships among the various indicators of health, healthcare performance, non-medical determinants of health, and communit...

    Authors: OA Arah and GP Westert
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:76
  23. It is essential that knowledge gained through health services research is collated and made available for evaluation, for policy purposes and to enable collaboration between people working in similar areas (ca...

    Authors: Carl MJ Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth E Roughead, Gregory R Monteith and Susan E Tett
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:75
  24. It is well-known that the number of physical therapy treatment sessions varies over treatment episodes. Information is lacking, however, on the source and explanation of the variation. The purposes of the curr...

    Authors: Ilse CS Swinkels, Raymond H Wimmers, Peter P Groenewegen, Wil JH van den Bosch, Joost Dekker and Cornelia HM van den Ende
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:74
  25. The purpose of the study was to identify and to profile alcohol-related attendances to emergency rooms (ERs) of 11 hospitals of various medical specialties covering a large urban population, to assess risk fac...

    Authors: Bernhard T Baune, Rafael T Mikolajczyk, Gerhard Reymann, Annette Duesterhaus, Susanne Fleck, Hildegard Kratz and Ulrike Sundermann
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:73
  26. Knowing what influences physicians attitudes toward health care costs is an important matter, because most health care expenditures are the results of doctors' decisions. Many decisions regarding medical tests...

    Authors: Patrick A Bovier, Diane P Martin and Thomas V Perneger
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:72
  27. The general practitioner in Norway is expected to ensure equity and effectiveness through fair rationing. At the same time, due to recent reforms of the Norwegian health care sector, both the role of economic ...

    Authors: Benedicte Carlsen and Ole Frithjof Norheim
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:70
  28. Control of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is an important part of the effort to reduce the risk of HIV/AIDS. STI clinics in the government hospitals in India provide services predominantly to the poor....

    Authors: Lalit Dandona, Pratap Sisodia, TLN Prasad, Elliot Marseille, M Chalapathi Rao, A Anod Kumar, SG Prem Kumar, YK Ramesh, Mead Over, M Someshwar and James G Kahn
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:69
  29. The evidence base for improving reproductive health continues to grow. However, concerns remain that the translation of this evidence into appropriate policies is partial and slow. Little is known about the fa...

    Authors: Morten Aaserud, Simon Lewin, Simon Innvaer, Elizabeth J Paulsen, Astrid T Dahlgren, Mari Trommald, Lelia Duley, Merrick Zwarenstein and Andrew D Oxman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:68
  30. Communication may affect perceptions of fair process for intensive care unit bed allocation decisions through its impact on the publicity condition of accountability for reasonableness.

    Authors: Andrew B Cooper, Amit S Joglekar, Jennifer Gibson, Alissa H Swota and Douglas K Martin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:67
  31. Early interventions proved to be able to improve prognosis in acute stroke patients. Prompt identification of symptoms, organised timely and efficient transportation towards appropriate facilities, become esse...

    Authors: Marica Ferri, Assunta De Luca, Paolo Giorgi Rossi, Giuliano Lori and Gabriella Guasticchi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:66
  32. Because of their complex clinical presentations and needs frail elderly people require another approach than people who age without many complications. Several inpatient geriatric health services have proven e...

    Authors: René JF Melis, Monique IJ van Eijken, George F Borm, Michel Wensing, Eddy Adang, Eloy H van de Lisdonk, Theo van Achterberg and Marcel GM Olde Rikkert
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:65
  33. Despite the recent proliferation in research on patient trust, it is seldom a primary outcome, and is often a peripheral area of interest. The length of our original scales to measure trust may limit their use...

    Authors: Elizabeth Dugan, Felicia Trachtenberg and Mark A Hall
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:64
  34. The proportion of patients who undergo surgery within a clinically safe time is an important performance indicator in health systems that use wait lists to manage access to care. However, little is known about...

    Authors: Boris G Sobolev, Adrian R Levy, Lisa Kuramoto and Robert Hayden
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:63
  35. Negative variation in the management of patients with the same clinical condition is frequent, and affects quality of care. Recent studies indicate that single interventions are not an effective solution. We a...

    Authors: Caterina Caminiti, Umberto Scoditti, Francesca Diodati and Rodolfo Passalacqua
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:62
  36. To demonstrate the use of end-quintile comparisons in assessing the effect of socio-economic status on hospital utilisation and outcomes in Western Australia.

    Authors: Kate J Brameld and C D'Arcy J Holman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:61
  37. Unequal geographical distribution of medical care resources and insufficient healthcare coverage have been two long-standing problems with Taiwan's public health system. The implementation of National Health I...

    Authors: Tu-Bin Chu, Tsai-Ching Liu, Chin-Shyan Chen, Yi-Wen Tsai and Wen-Ta Chiu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:60
  38. Occupational Physicians rely especially on advice from colleagues when answering their information demands. On the other hand, Evidence-based Medicine (EBM) promotes the use of up-to-date research literature i...

    Authors: Frederieke Schaafsma, Jos Verbeek, Carel Hulshof and Frank van Dijk
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:59
  39. Major international differences in heart failure treatment have been repeatedly described, but the reasons for these differences remain unclear. National guideline recommendations might be a relevant factor. T...

    Authors: Heidrun B Sturm, Wiek H van Gilst, Karl Swedberg, FD Richard Hobbs and Flora M Haaijer-Ruskamp
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:57
  40. Aboriginal people in Australia experience the highest prevalence of diabetes in the country, an excess of preventable complications and early death. There is increasing evidence demonstrating the importance of...

    Authors: Damin Si, Ross Bailie, Christine Connors, Michelle Dowden, Allison Stewart, Gary Robinson, Joan Cunningham and Tarun Weeramanthri
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:56
  41. Postal questionnaires are widely used to collect data in healthcare research but a poor response rate may reduce the validity and reliability of results. There was a lack of evidence available relating to use ...

    Authors: Sara Kenyon, Katie Pike, David Jones, David Taylor, Alison Salt, Neil Marlow and Peter Brocklehurst
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:55
  42. Over recent years there has been an increasing prevalence of verbal and physical violence in Israel, including in the work place. Physicians are exposed to violence in hospitals and in the community. The objec...

    Authors: Tal Carmi-Iluz, Roni Peleg, Tami Freud and Pesach Shvartzman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2005 5:54