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  1. Reducing spatial access disparities to healthcare services is a growing priority for healthcare planners especially among developed countries with aging populations. There is thus a pressing need to determine ...

    Authors: André Ngamini Ngui and Philippe Apparicio
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:166
  2. From a management perspective, it is necessary to examine how a hospital's top management assess the patient safety culture in their organisation. This study examines whether the Hospital Survey on Patient Saf...

    Authors: Antje Hammer, Nicole Ernstmann, Oliver Ommen, Markus Wirtz, Tanja Manser, Yvonne Pfeiffer and Holger Pfaff
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:165
  3. The Chronic Care Model (CCM) is an evidence based, population based approach to improve care for people with chronic conditions. The Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (ACIC) instrument is widely used to measu...

    Authors: Jost Steinhaeuser, Katja Goetz, Dominik Ose, Katharina Glassen, Iris Natanzon, Stephen Campbell, Joachim Szecsenyi and Antje Miksch
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:164
  4. A quantitative measurement of inequality in geographic accessibility to pediatric care as well as that of mean distance or travel time is very important for priority setting to ensure fair access to pediatric ...

    Authors: Susumu Tanimura and Masayuki Shima
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:163
  5. In the UK, audiology services deliver the majority of tinnitus patient care, but not all patients experience the same level of service. In 2009, the Department of Health released a Good Practice Guide to infor...

    Authors: Phillip E Gander, Derek J Hoare, Luke Collins, Sandra Smith and Deborah A Hall
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:162
  6. Evidence-based care should improve acute stroke outcomes with the same magnitude of effect for stroke patients of all ages. However, there is evidence to suggest that, in some instances, older stroke patients ...

    Authors: Julie A Luker, Kylie Wall, Julie Bernhardt, Ian Edwards and Karen A Grimmer-Somers
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:161
  7. Integrated delivery methods in healthcare systems have been proposed to confront the increasing complexity in general health care. INTERMED is an empirically derived, observer-rated instrument to measure case ...

    Authors: Elena Lobo, MªJosé Rabanaque, MªLuisa Bellido and Antonio Lobo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:160
  8. The cesarean section rate has been steadily rising from 35% in 2000 to 40% in 2005 in Iran. The objective of this study was to identify barriers of reduce the cesarean section rate in Iran, as perceived by obs...

    Authors: Bahareh Yazdizadeh, Saharnaz Nedjat, Kazem Mohammad, Arash Rashidian, Nasrin Changizi and Reza Majdzadeh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:159
  9. Complex interventions to improve compliance to pharmacological treatment in older people have given mixed results and are not easily applicable in clinical practice. The aim of this study was to test the short...

    Authors: Claudio Bilotta, Anna Lucini, Paola Nicolini and Carlo Vergani
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:158
  10. The treatment of ulcerative colitis (UC) can place a substantial financial burden on healthcare systems. The anti-inflammatory compound 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA; mesalazine) is the recommended first-line t...

    Authors: Anne Prenzler, Linnette Yen, Thomas Mittendorf and J-Matthias von der Schulenburg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:157
  11. An increasing number of individuals with complex health care needs now receive life-long and life-prolonging ventilatory support at home. Family members often take on the role of primary caregivers. The aim of...

    Authors: Knut Dybwik, Terje Tollåli, Erik W Nielsen and Berit S Brinchmann
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:156
  12. Due to increasing demand and financial constraints, NHS continuing healthcare systems seek to find better ways of forecasting demand and budgeting for care. This paper investigates two areas of concern, namely...

    Authors: Salma Chahed, Eren Demir, Thierry J Chaussalet, Peter H Millard and Samuel Toffa
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:155
  13. The rights of undocumented migrants are frequently overlooked. Denmark has ratified several international conventions recognizing the right to health care for all human beings, but has very scanty legislation ...

    Authors: Natasja K Jensen, Marie Norredam, Tania Draebel, Marija Bogic, Stefan Priebe and Allan Krasnik
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:154
  14. To describe patterns of recent health service utilisation, and consequent out-of-pocket expenses among older people in countries with low and middle incomes, and to assess the equity with which services are ac...

    Authors: Emiliano Albanese, Zhaorui Liu, Daisy Acosta, Mariella Guerra, Yueqin Huang, KS Jacob, Ivonne Z Jimenez-Velazquez, Juan J Llibre Rodriguez, Aquiles Salas, Ana L Sosa, Richard Uwakwe, Joseph D Williams, Guilherme Borges, AT Jotheeswaran, Milagros G Klibanski, Paul McCrone…
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:153
  15. During the last decade, oral bisphosphonates (BP) became the most widely prescribed pharmacologic class for post-menopausal osteoporosis. However, many surveys revealed the important issue of poor persistence ...

    Authors: François-Emery Cotté and Gérard De Pouvourville
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:151
  16. Accounting for 36% of public spending on health care in Canada, hospitals are a major target for cost reductions through various efficiency initiatives. Some provinces are considering payment reform as a vehic...

    Authors: Jason M Sutherland, Kimberlyn M McGrail, Michael R Law, Morris L Barer and R Trafford Crump
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:150
  17. Studies on readmissions attributed to particular medical conditions, especially heart failure, have generally not addressed the factors associated with readmissions and the implications for health outcomes and...

    Authors: Eliza LY Wong, Annie WL Cheung, Michael CM Leung, Carrie HK Yam, Frank WK Chan, Fiona YY Wong and Eng-Kiong Yeoh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:149
  18. To analyze the referral processes from general practitioners to specialists and among specialists for dementia patients in the time periods before, during and after the diagnosis in Germany.

    Authors: Hendrik van den Bussche, Birgitt Wiese, Daniela Koller, Marion Eisele, Hanna Kaduszkiewicz, Wolfgang Maier, Gerd Glaeske, Susanne Steinmann, Karl Wegscheider and Gerhard Schön
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:148
  19. In the past fifteen years there has been a wave of closures of small maternity services in Canada and other developed nations which results in the need for rural parturient women to travel to access care. The ...

    Authors: Stefan Grzybowski, Kathrin Stoll and Jude Kornelsen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:147
  20. Multiple comorbidity measures have been developed for risk-adjustment in studies using administrative data, but it is unclear which measure is optimal for specific outcomes and if the measures are equally vali...

    Authors: Jacqueline M Quail, Lisa M Lix, Beliz Acan Osman and Gary F Teare
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:146
  21. Despite the demonstrated need to increase screening mammography utilization and strong evidence that mail and telephone outreach to women can increase screening, most managed care organizations have not adopte...

    Authors: Mary E Costanza, Roger Luckmann, Mary Jo White, Milagros C Rosal, Caroline Cranos, George Reed, Robin Clark, Susan Sama and Robert Yood
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:145
  22. Teamwork is a key component of the health care renewal strategy emphasized in Quebec, elsewhere in Canada and in other countries to enhance the quality of oncology services. While this innovation would appear ...

    Authors: Dominique Tremblay, Danièle Roberge, Linda Cazale, Nassera Touati, Elizabeth Maunsell, Jean Latreille and Jacques Lemaire
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:144
  23. Special services within public hospitals are becoming increasingly common in low and middle income countries with the stated objective of providing higher comfort services to affluent customers and generating ...

    Authors: Barbara McPake, Charles Hongoro and Giuliano Russo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:143
  24. In the United Kingdom, non-medical prescribing (NMP) has been identified as one way to improve healthcare quality and efficiency. Healthcare organisations are charged with overseeing the clinical governance of...

    Authors: Molly Courtenay, Nicola Carey and Karen Stenner
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:142
  25. Evidence of low end-of-life (EoL) care service use by minority ethnic groups in the UK has given rise to a body of research and a number of reviews of the literature. This article aims to review and evaluate l...

    Authors: Natalie Evans, Arantza Meñaca, Erin VW Andrew, Jonathan Koffman, Richard Harding, Irene J Higginson, Robert Pool and Marjolein Gysels
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:141
  26. The behaviour of individuals is affected by the social networks in which they are embedded. Networks are also important for the diffusion of information and the influence of employees in organisations. Yet, at...

    Authors: Adriana PA van Beek, Cordula Wagner, Peter PM Spreeuwenberg, Dinnus HM Frijters, Miel W Ribbe and Peter P Groenewegen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:140
  27. Early onset and high prevalence of chronic disease among Indigenous Australians call for action on prevention. However, there is deficiency of information on the extent to which preventive services are deliver...

    Authors: Ross S Bailie, Damin Si, Christine M Connors, Ru Kwedza, Lynette O'Donoghue, Catherine Kennedy, Rhonda Cox, Helen Liddle, Jenny Hains, Michelle C Dowden, Hugh P Burke, Alex Brown, Tarun Weeramanthri and Sandra Thompson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:139
  28. The aim of this study is to develop, apply and evaluate an economics-based framework to assist commissioners in their management of finite resources for local dental services. In April 2006, Primary Care Trust...

    Authors: Richard D Holmes, Jimmy Steele, Catherine E Exley and Cam Donaldson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:138
  29. The reliability of self-report regarding health care utilization in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is unknown. If proven reliable, it could help justify self-report as a means of determining health care util...

    Authors: Teresa Longobardi, John R Walker, Lesley A Graff and Charles N Bernstein
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:137
  30. Few studies have investigated the subsequent rate of hospital and outpatient clinic utilization in those who receive continuing care and have documented frequent usage over one year. Such knowledge may be help...

    Authors: Anna Condelius, Ingalill R Hallberg and Ulf Jakobsson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:136
  31. Inadequate surgical hemostasis may lead to transfusion and/or other bleeding-related complications. This study examines the incidence and costs of bleeding-related complications and/or blood product transfusio...

    Authors: Michael E Stokes, Xin Ye, Manan Shah, Katie Mercaldi, Matthew W Reynolds, Marcia FT Rupnow and Jeffrey Hammond
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:135
  32. Adverse reactions and medication errors are complications of drug use. Spontaneous reporting systems and pharmacoepidemiological studies incompletely detect the occurrence of these events in daily hospital car...

    Authors: Jürgen Stausberg and Joerg Hasford
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:134
  33. Recent increases in patient cost-sharing for health care have lent increasing importance to monitoring cost-related changes in health care use. Despite the widespread use of survey questions to measure changes...

    Authors: Robert B Penfold, Jeffrey T Kullgren, Irina Miroshnik, Alison A Galbraith, Virginia L Hinrichsen and Tracy A Lieu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:133
  34. 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
  35. Telecare could greatly facilitate chronic disease management in the community, but despite government promotion and positive demonstrations its implementation has been limited. This study aimed to identify fac...

    Authors: Carl R May, Tracy L Finch, James Cornford, Catherine Exley, Claire Gately, Sue Kirk, K Neil Jenkings, Janice Osbourne, A Louise Robinson, Anne Rogers, Robert Wilson and Frances S Mair
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:131
  36. 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
  37. The aim of this study was to compare patients' experiences of public and private sector healthcare, using acupuncture as an example. In the UK, acupuncture is popular with patients, is recommended in official ...

    Authors: Felicity L Bishop, Fiona Barlow, Beverly Coghlan, Philippa Lee and George T Lewith
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:129
  38. 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
  39. A growing number of countries are introducing some form of nurse prescribing. However, international reviews concerning nurse prescribing are scarce and lack a systematic and theoretical approach. The aim of t...

    Authors: Marieke Kroezen, Liset van Dijk, Peter P Groenewegen and Anneke L Francke
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:127
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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