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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. Current research shows that overall numbers for cannabis use among adolescents and young adults dropped in recent years. However, this trend is much less pronounced in continuous cannabis use. With regard to t...

    Authors: Christiane Baldus, Alejandra Miranda, Nina Weymann, Olaf Reis, Kerstin Moré and Rainer Thomasius
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:80
  31. 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
  32. The Minimum Data Set (MDS) for nursing home resident assessment has been required in all U.S. nursing homes since 1990 and has been universally computerized since 1998. Initially intended to structure clinical...

    Authors: Vincent Mor, Orna Intrator, Mark Aaron Unruh and Shubing Cai
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:78
  33. The aim of this study was to estimate the cost of childbirth in a teaching hospital in Barcelona, Spain, including the costs of prenatal care, delivery and postnatal care (3 months). Costs were assessed by tak...

    Authors: Mercè Comas, Laura Català, Maria Sala, Antoni Payà, Assumpció Sala, Elisabeth Del Amo, Xavier Castells and Francesc Cots
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:77
  34. The investigation of the predictive variables for utilisation of day care and the views of family caregivers of dementia patients about quality of day care are the goals of this work.

    Authors: Carolin Donath, Angelika Winkler, Elmar Graessel and Katharina Luttenberger
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:76
  35. The allocation of limited available healthcare resources demands an agreed rational allocation principle and the consequent priority setting. We assessed the association between economic evaluations of healthc...

    Authors: Ferrán Catalá-López, Anna García-Altés, Elena Álvarez-Martín, Ricard Gènova-Maleras, Consuelo Morant-Ginestar and Antoni Parada
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:75
  36. People with cardiac disease and type 2 diabetes have higher hospital readmission rates (22%) compared to those without diabetes (6%). Self-management is an effective approach to achieve better health outcomes;...

    Authors: Chiung-Jung Jo Wu, Anne M Chang, Mary Courtney, Lillie M Shortridge-Baggett and Karam Kostner
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:74
  37. Strategies to accurately identify the occurrence of specific health care events in administrative data is central to many quality improvement and research efforts. Many health care quality measures have treatm...

    Authors: Alex HS Harris, Rachelle N Reeder, Laura S Ellerbe and Thomas R Bowe
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:73
  38. With the move to community care and increased involvement of generalist health care providers in mental health, the need for health service partnerships has been emphasised in mental health policy. Within exis...

    Authors: Jeffrey D Fuller, David Perkins, Sharon Parker, Louise Holdsworth, Brian Kelly, Russell Roberts, Lee Martinez and Lyn Fragar
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:72
  39. In the Thai Universal Coverage health insurance scheme, hospital providers are paid for their inpatient care using Diagnosis Related Group-based retrospective payment, for which quality of the diagnosis and pr...

    Authors: Krit Pongpirul, Damian G Walker, Peter J Winch and Courtland Robinson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:71
  40. Primary care can play an important role in providing cardiovascular risk management in patients with established Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD), patients with a known high risk of developing CVD, and potentiall...

    Authors: Sabine Ludt, Stephen M Campbell, Jan van Lieshout, Richard Grol, Joachim Szecsenyi and Michel Wensing
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:70
  41. The association between lower socioeconomic status and poorer health outcomes has been observed using both individual-level and aggregate-level measures of income and education. While both are predictive of he...

    Authors: Carlo A Marra, Larry D Lynd, Stephanie S Harvard and Maja Grubisic
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:69
  42. Mental disorders are strongly associated with excess suicide risk, and successful treatment might prevent suicide. Since 1990, and particularly after 1998, there has been a substantial increase in mental healt...

    Authors: Håkon A Johannessen, Gudrun Dieserud, Bjørgulf Claussen and Per-Henrik Zahl
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:68
  43. Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in China, and poverty is a major barrier to having cataract surgery. In 2003, the Chinese government began a series of new national health insurance reforms, includ...

    Authors: Xiaofan Chen, Chunlin Chen, Yao Zhang, Rongdi Yuan and Jian YE
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:67