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  1. The philosophy of evidence-based medicine (EBM) was introduced in the early 90s as a new approach to the practice of medicine, using the best available evidence to make decisions about health care. Despite ong...

    Authors: Pablo Alonso-Coello, Ivan Solà, Rafael Rotaeche, Ana Isabel González, Mercè Marzo-Castillejo, Arturo Louro-González, Ricard Carrillo, Paola Velázquez, Guillermo García-Velasco and Carlos Calderón
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:80
  2. Due to long waits for primary care appointments and extended emergency department wait times, newer sites for episodic primary care services, such as urgent care centers, have developed. However, little is kno...

    Authors: Robin M Weinick, Steffanie J Bristol and Catherine M DesRoches
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:79
  3. A comprehensive asthma care program (ACP) based on Canadian Asthma Consensus Guidelines was implemented in 8 primary care sites in Ontario, Canada. A survey was distributed to health care providers' (HCPs) to ...

    Authors: Teresa To, Susan McLimont, Chengning Wang and Lisa Cicutto
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:77
  4. Studies on differences between immigrant and non-immigrant groups in health care utilization vary with respect to the extent and direction of differences in use. Therefore, our study aimed to provide a systema...

    Authors: Ellen Uiters, Walter Devillé, Marleen Foets, Peter Spreeuwenberg and Peter P Groenewegen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:76
  5. There is an increasing burden of chronic illness in low and middle income countries, driven by TB/HIV, as well as non-communicable diseases. Few health systems are organized to meet the needs of chronically il...

    Authors: Jane Goudge, Lucy Gilson, Steven Russell, Tebogo Gumede and Anne Mills
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:75
  6. Evidence-based guidelines have the potential to improve healthcare. However, their de-novo-development requires substantial resources – especially for complex conditions, and adaptation may be biased by contex...

    Authors: Christiane Muth, Jochen Gensichen, Martin Beyer, Allen Hutchinson and Ferdinand M Gerlach
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:74
  7. The recovery process is characterized by the interaction of a set of individual, environmental and organizational conditions common to different people suffering with a mental health problem. The fact that mos...

    Authors: Sylvie Noiseux, Denise St-Cyr Tribble, Claude Leclerc, Nicole Ricard, Ellen Corin, Raymond Morissette and Roseline Lambert
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:73
  8. The medical performance evaluation, which provides a basis for rational decision-making, is an important part of medical service research. Current progress with health services reform in China is far from sati...

    Authors: Weiyan Jian, Yinmin Huang, Mu Hu and Xiumei Zhang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:72
  9. Population ageing, the emergence of chronic illness, and the shift away from institutional care challenge conventional approaches to assessment systems which traditionally are problem and setting specific.

    Authors: Leonard C Gray, Katherine Berg, Brant E Fries, Jean-Claude Henrard, John P Hirdes, Knight Steel and John N Morris
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:71
  10. Within the framework of a prospective cohort study of Swiss medical school graduates a sample of young physicians aspiring to an academic career were surveyed on their career support and barriers experienced u...

    Authors: Barbara Buddeberg-Fischer, Martina Stamm and Claus Buddeberg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:70
  11. The break-up of the USSR brought considerable disruption to health services in Russia. The uptake of compulsory health insurance rose rapidly after its introduction in 1993. However, by 2000 coverage was still...

    Authors: Francesca Perlman, Dina Balabanova and Martin McKee
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:68
  12. NHS Stop Smoking Services in the UK provide cost effective smoking cessation interventions, but approximately 75% of smokers who are abstinent at 4 weeks relapse to smoking by 12 months. This study aimed to ex...

    Authors: Shade A Agboola, Tim J Coleman and Ann D McNeill
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:67
  13. The way in which patients and their doctors interact is a potentially important factor in optimal communication during consultations as well as treatment, compliance and follow-up care. The aim of this multidi...

    Authors: Michelle Kelly-Irving, Christine Rolland, Anissa Afrite, Chantal Cases, Paul Dourgnon, Pierre Lombrail, Jean Pascal and Thierry Lang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:66
  14. Diagnostic error is an important error type since diagnostic adverse events are regularly judged as being preventable and the consequences are considered to be severe. Existing research often focuses on either...

    Authors: Laura Zwaan, Abel Thijs, Cordula Wagner, Gerrit van der Wal and Daniëlle RM Timmermans
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:65
  15. The burden of disease of hearing disorders among children is high, but a large part goes undetected. School-based screening programs in combination with the delivery of hearing aids can alleviate this situatio...

    Authors: Rob Baltussen, Ju Li, Li Dong Wu, Xiao Hui Ge, Bai Yu Teng, Xi Bin Sun, Rui Han, Xiao Li Wang and Bradley McPherson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:64
  16. Patient satisfaction is a complex and difficult concept to measure, thus precluding the use of exclusively quantitative methods for its description. The purpose of this survey was firstly to identify particula...

    Authors: Ludmila Marcinowicz, Slawomir Chlabicz and Ryszard Grebowski
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:63
  17. Coordination between care providers of different disciplines is essential to improve the quality of care, in particular for patients with chronic diseases. The way in which general practitioners (GP's) and med...

    Authors: Annette J Berendsen, G Majella de Jong, Betty Meyboom-de Jong, Janny H Dekker and Jan Schuling
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:62
  18. The state of Uttar Pradesh, India accounts for one-quarter of India's neonatal deaths and 8 percent of those worldwide. More than half (52%) of these deaths occur due to infections. In order to achieve Millenn...

    Authors: Neeraj M Srivastava, Shally Awasthi and Girdhar G Agarwal
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:61
  19. The importance of Small Area Variation Analysis for policy-making contrasts with the scarcity of work on the validity of the statistics used in these studies. Our study aims at 1) determining whether variation...

    Authors: Berta Ibáñez, Julián Librero, Enrique Bernal-Delgado, Salvador Peiró, Beatriz González López-Valcarcel, Natalia Martínez and Felipe Aizpuru
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:60
  20. To evaluate the vigilance of medical specialists as to the lifestyle of their cardiovascular outpatients by comparing lifestyle screening as registered in medical records versus a lifestyle questionnaire (LSQ)...

    Authors: Annemarie J Fouwels, Sebastiaan JH Bredie, Hub Wollersheim and Gerard M Schippers
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:59
  21. Patients in hospitals and nursing homes are at risk of the development of, often preventable, adverse events (AEs), which threaten patient safety. Guidelines for prevention of many types of AEs are available, ...

    Authors: Betsie GI van Gaal, Lisette Schoonhoven, Marlies EJL Hulscher, Joke AJ Mintjes, George F Borm, Raymond TCM Koopmans and Theo van Achterberg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:58
  22. The health care delivery system in the United States is facing cost and quality pressures that will require fundamental changes to remain viable. The optimal structures of the relationships between the hospita...

    Authors: John P Kepros and Razvan C Opreanu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:57
  23. The ongoing process of population aging is associated with an increase in prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions with a concomitant increase in the demand of orthopaedic services. Shortages of orthopaedic se...

    Authors: Mayilee Canizares, Crystal MacKay, Aileen M Davis, Nizar Mahomed and Elizabeth M Badley
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:56
  24. Recognizing the importance of increased patient participation in healthcare decisions leads decision makers to consider effective ways to incorporate patient perspectives in Health Technology Assessment (HTA) ...

    Authors: Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Dolorès Lepage-Savary, Johanne Gagnon, Michèle St-Pierre, Chantale Simard, Marc Rhainds, Renald Lemieux, François-Pierre Gauvin, Marie Desmartis and France Légaré
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:54
  25. Recognition of the importance of the early years in determining health and educational attainment and promotion of the World Health Organization Health for All (HFA) principles has led to an international tren...

    Authors: Margaret Kelaher, David Dunt, Peter Feldman, Andrea Nolan and Bridie Raban
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:53
  26. Studies on the association between access to health care and household income have rarely included an assessment of 'forgone care', but this indicator could add to our understanding of the inverse care law. We...

    Authors: Andreas Mielck, Raphael Kiess, Olaf von dem Knesebeck, Irina Stirbu and Anton E Kunst
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:52
  27. Since establishing universal free access to antiretroviral therapy in 1996, the Brazilian Health System has increased the number of centers providing HIV/AIDS outpatient care from 33 to 540. There had been no ...

    Authors: Maria Ines Battistella Nemes, Regina Melchior, Cáritas Relva Basso, Elen Rose Lodeiro Castanheira, Maria Teresa Seabra Soares de Britto e Alves and Shaun Conway
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:51
  28. The triad of quality, innovation and economic restraint is as important in health care as it is in the business world. There are many proposals for the assessment of quality and of economic restraints in healt...

    Authors: Franz Porzsolt, Amit K Ghosh and Robert M Kaplan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:50
  29. Questions about the existence of supplier-induced demand emerge repeatedly in discussions about governing Swiss health care. This study therefore aimed to evaluate the interrelationship between structural fact...

    Authors: André Busato, Pius Matter and Beat Künzi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:49
  30. While the active participation of general practitioners (GPs) in integrated health services networks (IHSNs) plays a critical role in their success, little is known about the incentives and barriers to their a...

    Authors: Matthieu de Stampa, Isabelle Vedel, Howard Bergman, Jean-Luc Novella and Liette Lapointe
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:48
  31. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is embraced as a framework to conceptualize human functioning and disability. Health professionals choose measures to represent the ...

    Authors: Katherine Berg, Harriet Finne-Soveri, Len Gray, Jean Claude Henrard, John Hirdes, Naoki Ikegami, Gunnar Ljunggren, John N Morris, Louis Paquay, Linda Resnik and Gary Teare
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:47
  32. Maternal mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa remains a challenge with estimates exceeding 1,000 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in some countries. Successful prevention of maternal deaths hinges on adequat...

    Authors: Abdhalah K Ziraba, Samuel Mills, Nyovani Madise, Teresa Saliku and Jean-Christophe Fotso
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:46
  33. Safety promotion is planned and practised not only by public health organizations, but also by other welfare state agencies, private companies and non-governmental organizations. The term 'infrastructure' orig...

    Authors: Toomas Timpka, Cecilia Nordqvist and Kent Lindqvist
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:45
  34. Research has shown that a number of patients, with a variety of diagnoses, are admitted to hospital when it is not essential and can remain in hospital unnecessarily. To date, research in this area has been pr...

    Authors: Christina L Hammond, Lorraine L Pinnington and Margaret F Phillips
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:44
  35. The sustainability of healthcare systems worldwide is threatened by a growing demand for services and expensive innovative technologies. Decision makers struggle in this environment to set priorities appropria...

    Authors: Shannon L Sibbald, Peter A Singer, Ross Upshur and Douglas K Martin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:43
  36. There are concerns that testing for type 2 diabetes is low and many people with diabetes are not diagnosed. We sought to describe the rates of diabetes-related lab testing in Ontario from 1995–2005, among adul...

    Authors: Sarah E Wilson, Lorraine L Lipscombe, Laura C Rosella and Douglas G Manuel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:41
  37. To examine the appropriateness of admissions and in-patient stay for patients with long term neurological conditions (LTNCs). To identify variables predictive of appropriateness and explore management alternat...

    Authors: Christina L Hammond, Margaret F Phillips, Lorraine L Pinnington, Benedict J Pearson and Apostolos Fakis
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:40
  38. Doctors' professional behaviour is influenced by the way they are paid. When GPs are paid per item, i.e., on a fee-for-service basis (FFS), there is a clear relationship between workload and income: more work ...

    Authors: Michael J van den Berg, Dinny H de Bakker, Gert P Westert, Jouke van der Zee and Peter P Groenewegen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:39
  39. Maintaining quality of care while managing limited healthcare resources is an ongoing challenge in healthcare. The objective of this study was to evaluate how the impact of drug management programs is reported...

    Authors: Anke-Peggy Holtorf, Carrie McAdam-Marx, David Schaaf, Benjamin Eng and Gary Oderda
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:38
  40. There are few high-quality instruments for evaluating the effectiveness of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) curricula with objective outcomes measures. The Fresno test is an instrument that evaluates most of EBP ...

    Authors: Josep M Argimon-Pallàs, Gemma Flores-Mateo, Josep Jiménez-Villa, Enriqueta Pujol-Ribera, Gonçal Foz, Magda Bundó-Vidiella, Sebastià Juncosa, Cruz M Fuentes-Bellido, Belén Pérez-Rodríguez, Francesc Margalef-Pallarès, Rosa Villafafila-Ferrero, Dolors Forès-Garcia, Josep Roman-Martínez and Esther Vilert-Garroga
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:37
  41. Due to the multifaceted aspect of child malnutrition, a comprehensive approach, taking social factors into account, has been frequently recommended in health literature. The Alma-Ata declaration explicitly out...

    Authors: Sara Javanparast, John Coveney and Udoy Saikia
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:36
  42. The objective of this study is to examine the existence and shape of epistemic communities for (heart) health promotion at the international, national, provincial and regional levels in Canada. Epistemic commu...

    Authors: John Eyles, Kerry Robinson and Susan Elliott
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:35
  43. Aprotinin for reducing blood loss during coronary artery bypass surgery was withdrawn from the market after early termination of a large randomised controlled trial (RCT) showing excess mortality for patients ...

    Authors: Måns Rosén
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:34
  44. Yoga is a popular therapy for diabetes but its efficacy is contested. The aim of this study was to explore the feasibility of researching community based yoga classes in Type 2 diabetes with a view to informin...

    Authors: Lana Skoro-Kondza, Sharon See Tai, Ramona Gadelrab, Desanka Drincevic and Trisha Greenhalgh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:33
  45. As schizophrenia patients are typically suspicious of, or are hostile to changes they may be reluctant to accept generic substitution, possibly affecting compliance. This may counteract drug costs savings due ...

    Authors: Maarten Treur, Bart Heeg, Hans-Jürgen Möller, Annette Schmeding and Ben van Hout
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:32
  46. Several studies suggest that General Practitioners (GPs) prefer "traditional" media such as journals or quality circles when they are seeking out different options to meet their continuing medical education (C...

    Authors: Horst Christian Vollmar, Monika A Rieger, Martin E Butzlaff and Thomas Ostermann
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:31