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  1. Up to now, costs attributable to adverse events (AEs) and preventable AEs in the Netherlands were unknown. We assessed the total direct medical costs associated with AEs and preventable AEs in Dutch hospitals ...

    Authors: Lilian HF Hoonhout, Martine C de Bruijne, Cordula Wagner, Marieke Zegers, Roelof Waaijman, Peter Spreeuwenberg, Henk Asscheman, Gerrit van der Wal and Maurits W van Tulder
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:27
  2. Despite national guidelines in 2003 aimed at limiting the recourse to tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy (A/T), the latter are among the most frequent pediatric surgeries performed in Italy. Aim of the study i...

    Authors: Ugo Fedeli, Maria Marchesan, Francesco Avossa, Francesco Zambon, Marilisa Andretta, Iacopo Baussano and Paolo Spolaore
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:25
  3. Adherence to oral antidiabetic medications is often suboptimal. Adherence differences may contribute to health disparities for black diabetes patients, including higher microvascular event rates, greater compl...

    Authors: Connie M Trinacty, Alyce S Adams, Stephen B Soumerai, Fang Zhang, James B Meigs, John D Piette and Dennis Ross-Degnan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:24
  4. HIV voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) is considered an effective prevention method of HIV infection. In order to understand the VCT environment and enhance the effective delivery of VCT services in a coun...

    Authors: Ling Zhou, Junqiao Guo, Lijuan Fan, Jing Tian and Baosen Zhou
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:23
  5. Hospital discharge planning is aimed to decrease length of stay in hospitals as well as to ensure continuity of health care after being discharged. Hospitalized patients in Turin, Italy, who are in need of med...

    Authors: Gianfranco Damiani, Bruno Federico, Antonella Venditti, Lorella Sicuro, Silvia Rinaldi, Franco Cirio, Cristiana Pregno and Walter Ricciardi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:22
  6. Public health systems are confronted with constantly rising costs. Furthermore, diagnostic as well as treatment services become more and more specialized. These are the reasons for an interdisciplinary project...

    Authors: Matthias Helbig, Silke Helbig, Heike A Kahla-Witzsch and Angelika May
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:21
  7. Translating scientific evidence into daily practice is problematic. All kinds of intervention strategies, using educational and/or directive strategies, aimed at modifying behavior, have evolved, but have been...

    Authors: Judith D de Jong, Peter P Groenewegen, Peter Spreeuwenberg, Gert P Westert and Dinny H de Bakker
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:20
  8. The diabetes of many patients is managed in general practice; healthcare providers aim to promote healthful behaviors, such as healthful diet, adequate physical activity, and smoking cessation. These measures ...

    Authors: Renate Jansink, Jozé Braspenning, Trudy van der Weijden, Louis Niessen, Glyn Elwyn and Richard Grol
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:19
  9. Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) is an important method used by occupational physicians (OPs) to deliver high quality health care. The presence and quality of a knowledge infrastructure is thought to influence th...

    Authors: Nathalie IR Hugenholtz, Karen Nieuwenhuijsen, Judith K Sluiter and Frank JH van Dijk
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:18
  10. Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) are the most frequent inflammatory bowel disorders (IBD). IBD cause a significant burden to society due to extensive health care utilization from the first clin...

    Authors: Claudia Pieper, Sebastian Haag, Stefan Gesenhues, Gerald Holtmann, Guido Gerken and Karl-Heinz Jöckel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:17
  11. Burden of disease studies indicate major socio-economic burdens since many years. They should be used for the allocation of funding. However, imbalances are present in funding policies and therefore benchmarki...

    Authors: Beatrix Groneberg-Kloft, Cristian Scutaru, Axel Fischer, Tobias Welte, Carolin Kreiter and David Quarcoo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:16
  12. Cardiovascular diseases are the major cause of death in Bulgaria. Because of notable differences in mortality rates between Bulgaria and other European countries, we presume a tangible difference in the manage...

    Authors: Milka Ganova-Iolovska, Krassimir Kalinov and Max Geraedts
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:15
  13. Emergency Clinical Pathways (ECP) for stroke have never been tested in randomized controlled trials (RCTs).

    Authors: Assunta De Luca, Danilo Toni, Laura Lauria, Maria Luisa Sacchetti, Paolo Giorgi Rossi, Marica Ferri, Emanuele Puca, Massimiliano Prencipe and Gabriella Guasticchi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:14
  14. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of barriers to healthcare utilization in persons with fatiguing illness and describe its association with socio-demographics, the number of health cond...

    Authors: Jin-Mann S Lin, Dana J Brimmer, Roumiana S Boneva, James F Jones and William C Reeves
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:13
  15. The practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a deeply-rooted tradition in 28 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, carries important negative consequences for the health and quality of life of women and childre...

    Authors: Adriana Kaplan-Marcusan, Pere Torán-Monserrat, Juana Moreno-Navarro, Ma Jose Castany Fàbregas and Laura Muñoz-Ortiz
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:11
  16. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has remained an integral part of Chinese culture and society for thousands of years. In Taiwan TCM is a recognized element of its National Health Insurance Scheme. However, t...

    Authors: Maria Daly, Chen-Jei Tai, Chung-Yeh Deng and Li-Yin Chien
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:10
  17. Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a sensitive method of breast imaging virtually uninfluenced by breast density. Because of the improved sensitivity, breast MRI is increasingly being used for detectio...

    Authors: Susan G Moore, Pareen J Shenoy, Laura Fanucchi, John W Tumeh and Christopher R Flowers
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:9
  18. The motivation for this study was to investigate how role stress among nurses could affect their job satisfaction and organizational commitment, and whether the job rotation system might encourage nurses to un...

    Authors: Wen-Hsien Ho, Ching Sheng Chang, Ying-Ling Shih and Rong-Da Liang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:8
  19. The aim of this study is to examine how clinicians and patients negotiate clinical need and treatment decisions within a context of finite resources. Dental implant treatment is an effective treatment for miss...

    Authors: Catherine E Exley, Nikki S Rousseau, Jimmy Steele, Tracy Finch, James Field, Cam Donaldson, J Mark Thomason, Carl R May and Janice S Ellis
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:7
  20. Medical specialists are often seen as the first prescribers of new drugs. However, the extent to which specialists influence new drug prescribing in primary care is largely unknown.

    Authors: Stefan R Florentinus, Eibert R Heerdink, Liset van Dijk, AMG Fabiënne Griens, Peter P Groenewegen and Hubert GM Leufkens
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:6
  21. The World Health Organization advocates task-shifting, the process of delegating clinical care functions from more specialized to less specialized health workers, as a strategy to achieve the United Nations Mi...

    Authors: Mary B Morris, Bushimbwa Tambatamba Chapula, Benjamin H Chi, Albert Mwango, Harmony F Chi, Joyce Mwanza, Handson Manda, Carolyn Bolton, Debra S Pankratz, Jeffrey SA Stringer and Stewart E Reid
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:5
  22. The theory and practice of safety promotion has traditionally focused on the safety of individuals. This study also includes systems, environments, and organizations. Safety promotion programmes are designed t...

    Authors: Cecilia Nordqvist, Toomas Timpka and Kent Lindqvist
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:4
  23. Stem cell transplantations from related or unrelated donors are used to cure leukaemia and other blood diseases. When a patient dies after an unsuccessful transplantation, interested unrelated donors are infor...

    Authors: Martina Wanner, Sandra Bochert, Iris M Schreyer, Gabi Rall, Claudia Rutt and Alexander H Schmidt
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:2
  24. Prioritization of waiting lists for elective surgery represents a major issue in public systems in view of the fact that patients often suffer from consequences of long waiting times. In addition, administrati...

    Authors: Roberto Valente, Angela Testi, Elena Tanfani, Marco Fato, Ivan Porro, Maurizio Santo, Gregorio Santori, Giancarlo Torre and Gianluca Ansaldo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2009 9:1
  25. Physician 'brain drain' negatively impacts health care delivery. Interventions to address physician emigration have been constrained by lack of research on systematic factors that influence physician migration...

    Authors: Manas Kaushik, Ananya Roy, Anand A Bang and Ajay Mahal
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:279
  26. There is an interest for intervention studies aiming at the prevention of disability in community-dwelling physically frail older persons, though an overview on their content, methodological quality and effect...

    Authors: Ramon Daniels, Erik van Rossum, Luc de Witte, Gertrudis IJM Kempen and Wim van den Heuvel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:278
  27. A multi-domain suite of instruments has been developed by the interRAI research collaborative to support assessment and care planning in mental health, aged care and disability services. Each assessment instru...

    Authors: John P Hirdes, Gunnar Ljunggren, John N Morris, Dinnus HM Frijters, Harriet Finne Soveri, Len Gray, Magnus Björkgren and Reudi Gilgen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:277
  28. One third of all Australians live outside of its major cities. Access to health services and health outcomes are generally poorer in rural and remote areas relative to metropolitan areas. In order to improve a...

    Authors: John Wakerman, John S Humphreys, Robert Wells, Pim Kuipers, Philip Entwistle and Judith Jones
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:276
  29. Complex interventions have components which can vary in different contexts. Using the Realistic Evaluation framework, this study investigates how a complex health services intervention led to developments in s...

    Authors: Richard Byng, Ian Norman, Sally Redfern and Roger Jones
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:274
  30. Sub-optimal adherence to warfarin places millions of patients at risk for stroke and bleeding complications each year. Novel methods are needed to improve adherence for warfarin. We conducted two pilot studies...

    Authors: Kevin G Volpp, George Loewenstein, Andrea B Troxel, Jalpa Doshi, Maureen Price, Mitchell Laskin and Stephen E Kimmel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:272
  31. Healthcare decisionmaking is a complex process relying on disparate types of evidence and value judgments. Our objectives for this study were to develop a practical framework to facilitate decisionmaking in te...

    Authors: Mireille M Goetghebeur, Monika Wagner, Hanane Khoury, Randy J Levitt, Lonny J Erickson and Donna Rindress
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:270
  32. A joint NHS-Local Authority initiative in England designed to provide a dedicated nursing and physiotherapy in-reach team (IRT) to four residential care homes has been evaluated. The IRT supported 131 resident...

    Authors: Ala Szczepura, Sara Nelson and Deidre Wild
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:269
  33. Young children are known to be the most frequent hospital users compared to older children and young adults. Therefore, they are an important population from economic and policy perspectives of health care del...

    Authors: Franziska V Schoeni-Affolter, Marcel Widmer and André Busato
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:267
  34. There is a significant gap in the knowledge translation literature related to how research evidence actually contributes to health care decision-making. Decisions around what care to provide at the population (ra...

    Authors: Nancy Edwards, Sonia Semenic, Shahirose Premji, Phyllis Montgomery, Beverly Williams, Joanne Olson and Omaima Mansi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:266
  35. To perform a systematic review about the effect of using clinical pathways on length of stay (LOS), hospital costs and patient outcomes. To provide a framework for local healthcare organisations considering th...

    Authors: Thomas Rotter, Joachim Kugler, Rainer Koch, Holger Gothe, Sabine Twork, Jeroen M van Oostrum and Ewout W Steyerberg
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:265
  36. Little is known about the relationship between types of healthcare providers and outcomes in patients with epilepsy. This study compares the relative effects of provider type (epileptologist vs. other neurolog...

    Authors: Jerzy P Szaflarski, Angela Y Rackley, Christopher J Lindsell, Magdalena Szaflarski and Stephen L Yates
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:264
  37. Foundations and public agencies commonly fund focused initiatives for individual grantees. These discrete, stand-alone initiatives can risk failure by being carried out in isolation. Fostering synergy among gr...

    Authors: Donald E Pathman, Emmeline Chuang and Bryan J Weiner
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:263
  38. Female medical students often prefer primary care specialties, while male students appear to be attracted to hospital specialties. Notwithstanding the steady feminisation of medicine, in many countries there a...

    Authors: Tanja Maiorova, Fred Stevens, Jouke van der Zee, Beppie Boode and Albert Scherpbier
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:262
  39. Up to now it has not been systematically investigated in which kind of clinical situations a consultation style based on shared decision making (SDM) is preferred by patients and physicians. We suggest the fac...

    Authors: Meike Müller-Engelmann, Tanja Krones, Heidi Keller and Norbert Donner-Banzhoff
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:260
  40. Adverse events (AEs) are patient injuries caused by medical care. Previous studies have reported increased mortality rates and prolonged hospital length of stay in patients having an AE. However, these studies...

    Authors: Alan J Forster, Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, Jon Hooper, Kaveh G Shojania and Carl van Walraven
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:259
  41. In Japan, gargling is a generally accepted way of preventing upper respiratory tract infection (URTI). The effectiveness of gargling for preventing URTI has been shown in a randomized controlled trial that com...

    Authors: Michi Sakai, Takuro Shimbo, Kazumi Omata, Yoshimitsu Takahashi, Kazunari Satomura, Tetsuhisa Kitamura, Takashi Kawamura, Hisamitsu Baba, Masaharu Yoshihara and Hiroshi Itoh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:258
  42. Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery is performed because of anticipated survival benefit, improvement in quality of life, or both. We performed this study to explore variations in clinical indications ...

    Authors: Zhongmin Li, Richard L Kravitz, James P Marcin, Patrick S Romano, David M Rocke, Timothy A Denton, Ralph G Brindis, Jian Dai and Ezra A Amsterdam
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:257
  43. The importance and complexity of handovers is well-established. Progress for intervening in the emergency department change of shift handovers may be hampered by lack of a conceptual framework. The objectives ...

    Authors: Renée H Lawrence, Anne M Tomolo, Andy P Garlisi and David C Aron
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:256