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  1. Interdisciplinary research has been promoted as an optimal research paradigm in the health sciences, yet little is known about how researchers experience interdisciplinarity in practice. This study sought to d...

    Authors: Kalpana M Nair, Lisa Dolovich, Kevin Brazil and Parminder Raina
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:110
  2. Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder incurring significant social and economic costs. This study uses a US administrative claims database to evaluate the effect of AD on direct healthcare c...

    Authors: Yang Zhao, Tzu-Chun Kuo, Sharada Weir, Marilyn S Kramer and Arlene S Ash
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:108
  3. Email-based telemedicine has been reported to be an efficient method of delivering online health services to patients at a distance and is often described as a low-cost form of telemedicine. The service may be...

    Authors: Liam Caffery, Anthony C Smith and Paul A Scuffham
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:107
  4. Although the fecal occult blood test (FOBT) is the preferred program for colorectal cancer screening in Japan, many medical institutions have recently begun to provide total colonoscopy (TCS) as an initial scr...

    Authors: Yuichi Katsumura, Hideo Yasunaga, Tomoaki Imamura, Kazuhiko Ohe and Hiroshi Oyama
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:106
  5. Theories of behavior change indicate that an analysis of barriers to change is helpful when trying to influence professional practice. The aim of this study was to assess the perceived barriers to practice cha...

    Authors: Serena SL Koh, Elizabeth Manias, Alison M Hutchinson, Susan Donath and Linda Johnston
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:105
  6. The creation of Local Health Care Cooperatives (LHCCs) in Scotland in 1999 was typical of attempts to encourage voluntary integration and co-operation between health care providers. One of the three stated obj...

    Authors: Gary McLean and Matt Sutton
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:104
  7. Patient satisfaction is an important, but controversial part of health service evaluation. This study dealt with how acknowledgement of illness and treatment needs effected the distribution of positive, neutra...

    Authors: Knut W Soergaard, Mary Nivison, Vidje Hansen and Terje Oeiesvold
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:103
  8. It has been argued that quality improvements that result from user charges reduce their negative impact on utilization especially of the poor. In Uganda, because there was no concrete evidence for improvements...

    Authors: Juliet Nabyonga-Orem, Humphrey Karamagi, Lynn Atuyambe, Fred Bagenda, Sam A Okuonzi and Oladapo Walker
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:102
  9. Obese workers incur greater health care costs than normal weight workers. Possibly viewed by employers as an increased financial risk, they may be at a disadvantage in procuring employment that provides health...

    Authors: Ronald L Fong and Peter Franks
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:101
  10. We compared two methods of measuring provider performance of tobacco control activities: immediate "exit cards" versus delayed telephone follow-up surveys. Current standards, e.g. HEDIS, use delayed patient me...

    Authors: Thomas K Houston, Joshua S Richman, Heather L Coley, Midge N Ray, Jeroan J Allison, Gregg H Gilbert, Judith S Gordon and Catarina I Kiefe
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:100
  11. Major depressive disorder (MDD) has major consequences for both patients and society, particularly in terms of needlessly long sick leave and reduced functioning. Although evidence-based treatments for MDD are...

    Authors: Moniek C Vlasveld, Johannes R Anema, Aartjan TF Beekman, Willem van Mechelen, Rob Hoedeman, Harm WJ van Marwijk, Frans F Rutten, Leona Hakkaart-van Roijen and Christina M van der Feltz-Cornelis
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:99
  12. Crowding in hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) is a problem in several countries. We evaluated the number and characteristics of patients who make repeated visits to the EDs in Naples, Italy.

    Authors: Gabriella Di Giuseppe, Rossella Abbate, Luciana Albano, Paolo Marinelli and Italo F Angelillo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:97
  13. Low literacy and numeracy skills are common. Adequate numeracy skills are crucial in the management of diabetes. Diabetes patients use numeracy skills to interpret glucose meters, administer medications, follo...

    Authors: Mary Margaret Huizinga, Tom A Elasy, Kenneth A Wallston, Kerri Cavanaugh, Dianne Davis, Rebecca P Gregory, Lynn S Fuchs, Robert Malone, Andrea Cherrington, Darren A DeWalt, John Buse, Michael Pignone and Russell L Rothman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:96
  14. Despite growing evidence that many people with dementia want to know their diagnosis, there is wide variation in attitudes of professionals towards disclosure. The disclosure of the diagnosis of dementia is in...

    Authors: Jan Lecouturier, Claire Bamford, Julian C Hughes, Jillian J Francis, Robbie Foy, Marie Johnston and Martin P Eccles
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:95
  15. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) is a technology used in treatment of patients with severe but potentially reversible respiratory failure. A multi-centre randomised controlled trial (CESAR) was funde...

    Authors: Mariamma M Thalanany, Miranda Mugford, Clare Hibbert, Nicola J Cooper, Ann Truesdale, Steven Robinson, Ravindranath Tiruvoipati, Diana R Elbourne, Giles J Peek, Felicity Clemens, Polly Hardy and Andrew Wilson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:94
  16. While a number of studies have looked at life on service users' experiences of life on psychiatric wards, no research exists that have approached these experiences from the user perspective since the introduct...

    Authors: Helen Gilburt, Diana Rose and Mike Slade
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:92
  17. Radiologists have been observed to differ, sometimes substantially, both in their interpretations of mammograms and in their recommendations for follow-up. The aim of this study was to determine how factors re...

    Authors: Eduard Molins, Francesc Macià, Francesc Ferrer, Maria-Teresa Maristany and Xavier Castells
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:91
  18. Antitrust authorities treat price as a proxy for hospital quality since health care quality is difficult to observe. As the ability to measure quality improved, more research became necessary to investigate th...

    Authors: Helen Schneider
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:89
  19. Enhancing service efficiency and quality has always been one of the most important factors to heighten competitiveness in the health care service industry. Thus, how to utilize information technology to reduce...

    Authors: Hsin Hsin Chang and Ching Sheng Chang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:87
  20. Outcomes of inpatient stroke rehabilitation need to be reviewed in terms of optimal resource utilization (staff time, service organization, and duration of stay). We compared FIM efficiency scores between thre...

    Authors: Jean Woo, Shiu Yu Chan, Mi Wan Cecilia Sum, Eric Wong and Yeuk Ping Maria Chui
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:86
  21. Comorbidity is an important adjustment measure in research focusing on outcomes such as health status and mortality. One recurrent methodological issue concerns the concordance of comorbidity data obtained fro...

    Authors: William Corser, Alla Sikorskii, Ade Olomu, Manfred Stommel, Camille Proden and Margaret Holmes-Rovner
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:85
  22. Urinary incontinence affects approximately 5% (800.000) of the Dutch population. Guidelines recommend pelvic floor muscle/bladder training for most patients. Unfortunately, general practitioners use this train...

    Authors: Pytha Albers-Heitner, Bary Berghmans, Manuela Joore, Toine Lagro-Janssen, Johan Severens, Fred Nieman and Ron Winkens
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:84
  23. The Breastfeeding Education and Support Services (BESS) is a unit of The Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, staffed by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs), providing day/s...

    Authors: Li Yen Chin and Lisa H Amir
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:83
  24. Emergency departments continuously provide medical treatment on a walk-in basis. Several studies investigated the patient's perception of the doctor-patient relationship, but few have asked doctors about their...

    Authors: Birgit Babitsch, Tanja Braun, Theda Borde and Matthias David
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:82
  25. The use of emergency hospital services (EHS) has increased steadily in Spain in the last decade while the number of immigrants has increased dramatically. Studies show that immigrants use EHS differently than ...

    Authors: Montserrat Rué, Xavier Cabré, Jorge Soler-González, Anna Bosch, Mercè Almirall and Maria Catalina Serna
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:81
  26. Determining population-based rates for major injury poses methodological challenges. We used hospital discharge data over a 10-year period (1996–2005) from a national trauma registry, the Trauma Audit and Rese...

    Authors: Roxana Alexandrescu, Sarah J O'Brien, Ronan A Lyons and Fiona E Lecky
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:80
  27. There has been considerable concern expressed about the outcomes achieved in Independent Sector Treatment Centres (ISTCs) introduced in England since 2003. Our aim was to compare the case-mix and patients' rep...

    Authors: John Browne, Liz Jamieson, Jim Lewsey, Jan van der Meulen, Lynn Copley and Nick Black
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:78
  28. The Europe Against Cancer programme was initiated in the late 1980s, recognising, among other risk factors, the problematic relationship between tobacco use and cancer. In an attempt to reduce the number of sm...

    Authors: Sandra Boessen and Hans Maarse
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:77
  29. Prioritisation instruments were developed for patients on waiting list for hip and knee arthroplasties (AI) and cataract surgery (CI). The aim of the study was to assess their convergent and discriminant valid...

    Authors: Alejandro Allepuz, Mireia Espallargues, Montse Moharra, Mercè Comas and Joan MV Pons
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:76
  30. Managed care organizations use a variety of strategies to reduce the cost and improve the quality of medication use. The effectiveness of such policies is not well understood. The objective of this research wa...

    Authors: Christine Y Lu, Dennis Ross-Degnan, Stephen B Soumerai and Sallie-Anne Pearson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:75
  31. Home visiting programs have been developed aimed at improving the health and independent functioning of older people. Also, they intend to reduce hospital and nursing home admission and associated cost. A subs...

    Authors: Ans Bouman, Erik van Rossum, Patricia Nelemans, Gertrudis IJM Kempen and Paul Knipschild
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:74
  32. Indicators of hospital quality, such as hospital standardized mortality ratios (HSMR), have been used increasingly to assess and improve hospital quality. Our aim has been to describe and explain variation in ...

    Authors: Richard Heijink, Xander Koolman, Daniel Pieter, André van der Veen, Brian Jarman and Gert Westert
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:73
  33. Early diagnosis of dementia benefits both patient and caregiver. Nevertheless, dementia in primary care is currently under-diagnosed. Some educational interventions developed to improve dementia diagnosis and ...

    Authors: M Perry, I Drašković, T van Achterberg, GF Borm, MIJ van Eijken, PL Lucassen, MJFJ Vernooij-Dassen and MGM Olde Rikkert
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:71
  34. Cost-containment strategies are required to face the challenge of rising drug expenditures in Oncology. Drug wastage leads to economic loss, but little is known about the size of the problem in this field.

    Authors: Gianpiero Fasola, Marianna Aita, Luisa Marini, Alessandro Follador, Marina Tosolini, Laura Mattioni, Mauro Mansutti, Andrea Piga, Silvio Brusaferro and Giuseppe Aprile
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:70
  35. Russia is one of the very few industrialised countries in the world where life expectancy has been declining. Alcohol has been implicated as a major contributor to the rapid fluctuations observed in male life ...

    Authors: Susannah Tomkins, Elizabeth Allen, Olga Savenko, Jim McCambridge, Lyudmila Saburova, Nikolay Kiryanov, Alexey Oralov, Artyom Gil, David A Leon, Martin McKee and Diana Elbourne
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:69
  36. Previous health research has often explicitly excluded individuals from minority ethnic backgrounds due to perceived cultural and communication difficulties, including studies where there might be language/lit...

    Authors: Cathy E Lloyd, Mark RD Johnson, Shanaz Mughal, Jackie A Sturt, Gary S Collins, Tapash Roy, Rukhsana Bibi and Anthony H Barnett
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:68
  37. Taiwan's National Health Insurance (NHI), implemented in 1995, substantially increased the number of health care facilities that can deliver free prenatal care. Because of the increase in such facilities, it i...

    Authors: Likwang Chen, Chi-Liang Chen and Wei-Chih Yang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:67
  38. The Ontario health care system is devolving planning and funding authority to community based organizations and moving from steering through rules and regulations to steering on performance. As part of this tr...

    Authors: Thomas Custers, Jeremiah Hurley, Niek S Klazinga and Adalsteinn D Brown
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:66
  39. Specialist nurses may play an important role in helping to improve the experiences of patients with prostate cancer, however there is concern that the specialist nurse role is under threat in the UK due to fin...

    Authors: Carolyn Tarrant, Paul Sinfield, Shona Agarwal and Richard Baker
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:65
  40. This paper describes an attempt that was made to recruit child-bearing women into a nutrition-based research study and the knowledge that was gained when this approach was unsuccessful. The Assessment Before C...

    Authors: Alexis J Hure, Roger Smith and Clare E Collins
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:64
  41. Little research attention has been given to attempts to implement organisational initiatives to improve quality of care for mental health care, where there is a high level of indeterminacy and clinical judgeme...

    Authors: Linda Gask, Anne Rogers, Stephen Campbell and Rod Sheaff
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:63
  42. In Norway there is a shortage of valid health activity statistics from the primary care out-of-hours services and the pre-hospital emergency health care system. There is little systematic information available...

    Authors: Elisabeth Holm Hansen and Steinar Hunskaar
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:62
  43. The objective of the current study was to translate and validate the Iranian version of the WHOQOL-BREF.

    Authors: Saharnaz Nedjat, Ali Montazeri, Kourosh Holakouie, Kazem Mohammad and Reza Majdzadeh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:61
  44. Guidelines now recommend routine assessment of global coronary heart disease (CHD) risk scores. We performed a systematic review to assess whether global CHD risk scores result in clinical benefits or harms.

    Authors: Stacey L Sheridan and Eric Crespo
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:60