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  1. The Dutch Consumer Quality Index Hip Knee Questionnaire (CQI Hip Knee) was used to assess patients' experiences with and evaluations of quality of care after a total hip (THA) or total knee arthroplasty (TKA)....

    Authors: Janine H Stubbe, Tanya Gelsema and Diana MJ Delnoij
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:60
  2. Low participation rates can lead to sampling bias, delays in completion and increased costs. Strategies to improve participation rates should address reasons for non-participation. However, most empirical rese...

    Authors: Brian Williams, Linda Irvine, Alison R McGinnis, Marion ET McMurdo and Iain K Crombie
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:59
  3. Because of the increasing costs and anticipated shortage of Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists in the care for hearing-impaired persons, an integrated care pathway that includes direct hearing aid provision...

    Authors: Janneke PC Grutters, Frans van der Horst, Manuela A Joore, Hans Verschuure, Wouter A Dreschler and Lucien JC Anteunis
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:57
  4. To compare VA inpatient and outpatient utilization and expenditures of veterans seeking primary care in community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) and VA medical centers (VAMCs) in fiscal years 2000 (FY00) and...

    Authors: Matthew L Maciejewski, Mark Perkins, Yu-Fang Li, Michael Chapko, John C Fortney and Chuan-Fen Liu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:56
  5. Patients' non-adherence to medical treatment remains a persistent problem. Many interventions to improve patient adherence are unsuccessful and sound theoretical foundations are lacking. Innovations in theory ...

    Authors: Sandra van Dulmen, Emmy Sluijs, Liset van Dijk, Denise de Ridder, Rob Heerdink and Jozien Bensing
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:55
  6. Liver function tests (LFTs) are routinely performed in primary care, and are often the gateway to further invasive and/or expensive investigations. Little is known of the consequences in people with an initial...

    Authors: Peter T Donnan, David McLernon, Douglas Steinke, Stephen Ryder, Paul Roderick, Frank M Sullivan, William Rosenberg and John F Dillon
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:54
  7. Despite recommendations for greater use of second-eye cataract surgery and the bilateral progression of the disease, there is a substantial proportion of unmet need for this treatment. Few studies have explore...

    Authors: Lorena Hoffmeister, Rubén Román, Mercè Comas, Francesc Cots, Enrique Bernal-Delgado and Xavier Castells
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:53
  8. Many patients experience difficulties in following treatment recommendations. This study's objective is to identify nonadherence risk profiles regarding medication (antidepressants, antihypertensives, and oral...

    Authors: Liset van Dijk, Eibert R Heerdink, Dinesh Somai, Sandra van Dulmen, Emmy M Sluijs, Denise T de Ridder, Anna MGF Griens and Jozien M Bensing
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:51
  9. Principles and methods for the allocation of healthcare resources among healthcare providers have long been health policy research issues in many countries. Healthcare reforms including the development of a ne...

    Authors: Kiyohide Fushimi, Hideki Hashimoto, Yuichi Imanaka, Kazuaki Kuwabara, Hiromasa Horiguchi, Kohichi B Ishikawa and Shinya Matsuda
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:50
  10. As healthcare systems around the world are facing increasing physician shortages, more physicians are migrating from low to high income countries. As an illustrative case of international migration of physicia...

    Authors: Elie A Akl, Nancy Maroun, Stella Major, Bechara Chahoud and Holger J Schünemann
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:49
  11. Many patients encounter a variety of problems after discharge from hospital and many discharge (planning and support) interventions have been developed and studied. These primary studies have already been synt...

    Authors: Patriek Mistiaen, Anneke L Francke and Else Poot
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:47
  12. Variation in patients' evaluation due to general practitioner (GP) and practice factors may provide information useful in a quality improvement context. However, the extent to which differences in patients' ev...

    Authors: Hanne N Heje, Peter Vedsted, Ineta Sokolowski and Frede Olesen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:46
  13. Food hygiene in hospital poses peculiar problems, particularly given the presence of patients who could be more vulnerable than healthy subjects to microbiological and nutritional risks. Moreover, in nosocomia...

    Authors: Cecilia Buccheri, Alessandra Casuccio, Santo Giammanco, Marco Giammanco, Maurizio La Guardia and Caterina Mammina
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:45
  14. More than 72% of health expenditure in India is financed by individual households at the time of illness through out-of-pocket payments. This is a highly regressive way of financing health care and sometimes l...

    Authors: Narayanan Devadasan, Bart Criel, Wim Van Damme, Kent Ranson and Patrick Van der Stuyft
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:43
  15. Pre-discharge home visits aim to maximise independence in the community. These visits involve assessment of a person in their own home prior to discharge from hospital, typically by an occupational therapist. ...

    Authors: Natasha Anne Lannin, Lindy Clemson, Annie McCluskey, Chung-Wei Christine Lin, Ian D Cameron and Sarah Barras
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:42
  16. The Canadian health care system has striven to remove financial or other barriers to access to medically necessary health care services since the establishment of the Canada Health Act 20 years ago. Evidence h...

    Authors: Yukiko Asada and George Kephart
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:41
  17. Travel burden is a key element in conceptualizing geographic access to health care. Prior research has shown that both rural and minority populations bear disproportionate travel burdens. However, many studies...

    Authors: Janice C Probst, Sarah B Laditka, Jong-Yi Wang and Andrew O Johnson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:40
  18. In spite of the disproportionate prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among drug users, many remain uninformed or misinformed about the virus. Drug treatment programs are important sites of opportun...

    Authors: Shiela M Strauss, Janetta Astone-Twerell, Corrine E Munoz-Plaza, Don C Des Jarlais, Marya Gwadz, Holly Hagan, Andrew Osborne and Andrew Rosenblum
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:39
  19. Providing ongoing family centred support is an integral part of childhood cancer care. For families living in regional and remote areas, opportunities to receive specialist support are limited by the availabil...

    Authors: Mark Bensink, Richard Wootton, Helen Irving, Andrew Hallahan, Deborah Theodoros, Trevor Russell, Paul Scuffham and Adrian G Barnett
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:38
  20. In 1997 there was a major reform of the government run urban health insurance system in China. The principal aims of the reform were to widen coverage of health insurance for the urban employed and contain med...

    Authors: Ling Xu, Yan Wang, Charles D Collins and Shenglan Tang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:37
  21. In many countries exercise prescriptions are used in an attempt to initiate a physically active lifestyle in sedentary populations. Previous studies have primarily evaluated low intensive exercise prescription...

    Authors: Jes B Sørensen, Jakob Kragstrup, Kirsten Kjær and Lis Puggaard
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:36
  22. Depressive disorder is currently one of the most burdensome disorders worldwide. Evidence-based treatments for depressive disorder are already available, but these are used insufficiently, and with less positi...

    Authors: Marjoliek A IJff, Klaas ML Huijbregts, Harm WJ van Marwijk, Aartjan TF Beekman, Leona Hakkaart-van Roijen, Frans F Rutten, Jürgen Unützer and Christina M van der Feltz-Cornelis
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:34
  23. An influenza pandemic may increase Emergency Department attendance 7-fold. In the absence of a validated "flu score" to assess severity and assist triage decisions from primary into secondary care, current UK ...

    Authors: Kirsty Challen, John Bright, Andrew Bentley and Darren Walter
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:33
  24. Problematic waiting lists in public health care threaten the equity and timeliness of care provision in several countries. This study assesses different stakeholders' views on the acceptability of waiting list...

    Authors: Jurriaan P Oudhoff, Danielle RM Timmermans, Martin Rietberg, Dirk L Knol and Gerrit van der Wal
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:32
  25. Life satisfaction among residents of institutions is becoming an important issue in a rapidly aging population. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the links between life satisfaction and ...

    Authors: Serap Inal, Feryal Subasi, Serap M Ay and Osman Hayran
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:30
  26. Common mental disorders are the most prevalent of all mental disorders, with the highest burden in terms of work absenteeism and utilization of health care services. Evidence-based treatments are available, bu...

    Authors: Christina M van der Feltz-Cornelis, Jolanda AC Meeuwissen, Fransina J de Jong, Rob Hoedeman and Iman Elfeddali
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:29
  27. Depressive disorder is one of the most common disorders, and is highly prevalent in chronically ill patients. The presence of comorbid depression has a negative influence on quality of life, health care costs,...

    Authors: Eva K Horn, Tjeerd B van Benthem, Leona Hakkaart-van Roijen, Harm WJ van Marwijk, Aartjan TF Beekman, Frans F Rutten and Christina M van der Feltz-Cornelis
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:28
  28. Various international studies have shown that a substantial number of patients suffer from injuries or even die as a result of care delivered in hospitals. The occurrence of injuries among patients caused by h...

    Authors: Marieke Zegers, Martine C de Bruijne, Cordula Wagner, Peter P Groenewegen, Roelof Waaijman and Gerrit van der Wal
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:27
  29. Use of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), an important category of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), has increased substantially in Western countries during the past decade. Use of TCM is also wid...

    Authors: Fang-Pey Chen, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Yen-Ying Kung, Yu-Chun Chen, Li-Fang Chou, Fan-Jou Chen and Shinn-Jang Hwang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:26
  30. Given the proliferation and the growing complexity of performance measurement initiatives in many health systems, the Netherlands and Ontario, Canada expressed interests in cross-national comparisons in an eff...

    Authors: Ali R Tawfik-Shukor, Niek S Klazinga and Onyebuchi A Arah
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:25

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  31. The political objective in many countries worldwide is to give better consideration to the interests of patients within the health system. The establishment of a federal government commissioner for the issues ...

    Authors: Nils Schneider, Marie-Luise Dierks, Gabriele Seidel and Friedrich W Schwartz
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:24
  32. Patients needs and experiences attract increasing attention within health care. In order to generate knowledge about the voices that emerge from collaborative experiences between members of patient association...

    Authors: Christina Carlsson, Kerstin Segesten, Mef Nilbert and Kerstin Nilsson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:23
  33. Managed care efforts to regulate access to specialists and reduce costs may lower quality of care. Few studies have examined whether managed care is associated with patient perceptions of the quality of care p...

    Authors: David Grembowski, David Paschane, Paula Diehr, Wayne Katon, Diane Martin and Donald L Patrick
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:22
  34. Geographical variation in health care services challenges the basic principle of fair allocation of health care resources. This study aimed to investigate geographical variation in the use of X-ray, CT, MRI an...

    Authors: Kristin Bakke Lysdahl and Ingelin Børretzen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:21
  35. The introduction of large-scale out-of-hours GP cooperatives has led to questions about increased distances between the GP cooperatives and the homes of patients and the increasing waiting times for home visit...

    Authors: Paul Giesen, Nieke van Lin, Henk Mokkink, Wil van den Bosch and Richard Grol
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:19
  36. Linking computerized health insurance records with routinely collected survey data is becoming increasingly popular in health services research. However, if consent is not universal, the requirement of written...

    Authors: Nicole Huang, Shu-Fang Shih, Hsing-Yi Chang and Yiing-Jenq Chou
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:18
  37. Cataract day surgery has rapidly gained worldwide acceptance, because the new surgical techniques and costs are generally lower than those involved in ordinary hospitalization. Cataract surgery serves as a pro...

    Authors: Salvatore Cillino, Alessandra Casuccio, Francesco Di Pace, Francesco Pillitteri, Giovanni Cillino and Gaetano Lodato
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:16
  38. Cultural competency is now a core requirement for mental health professionals working with culturally diverse patient groups. Cultural competency training may improve the quality of mental health care for ethn...

    Authors: Kamaldeep Bhui, Nasir Warfa, Patricia Edonya, Kwame McKenzie and Dinesh Bhugra
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:15
  39. Early detection of infants with permanent hearing loss through infant hearing screening is recognised and routinely offered as a vital component of early childhood care in developed countries. This article inv...

    Authors: Bolajoko O Olusanya, De Wet Swanepoel, Mônica J Chapchap, Salvador Castillo, Hamed Habib, Siti Z Mukari, Norberto V Martinez, Hung-Ching Lin and Bradley McPherson
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:14
  40. The demographic structure has a significant influence on the use of healthcare services, as does the size of the population denominators. Very few studies have been published on methods for estimating the real...

    Authors: Emilio Perea-Milla, Sergi Mari Pons, Francisco Rivas-Ruiz, Anna Gallofre, Enrique Navarro Jurado, Marco A Navarro Ales, Alberto Jimenez-Puente, Fidel Fernandez-Nieto, Joan C March Cerda, Manuel Carrasco, Lydia Martin, Damian Lopez Cano, Gonzalo E Gutierrez, Rafael Cortes Macías and Jose A Garcia-Ruiz
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:13
  41. Linked population health data are increasingly used in epidemiological studies. If data items are reported on more than one dataset, data linkage can reduce the under-ascertainment associated with many populat...

    Authors: Christine L Roberts, Charles S Algert and Jane B Ford
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:12
  42. Almost one-third of Norwegian women aged 25–69 years invited to have a Pap smear do not attend during the recommended period, and thus constitute a population with high-risk of cervical cancer (CC). Since the ...

    Authors: Mari Nygård, Anne-Kjersti Daltveit, Steinar Ø Thoresen and Jan F Nygård
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:10