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  1. Research that examines the quality of home health care is complex because no gold standard exists for measuring adverse outcomes, and because the patient and clinician populations are highly heterogeneous. The...

    Authors: Tanya Pollack Scharpf, Natalie Colabianchi, Elizabeth A Madigan, Duncan Neuhauser, Timothy Peng, Penny H Feldman and John FP Bridges
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:162
  2. The aim of this paper is to show how researchers balance between scientific rigour and localisation in conducting pragmatic trial research. Our case is the Quattro Study, a pragmatic trial on the effectiveness...

    Authors: Yvonne JFM Jansen, Roland Bal, Marc Bruijnzeels, Marleen Foets, Rianne Frenken and Antoinette de Bont
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:160
  3. The purpose of this study was to describe the patterns of antidiabetic medication use and the cost of testing supplies in Canada using information collected by Saskatchewan's Drug Plan (DP) in 2001. The diabet...

    Authors: Jeffrey A Johnson, Sheri L Pohar, Kristina Secnik, Nicole Yurgin and Zeenat Hirji
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:159
  4. Associations between symptom experience and mortality have rarely been investigated. One study has suggested that the number of symptoms people experience may be an important predictor of mortality. This novel...

    Authors: Alison M Elliott, Philip C Hannaford, Blair H Smith, Sally Wyke and Kate Hunt
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:158
  5. In countries with low hepatitis A (HA) endemicity, infected food handlers are the source of most reported foodborne outbreaks. In Canada, accessible data repositories of infected food handler incidents are not...

    Authors: Andrea C Tricco, Ba' Pham, Bernard Duval, Gaston De Serres, Vladimir Gilca, Linda Vrbova, Andrea Anonychuk, Murray Krahn and David Moher
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:157
  6. Since 1994, Brazil has developed a primary care system based on multidisciplinary teams which include not only a physician and a nurse, but also 4–6 lay community health workers. This system now consists of 26...

    Authors: Erno Harzheim, Bruce B Duncan, Airton T Stein, Carlo RH Cunha, Marcelo R Goncalves, Thiago G Trindade, Mônica MC Oliveira and Maria Eugênia B Pinto
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:156
  7. Collaboration between general practitioners (GPs) and specialists has been the focus of many collaborative care projects during the past decade. Unfortunately, quite a number of these projects failed. This rai...

    Authors: Annette J Berendsen, Wim HGM Benneker, Jan Schuling, Nienke Rijkers-Koorn, Joris PJ Slaets and Betty Meyboom-de Jong
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:155
  8. Poor adherence is the main barrier to the effectiveness of HIV medication. The objective of this study was to explore and conceptualize patterns and difficulties in physicians' work with patients' adherence to...

    Authors: Toke S Barfod, Frederick M Hecht, Cecilie Rubow and Jan Gerstoft
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:154
  9. Changing immigration trends pose new challenges for the UK's open access health service and there is considerable speculation that migrants from resource-poor countries place a disproportionate burden on servi...

    Authors: Sally Hargreaves, Jon S Friedland, Philip Gothard, Sonia Saxena, Hugh Millington, Joseph Eliahoo, Peter Le Feuvre and Alison Holmes
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:153
  10. Patients with psychiatric problems often seek help and assistance in hospital emergency departments. An important task of emergency room staff is to decide whether such patients need to be admitted or whether ...

    Authors: Marc Ziegenbein, Christoph Anreis, Bernhard Brüggen, Martin Ohlmeier and Stefan Kropp
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:150
  11. Acupuncture is a frequently used but controversial adjunct to the treatment of chronic low back pain (LBP). Acupuncture is now considered to be effective for chronic LBP and health care systems are pressured t...

    Authors: Jean-François Chenot, Annette Becker, Corinna Leonhardt, Stefan Keller, Norbert Donner-Banzhoff, Erika Baum, Michael Pfingsten, Jan Hildebrandt, Michael M Kochen and Heinz-Dieter Basler
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:149
  12. Patterns of care for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) strongly depend on the availability of on-site cardiac catheterization facilities. Although the management found at hospitals without on-site catheterizat...

    Authors: Abdul R Halabi, Christine A Beck, Mark J Eisenberg, Hugues Richard and Louise Pilote
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:148
  13. Smoking is strongly associated with disadvantage and is an important contributor to inequalities in health. Smoking cessation services have been implemented in the UK targeting disadvantaged smokers, but there...

    Authors: Elin Roddy, Marilyn Antoniak, John Britton, Andrew Molyneux and Sarah Lewis
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:147
  14. Both occupational physicians and orthopedic surgeons can be involved in the management of work relevant musculoskeletal disorders. These physicians hardly communicate with each other and this might lead to dif...

    Authors: Elske Faber, Alex Burdorf, Anne Loes van Staa, Harald S Miedema and Jan AN Verhaar
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:144
  15. Efficient delivery strategies for health interventions are essential for high and sustainable coverage. We report impact of a change in programmatic delivery strategy from routine delivery through the Expanded...

    Authors: Honorati Masanja, Joanna Armstrong Schellenberg, Hassan M Mshinda, Meera Shekar, Joseph KL Mugyabuso, Godwin D Ndossi and Don de Savigny
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:142
  16. In the UK, all ethnic minority groups have higher rates of diabetes than the general population. Although there have been a number of projects to assess diabetic care amongst minority ethnic groups in the Unit...

    Authors: Hamid R Baradaran, Joan Jamieson, Rafik Gardee and Robin P Knill-Jones
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:130
  17. Literature on difficult doctor-patient relationships has focused on the "difficult patient." Our objective was to determine physician and practice characteristics associated with greater physician-reported fru...

    Authors: Erin E Krebs, Joanne M Garrett and Thomas R Konrad
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:128
  18. Low income appears to be associated with a higher prevalence of diabetes and diabetes related complications, however, little is known about how income influences access to diabetes care. The objective of the p...

    Authors: Doreen M Rabi, Alun L Edwards, Danielle A Southern, Lawrence W Svenson, Peter M Sargious, Peter Norton, Eric T Larsen and William A Ghali
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:124
  19. The regulations of the Quality Management System (QMS) implementation in health care organizations were approved by the Lithuanian Ministry of Health in 1998. Following the above regulations, general managers ...

    Authors: Ilona Buciuniene, Sonata Malciankina, Zigmas Lydeka and Ruta Kazlauskaite
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:120
  20. To understand why treatment referral rates for ESRF are lower in Ireland than in other European countries, an investigation of factors influencing general practitioner referral of patients developing ESRF was ...

    Authors: Anthony J Montgomery, Hannah M McGee, William Shannon and John Donohoe
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:114
  21. Physicians house calls to patients have been declining in many countries of the world. The objective of this study was to describe the patterns of utilization of house call services provided by SOS doctors in ...

    Authors: George Peppas, George Theocharis, Efthymia A Karveli and Matthew E Falagas
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:112
  22. Postal questionnaires are commonly used to collect data for health studies, but non-response reduces study sample sizes and can introduce bias. Finding ways to increase the proportion of questionnaires returne...

    Authors: Pippa Scott and Phil Edwards
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:111
  23. While there is interest in measuring the satisfaction of patients discharged from psychiatric hospitals, it might be important to determine whether surveys of psychiatric patients should employ generic or psyc...

    Authors: Isabelle Peytremann-Bridevaux, Frédy Scherer, Laurence Peer, Federico Cathieni, Charles Bonsack, Agatta Cléopas, Véronique Kolly, Thomas V Perneger and Bernard Burnand
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:108
  24. It is uncertain whether black white differences in the use of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) persist in the era of drug eluting stents. The purpose of this study is to determine if black veterans wit...

    Authors: Charles Maynard, Haili Sun, Elliott Lowy, Anne E Sales and Stephan D Fihn
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:107
  25. Surveys of the population are commonly used to obtain information on health status. Increasingly, researchers are linking self-reported health status information to primary care consultation data. However, it ...

    Authors: Amanda Jeffery, Clare Jinks and Kelvin Jordan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:101
  26. The severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic threw the world into turmoil during the first half of 2003. Many subsequent papers have addressed its impact on health service utilization, but few have co...

    Authors: Tzeng-Ji Chen, Ming-Hwai Lin, Li-Fang Chou and Shinn-Jang Hwang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:94
  27. This study aimed to investigate groups of patients with a relatively homogenous health status to evaluate the degree to which use of the Australian hospital system is affected by socio-economic status, locatio...

    Authors: Rachael E Moorin and C D'Arcy J Holman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:74
  28. Cost-effectiveness acceptability curves (CEACs) describe the probability that a new treatment or intervention is cost-effective. The net benefit regression framework (NBRF) allows cost-effectiveness analysis t...

    Authors: Jeffrey S Hoch, Marie Antoinette Rockx and Andrew D Krahn
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:68
  29. The development of an instrument accurately assessing service quality in the GP Exercise Referral Scheme (ERS) industry could potentially inform scheme organisers of the factors that affect adherence rates lea...

    Authors: Don Cock, Iain C Adams, Adrian B Ibbetson and Phil Baugh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:61
  30. Dedicated out-patient preanaesthetic clinics are relatively recent phenomenon and information is sparse from developing world. This study attempted to evaluate the utilization of adult and paediatric preanaest...

    Authors: Seetharaman Hariharan, Deryk Chen and Lorna Merritt-Charles
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:59
  31. The main objective of this study is to establish a benchmark for referral rates in rural Niger so as to allow interpretation of routine referral data to assess the performance of the referral system in Niger.

    Authors: Paul Bossyns, Ranaou Abache, Mahaman S Abdoulaye, Hamidou Miyé, Anne-Marie Depoorter and Wim Van Lerberghe
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:51
  32. 2002 marked the first time that the rate of hospital spending in the United States outpaced the overall health care spending rate of growth since 1991. As hospital spending continues to grow and as reimburseme...

    Authors: Judith K Zemencuk, Timothy P Hofer, Rodney A Hayward, Richard H Moseley and Sanjay Saint
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:45
  33. The Two-Week Rule (TWR) was introduced to ensure that all patients with a suspected colorectal cancer (CRC) saw a hospital specialist within 14 days of an urgent GP referral. Guidelines were available to GPs t...

    Authors: Kymberley Thorne, Hayley A Hutchings and Glyn Elwyn
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:43
  34. Over the last decades there has been an increasing pressure on the acute psychiatric wards in Norway. The major contributor to psychiatric acute admissions at the University Hospital of North Norway in the cit...

    Authors: Trygve S Deraas, Vidje Hansen, Anton Giæver and Reidun Olstad
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:41
  35. A few studies have investigated differences in elective procedure rates across small and medium sized referral regions. The purposes of this study are to investigate differences in revascularizations across 11...

    Authors: Edward L Hannan, Chuntao Wu and Mark R Chassin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:35
  36. The aim of this study was to compare the expressed levels of career satisfaction of three groups of comparable dental healthcare professionals, working in Trinidad, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

    Authors: Rahul Naidu, J Tim Newton and Katie Ayers
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:32
  37. An increasing number of medical specialists prefer to work part-time. This development can be found worldwide. Problems to be faced in the realization of part-time work in medicine include the division of nigh...

    Authors: Judith D de Jong, Phil Heiligers, Peter P Groenewegen and Lammert Hingstman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:26
  38. The question of how best to reduce waiting times for health care, particularly surgical procedures such as hip and knee replacements is among the most pressing concern of the Canadian health care system. The o...

    Authors: Ross EG Upshur, Rahim Moineddin, Eric J Crighton and Muhammad Mamdani
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:22
  39. Organised stroke care saves lives and reduces disability. A clinical pathway might be a form of organised stroke care, but the evidence for the effectiveness of this model of care is limited.

    Authors: William J Taylor, Annie Wong, Richard J Siegert and Harry K McNaughton
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:16
  40. Children with congenital hearing impairment benefit from early detection and management of their hearing loss. These and related considerations led to the recommendation of universal newborn hearing screening....

    Authors: Eva Grill, Kai Uus, Franz Hessel, Linda Davies, Rod S Taylor, Juergen Wasem and John Bamford
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:14
  41. The science of syndromic surveillance is still very much in its infancy. While a number of syndromic surveillance systems are being evaluated in the US, very few have had success thus far in predicting an infe...

    Authors: Elizabeth Rolland, Kieran M Moore, Victoria A Robinson and Don McGuinness
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:10
  42. Poor compliance with antihypertensive medication is assumed to be an important reason for unsatisfactory control of blood pressure. Poor compliance is difficult to detect. Each method of measuring compliance h...

    Authors: Gwenn EC Wetzels, Patricia J Nelemans, Jan SAG Schouten, Boris LG van Wijk and Martin H Prins
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:8
  43. Referrals of patients from primary care to medical specialist care are an important activity in any health care system. German data show that the number of referrals by GPs have increased since 2004, but detai...

    Authors: Thomas Rosemann, Michel Wensing, Gernot Rueter and Joachim Szecsenyi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:5
  44. Reviews of peer-reviewed health studies have highlighted problems with their methodological quality. As published health studies form the basis of many clinical decisions including evaluation and provisions of...

    Authors: Rumana Z Omar, Nick McNally, Gareth Ambler and Allyson M Pollock
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:2
  45. Accurate cost estimate and a profit and loss analysis are necessary for health care practice. We performed an actual financial analysis for an intensive care unit (ICU) of a university hospital in Japan, and t...

    Authors: Pengyu Cao, Shin-ichi Toyabe, Toshikazu Abe and Kouhei Akazawa
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:1