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  1. Diabetes self-management education is a critical component in diabetes care. Despite worldwide efforts to develop efficacious DSME programs, high attrition rates are often reported in clinical practice. The ob...

    Authors: Enza Gucciardi, Margaret DeMelo, Ana Offenheim and Donna E Stewart
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:33
  2. In Spain, there are substantial variations in the utilization of health resources among regions. Because the need for surgery differs in patients with appropriate surgical indication, introducing a prioritizat...

    Authors: Rubén Román, Mercè Comas, Javier Mar, Enrique Bernal, Alberto Jiménez-Puente, Santiago Gutiérrez-Moreno and Xavier Castells
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:32
  3. Indigenous Australians are slightly more than 2% of the total Australian population however, in recent years they have comprised between 6 and 10% of new patients beginning treatment for end-stage kidney disea...

    Authors: Jeannie Devitt, Alan Cass, Joan Cunningham, Cilla Preece, Kate Anderson and Paul Snelling
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:31
  4. Paediatric ENT services in regional areas can be provided through telemedicine (tele-ENT) using videoconferencing or with a conventional outpatient department ENT service (OPD-ENT) in which patients travel to ...

    Authors: Cathy Q Xu, Anthony C Smith, Paul A Scuffham and Richard Wootton
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:30
  5. Utilization is used as the principal marker of theatre performance in the NHS. This study investigated its validity as: a managerial tool, an inter-Trust indicator of efficient theatre use and as a marker of s...

    Authors: Omar Faiz, Paris Tekkis, Alistair Mcguire, Savvas Papagrigoriadis, John Rennie and Andrew Leather
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:28
  6. The State of Victoria in Australia introduced Chinese medicine practitioner registration in 2000 and issued its education guidelines in late 2002 for introduction in 2005. This study obtained practitioners' vi...

    Authors: Charlie C Xue, Wenyu Zhou, Anthony L Zhang, Kenneth Greenwood, Cliff Da Costa, Alex Radloff, Vivian Lin and David F Story
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:27
  7. Prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) is an important part of the effort to control HIV. PMTCT services are mostly provided at public sector government hospitals in India. Systematic data on the c...

    Authors: Lalit Dandona, SG Prem Kumar, YK Ramesh, M Chalapathi Rao, Elliot Marseille, James G Kahn and Rakhi Dandona
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:26
  8. Obesity is associated with increased cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus. Guidelines call for intensified glucose and lipid screening among overweight and obese patients. Data on compliance with thes...

    Authors: Sheryl L Rifas-Shiman, John P Forman, Kimberly Lane, Herve Caspard and Matthew W Gillman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:25
  9. Although intra-articular treatment with hyaluronic acid (HA) for symptomatic osteoarthritis has become widely accepted in recent decades, the pattern of its use has seldom been reported. We have explored the e...

    Authors: Hsiu-Yun Lai, Yu-Chun Chen, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Li-Fang Chou, Liang-Kung Chen and Shinn-Jang Hwang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:24
  10. The configuration of rural health services is influenced by geography. Rural health practitioners provide a broader range of services to smaller populations scattered over wider areas or more difficult terrain...

    Authors: Gillian M Swan, Sivasubramaniam Selvaraj and David J Godden
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:23
  11. Little is known on the scope and nature of ethnic inequalities in suboptimal asthma care for children. This study aimed to assess (1) ethnic differences in suboptimal asthma care for children with an asthma ex...

    Authors: JJ Nathalie Urbanus-van Laar, Johan S de Koning, Niek S Klazinga and Karien Stronks
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:22
  12. Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is a chronic neurodevelopmental condition that affects 5–6% of children. When not recognized and properly managed during the child's development, DCD can lead to acade...

    Authors: Robin Gaines, Cheryl Missiuna, Mary Egan and Jennifer McLean
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:21
  13. Many countries in middle- and low-income countries today suffer from severe staff shortages and/or maldistribution of health personnel which has been aggravated more recently by the disintegration of health sy...

    Authors: Uta Lehmann, Marjolein Dieleman and Tim Martineau
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:19
  14. HIV counseling and testing is an important intervention in the prevention, control and management of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Counseling and testing can be an entry point for prevention, care an...

    Authors: Bwanali H Jereni and Adamson S Muula
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:17
  15. In pre-school children a diagnosis of asthma is not easily made and only a minority of wheezing children will develop persistent atopic asthma. According to the general consensus a diagnosis of asthma becomes ...

    Authors: Mira GP Zuidgeest, Liset van Dijk, Henriette A Smit, Johannes C van der Wouden, Bert Brunekreef, Hubert GM Leufkens and Madelon Bracke
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:16
  16. Cross-country comparisons of unofficial payments in the health sector are sparse. In 2002 we conducted a social audit of the health sector of the three Baltic States.

    Authors: Anne Cockcroft, Neil Andersson, Sergio Paredes-Solís, Dawn Caldwell, Steve Mitchell, Deborah Milne, Serge Merhi, Melissa Roche, Elena Konceviciute and Robert J Ledogar
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:15
  17. Due to technological progress and improvements in medical care and health policy the average age of patients in primary care is continuously growing. In equal measure, an increasing proportion of mostly elderl...

    Authors: Gunter Laux, Thomas Kuehlein, Thomas Rosemann and Joachim Szecsenyi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:14
  18. Legal requirements for quality assurance in German rehabilitation hospitals include comparisons of providers. Objective is to describe and to compare outcome quality of care offered by three hospitals providin...

    Authors: Dieter Melchart, Anne Wessel, Ronald Brand, Stefan Hager and Wolfgang Weidenhammer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:13
  19. The performance of the Charlson and Elixhauser comorbidity measures in predicting patient outcomes have been well validated with ICD-9 data but not with ICD-10 data, especially in disease specific patient coho...

    Authors: Bing Li, Dewey Evans, Peter Faris, Stafford Dean and Hude Quan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:12
  20. Evidence shows that antibiotics have limited effectiveness in the management of upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) yet GPs continue to prescribe antibiotics. Implementation research does not currently pr...

    Authors: Susan Hrisos, Martin Eccles, Marie Johnston, Jill Francis, Eileen FS Kaner, Nick Steen and Jeremy Grimshaw
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:11
  21. Psychological theories of behaviour may provide a framework to guide the design of interventions to change professional behaviour. Behaviour change interventions, designed using psychological theory and target...

    Authors: Susan Hrisos, Martin Eccles, Marie Johnston, Jill Francis, Eileen FS Kaner, Nick Steen and Jeremy Grimshaw
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:10
  22. Many patients at high risk of cardiovascular diseases are managed and monitored in general practice. Recommendations for cardiovascular risk management, including lifestyle change, are clearly described in the...

    Authors: Marije S Koelewijn-van Loon, Ben van Steenkiste, Gaby Ronda, Michel Wensing, Henri E Stoffers, Glyn Elwyn, Richard Grol and Trudy van der Weijden
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:9
  23. The fact that tuberculosis can be treated with the DOTS strategy (Directly Observed Treatment, Short-course) is not enough to control the disease. Patients have to find their way to tuberculosis treatment firs...

    Authors: Augustinus HA ten Asbroek, Merijn W Bijlsma, Puspha Malla, Binjwala Shrestha and Diana MJ Delnoij
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:7
  24. Well established clinical guidelines recommend that systematic ascertainment of smoking status and intervention to promote cessation in all smokers should be a fundamental component of all health care provisio...

    Authors: Rachael L Murray, Tim Coleman, Marilyn Antoniak, Alexia Fergus, John Britton and Sarah A Lewis
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:6
  25. Patient decision aids are increasingly regarded as important components of clinical practice that enable shared decision making (SDM) and evidence based patient choice. Despite broad acceptance of their value,...

    Authors: Duika Burges Watson, Richard G Thomson and Madeleine J Murtagh
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:5
  26. Pressure ulcers are a major problem, especially in nursing home patients, although they are regarded as preventable and there are many pressure relieving methods and materials. One such pressure relieving mate...

    Authors: Patriek Mistiaen, Wilco Achterberg, Andre Ament, Ruud Halfens, Janneke Huizinga, Ken Montgomery, Henri Post and Anneke L Francke
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:4
  27. Rising national cesarean section rates (CSRs) and unexplained inter-hospital differences in CSRs, led national and international bodies to select CSR as a quality indicator. Using hospital discharge abstracts,...

    Authors: Willem Aelvoet, Francis Windey, Geert Molenberghs, Hans Verstraelen, Patrick Van Reempts and Jean-Michel Foidart
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:3
  28. Shared decision-making (SDM) is defined as a process by which a healthcare choice is made by practitioners together with the patient. Although many diagnostic and therapeutic processes in primary care integrat...

    Authors: France Légaré, Dawn Stacey, Ian D Graham, Glyn Elwyn, Pierre Pluye, Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Dominick Frosch, Margaret B Harrison, Jennifer Kryworuchko, Sophie Pouliot and Sophie Desroches
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:2
  29. The aging population poses a challenge to Mexican health services. The aim of this study is to describe recent oral health services utilization and its association with socio-demographic characteristics and co...

    Authors: Sergio Sánchez-García, Javier de la Fuente-Hernández, Teresa Juárez-Cedillo, José Manuel Ortega Mendoza, Hortensia Reyes-Morales, Fortino Solórzano-Santos and Carmen García-Peña
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:211
  30. Infertility is common and in vitro fertilization (IVF) is a widely used treatment. In IVF the need increases and the effectiveness and appropriateness decrease by age. The purpose of this study was to describe...

    Authors: Reija Klemetti, Mika Gissler, Tiina Sevón and Elina Hemminki
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:210
  31. In recent years a number of costs of stroke studies have been conducted based on incidence or prevalence and estimating costs at a given time. As there still is a need for a deeper understanding of factors inf...

    Authors: Ann Björkdahl and Katharina Stibrant Sunnerhagen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:209
  32. Twelve percent of the adult population in Malawi is estimated to be HIV infected. About 15% to 20% of these are in need of life saving antiretroviral therapy. The country has a public sector-led antiretroviral...

    Authors: Adamson S Muula, John Chipeta, Seter Siziya, Emmanuel Rudatsikira, Ronald H Mataya and Edward Kataika
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:208
  33. The development and description of interventions to change professional practice are often limited by the lack of an explicit theoretical and empirical basis. We set out to develop an intervention to promote a...

    Authors: Robbie Foy, Jillian J Francis, Marie Johnston, Martin Eccles, Jan Lecouturier, Claire Bamford and Jeremy Grimshaw
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:207
  34. Rising levels of obesity coupled with the limited success of currently available weight control methods highlight the need for investigation of novel approaches to obesity treatment. This study aims to determi...

    Authors: Áine McConnon, Sara FL Kirk, Jennie E Cockroft, Emma L Harvey, Darren C Greenwood, James D Thomas, Joan K Ransley and Laura Bojke
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:206
  35. Staff shortages could harm the provision and quality of health care in Uganda, so staff retention and motivation are crucial. Understanding the impact of HIV/AIDS on staff contributes to designing appropriate ...

    Authors: Marjolein Dieleman, Vincent Bwete, Everd Maniple, Mirjam Bakker, Grace Namaganda, John Odaga and Gert Jan van der Wilt
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:205
  36. Comparative data are an important resource for management of integrated care. In 2001, the English Department of Health created 34 cancer networks, broadly serving populations of half to three million people, ...

    Authors: Dawn L Wilkinson and Mark McCarthy
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:204
  37. Universal newborn screening for early detection of children affected by sickle cell disorders and cystic fibrosis is currently being implemented across England. Parents of infants identified as carriers of the...

    Authors: Hilda Parker, Nadeem Qureshi, Fiona Ulph and Joe Kai
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:203
  38. Currently there is no standard algorithm to identify whether a subject is residing in a nursing home from administrative claims. Our objective was to develop and validate an algorithm that identifies nursing h...

    Authors: Ilene H Zuckerman, Masayo Sato, Van Doren Hsu and Jose J Hernandez
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:202
  39. This study examines hospital outpatient perceptions of the physical environment of the outpatient waiting areas in one medical center. The relationship of patient characteristics and their perceptions and need...

    Authors: Chun-Yen Tsai, Mu-Chia Wang, Wei-Tsen Liao, Jui-Heng Lu, Pi-hung Sun, Blossom Yen-Ju Lin and Gerald-Mark Breen
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:198
  40. The objective was to solve two problems of an already validated scale measuring inpatient opinion on care: 1) a high non-response rate for some items due to the "not applicable" response option and 2) a skewed...

    Authors: Leïla Moret, Jean-Michel Nguyen, Nathalie Pillet, Bruno Falissard, Pierre Lombrail and Isabelle Gasquet
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:197
  41. Capacity management systems create insight into required resources like staff and equipment. For inpatient hospital care, capacity management requires information on beds and nursing staff capacity, on a daily...

    Authors: Sylvia G Elkhuizen, Gert Bor, Marjolein Smeenk, Niek S Klazinga and Piet JM Bakker
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:196