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  1. This study aimed at evaluating face and content validity, feasibility and reliability of process quality indicators developed previously in the United States or other countries. The indicators can be used to e...

    Authors: Edeltraut Kröger, André Tourigny, Diane Morin, Lise Côté, Marie-Jeanne Kergoat, Paule Lebel, Line Robichaud, Shirley Imbeault, Solange Proulx and Zohra Benounissa
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:195
  2. The current climate of rising health care costs has led many health insurance programs to limit benefits, which may be problematic for children needing specialty care. Findings from pediatric primary care may ...

    Authors: Asheley Cockrell Skinner and Michelle L Mayer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:194
  3. Health care policies, including drug-funding policies, influence physician practice. Funding policies are especially important in the area of cancer care since cancer is a leading cause of death that is respon...

    Authors: Scott R Berry, Stacey Hubay, Hagit Soibelman and Douglas K Martin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:193
  4. The burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Britain is concentrated in inner-city areas such as Sandwell, which is home to a diverse multi-ethnic population. Current guidance for CVD risk screening is not es...

    Authors: Jeetesh V Patel, Ashan Gunarathne, Deidre Lane, Hoong S Lim, Inessa Tracey, Nimai C Panja, Gregory YH Lip and Elizabeth A Hughes
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:192
  5. Clinical guidelines are considered important instruments to improve quality in health care. Since 1998 the Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy (KNGF) produced evidence-based clinical guidelines, based on ...

    Authors: Philip J Van der Wees, Erik JM Hendriks, Jan WH Custers, Jako S Burgers, Joost Dekker and Rob A de Bie
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:191
  6. Studies show that subthreshold depression is highly prevalent in primary care, has impact on the quality of life and causes immense health care costs. Although this points to the clinical relevance of subthres...

    Authors: Matthias Backenstrass, Katharina Joest, Thomas Rosemann and Joachim Szecsenyi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:190
  7. Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a growing epidemic and the cost of treating diabetes is largely increasing. The objective of this study was to estimate the cost-of-illness of DM among attendees of out-patient clinic...

    Authors: Liaquat A Khowaja, Ali K Khuwaja and Peter Cosgrove
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:189
  8. Despite widespread use of neonatal hospital discharge data, there are few published reports on the accuracy of population health data with neonatal diagnostic or procedure codes. The aim of this study was to a...

    Authors: Jane B Ford, Christine L Roberts, Charles S Algert, Jennifer R Bowen, Barbara Bajuk and David J Henderson-Smart
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:188
  9. To ensure the highest efficiency, health services should be provided with the least possible complexity. The aim of this study is to quantify the degree of appropriateness in preoperatory hospital stays and to...

    Authors: Sonia Tamames, Alberto Perez Rubio, Javier Castrodeza Sanz, Maria Belen Canton Alvarez, Francisco J Luquero, Sara Santos Sanz, Placido Lopez Encinar, Maria Paz de la Torre Pardo and Juan Manuel Gil Gonzalez
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:187
  10. As no health system can afford to provide all possible services and treatments for the people it serves, each system must set priorities. Priority setting decision makers are increasingly involving the public ...

    Authors: Rebecca A Bruni, Andreas Laupacis, Wendy Levinson and Douglas K Martin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:186
  11. Hospital mortality rates are one of the most frequently selected indicators for measuring the performance of NHS Trusts. A recent article in a national newspaper named the hospital with the highest or lowest m...

    Authors: Yu-Kang Tu and Mark S Gilthorpe
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:185
  12. Despite their increasing share of the dental insurance market, little is known about dental practices' satisfaction with preferred provider organizations (PPOs). This analysis examined practice satisfaction wi...

    Authors: Robert H Aseltine Jr, Susan Reisine, Elizabeth A Schilling and James Kennedy
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:184
  13. The inaccuracy of death certification can lead to the misallocation of resources in health care programs and research. We evaluated the rate of errors in the completion of death certificates among medical resi...

    Authors: Jesús Villar and Lina Pérez-Méndez
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:183
  14. Priority setting in health care is a challenge because demand for services exceeds available resources. The increasing demand for less invasive surgical procedures by patients, health care institutions and ind...

    Authors: Nathalie M Danjoux, Douglas K Martin, Pascale N Lehoux, Julie L Harnish, Randi Zlotnik Shaul, Mark Bernstein and David R Urbach
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:182
  15. Influenza poses concerns about epidemic respiratory infection. Interventions designed to prevent the spread of respiratory infection within family physician (FP) offices could potentially have a significant po...

    Authors: William Hogg, David Gray, Patricia Huston and Wei Zhang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:181
  16. Priority setting in every health system is complex and difficult. In less wealthy countries the dominant approach to priority setting has been Burden of Disease (BOD) and cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA), whi...

    Authors: Simon Mshana, Haji Shemilu, Benedict Ndawi, Roman Momburi, Oystein Evjen Olsen, Jens Byskov and Douglas K Martin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:180
  17. The hospital treatment of heart failure frequently does not follow published guidelines, potentially contributing to the high morbidity, mortality and economic cost of this disorder. Consequently the developme...

    Authors: Massimiliano Panella, Sara Marchisio, Andrea Gardini and Francesco Di Stanislao
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:179
  18. Women's evaluation of hospital postpartum care has consistently been more negative than their assessment of other types of maternity care. The need to further explore what is wrong with postpartum care, in ord...

    Authors: Ann Rudman and Ulla Waldenström
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:178
  19. Physicians report willingness to provide preventive dental care, but optimal methods for their training and support in such procedures are not known. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of three forms of c...

    Authors: Gary D Slade, R Gary Rozier, Leslie P Zeldin and Peter A Margolis
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:176
  20. Therapy with 3-Hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl Co-enzyme A reductase inhibitors (statins) improve outcomes in a broad spectrum of patients with hyperlipidemia. However, effective therapy requires ongoing medication a...

    Authors: Holly A Batal, Mori J Krantz, Rita A Dale, Phillip S Mehler and John F Steiner
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:175
  21. In recent decades in Italy, as in all the industrialized nations, the proportion of elderly subjects in the total population is constantly on the increase. However the increased life expectancy is not always p...

    Authors: Rosa Prato, Domenico Martinelli, Annarita Fusco, Annarita Panebianco, Pietro Luigi Lopalco, Cinzia Annatea Germinario and Michele Quarto
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:174
  22. The public health system of Brazil is structured by a network of increasing complexity, but the low resolution of emergency care at pre-hospital units and the lack of organization of patient flow overloaded th...

    Authors: Sérgio LB Lopes, José Sebastião dos Santos and Sandro Scarpelini
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:173
  23. Hypertension is one of the major causes of disease burden affecting the Finnish population. Over the last decade, evidence-based care has emerged to complement other approaches to antihypertensive care, often ...

    Authors: Neill Booth, Antti Jula, Pasi Aronen, Minna Kaila, Timo Klaukka, Katriina Kukkonen-Harjula, Antti Reunanen, Pekka Rissanen, Harri Sintonen and Marjukka Mäkelä
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:172
  24. The management of burns remains a challenge in developing countries. Few data exist to document the extent of the problem. This study provides data from a suburban setting by documenting the epidemiology of bu...

    Authors: Andrew E Dongo, Eshobo E Irekpita, Lilian O Oseghale, Charles E Ogbebor, Christopher E Iyamu and John E Onuminya Sr
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:171
  25. In hospitals, the costs of employee turnover are substantial and intentions to leave among staff may manifest as lowered performance. We examined whether team climate, as indicated by clear and shared goals, p...

    Authors: Mika Kivimäki, Anna Vanhala, Jaana Pentti, Hannakaisa Länsisalmi, Marianna Virtanen, Marko Elovainio and Jussi Vahtera
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:170
  26. To assess factors associated with visits to GPs, orthopaedists, and non-physician practitioners of complementary medicine (alternative practitioners) by primary care patients with osteoarthritis (OA).

    Authors: Thomas Rosemann, Stefanie Joos, Joachim Szecsenyi, Gunter Laux and Michel Wensing
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:169
  27. Several previous studies conducted on cancer registry data and hospital discharge records (HDR) have found an association between hospital volume and the recourse to breast conserving surgery (BCS) for breast ...

    Authors: Ugo Fedeli, Natalia Alba, Elena Schievano, Cristiana Visentin, Rosalba Rosato, Manuel Zorzi, Giancarlo Ruscitti and Paolo Spolaore
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:167
  28. General practitioners' remuneration is now linked directly to the scores attained in the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF). The success of this approach depends in part on designing a robust and clinically ...

    Authors: Amy Downing, Gavin Rudge, Yaping Cheng, Yu-Kang Tu, Justin Keen and Mark S Gilthorpe
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:166
  29. Minimum hospital procedure volumes are discussed as an instrument for quality assurance. In 2004 Germany introduced such annual minimum volumes nationwide on five surgical procedures: kidney, liver, stem cell ...

    Authors: Werner de Cruppé, Christian Ohmann, Karl Blum and Max Geraedts
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:165
  30. HIV prevention is increasingly focused on people living with HIV (PLWH) and the role of healthcare settings in prevention. Emergency Departments (EDs) frequently care for PLWH, but do not typically endorse a p...

    Authors: Michael S Lyons, Dana L Raab, Christopher J Lindsell, Alexander T Trott and Carl J Fichtenbaum
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:164
  31. Nearly 50% of Canadians are overweight and their number is increasing rapidly. The majority of obese subjects are treated by primary care physicians (PCPs) who often feel uncomfortable with the management of o...

    Authors: Jean-Patrice Baillargeon, André Carpentier, Denise Donovan, Martin Fortin, Andrew Grant, Judith Simoneau-Roy, Denise St-Cyr-Tribble, Mariane Xhignesse and Marie-France Langlois
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:163
  32. Patients' expectations and perceptions of the medical encounter and interactions are important tools in diabetes management. Some problems regarding the interaction during encounters may be related to a lack o...

    Authors: Nadia Abdulhadi, Mohammed Al Shafaee, Solveig Freudenthal, Claes-Göran Östenson and Rolf Wahlström
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:162
  33. It is often felt that developing countries need to improve their quality of healthcare provision. This study hopes to generate data that can help managers and doctors to improve the standard of care they provi...

    Authors: Sardar Zakariya Imam, Khezar Shahzada Syed, Syed Ahad Ali, Syed Umer Ali, Kiran Fatima, Marium Gill, Muhammad Ovais Hassan, Saad Hasan Hashmi, Maham T Siddiqi, Hadi Muhammad Khan and Omar Farooq Jameel
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:161