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  1. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  2. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  3. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  4. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  5. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  6. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  7. 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

    Content type: Correspondence

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  8. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  9. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  10. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  11. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  12. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  13. 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

    Content type: Study protocol

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  14. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  15. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  16. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  17. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  18. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  19. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  20. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  21. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  22. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  23. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  24. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  25. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  26. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  27. 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

    Content type: Study protocol

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  28. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  29. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  30. MRSA is a significant contributor to prolonged hospital stay, poor clinical outcome and increased healthcare costs amongst surgical patients. A PCR test has been developed for rapid detection of MRSA in nasal ...

    Authors: Katherine J Hardy, Ala Szczepura, Ruth Davies, Andrew Bradbury, Nigel Stallard, Savita Gossain, Paul Walley and Peter M Hawkey

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:160

    Content type: Study protocol

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  31. Acetaminophen overdose is the most common cause of acute liver failure (ALF). Our objective was to develop coding algorithms using administrative data for identifying patients with acetaminophen overdose and h...

    Authors: Robert P Myers, Yvette Leung, Abdel Aziz M Shaheen and Bing Li

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:159

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Suboptimal translation of valid and relevant information in clinical practice is a problem for all health systems. Lack of information independent from commercial influences, limited efforts to actively implem...

    Authors: Nicola Magrini, Giulio Formoso, Anna Maria Marata, Oreste Capelli, Emilio Maestri, Claudio Voci, Francesco Nonino, Massimo Brunetti, Barbara Paltrinieri, Susanna Maltoni, Lucia Magnano, Maria Isabella Bonacini, Lisa Daya and Nilla Viani

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:158

    Content type: Study protocol

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  33. Starting in 2005, Germany's health law required hospital quality reports to be published every two years by all acute care hospitals. The reports were intended to help patients and physicians make informed cho...

    Authors: Max Geraedts, David Schwartze and Tanja Molzahn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:157

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Fear of falling and associated avoidance of activity are common among older people and may have negative consequences in terms of functional decline, quality of life and institutionalisation. We evaluated the ...

    Authors: Jolanda CM van Haastregt, GA Rixt Zijlstra, Erik van Rossum, Jacques ThM van Eijk, Luc P de Witte and Gertrudis IJM Kempen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:156

    Content type: Research article

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  35. The emergence of physician owned specialty hospitals focusing on high margin procedures has generated significant controversy. Yet, it is unclear whether physician owned specialty hospitals differ significantl...

    Authors: Peter Cram, Mary S Vaughan-Sarrazin and Gary E Rosenthal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:155

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Little is known about the impact of questionnaire-based data collection methods on the consulting behaviour of general practitioners (family physicians) who participate in research. Here data collected during ...

    Authors: Tim Coleman, Andrew Wilson, Steve Barrett, Alison Wynne and Sarah Lewis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:153

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Procedures for priority setting need to incorporate both scientific evidence and public values. The aim of this study was to test out a model for priority setting which incorporates both scientific evidence an...

    Authors: Emmanuel Makundi, Lydia Kapiriri and Ole Frithjof Norheim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:152

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Analyzing social differences in the health of adolescents is a challenge. The accuracy of adolescent's report on familial socio-economic position is unknown. The aims of the study were to examine the validity ...

    Authors: María-Jesús Pueyo, Vicky Serra-Sutton, Jordi Alonso, Barbara Starfield and Luis Rajmil

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:151

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Most studies examining medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) have been performed in primary or secondary care and have examined symptoms for which patients sought medical attention. Disasters are often describe...

    Authors: Bellis van den Berg, C Joris Yzermans, Peter G van der Velden, Rebecca K Stellato, Erik Lebret and Linda Grievink

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:150

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  40. STI surveillance systems are subject to qualitative and quantitative underreporting. General practitioners (GPs), who are key subjects in case reporting, explain their underreporting partly by their observatio...

    Authors: Veronique Verhoeven, Annelies Colliers, Ann Verster, Dirk Avonts, Lieve Peremans and Paul Van Royen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:149

    Content type: Research article

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  41. The Normalization Process Model is a theoretical model that assists in explaining the processes by which complex interventions become routinely embedded in health care practice. It offers a framework for process ...

    Authors: Carl May, Tracy Finch, Frances Mair, Luciana Ballini, Christopher Dowrick, Martin Eccles, Linda Gask, Anne MacFarlane, Elizabeth Murray, Tim Rapley, Anne Rogers, Shaun Treweek, Paul Wallace, George Anderson, Jo Burns and Ben Heaven

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:148

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  42. In Mexico, inappropriate prescription of drugs with potential interactions causing serious risks to patient health has been little studied. Work in this area has focused mainly on hospitalized patients, with o...

    Authors: Svetlana Vladislavovna Doubova (Dubova), Hortensia Reyes-Morales, Laura del Pilar Torres-Arreola and Magdalena Suárez-Ortega

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:147

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  43. Severe mental illness (SMI) has been associated with more medical co-morbidity and less cardiovascular procedure use for older patients with myocardial infarction. However, it is unknown whether SMI is associa...

    Authors: Mary E Plomondon, P Michael Ho, Li Wang, Gwendolyn T Greiner, James H Shore, Joseph T Sakai, Stephan D Fihn and John S Rumsfeld

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:146

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  44. The first step of handling health promotion (HP) in Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) is a systematic documentation and registration of the activities in the medical records. So far the possibility and tradition...

    Authors: Hanne Tønnesen, Mette E Christensen, Oliver Groene, Ann O'Riordan, Fabrizio Simonelli, Lagle Suurorg, Denise Morris, Peder Vibe, Susan Himel and Poul Erik Hansen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:145

    Content type: Research article

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  45. Inter-professional learning (IPL) and inter-professional practice (IPP) are thought to be critical determinants of effective care, improved quality and safety and enhanced provider morale, yet few empirical st...

    Authors: Jeffrey Braithwaite, Johanna I Westbrook, A Ruth Foxwell, Rosalie Boyce, Timothy Devinney, Marc Budge, Karen Murphy, Mary-Ann Ryall, Jenny Beutel, Rebecca Vanderheide, Elizabeth Renton, Joanne Travaglia, Judy Stone, Amanda Barnard, David Greenfield, Angus Corbett…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:144

    Content type: Study protocol

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