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  1. Previous research suggests that women admitted to hospital with acute myocardial infarction (MI) are managed less intensively than men. Chronic stable angina is the commonest clinical manifestation of coronary...

    Authors: Mike Crilly, Peter Bundred, Xiyuan Hu, Lisa Leckey and Fiona Johnstone

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:142

    Content type: Research article

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  2. In Japan, as in many other countries, several quality and safety assurance measures have been implemented since the 1990's. This has occurred in spite of cost containment efforts. Although government and hospi...

    Authors: Kenshi Hayashida, Yuichi Imanaka and Haruhisa Fukuda

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:140

    Content type: Research article

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  3. The challenge of finding practical, patient-rated outcome measures is a key issue in the evaluation of health care systems and interventions. The ORIDL (Outcome in Relation to Impact on Daily Living) instrumen...

    Authors: David Reilly, Stewart W Mercer, Annemieke P Bikker and Tansy Harrison

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:139

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  4. Nearly half of all patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) receive red blood cell (pRBC) transfusions (TFs), despite their associated complications. Restrictive transfusion strategy (Hemoglobin [Hb] < 7 g/dL...

    Authors: Marya D Zilberberg and Andrew F Shorr

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:138

    Content type: Research article

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  5. In response to limited resources, health care systems have adopted diverse cost-containment strategies and give priority to differing types of interventions. The perception of physicians, who witness the effec...

    Authors: Samia A Hurst, Reidun Forde, Stella Reiter-Theil, Anne-Marie Slowther, Arnaud Perrier, Renzo Pegoraro and Marion Danis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:137

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Diabetes is a chronic illness which requires the individual to assume responsibility for their own care with the aim of maintaining glucose and blood pressure levels as close to normal as possible. Traditional...

    Authors: Gillian Paul, Susan M Smith, David Whitford, Fergus O'Kelly and Tom O'Dowd

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:136

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) is a major health problem worldwide. Detection of the most infectious cases of tuberculosis – sputum smear-positive pulmonary cases – by passive case finding is an essential compone...

    Authors: Chatarina U Wahyuni, Budiono, Lutfia Dwi Rahariyani, Muji Sulistyowati, Tety Rachmawati, Djuwari, Sri Yuliwati and Marieke J van der Werf

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:135

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Ambulatory care-sensitive conditions (ACSC), such as hypertension, diabetes, chronic heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma, are conditions that can be managed with timely and effectiv...

    Authors: Paolo Rizza, Aida Bianco, Maria Pavia and Italo F Angelillo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:134

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Optimal care of patients is dependent on good professional interaction between general practitioners and general hospital physicians. In Norway this is mainly based upon referral and discharge letters. The mai...

    Authors: Helge Garåsen and Roar Johnsen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:133

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Current health policies assume that prescribing is more efficient and rational when general practitioners (GPs) work with a formulary or restricted drugs lists and thus with a limited range of drugs. Therefore...

    Authors: Dinny H de Bakker, Dayline SV Coffie, Eibert R Heerdink, Liset van Dijk and Peter P Groenewegen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:132

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Hospital in the home programs have been implemented in several countries and have been shown to be safe substitutions (alternatives) to in-patient hospitalization. These programs may offer a solution to the in...

    Authors: Jacques Lemelin, William E Hogg, Simone Dahrouge, Catherine Deri Armstrong, Carmel M Martin, Wei Zhang, Jo-Anne Dusseault, Joy Parsons-Nicota, Raphael Saginur and Gary Viner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:130

    Content type: Research article

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  12. The official statistics of persons with mental disorders who are granted disability pension (DP) in Russia and Norway indicate large differences between the countries.

    Authors: Grigory Rezvyy, Walter Schönfelder, Terje Øiesvold, Reidun Olstad and Georges Midré

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:128

    Content type: Research article

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  13. To date, mental health problems and mental workload have been increasingly related to long-term sick leave and disability. However, there is, as yet, no structured protocol available for the identification and...

    Authors: Sandra H van Oostrom, Johannes R Anema, Berend Terluin, Anita Venema, Henrica CW de Vet and Willem van Mechelen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:127

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Tailor-made approaches enable the uptake of interventions as they are seen as a way to overcome the incompatibility of general interventions with local knowledge about the organisation of routine medical pract...

    Authors: Yvonne JFM Jansen, Antoinette de Bont, Marleen Foets, Marc Bruijnzeels and Roland Bal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:125

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Compliance is a major issue in glaucoma care. It is usually poor in glaucomatous patients, and may ultimately result in an acceleration of the disease progression and a risk of blindness. Reasons for this poor...

    Authors: Jean-Philippe Nordmann, Philippe Denis, Marc Vigneux, Elyse Trudeau, Isabelle Guillemin and Gilles Berdeaux

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:124

    Content type: Research article

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  16. In order to facilitate the collaborative design, system dynamics (SD) with a group modelling approach was used in the early stages of planning a new stroke unit. During six workshops a SD model was created in ...

    Authors: Marie Elf, Mariya Putilova, Lena von Koch and Kerstin Öhrn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:123

    Content type: Correspondence

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  17. Outpatient drugs are dispensed through both community and mail order pharmacies. There is no empirical evidence that substitution of community pharmacy with mail order reduces overall drug expenditures. The ne...

    Authors: Satish Valluri, Enrique Seoane-Vazquez, Rosa Rodriguez-Monguio and Sheryl L Szeinbach

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:122

    Content type: Research article

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  18. The Health and Health Services Research Fund (HHSRF) is dedicated to support research related to all aspects of health and health services in Hong Kong. We evaluated the fund's outcomes and explored factors as...

    Authors: Patrick Kwan, Janice Johnston, Anne YK Fung, Doris SY Chong, Richard A Collins and Su V Lo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:121

    Content type: Research article

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  19. The extent to which clinical and non-clinical factors impact on the waiting-list prioritization preferences of patients in the queue is unknown. Using a series of hypothetical scenarios, the objective of this ...

    Authors: Katy Shufelt, Alice Chong and David A Alter

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:118

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Generic community mental health teams (CMHTs) currently deliver specialist mental health care in England. Policy dictates that CMHTs focus on those patients with greatest need but it has proved difficult to es...

    Authors: Carolyn Chew-Graham, Mike Slade, Carolyn Montana, Mairi Stewart and Linda Gask

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:117

    Content type: Research article

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  21. A number of intensive care (ICU) patients experience significant problems with physical, psychological, and social functioning for some time after discharge from ICU. These problems have implications not just ...

    Authors: Brian H Cuthbertson, Janice Rattray, Marie Johnston, J Anthony Wildsmith, Edward Wilson, Rodolfo Hernendez, Craig Ramsey, Alastair M Hull, John Norrie and Marion Campbell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:116

    Content type: Study protocol

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  22. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the knee is the second most common MRI examination in Norway after head/brain MRI. Little has been published internationally on trends in the use of knee MRI after 1999. Thi...

    Authors: Ansgar Espeland, Nils L Natvig, Ingard Løge, Lars Engebretsen and Jostein Ellingsen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:115

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Most of the about 140 million informal sector workers in urban China do not have health insurance. A 1998 central government policy leaves it to the discretion of municipal governments to offer informal sector...

    Authors: Till Bärnighausen, Yuanli Liu, Xinping Zhang and Rainer Sauerborn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:114

    Content type: Research article

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  24. The UK has witnessed a considerable increase in immigration in the past decade. Migrant may face barriers to accessing appropriate health care on arrival and the current focus on screening certain migrants for...

    Authors: Graham Cooke, Sally Hargreaves, Jana Natkunarajah, Gurjinder Sandhu, Devesh Dhasmana, Joseph Eliahoo, Alison Holmes and Jon S Friedland

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:113

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Since 1976, Medicare has linked reimbursement for hospitals performing organ transplants to the attainment of certain benchmarks, including transplant volume. While Medicare is a stakeholder in all transplant ...

    Authors: John M Hollingsworth, Sarah L Krein, David C Miller, Sonya DeMonner and Brent K Hollenbeck

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:112

    Content type: Research article

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  26. An increasing number of newly trained Dutch GPs prefer to work in a group practice and as a non-principal rather than in a single-handed practice. In view of the greater number of female doctors, changing prac...

    Authors: Tanja Maiorova, Fred Stevens, Lud van der Velden, Albert Scherpbier and Jouke van der Zee

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:111

    Content type: Research article

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  27. To identify differences among men and women with acute coronary syndrome in terms of in-hospital mortality, and to assess whether these differences are related to the use of percutaneous cardiovascular procedu...

    Authors: María J Aguado-Romeo, Soledad Márquez-Calderón and María L Buzón-Barrera

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:110

    Content type: Research article

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  28. The Belgian and Dutch societies present many similarities but differ with regard to the organisation of maternity care. The Dutch way of giving birth is well known for its high percentage of home births and it...

    Authors: Wendy Christiaens, Anneleen Gouwy and Piet Bracke

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:109

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Economic theory and limited empirical data suggest that costs per unit of HIV prevention program output (unit costs) will initially decrease as small programs expand. Unit costs may then reach a nadir and star...

    Authors: Elliot Marseille, Lalit Dandona, Nell Marshall, Paul Gaist, Sergio Bautista-Arredondo, Brandi Rollins, Stefano M Bertozzi, Jerry Coovadia, Joseph Saba, Dmitry Lioznov, Jo-Ann Du Plessis, Evgeny Krupitsky, Nicci Stanley, Mead Over, Alena Peryshkina, SG Prem Kumar…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:108

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Collaboration between providers of conventional care and complementary therapies (CTs) has gained in popularity but there is a lack of conceptualised models for delivering such care, i.e. integrative medicine ...

    Authors: Tobias Sundberg, Jeremy Halpin, Anders Warenmark and Torkel Falkenberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:107

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  31. In order to accurately distinguish gaps of varying length in drug treatment for chronic conditions from discontinuation without resuming therapy, short-term observation does not suffice. Thus, the use of inhal...

    Authors: Tanja T Menckeberg, Svetlana V Belitser, Marcel L Bouvy, Madelon Bracke, Jan-Willem J Lammers, Jan AM Raaijmakers and Hubert GM Leufkens

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:106

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Despite the promotion of Community Health Insurance (CHI) in Uganda in the second half of the 90's, mainly under the impetus of external aid organisations, overall membership has remained low. Today, some 30,0...

    Authors: Robert Basaza, Bart Criel and Patrick Van der Stuyft

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:105

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  33. Clinicians, nurses, and managers in hospitals are continuously confronted by new technologies and methods that require changes to working practice. Quality systems can help to manage change while maintaining a...

    Authors: Stefan Kunkel, Urban Rosenqvist and Ragnar Westerling

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:104

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Lower respiratory tract infections like acute bronchitis, exacerbated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and community-acquired pneumonia are often unnecessarily treated with antibiotics, mainly because of ...

    Authors: Philipp Schuetz, Mirjam Christ-Crain, Marcel Wolbers, Ursula Schild, Robert Thomann, Claudine Falconnier, Isabelle Widmer, Stefanie Neidert, Claudine A Blum, Ronald Schönenberger, Christoph Henzen, Thomas Bregenzer, Claus Hoess, Martin Krause, Heiner C Bucher, Werner Zimmerli…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:102

    Content type: Study protocol

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  35. The satisfaction and the quality of life perceived by professionals have implications for the performance of health organizations. We have assessed the variations in professional quality of life (PQL) and thei...

    Authors: Jesus Martin-Fernandez, Tomas Gomez-Gascon, Milagros Beamud-Lagos, Jose Alfonso Cortes-Rubio and Angel Alberquilla-Menendez-Asenjo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:101

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Work capacity correlates weakly to disease concepts, which in turn are insufficient to explain sick leave behavior. With data mainly from Sweden, a welfare state with high sickness absence rates, our aim was t...

    Authors: Hans O Thulesius and Birgitta E Grahn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:100

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  37. Health systems increasingly try to make their services more responsive to users' expectations. In the context of the World Health Report 2000, WHO developed the concept of health system responsiveness as a perfor...

    Authors: Anke Bramesfeld, Felix Wedegärtner, Hermann Elgeti and Susanne Bisson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:99

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  38. The stigma against people with mental illness is a major barrier to help-seeking in young people for mental health problems. The objective of this study was to investigate the extent of stigma in relation to t...

    Authors: Diana Rose, Graham Thornicroft, Vanessa Pinfold and Aliya Kassam

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:97

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Reports of higher quality care by higher-volume secondary care providers have fuelled a shift of services from smaller provider units to larger hospitals and units. In the United Kingdom, most patients are man...

    Authors: Sonia Saxena, Josip Car, Darren Eldred, Michael Soljak and Azeem Majeed

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:96

    Content type: Research article

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  40. On a regional level, our aims were to describe rehabilitation patterns for elderly patients with stroke and hip fracture and to investigate mortality risk during the 6-month post acute period.

    Authors: Fabrizio Carinci, Lorenzo Roti, Paolo Francesconi, Rosa Gini, Fabrizio Tediosi, Tania Di Iorio, Simone Bartolacci and Eva Buiatti

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:95

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Health systems delivery systems can be divided into two broad categories: National Health Services (NHS) on the one hand and Social Security (based) Health care systems (SSH) on the other hand. Existing litera...

    Authors: Jouke van der Zee and Madelon W Kroneman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:94

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Nursing home performance measurement systems are practically ubiquitous. The vast majority of these systems aspire to rank order all nursing homes based on quantitative measures of quality. However, the abilit...

    Authors: Charles D Phillips, Catherine Hawes, Trudy Lieberman and Mary Jane Koren

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:93

    Content type: Debate

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  43. Thus far important findings regarding the dementia syndrome have been implemented into patients' medical care only inadequately. A professional training accounting for both, general practitioners' (GP) needs a...

    Authors: Horst C Vollmar, Martin E Butzlaff, Rolf Lefering and Monika A Rieger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:92

    Content type: Study protocol

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