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  1. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  2. 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

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  3. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  4. 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

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  5. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  6. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  7. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  8. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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

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  26. 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

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  27. 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

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  28. 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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  29. 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

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  30. 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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  31. 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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