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  1. Poor adherence is the main barrier to the effectiveness of HIV medication. The objective of this study was to explore and conceptualize patterns and difficulties in physicians' work with patients' adherence to...

    Authors: Toke S Barfod, Frederick M Hecht, Cecilie Rubow and Jan Gerstoft

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:154

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Changing immigration trends pose new challenges for the UK's open access health service and there is considerable speculation that migrants from resource-poor countries place a disproportionate burden on servi...

    Authors: Sally Hargreaves, Jon S Friedland, Philip Gothard, Sonia Saxena, Hugh Millington, Joseph Eliahoo, Peter Le Feuvre and Alison Holmes

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:153

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Patients with psychiatric problems often seek help and assistance in hospital emergency departments. An important task of emergency room staff is to decide whether such patients need to be admitted or whether ...

    Authors: Marc Ziegenbein, Christoph Anreis, Bernhard Brüggen, Martin Ohlmeier and Stefan Kropp

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:150

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Acupuncture is a frequently used but controversial adjunct to the treatment of chronic low back pain (LBP). Acupuncture is now considered to be effective for chronic LBP and health care systems are pressured t...

    Authors: Jean-François Chenot, Annette Becker, Corinna Leonhardt, Stefan Keller, Norbert Donner-Banzhoff, Erika Baum, Michael Pfingsten, Jan Hildebrandt, Michael M Kochen and Heinz-Dieter Basler

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:149

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Patterns of care for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) strongly depend on the availability of on-site cardiac catheterization facilities. Although the management found at hospitals without on-site catheterizat...

    Authors: Abdul R Halabi, Christine A Beck, Mark J Eisenberg, Hugues Richard and Louise Pilote

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:148

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Smoking is strongly associated with disadvantage and is an important contributor to inequalities in health. Smoking cessation services have been implemented in the UK targeting disadvantaged smokers, but there...

    Authors: Elin Roddy, Marilyn Antoniak, John Britton, Andrew Molyneux and Sarah Lewis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:147

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Both occupational physicians and orthopedic surgeons can be involved in the management of work relevant musculoskeletal disorders. These physicians hardly communicate with each other and this might lead to dif...

    Authors: Elske Faber, Alex Burdorf, Anne Loes van Staa, Harald S Miedema and Jan AN Verhaar

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:144

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Efficient delivery strategies for health interventions are essential for high and sustainable coverage. We report impact of a change in programmatic delivery strategy from routine delivery through the Expanded...

    Authors: Honorati Masanja, Joanna Armstrong Schellenberg, Hassan M Mshinda, Meera Shekar, Joseph KL Mugyabuso, Godwin D Ndossi and Don de Savigny

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:142

    Content type: Research article

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  9. In the UK, all ethnic minority groups have higher rates of diabetes than the general population. Although there have been a number of projects to assess diabetic care amongst minority ethnic groups in the Unit...

    Authors: Hamid R Baradaran, Joan Jamieson, Rafik Gardee and Robin P Knill-Jones

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:130

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Literature on difficult doctor-patient relationships has focused on the "difficult patient." Our objective was to determine physician and practice characteristics associated with greater physician-reported fru...

    Authors: Erin E Krebs, Joanne M Garrett and Thomas R Konrad

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:128

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Low income appears to be associated with a higher prevalence of diabetes and diabetes related complications, however, little is known about how income influences access to diabetes care. The objective of the p...

    Authors: Doreen M Rabi, Alun L Edwards, Danielle A Southern, Lawrence W Svenson, Peter M Sargious, Peter Norton, Eric T Larsen and William A Ghali

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:124

    Content type: Research article

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  12. The regulations of the Quality Management System (QMS) implementation in health care organizations were approved by the Lithuanian Ministry of Health in 1998. Following the above regulations, general managers ...

    Authors: Ilona Buciuniene, Sonata Malciankina, Zigmas Lydeka and Ruta Kazlauskaite

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:120

    Content type: Research article

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  13. To explain why rates of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening including fecal occult blood testing (FOBT), flexible sigmoidoscopy (FS), colonoscopy (CS), and barium enema (BE), are low, this study assessed determi...

    Authors: Richard K Zimmerman, Mary Patricia Nowalk, Melissa Tabbarah and Seymour Grufferman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:116

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Ethnic differences in health care utilisation are frequently reported in research. Little is known about the concordance between different methods of data collection among ethnic minorities. The aim of this st...

    Authors: Ellen Uiters, Liset van Dijk, Walter Devillé, Marleen Foets, Peter Spreeuwenberg and Peter P Groenewegen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:115

    Content type: Research article

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  15. To understand why treatment referral rates for ESRF are lower in Ireland than in other European countries, an investigation of factors influencing general practitioner referral of patients developing ESRF was ...

    Authors: Anthony J Montgomery, Hannah M McGee, William Shannon and John Donohoe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:114

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Physicians house calls to patients have been declining in many countries of the world. The objective of this study was to describe the patterns of utilization of house call services provided by SOS doctors in ...

    Authors: George Peppas, George Theocharis, Efthymia A Karveli and Matthew E Falagas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:112

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Postal questionnaires are commonly used to collect data for health studies, but non-response reduces study sample sizes and can introduce bias. Finding ways to increase the proportion of questionnaires returne...

    Authors: Pippa Scott and Phil Edwards

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:111

    Content type: Research article

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  18. While there is interest in measuring the satisfaction of patients discharged from psychiatric hospitals, it might be important to determine whether surveys of psychiatric patients should employ generic or psyc...

    Authors: Isabelle Peytremann-Bridevaux, Frédy Scherer, Laurence Peer, Federico Cathieni, Charles Bonsack, Agatta Cléopas, Véronique Kolly, Thomas V Perneger and Bernard Burnand

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:108

    Content type: Research article

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  19. It is uncertain whether black white differences in the use of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) persist in the era of drug eluting stents. The purpose of this study is to determine if black veterans wit...

    Authors: Charles Maynard, Haili Sun, Elliott Lowy, Anne E Sales and Stephan D Fihn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:107

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Surveys of the population are commonly used to obtain information on health status. Increasingly, researchers are linking self-reported health status information to primary care consultation data. However, it ...

    Authors: Amanda Jeffery, Clare Jinks and Kelvin Jordan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:101

    Content type: Research article

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  21. The severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic threw the world into turmoil during the first half of 2003. Many subsequent papers have addressed its impact on health service utilization, but few have co...

    Authors: Tzeng-Ji Chen, Ming-Hwai Lin, Li-Fang Chou and Shinn-Jang Hwang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:94

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Health administrative data are frequently used for health services and population health research. Comparative research using these data has been facilitated by the use of a standard system for coding diagnose...

    Authors: Carolyn De Coster, Hude Quan, Alan Finlayson, Min Gao, Patricia Halfon, Karin H Humphries, Helen Johansen, Lisa M Lix, Jean-Christophe Luthi, Jin Ma, Patrick S Romano, Leslie Roos, Vijaya Sundararajan, Jack V Tu, Greg Webster and William A Ghali

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:77

    Content type: Correspondence

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  23. This study aimed to investigate groups of patients with a relatively homogenous health status to evaluate the degree to which use of the Australian hospital system is affected by socio-economic status, locatio...

    Authors: Rachael E Moorin and C D'Arcy J Holman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:74

    Content type: Research article

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  24. In spite of the high prevalence of psychiatric disorders among elderly residents in nursing homes, only a small number of patients in need of specialist care are referred to a psychiatric consultant. The aim o...

    Authors: Camilla MT Callegari, Marco Menchetti, Giovanni Croci, Scilla Beraldo, Chiara Costantini and Federico Baranzini

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:73

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  25. Patient falls in hospitals are common and may lead to negative outcomes such as injuries, prolonged hospitalization and legal liability. Consequently, various hospital falls prevention programs have been imple...

    Authors: René Schwendimann, Hugo Bühler, Sabina De Geest and Koen Milisen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:69

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Cost-effectiveness acceptability curves (CEACs) describe the probability that a new treatment or intervention is cost-effective. The net benefit regression framework (NBRF) allows cost-effectiveness analysis t...

    Authors: Jeffrey S Hoch, Marie Antoinette Rockx and Andrew D Krahn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:68

    Content type: Research article

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  27. The development of an instrument accurately assessing service quality in the GP Exercise Referral Scheme (ERS) industry could potentially inform scheme organisers of the factors that affect adherence rates lea...

    Authors: Don Cock, Iain C Adams, Adrian B Ibbetson and Phil Baugh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:61

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Dedicated out-patient preanaesthetic clinics are relatively recent phenomenon and information is sparse from developing world. This study attempted to evaluate the utilization of adult and paediatric preanaest...

    Authors: Seetharaman Hariharan, Deryk Chen and Lorna Merritt-Charles

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:59

    Content type: Research article

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  29. The main objective of this study is to establish a benchmark for referral rates in rural Niger so as to allow interpretation of routine referral data to assess the performance of the referral system in Niger.

    Authors: Paul Bossyns, Ranaou Abache, Mahaman S Abdoulaye, Hamidou Miyé, Anne-Marie Depoorter and Wim Van Lerberghe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:51

    Content type: Research article

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  30. 2002 marked the first time that the rate of hospital spending in the United States outpaced the overall health care spending rate of growth since 1991. As hospital spending continues to grow and as reimburseme...

    Authors: Judith K Zemencuk, Timothy P Hofer, Rodney A Hayward, Richard H Moseley and Sanjay Saint

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:45

    Content type: Research article

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  31. The Two-Week Rule (TWR) was introduced to ensure that all patients with a suspected colorectal cancer (CRC) saw a hospital specialist within 14 days of an urgent GP referral. Guidelines were available to GPs t...

    Authors: Kymberley Thorne, Hayley A Hutchings and Glyn Elwyn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:43

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  32. Over the last decades there has been an increasing pressure on the acute psychiatric wards in Norway. The major contributor to psychiatric acute admissions at the University Hospital of North Norway in the cit...

    Authors: Trygve S Deraas, Vidje Hansen, Anton Giæver and Reidun Olstad

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:41

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Although currently available evidence predominantly recommends early laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) for the treatment of acute cholecystitis, this strategy has not been widely adopted in Japan. Herein, we d...

    Authors: Miho Sekimoto, Yuichi Imanaka, Masahiro Hirose, Tatsuro Ishizaki, Genki Murakami and Yushi Fukata

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:40

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  34. The Future of Family Medicine Report calls for a fundamental redesign of the American family physician workplace. At the same time, academic family practices are under economic pressure. Most family medicine d...

    Authors: J Lloyd Michener, Truls Østbye, Victoria S Kaprielian, Katrina M Krause, Kimberly SH Yarnall, Susan D Yaggy and Margaret Gradison

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:38

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  35. The cytological screening programme of Viterbo has completed the second round of invitations to the entire target population (age 25–64). From a public health perspective, it is important to know the Pap-test ...

    Authors: Paolo Giorgi Rossi, Gennaro Esposito, Silvia Brezzi, Angela Brachini, Patrizio Raggi and Antonio Federici

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:36

    Content type: Research article

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  36. A few studies have investigated differences in elective procedure rates across small and medium sized referral regions. The purposes of this study are to investigate differences in revascularizations across 11...

    Authors: Edward L Hannan, Chuntao Wu and Mark R Chassin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:35

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  37. The aim of this study was to compare the expressed levels of career satisfaction of three groups of comparable dental healthcare professionals, working in Trinidad, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

    Authors: Rahul Naidu, J Tim Newton and Katie Ayers

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:32

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  38. An increasing number of medical specialists prefer to work part-time. This development can be found worldwide. Problems to be faced in the realization of part-time work in medicine include the division of nigh...

    Authors: Judith D de Jong, Phil Heiligers, Peter P Groenewegen and Lammert Hingstman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:26

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  39. The question of how best to reduce waiting times for health care, particularly surgical procedures such as hip and knee replacements is among the most pressing concern of the Canadian health care system. The o...

    Authors: Ross EG Upshur, Rahim Moineddin, Eric J Crighton and Muhammad Mamdani

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:22

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  40. Organised stroke care saves lives and reduces disability. A clinical pathway might be a form of organised stroke care, but the evidence for the effectiveness of this model of care is limited.

    Authors: William J Taylor, Annie Wong, Richard J Siegert and Harry K McNaughton

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:16

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  41. Children with congenital hearing impairment benefit from early detection and management of their hearing loss. These and related considerations led to the recommendation of universal newborn hearing screening....

    Authors: Eva Grill, Kai Uus, Franz Hessel, Linda Davies, Rod S Taylor, Juergen Wasem and John Bamford

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:14

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  42. The science of syndromic surveillance is still very much in its infancy. While a number of syndromic surveillance systems are being evaluated in the US, very few have had success thus far in predicting an infe...

    Authors: Elizabeth Rolland, Kieran M Moore, Victoria A Robinson and Don McGuinness

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:10

    Content type: Study protocol

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  43. Poor compliance with antihypertensive medication is assumed to be an important reason for unsatisfactory control of blood pressure. Poor compliance is difficult to detect. Each method of measuring compliance h...

    Authors: Gwenn EC Wetzels, Patricia J Nelemans, Jan SAG Schouten, Boris LG van Wijk and Martin H Prins

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:8

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Referrals of patients from primary care to medical specialist care are an important activity in any health care system. German data show that the number of referrals by GPs have increased since 2004, but detai...

    Authors: Thomas Rosemann, Michel Wensing, Gernot Rueter and Joachim Szecsenyi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:5

    Content type: Research article

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  45. Reviews of peer-reviewed health studies have highlighted problems with their methodological quality. As published health studies form the basis of many clinical decisions including evaluation and provisions of...

    Authors: Rumana Z Omar, Nick McNally, Gareth Ambler and Allyson M Pollock

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:2

    Content type: Research article

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  46. Accurate cost estimate and a profit and loss analysis are necessary for health care practice. We performed an actual financial analysis for an intensive care unit (ICU) of a university hospital in Japan, and t...

    Authors: Pengyu Cao, Shin-ichi Toyabe, Toshikazu Abe and Kouhei Akazawa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:1

    Content type: Research article

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