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  1. 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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  2. 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

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  3. 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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  4. 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

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  5. 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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  6. 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

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  7. 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

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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

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  14. 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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  15. 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

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  16. 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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  17. 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

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  18. 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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  19. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  20. 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

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  21. 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

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  22. 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

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  23. 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

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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. Despite increasing interest and publication of risk-adjusted hospital mortality rates, the relationship with underlying quality of care remains unclear. We undertook a systematic review to ascertain the extent...

    Authors: David W Pitches, Mohammed A Mohammed and Richard J Lilford

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:91

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Taiwan's primary community care network (PCCN) demonstration project, funded by the Bureau of National Health Insurance on March 2003, was established to discourage hospital shopping behavior of people and dri...

    Authors: Blossom Yen-Ju Lin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:90

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Care pathways can be complex, often involving multiple care providers and as such are recognised as containing multiple opportunities for error. Prospective hazard analysis methods may be useful for evaluating...

    Authors: Joanne E Dean, Allen Hutchinson, Kamisha Hamilton Escoto and Rod Lawson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:89

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Participation by communities in improving the quality of health services has become a feature of government policy in the United Kingdom. The aim of the study was to involve a deprived community in the UK in s...

    Authors: Peter G Cawston, Stewart W Mercer and Rosaline S Barbour

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:88

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Recently, there has been a surge of international interest in combining qualitative and quantitative methods in a single study – often called mixed methods research. It is timely to consider why and how mixed ...

    Authors: Alicia O'Cathain, Elizabeth Murphy and Jon Nicholl

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:85

    Content type: Research article

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  31. A higher prevalence of respiratory symptoms and an associated increase in health care utilization among children with parents who smoke is to be expected. From previous studies however, it appears that parents...

    Authors: Monique AM Jacobs-van der Bruggen, Alet H Wijga, Bert Brunekreef, Johan C de Jongste, Caroline A Baan, Marjan Kerkhof and Henriette A Smit

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:83

    Content type: Research article

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  32. UK and US policy initiatives have suggested that, in the future, patients and clinicians in mainstream medicine could use genetic information to prevent common illnesses. There are no studies on patients' expe...

    Authors: Paula M Saukko, Sian Ellard, Suzanne H Richards, Maggie H Shepherd and John L Campbell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:82

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  33. The aim of the study was to examine the validity of a translated and culturally adapted version of the Physicians' Reaction to Uncertainty scales (PRU) in primary care physicians.

    Authors: Antonius Schneider, Joachim Szecsenyi, Stefan Barie, Katharina Joest and Thomas Rosemann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:81

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  34. In Italy many diabetics still lack adequate care in general practice. We assessed the effectiveness of different strategies for the implementation of an evidence-based guideline for the management of non-compl...

    Authors: Carla Perria, Donatella Mandolini, Carmelina Guerrera, Tom Jefferson, Paolo Billi, Virgilio Calzini, Alfonso Fiorillo, Giuseppe Grasso, Sergio Leotta, Walter Marrocco, Concetta Suraci and Amina Pasquarella

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:79

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  35. The influence of the pharmaceutical industry and other stakeholders on medical science has been increasingly criticised. When dealing with conflicts of interest in scientific publications it is important to en...

    Authors: Nils Schneider, Heidrun Lingner and Friedrich W Schwartz

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:78

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  36. In urban China, more single women are becoming pregnant and resorting to induced abortion, despite the wide availability of temporary methods of contraception. We developed and piloted a workplace-based interv...

    Authors: Xu Qian, Helen Smith, Wenyuan Huang, Jie Zhang, Ying Huang and Paul Garner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:77

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  37. Over the last decades hospital at home (HaH) programmes have been set up in many, mainly European, countries. The Cuban HaH programme is not hospital driven, but the responsibility of the first line health ser...

    Authors: Pol De Vos, Isabel Barroso, Armando Rodríguez, Mariano Bonet and Patrick Van der Stuyft

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:76

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  38. The provision of healthcare for asylum seekers is a global issue. Providing appropriate and culturally sensitive services requires us to understand the barriers facing asylum seekers and the facilitators that ...

    Authors: Catherine A O'Donnell, Maria Higgins, Rohan Chauhan and Kenneth Mullen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:75

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  39. Health policy in the UK has rapidly diverged since devolution in 1999. However, there is relatively little comparative data available to examine the impact of this natural experiment in the four UK countries. ...

    Authors: Gary McLean, Bruce Guthrie and Matt Sutton

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:74

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  40. By means of the ICONAS project, the Healthcare Agency of an Italian Region developed, and used a standardised questionnaire to quantify the organisational climate. The aims of the project were (a) to investiga...

    Authors: Ulrich Wienand, Renata Cinotti, Augusta Nicoli and Miriam Bisagni

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:73

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  41. Access to medical literature in developing countries is helped by open access publishing and initiatives to allow free access to subscription only journals. The effectiveness of these initiatives in Africa has...

    Authors: Helen Smith, Hasifa Bukirwa, Oscar Mukasa, Paul Snell, Sylvester Adeh-Nsoh, Selemani Mbuyita, Masanja Honorati, Bright Orji and Paul Garner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:72

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  42. Psychological problems present a huge burden of illness in our community and GPs are the main providers of care. There is evidence that longer consultations in general practice are associated with improved qua...

    Authors: Catherine Hutton and Jane Gunn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:71

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  43. Older veterans may use both the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Medicare, but the association of dual use with health outcomes is unclear. We examined the association of indirect measures of dual use ...

    Authors: Fredric D Wolinsky, Hyonggin An, Li Liu, Thomas R Miller and Gary E Rosenthal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:70

    Content type: Research article

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