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  1. Indigenous Australians experience disproportionately high prevalence of, and morbidity and mortality from diabetes. There is an urgent need to understand how Indigenous primary care systems are organised to de...

    Authors: Ross Bailie, Damin Si, Michelle Dowden, Lynette O'Donoghue, Christine Connors, Gary Robinson, Joan Cunningham and Tarun Weeramanthri

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:67

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  2. Although total influenza vaccine doses available in the 2005/2006 influenza season were over 80 million, CDC received many reports of delayed and diminished vaccine shipments in October to November of 2005. To...

    Authors: Barbara H Bardenheier, Raymond Strikas, Allison Kempe, Shannon Stokley and Jean Ellis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:66

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  3. The translation and cultural adaptation of widely accepted, psychometrically tested tools is regarded as an essential component of effective human resource management in the primary care arena. The Training Ne...

    Authors: Adelais Markaki, Nikos Antonakis, Carolyn M Hicks and Christos Lionis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:65

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  4. Systematic reviews of randomised placebo controlled trials of antidepressant medication show small and decreasing differences between pharmacological and placebo arms. In part this finding may relate to method...

    Authors: Christopher F Dowrick, John G Hughes, Julia J Hiscock, Mark Wigglesworth and Thomas J Walley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:64

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  5. The effects of socio-demographic characteristics of the respondent, including age, on valuation scores of hypothetical health states remain inconclusive. Therefore, we analyzed data from a study designed to di...

    Authors: Marie-Louise Essink-Bot, Marja C Stuifbergen, Willem-Jan Meerding, Caspar WN Looman and Gouke J Bonsel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:62

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  6. Unscheduled care is defined here as when someone seeks treatment or advice for a health problem without arranging to do so more than a day in advance. Recent health policy initiatives in England have focused o...

    Authors: Alicia O'Cathain, Emma Knowles, James Munro and Jon Nicholl

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:61

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  7. The Dutch Consumer Quality Index Hip Knee Questionnaire (CQI Hip Knee) was used to assess patients' experiences with and evaluations of quality of care after a total hip (THA) or total knee arthroplasty (TKA)....

    Authors: Janine H Stubbe, Tanya Gelsema and Diana MJ Delnoij

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:60

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  8. Low participation rates can lead to sampling bias, delays in completion and increased costs. Strategies to improve participation rates should address reasons for non-participation. However, most empirical rese...

    Authors: Brian Williams, Linda Irvine, Alison R McGinnis, Marion ET McMurdo and Iain K Crombie

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:59

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  9. Because of the increasing costs and anticipated shortage of Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists in the care for hearing-impaired persons, an integrated care pathway that includes direct hearing aid provision...

    Authors: Janneke PC Grutters, Frans van der Horst, Manuela A Joore, Hans Verschuure, Wouter A Dreschler and Lucien JC Anteunis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:57

    Content type: Research article

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  10. To compare VA inpatient and outpatient utilization and expenditures of veterans seeking primary care in community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) and VA medical centers (VAMCs) in fiscal years 2000 (FY00) and...

    Authors: Matthew L Maciejewski, Mark Perkins, Yu-Fang Li, Michael Chapko, John C Fortney and Chuan-Fen Liu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:56

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  11. Patients' non-adherence to medical treatment remains a persistent problem. Many interventions to improve patient adherence are unsuccessful and sound theoretical foundations are lacking. Innovations in theory ...

    Authors: Sandra van Dulmen, Emmy Sluijs, Liset van Dijk, Denise de Ridder, Rob Heerdink and Jozien Bensing

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:55

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  12. Liver function tests (LFTs) are routinely performed in primary care, and are often the gateway to further invasive and/or expensive investigations. Little is known of the consequences in people with an initial...

    Authors: Peter T Donnan, David McLernon, Douglas Steinke, Stephen Ryder, Paul Roderick, Frank M Sullivan, William Rosenberg and John F Dillon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:54

    Content type: Study protocol

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  13. Despite recommendations for greater use of second-eye cataract surgery and the bilateral progression of the disease, there is a substantial proportion of unmet need for this treatment. Few studies have explore...

    Authors: Lorena Hoffmeister, Rubén Román, Mercè Comas, Francesc Cots, Enrique Bernal-Delgado and Xavier Castells

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:53

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  14. Many patients experience difficulties in following treatment recommendations. This study's objective is to identify nonadherence risk profiles regarding medication (antidepressants, antihypertensives, and oral...

    Authors: Liset van Dijk, Eibert R Heerdink, Dinesh Somai, Sandra van Dulmen, Emmy M Sluijs, Denise T de Ridder, Anna MGF Griens and Jozien M Bensing

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:51

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  15. Principles and methods for the allocation of healthcare resources among healthcare providers have long been health policy research issues in many countries. Healthcare reforms including the development of a ne...

    Authors: Kiyohide Fushimi, Hideki Hashimoto, Yuichi Imanaka, Kazuaki Kuwabara, Hiromasa Horiguchi, Kohichi B Ishikawa and Shinya Matsuda

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:50

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  16. As healthcare systems around the world are facing increasing physician shortages, more physicians are migrating from low to high income countries. As an illustrative case of international migration of physicia...

    Authors: Elie A Akl, Nancy Maroun, Stella Major, Bechara Chahoud and Holger J Schünemann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:49

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  17. Many patients encounter a variety of problems after discharge from hospital and many discharge (planning and support) interventions have been developed and studied. These primary studies have already been synt...

    Authors: Patriek Mistiaen, Anneke L Francke and Else Poot

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:47

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  18. Variation in patients' evaluation due to general practitioner (GP) and practice factors may provide information useful in a quality improvement context. However, the extent to which differences in patients' ev...

    Authors: Hanne N Heje, Peter Vedsted, Ineta Sokolowski and Frede Olesen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:46

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  19. Food hygiene in hospital poses peculiar problems, particularly given the presence of patients who could be more vulnerable than healthy subjects to microbiological and nutritional risks. Moreover, in nosocomia...

    Authors: Cecilia Buccheri, Alessandra Casuccio, Santo Giammanco, Marco Giammanco, Maurizio La Guardia and Caterina Mammina

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:45

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  20. More than 72% of health expenditure in India is financed by individual households at the time of illness through out-of-pocket payments. This is a highly regressive way of financing health care and sometimes l...

    Authors: Narayanan Devadasan, Bart Criel, Wim Van Damme, Kent Ranson and Patrick Van der Stuyft

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:43

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  21. Pre-discharge home visits aim to maximise independence in the community. These visits involve assessment of a person in their own home prior to discharge from hospital, typically by an occupational therapist. ...

    Authors: Natasha Anne Lannin, Lindy Clemson, Annie McCluskey, Chung-Wei Christine Lin, Ian D Cameron and Sarah Barras

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:42

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  22. The Canadian health care system has striven to remove financial or other barriers to access to medically necessary health care services since the establishment of the Canada Health Act 20 years ago. Evidence h...

    Authors: Yukiko Asada and George Kephart

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:41

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  23. Travel burden is a key element in conceptualizing geographic access to health care. Prior research has shown that both rural and minority populations bear disproportionate travel burdens. However, many studies...

    Authors: Janice C Probst, Sarah B Laditka, Jong-Yi Wang and Andrew O Johnson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:40

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  24. In spite of the disproportionate prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among drug users, many remain uninformed or misinformed about the virus. Drug treatment programs are important sites of opportun...

    Authors: Shiela M Strauss, Janetta Astone-Twerell, Corrine E Munoz-Plaza, Don C Des Jarlais, Marya Gwadz, Holly Hagan, Andrew Osborne and Andrew Rosenblum

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:39

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  25. Providing ongoing family centred support is an integral part of childhood cancer care. For families living in regional and remote areas, opportunities to receive specialist support are limited by the availabil...

    Authors: Mark Bensink, Richard Wootton, Helen Irving, Andrew Hallahan, Deborah Theodoros, Trevor Russell, Paul Scuffham and Adrian G Barnett

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:38

    Content type: Study protocol

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  26. In 1997 there was a major reform of the government run urban health insurance system in China. The principal aims of the reform were to widen coverage of health insurance for the urban employed and contain med...

    Authors: Ling Xu, Yan Wang, Charles D Collins and Shenglan Tang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:37

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  27. In many countries exercise prescriptions are used in an attempt to initiate a physically active lifestyle in sedentary populations. Previous studies have primarily evaluated low intensive exercise prescription...

    Authors: Jes B Sørensen, Jakob Kragstrup, Kirsten Kjær and Lis Puggaard

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:36

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  28. Depressive disorder is currently one of the most burdensome disorders worldwide. Evidence-based treatments for depressive disorder are already available, but these are used insufficiently, and with less positi...

    Authors: Marjoliek A IJff, Klaas ML Huijbregts, Harm WJ van Marwijk, Aartjan TF Beekman, Leona Hakkaart-van Roijen, Frans F Rutten, Jürgen Unützer and Christina M van der Feltz-Cornelis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:34

    Content type: Study protocol

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  29. An influenza pandemic may increase Emergency Department attendance 7-fold. In the absence of a validated "flu score" to assess severity and assist triage decisions from primary into secondary care, current UK ...

    Authors: Kirsty Challen, John Bright, Andrew Bentley and Darren Walter

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:33

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  30. Problematic waiting lists in public health care threaten the equity and timeliness of care provision in several countries. This study assesses different stakeholders' views on the acceptability of waiting list...

    Authors: Jurriaan P Oudhoff, Danielle RM Timmermans, Martin Rietberg, Dirk L Knol and Gerrit van der Wal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:32

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  31. Life satisfaction among residents of institutions is becoming an important issue in a rapidly aging population. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate the links between life satisfaction and ...

    Authors: Serap Inal, Feryal Subasi, Serap M Ay and Osman Hayran

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:30

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  32. Common mental disorders are the most prevalent of all mental disorders, with the highest burden in terms of work absenteeism and utilization of health care services. Evidence-based treatments are available, bu...

    Authors: Christina M van der Feltz-Cornelis, Jolanda AC Meeuwissen, Fransina J de Jong, Rob Hoedeman and Iman Elfeddali

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:29

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  33. Depressive disorder is one of the most common disorders, and is highly prevalent in chronically ill patients. The presence of comorbid depression has a negative influence on quality of life, health care costs,...

    Authors: Eva K Horn, Tjeerd B van Benthem, Leona Hakkaart-van Roijen, Harm WJ van Marwijk, Aartjan TF Beekman, Frans F Rutten and Christina M van der Feltz-Cornelis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:28

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  34. Various international studies have shown that a substantial number of patients suffer from injuries or even die as a result of care delivered in hospitals. The occurrence of injuries among patients caused by h...

    Authors: Marieke Zegers, Martine C de Bruijne, Cordula Wagner, Peter P Groenewegen, Roelof Waaijman and Gerrit van der Wal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:27

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  35. Use of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), an important category of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), has increased substantially in Western countries during the past decade. Use of TCM is also wid...

    Authors: Fang-Pey Chen, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Yen-Ying Kung, Yu-Chun Chen, Li-Fang Chou, Fan-Jou Chen and Shinn-Jang Hwang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:26

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  36. Given the proliferation and the growing complexity of performance measurement initiatives in many health systems, the Netherlands and Ontario, Canada expressed interests in cross-national comparisons in an eff...

    Authors: Ali R Tawfik-Shukor, Niek S Klazinga and Onyebuchi A Arah

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:25

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:44

  37. The political objective in many countries worldwide is to give better consideration to the interests of patients within the health system. The establishment of a federal government commissioner for the issues ...

    Authors: Nils Schneider, Marie-Luise Dierks, Gabriele Seidel and Friedrich W Schwartz

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:24

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  38. Patients needs and experiences attract increasing attention within health care. In order to generate knowledge about the voices that emerge from collaborative experiences between members of patient association...

    Authors: Christina Carlsson, Kerstin Segesten, Mef Nilbert and Kerstin Nilsson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:23

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  39. Managed care efforts to regulate access to specialists and reduce costs may lower quality of care. Few studies have examined whether managed care is associated with patient perceptions of the quality of care p...

    Authors: David Grembowski, David Paschane, Paula Diehr, Wayne Katon, Diane Martin and Donald L Patrick

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:22

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  40. Geographical variation in health care services challenges the basic principle of fair allocation of health care resources. This study aimed to investigate geographical variation in the use of X-ray, CT, MRI an...

    Authors: Kristin Bakke Lysdahl and Ingelin Børretzen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:21

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  41. The introduction of large-scale out-of-hours GP cooperatives has led to questions about increased distances between the GP cooperatives and the homes of patients and the increasing waiting times for home visit...

    Authors: Paul Giesen, Nieke van Lin, Henk Mokkink, Wil van den Bosch and Richard Grol

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:19

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  42. Linking computerized health insurance records with routinely collected survey data is becoming increasingly popular in health services research. However, if consent is not universal, the requirement of written...

    Authors: Nicole Huang, Shu-Fang Shih, Hsing-Yi Chang and Yiing-Jenq Chou

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2007 7:18

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