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The impact of nurse working hours on patient safety culture: a cross-national survey including Japan, the United States and Chinese Taiwan u...
We hypothesized that long nurse working hours would deteriorate PSC, and that the deterioration patterns would vary between countries. Moreover, the common trends observed in Japan, the US and Chinese Taiwan may be useful to improve PSC in other countries. The purpose of this study was to clarify th...
Evaluation of paediatric nursing-sensitive outcomes in an Australian population using linked administrative hospital data.
We developed algorithms for the identification of 13 paediatric nursing-sensitive outcomes, which we seek to examine for clinical utility. The aims were to determine the rates of paediatric nursing-sensitive outcomes in a Western Australian hospital and ascertain sociodemographic and clinical charac...
Re-organisation of oesophago-gastric cancer care in England: progress and remaining challenges.
Responses were received from all networks and 81% of NHS trusts. All networks provided essential staging investigations and a range of endoscopic palliative therapies. Only 16 of the 30 cancer networks discussed all patients at the specialist multi-disciplinary team meeting and 11 networks had not f...
Cooperation between gatekeepers in sickness insurance - the perspective of social insurance officers. A qualitative study.
11 women and 4 men, aged 25-65, with a work experience ranging from 1-40 years were interviewed. Three descriptive categories embracing eleven subcategories emerged: 1) Communication channels included three subcategories; to obtain medical opinions, to hold meetings with actors involved, to experien...
Willingness to pay to sustain and expand National Health Insurance services in Taiwan.
We found maximum willingness to pay for continued coverage by the NHI program and additional institutional long-term care services to be NT$66 and NT$137 dollars per month, respectively. CONCLUSION: We found that people were willing to pay more for their insurance coverage. With regard to methodolog...
Can modeling of HIV treatment processes improve outcomes? Capitalizing on an operations research approach to the global pandemic.
HIV treatment scale-up includes many processes that are amenable to mathematical and simulation modeling, including forecasting future demand for services; locating and sizing facilities for maximal efficiency; and determining optimal staffing levels at clinical centers. Optimization of clinical and...
Do postage stamps versus pre-paid envelopes increase responses to patient mail surveys? A randomised controlled trial
The response to the stamped envelope group was 31.8% (95% CI: 25.9% - 37.7%) compared to 26.9% (21.3% - 32.5%) for the pre-paid group. The difference (4.9% 95% CI: -3.3% - 13.1%) is not significant at alpha = 0.05 (chi2 = 1.39; 2 tailed test, d.f. = 1; P = 0.239). The stamped envelopes were cheaper...
Recommended content of referral letters from general practitioners to specialised mental health care: a qualitative multi-perspective study.
We need a multidimensional definition of the ideal content. The study's aim was to explore what information is seen as most important and should be included in referral letters from primary care to specialised mental health care to facilitate prioritisation and planning of treatment and follow-up of...
Trends in quality of care among patients with incident heart failure in Denmark 2003-2010: a nationwide cohort study.
We present results from a nationwide multidisciplinary initiative to monitor and improve the quality of care and clinical outcome of HF patients using indicator monitoring combined with systematic auditing. We conducted a nationwide, population-based prospective study using data from the Danish Hear...
Factors affecting hospital length of stay and hospital charges associated with road traffic-related injuries in Iran.
Road traffic injuries (RTIs) are a substantial cause of mortality and disability globally. There is little published information regarding healthcare resource utilization following RTIs, especially in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). The aim of this study was to assess total hospital charges...