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  1. Interoperable electronic health record (EHR) solutions are currently being implemented in Canada, as in many other countries. Understanding EHR users’ perspectives is key to the success of EHR implementation p...

    Authors: Carrie Anna McGinn, Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Nicola Shaw, Claude Sicotte, Luc Mathieu, Yvan Leduc, Sonya Grenier, Julie Duplantie, Anis Ben Abdeljelil and France Légaré

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:105

    Content type: Research article

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  2. More than half a million new items of biomedical research are generated every year and added to Medline. How successful are we at applying this steady accumulation of scientific knowledge and so improving the ...

    Authors: Robert J Szczerba and Marco D Huesch

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:103

    Content type: Debate

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  3. NICE recommends computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (cCBT) for the treatment of several mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. cCBT may be one way that services can reduce waiting lists ...

    Authors: David Kenicer, Carrie-Anne McClay and Christopher Williams

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:102

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Consumers are increasingly exposed to comparative healthcare information (information about the quality of different healthcare providers). Partly because of its complexity, the use of this information has bee...

    Authors: Nicolien C Zwijnenberg, Michelle Hendriks, Olga C Damman, Evelien Bloemendal, Sonja Wendel, Judith D de Jong and Jany Rademakers

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:101

    Content type: Research article

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  5. The major problem facing health and social care systems globally today is the growing challenge of an elderly population with complex health and social care needs. A longstanding challenge to the provision of ...

    Authors: Gerry King, Catherine O’Donnell, David Boddy, Fiona Smith, David Heaney and Frances S Mair

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:100

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Emerging public health threats often originate in resource-limited countries. In recognition of this fact, the World Health Organization issued revised International Health Regulations in 2005, which call for ...

    Authors: Timothy C Campbell, Charles J Hodanics, Steven M Babin, Adjoa M Poku, Richard A Wojcik, Joseph F Skora, Jacqueline S Coberly, Zarna S Mistry and Sheri H Lewis

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:99

    Content type: Technical advance

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  7. Meningitis is characterized by an inflammation of the meninges, or the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Early diagnosis and treatment is crucial for a positive outcome, yet identifying meningit...

    Authors: Vijay K Mago, Ravinder Mehta, Ryan Woolrych and Elpiniki I Papageorgiou

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:98

    Content type: Research article

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  8. In myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS), typically a stress and a rest study is performed. If the stress study is considered normal, there is no need for a subsequent rest study. The aim of the study was to...

    Authors: Elin Trägårdh, Liselott Johansson, Camilla Olofsson, Sven Valind and Lars Edenbrandt

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:97

    Content type: Research article

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  9. In today’s short stay hospital settings the contact time for patients is reduced. However, it seems to be more important for the patients that the healthcare professionals are easy to get in contact with durin...

    Authors: Charlotte D Bjoernes, Birgitte S Laursen, Charlotte Delmar, Elizabeth Cummings and Christian Nøhr

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:96

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Decisions concerning drug safety and efficacy are generally based on pivotal evidence provided by clinical trials. Unfortunately, finding the relevant clinical trials is difficult and their results are only av...

    Authors: Gert van Valkenhoef, Tommi Tervonen, Bert de Brock and Hans Hillege

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:95

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Dual processing theory of human cognition postulates that reasoning and decision-making can be described as a function of both an intuitive, experiential, affective system (system I) and/or an analytical, deli...

    Authors: Benjamin Djulbegovic, Iztok Hozo, Jason Beckstead, Athanasios Tsalatsanis and Stephen G Pauker

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:94

    Content type: Research article

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  12. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services established the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program in 2009 to stimulate the adoption of EHRs. One component of the program requires eligible pr...

    Authors: Justin W Timbie, Cheryl L Damberg, Eric C Schneider and Douglas S Bell

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:93

    Content type: Correspondence

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  13. Venous thromboembolism (VTE) causes morbidity and mortality in hospitalized patients, and regulators and payors are encouraging the use of systems to prevent them. Here, we examine the effect of a computerized...

    Authors: Craig A Umscheid, Asaf Hanish, Jesse Chittams, Mark G Weiner and Todd EH Hecht

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:92

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Greater use of computerized decision support (DS) systems could address continuing safety and quality problems in healthcare, but the healthcare field has struggled to implement DS technology. This study surve...

    Authors: Helen W Wu, Paul K Davis and Douglas S Bell

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:90

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Shared decision-making and patients’ choice of interventions are areas of increasing importance, not least seen in the light of the fact that chronic conditions are increasing, interventions considered importa...

    Authors: Charlotte Gry Harmsen, Henrik Støvring, Dorte Ejg Jarbøl, Jørgen Nexøe, Dorte Gyrd-Hansen, Jesper Bo Nielsen, Adrian Edwards and Ivar Sønbø Kristiansen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:89

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Electronic health records are invaluable for medical research, but much information is stored as free text rather than in a coded form. For example, in the UK General Practice Research Database (GPRD), causes ...

    Authors: Anoop D Shah, Carlos Martinez and Harry Hemingway

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:88

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Access to medical records on the Internet has been reported to be acceptable and popular with patients, although most published evaluations have been of primary care or office-based practice. We tested the fea...

    Authors: Cherry Bartlett, Keith Simpson and A Neil Turner

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:87

    Content type: Research article

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  18. The XmR chart is a powerful analytical tool in statistical process control (SPC) for detecting special causes of variation in a measure of quality. In this analysis a statistic called the average moving range is ...

    Authors: Alan J Poots and Thomas Woodcock

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:86

    Content type: Technical advance

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  19. Decision Boxes are summaries of the most important benefits and harms of health interventions provided to clinicians before they meet the patient, to prepare them to help patients make informed and value-based...

    Authors: Anik Giguere, Michel Labrecque, Roland Grad, Michel Cauchon, Matthew Greenway, France Légaré, Pierre Pluye, Stephane Turcotte, Lisa Dolovich and R Brian Haynes

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:85

    Content type: Study protocol

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  20. Although information systems (IS) have been extensively applied in the health sector worldwide, few initiatives have addressed the health and safety of health workers, a group acknowledged to be at high risk o...

    Authors: Jerry M Spiegel, Karen Lockhart, Carmen Dyck, Andrea Wilson, Lyndsay O’Hara and Annalee Yassi

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:84

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Decision-making in healthcare is complex. Research on coverage decision-making has focused on comparative studies for several countries, statistical analyses for single decision-makers, the decision outcome an...

    Authors: Katharina E Fischer

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:83

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Over the past years, the number of available informatics resources in medicine has grown exponentially. While specific inventories of such resources have already begun to be developed for Bioinformatics (BI), ...

    Authors: Guillermo de la Calle, Miguel García-Remesal, Nelida Nkumu-Mbomio, Casimir Kulikowski and Victor Maojo

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:82

    Content type: Database

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  23. Primary health care in industrialized countries faces major challenges due to demographic changes, an increasing prevalence of chronic diseases and a shortage of primary care physicians. One approach to counte...

    Authors: Elisabeth Urban, Dominik Ose, Stefanie Joos, Joachim Szecsenyi and Antje Miksch

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:81

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Lifestyle-related diseases represented by metabolic syndrome develop as results of complex interaction. By using health check-up data from two large studies collected during a long-term follow-up, we searched ...

    Authors: Yasunori Ushida, Ryuji Kato, Kosuke Niwa, Daisuke Tanimura, Hideo Izawa, Kenji Yasui, Tomokazu Takase, Yasuko Yoshida, Mitsuo Kawase, Tsutomu Yoshida, Toyoaki Murohara and Hiroyuki Honda

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:80

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Functional brain images such as Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) have been widely used to guide the clinicians in the Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) diagnosis...

    Authors: Rosa Chaves, Javier Ramírez, Juan M Górriz, Ignacio A Illán, Manuel Gómez-Río and Cristobal Carnero

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:79

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Semantic Web technology can considerably catalyze translational genetics and genomics research in medicine, where the interchange of information between basic research and clinical levels becomes crucial. This...

    Authors: María Taboada, Diego Martínez, Belén Pilo, Adriano Jiménez-Escrig, Peter N Robinson and María J Sobrido

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:78

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Due to the great variability of 12-lead ECG instruments and medical specialists’ interpretation skills, it remains a challenge to deliver rapid and accurate 12-lead ECG reports with senior cardiologists’ decis...

    Authors: Jui-chien Hsieh and Meng-Wei Hsu

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:77

    Content type: Technical advance

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  28. To determine the behavior of physicians regarding medical literature reading and participation in research activities at one of the largest teaching hospitals in Pakistan.

    Authors: Muhammad Farhan Khaliq, Muhammad Muslim Noorani, Uzair Ahmed Siddiqui and Maheen Anwar

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:76

    Content type: Research article

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  29. The treatment of cancer associated thrombosis (CAT) is well established, with level 1A evidence to support the recommendation of a low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) by daily injection for 3–6 months. However...

    Authors: Miriam J Johnson, Laura Sheard, Anthony Maraveyas, Simon Noble, Hayley Prout, Ian Watt and Dawn Dowding

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:75

    Content type: Research article

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  30. It is well established that considering users is an important aspect of medical device development. However it is also well established that there are numerous barriers to successfully conducting user research...

    Authors: Jennifer L Martin and Julie Barnett

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:74

    Content type: Research article

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  31. A UK Register of people with Multiple Sclerosis has been developed to address the need for an increased knowledge-base about MS. The Register is being populated via: a web-based portal; NHS neurology clinical ...

    Authors: David V Ford, Kerina H Jones, Rod M Middleton, Hazel Lockhart-Jones, Inocencio DC Maramba, Gareth J Noble, Lisa A Osborne and Ronan A Lyons

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:73

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Online psychiatric texts are natural language texts expressing depressive problems, published by Internet users via community-based web services such as web forums, message boards and blogs. Understanding the ...

    Authors: Jheng-Long Wu, Liang-Chih Yu and Pei-Chann Chang

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:72

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Refugees experience multiple health and social needs. This requires an integrated approach to care in the countries of resettlement, including Canada. Perhaps, interactive eHealth tools could build bridges bet...

    Authors: Farah Ahmad, Yogendra Shakya, Jasmine Li, Khaled Khoaja, Cameron D Norman, Wendy Lou, Izzeldin Abuelaish and Hayat M Ahmadzi

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:71

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Tinnitus is a prevalent and complex medical complaint often co-morbid with stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and cognitive or communication difficulties. Its chronicity places a major burden on primary an...

    Authors: Kathryn Fackrell, Derek J Hoare, Sandra Smith, Abby McCormack and Deborah A Hall

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:70

    Content type: Correspondence

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  35. Automated reporting of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is a recent advance in laboratory information technology (IT) that generates a measure of kidney function with chemistry laboratory results to...

    Authors: Rasheeda K Hall, Virginia Wang, George L Jackson, Bradley G Hammill, Matthew L Maciejewski, Elizabeth M Yano, Laura P Svetkey and Uptal D Patel

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:69

    Content type: Research article

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  36. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the Elementally Entangled Organisational Communication (EEOC) framework by drawing on a set of three case studies which assessed the impact of new Health Information ...

    Authors: Andrew Georgiou, Johanna I Westbrook and Jeffrey Braithwaite

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:68

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Advanced mobile communications and portable computation are now combined in handheld devices called “smartphones”, which are also capable of running third-party software. The number of smartphone users is grow...

    Authors: Abu Saleh Mohammad Mosa, Illhoi Yoo and Lincoln Sheets

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:67

    Content type: Research article

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  38. De-identification is a common way to protect patient privacy when disclosing clinical data for secondary purposes, such as research. One type of attack that de-identification protects against is linking the di...

    Authors: Fida Kamal Dankar, Khaled El Emam, Angelica Neisa and Tyson Roffey

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:66

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Patients have typically received health care through face-to-face encounters. However, expansion of electronic communication and electronic health records (EHRs) provide alternative means for patient and physi...

    Authors: Ted E Palen, David Price, Susan Shetterly and Kristin B Wallace

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:65

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Biological signals may carry specific characteristics that reflect basic dynamics of the body. In particular, heart beat signals carry specific signatures that are related to human physiologic mechanisms. In r...

    Authors: Yu-Chen Huang, Hanjun Lin, Yeh-Liang Hsu and Jun-Lin Lin

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:64

    Content type: Technical advance

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  41. Physicians practicing in ambulatory care are adopting electronic health record (EHR) systems. Governments promote this adoption with financial incentives, some hinged on improvements in care. These systems can...

    Authors: Pavel S Roshanov, Hertzel C Gerstein, Dereck L Hunt, Rolf J Sebaldt and R Brian Haynes

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:63

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Low adherence to chronic kidney disease (CKD) guidelines may be due to unrecognized CKD and lack of guideline awareness on the part of providers. The goal of this study was to evaluate the impact of provider e...

    Authors: Paul E Drawz, R Tyler Miller, Simran Singh, Brook Watts and Elizabeth Kern

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:62

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Quality care of type 2 diabetes is complex and requires systematic use of clinical data to monitor care processes and outcomes. An electronic decision support (EDS) tool for the management of type 2 diabetes i...

    Authors: Qing Wan, Meredith Makeham, Nicholas A Zwar and Susanna Petche

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:61

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Patients making important medical decisions need to evaluate complex information in the light of their own beliefs, attitudes and priorities. The process can be considered in terms of the theory of planned beh...

    Authors: Jürgen Kasper, Sascha Köpke, Korbinian Fischer, Nina Schäffler, Imke Backhus, Alessandra Solari and Christoph Heesen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:60

    Content type: Research article

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  45. Recent large scale deployments of health information technology have created opportunities for the integration of patient medical records with disparate public health, human service, and educational databases ...

    Authors: Tian Mi, Sanguthevar Rajasekaran and Robert Aseltine

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:59

    Content type: Research article

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  46. Immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) is the most common form of glomerulonephritis in China. An accurate diagnosis of IgAN is dependent on renal biopsies, and there is lack of non-invasive and practical classif...

    Authors: Jing Gao, Yong Wang, Zhennan Dong, Zhangming Yan, Xingwang Jia and Yaping Tian

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:58

    Content type: Research article

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  47. Given that patients provide the majority of their own diabetes care, patient self-management training has increasingly become recognized as an important strategy with which to improve quality of care. However,...

    Authors: Catherine H Yu, Janet Parsons, Muhammad Mamdani, Gerald Lebovic, Baiju R Shah, Onil Bhattacharyya, Andreas Laupacis and Sharon E Straus

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:57

    Content type: Study protocol

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  48. Patient-provider communication is a major challenge in resource-limited settings with large catchment areas. Though mobile phone usership increased 20-fold in Africa over the past decade, little is known about...

    Authors: Mark J Siedner, Jessica E Haberer, Mwebesa Bosco Bwana, Norma C Ware and David R Bangsberg

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:56

    Content type: Research article

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  49. Artificial neural networks (ANNs) are widely studied for evaluating diseases. This paper discusses the intelligence mode of an ANN in grading the diagnosis of liver fibrosis by duplex ultrasonogaphy.

    Authors: Li Zhang, Qiao-ying LI, Yun-you Duan, Guo-zhen Yan, Yi-lin Yang and Rui-jing Yang

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:55

    Content type: Research article

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