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Introduction Administrative health care databases have long been very important data sources for health studies. In recent decades, large-scale administrative health care databases featuring extremely large case numbers, long

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This work reports the first results of a research in progress on the production, dissemination and impact of the literature on primary health care (PHC), as produced in Mexico during the period 1980–1992. The methodology used involved computerized searches in the MEDLINE, LILACS, and PERIODICA databases to identify the existing Mexican literature in the field. Results indicated a limited dissemination of the Mexican production through conventional databases. A total of 117 references were found in the field. Most of these references (72.65%) corresponded to journal articles. Over 55% of the documents were published by more than one author. Further research in the field as well as the implications of these results to PHC in Mexico are discussed by the author.

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The relationship between physicians' research activity and professional performance was examined. We have taken into account their motivation, job satisfaction and the way that research groups are organized. Previous studies have shown that physicians' research activity has a positive effect on clinical practice. They also show that motivation and job satisfaction are positively related with research activity. A group of 278 physicians from hospitals in Madrid were surveyed. A structural model was estimated using SEM techniques. The results indicate both job satisfaction (0.620) and motivation (0.236) are important factors. These results demonstrate the strategic value of both human resources policies and research management practices within hospitals.

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are often used as a proxy in studies on health care for ethnic populations or on the genetic structure of a population. In the United States, for these aims, the Bureau of the Census compiled a list of “Spanish surnames” in the 1950 s that has since

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policy. Conceptual issues and tough choices International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 8 131 – 137 . DeCrespigny

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Introduction Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is known as a relative term including various health-care methods, which are considered “other than” conventional medicine. Treatments like traditional Chinese medicine

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in Information Systems 32 86 – 112 . McCracken , M. J. Coffey , B. S. 1996 An empirical-assessment of health-care

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Authors: Valentina Markusova, Concepción Wilson, and Mari Davis

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The biological arms race could have been considered a closed chapter in the Cold War history. However, the growth of different terrorist groups and organisations has increased the threat of biological weapon (BW) use. The goal of this pilot scientometric project was to trace changes in biodefense research and the activities of its main players, Russia and the US. Data were collected from the SCI via the Dialog information system for1991-2000, the period covering the post-soviet era. In-depth content analysis was performed on selected papers from the 2870 publications identified as BW-related. During the period examined, the publication flow increased by 250 percent. The main contributors to this literature were shown to be the US, Russia, UK, France and Germany. The results presented in this paper are of interest to security analysts (following the attacks in the US of 11th September 2001), to public health care policy researchers and to politicians.

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biological factors, the impact of environment, lifestyle and the organization of health care are now acknowledged as well (Lalonde 1974 ). This new perspective gives rise to the consideration of aspects such as sex or gender within medical research

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Italian authors: 78 universities, 75 research institutions and 192 hospitals and health care research organizations were identified, using software with over 30,000 rules for matching the Italian U & PRO addresses in the 2001–2006 WoS records. 7

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