Hendrik J Beerstecher

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BACKGROUND The ease with which patients can make primary care appointments in the UK has been subject to a pay for performance scheme since 2004. A separate scheme, extended hours - the provision of extra appointments outside normal office hours -was introduced in 2008. AIM To examine how the provision of additional morning, evening, and weekend(More)
We developed two monoclonal antibodies, E5 and F5, which react with mouse epidermal growth factor (mEGF) and urogastrone. These antibodies and a rabbit antiserum to mEGF were used for immunohistochemical analysis of staining reactions in rodent and human tissues. Our results do not confirm the published reports of EGF-like immunoreactivity in Brunner's(More)
BACKGROUND In 2004, primary care payments for basic services and enhanced services were separated. This change has greatly facilitated the evaluation of the breadth and volume of services. AIM To determine whether larger practices produce a higher volume and greater diversity of enhanced services. DESIGN OF STUDY Cross-sectional observational study(More)
BACKGROUND The introduction of the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) provides a quantitative way of assessing quality of care in general practice. We explore the achievements of general practice in the first year of the QOF, with specific reference to practice funding and contract status. AIM To determine the extent to which differences in funding and(More)
BACKGROUND In 2004 an allocation formula for primary care services was introduced in England and Wales so practices would receive equitable pay. Modifications were made to this formula to enable local health authorities to pay practices. Similar pay formulae were introduced in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but these are unique to the country and therefore(More)