Stephen Birch

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Publications

  1. ncbi Clinical research on acupuncture. Part 1. What have reviews of the efficacy and safety of acupuncture told us so far?
    Stephen Birch
    Foundation for the Study of Traditional East Asian Medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    J Altern Complement Med 10:468-80. 2004
  2. doi On the impossibility of trigger point-acupoint equivalence: a commentary on Peter Dorsher's analysis
    Stephen Birch
    J Altern Complement Med 14:343-5. 2008
  3. ncbi Trigger point--acupuncture point correlations revisited
    Stephen Birch
    The Stichting for the Study of Traditional East Asian Medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    J Altern Complement Med 9:91-103. 2003
  4. ncbi Clinical research on acupuncture. Part 2. Controlled clinical trials, an overview of their methods
    Stephen Birch
    Foundation for the Study of Traditional East Asian Medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    J Altern Complement Med 10:481-98. 2004
  5. ncbi A review and analysis of placebo treatments, placebo effects, and placebo controls in trials of medical procedures when sham is not inert
    Stephen Birch
    Stichting Foundation for the Study of Traditional East Asian Medicine STEAM, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    J Altern Complement Med 12:303-10. 2006
  6. ncbi The biggest bang for the buck or bigger bucks for the bang: the fallacy of the cost-effectiveness threshold
    Stephen Birch
    Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, 1200 Main Street West, Ontario, Canada L8N 3Z5
    J Health Serv Res Policy 11:46-51. 2006
  7. ncbi Human papillomavirus triage of atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance: cost-effective, but at what cost?
    Joy Melnikow
    J Natl Cancer Inst 98:82-3. 2006
  8. ncbi Home and community occupational therapy for children and youth: a before and after study
    Mary Law
    School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University, Institute for Applied Health Science, Hamilton, ON
    Can J Occup Ther 72:289-97. 2005
  9. ncbi On being NICE in the UK: guidelines for technology appraisal for the NHS in England and Wales
    Stephen Birch
    McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont, Canada
    Health Econ 11:185-91. 2002
  10. ncbi Is regular visiting associated with lower costs? Analyzing service utilization patterns in the first nations population in Canada
    James L Leake
    Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, 124 Edward St, Toronto ON, Canada
    J Public Health Dent 66:116-22. 2006

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  1. ncbi Clinical research on acupuncture. Part 1. What have reviews of the efficacy and safety of acupuncture told us so far?
    Stephen Birch
    Foundation for the Study of Traditional East Asian Medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    J Altern Complement Med 10:468-80. 2004
    ..For smoking cessation, tinnitus, and weight loss the evidence is usually regarded as negative. Reviews have concluded that while not free from serious adverse events, they are rare and that acupuncture is a relatively safe procedure...
  2. doi On the impossibility of trigger point-acupoint equivalence: a commentary on Peter Dorsher's analysis
    Stephen Birch
    J Altern Complement Med 14:343-5. 2008
  3. ncbi Trigger point--acupuncture point correlations revisited
    Stephen Birch
    The Stichting for the Study of Traditional East Asian Medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    J Altern Complement Med 9:91-103. 2003
    ..The current study explores the claim of a 71% correspondence between these two classes of points through a more extensive examination of the acupuncture literature...
  4. ncbi Clinical research on acupuncture. Part 2. Controlled clinical trials, an overview of their methods
    Stephen Birch
    Foundation for the Study of Traditional East Asian Medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    J Altern Complement Med 10:481-98. 2004
    ..Improved trial quality will lead to greater ease interpreting the results of trials, especially in systematic reviews...
  5. ncbi A review and analysis of placebo treatments, placebo effects, and placebo controls in trials of medical procedures when sham is not inert
    Stephen Birch
    Stichting Foundation for the Study of Traditional East Asian Medicine STEAM, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    J Altern Complement Med 12:303-10. 2006
    ..Trials of surgery and acupuncture should be re-examined in light of this...
  6. ncbi The biggest bang for the buck or bigger bucks for the bang: the fallacy of the cost-effectiveness threshold
    Stephen Birch
    Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, 1200 Main Street West, Ontario, Canada L8N 3Z5
    J Health Serv Res Policy 11:46-51. 2006
    ..We present an alternative approach that provides an unambiguous method of determining whether a new intervention leads to an increase in health gains from whatever resources are to be made available to health care decision-makers...
  7. ncbi Human papillomavirus triage of atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance: cost-effective, but at what cost?
    Joy Melnikow
    J Natl Cancer Inst 98:82-3. 2006
  8. ncbi Home and community occupational therapy for children and youth: a before and after study
    Mary Law
    School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University, Institute for Applied Health Science, Hamilton, ON
    Can J Occup Ther 72:289-97. 2005
    ..There has been an increased focus on home care service provision in recent years, yet there are few data available about the provision of home and community occupational therapy for children and youth...
  9. ncbi On being NICE in the UK: guidelines for technology appraisal for the NHS in England and Wales
    Stephen Birch
    McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont, Canada
    Health Econ 11:185-91. 2002
  10. ncbi Is regular visiting associated with lower costs? Analyzing service utilization patterns in the first nations population in Canada
    James L Leake
    Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, 124 Edward St, Toronto ON, Canada
    J Public Health Dent 66:116-22. 2006
    ..Using an administrative database of dental service records from the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program of Health Canada for 1994-2001, the authors set out to test whether regular visitors had lower program expenditures...
  11. ncbi Chemoprevention: drug pricing and mortality: the case of tamoxifen
    Joy Melnikow
    Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California Davis, Sacramento, California 95817, USA
    Cancer 107:950-8. 2006
    ..Tamoxifen is a prototypic cancer chemopreventive agent, yet clinical trials have not evaluated its effect on mortality or the impact of drug pricing on its cost-effectiveness...
  12. ncbi Building bridges between academic research and policy formulation: when costing less means costing more
    Amiram Gafni
    Pharmacoeconomics 25:523-8; author reply 528-32. 2007
  13. ncbi Developing management information from an administrative database of dental services: identifying factors that influence costs
    James L Leake
    Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, 124 Edward St, Toronto ON, Canada
    J Public Health Dent 65:153-9. 2005
    ..We describe service patterns and compare changes in program expenditures with the Consumer Price Index over eight years in a dental program with a controlled-fee schedule offered to Canadian First Nations and Inuit people...
  14. ncbi Achievements and challenges of medicare in Canada: Are we there yet? Are we on course?
    Stephen Birch
    Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    Int J Health Serv 35:443-63. 2005
    ..Widespread support for first-dollar public funding needs to be accompanied by greater attention to the scope of the legislation and the adoption of a needs-based focus among health care policymakers...
  15. ncbi Financing and delivering oral health care: what can we learn from other countries?
    Stephen Birch
    Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
    J Can Dent Assoc 71:243, 243a-243d. 2005
    ..Several key messages are identified in the comparative analysis to inform any future oral health strategy for Canada...
  16. ncbi Unemployment and health: contextual-level influences on the production of health in populations
    Francois Beland
    Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire en sante, GRIS, Faculte de Medecine, Universite de Montreal, CP 6128, Succursale Centre Ville, Montreal H3C 3J7, Quebec, Canada
    Soc Sci Med 55:2033-52. 2002
    ..Our results caution against simplistic interpretations of the unemployment-health relationship and reinforce the importance of using multi-level statistical methods for investigation of it...
  17. ncbi NICE methodological guidelines and decision making in the National Health Service in England and Wales
    Amiram Gafni
    Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    Pharmacoeconomics 21:149-57. 2003
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  18. ncbi The 'NICE' approach to technology assessment: an economics perspective
    Stephen Birch
    Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Room 3H30, 1200 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8N 3Z5, Canada
    Health Care Manag Sci 7:35-41. 2004
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  19. ncbi Multilevel health promotion research: conceptual and analytical considerations
    Anita R Kothari
    Community Health Research Unit, University of Ottawa, 451 Smyth Road, Room 1118, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 8M5, Canada
    Can J Nurs Res 36:56-75. 2004
    ..While multilevel pathways to health outcomes have been suggested at the conceptual level, analytical techniques that produce only average overall effects fail to reveal the various other influences on health behaviour...
  20. pmc Charging the patient to save the system? Like bailing water with a sieve
    Stephen Birch
    Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
    CMAJ 170:1812-3. 2004
  21. ncbi "Interaction" and research utilisation in health policies and programs: does it work?
    Anita Kothari
    University of Western Ont, Faculty of Health Sciences, 1151 Richmond Street, Somerville House 2319, London, Ont, Canada N6A 3K7
    Health Policy 71:117-25. 2005
    ..In conclusion, interaction influenced the understanding of the research, and intent to use the research findings, but applied use was independent of interaction between producers and users of research...
  22. ncbi Addressing the realities [correction of realties] of health care in northern aboriginal communities through participatory action research
    Bruce Minore
    Center for Rural and Northern Health Research, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
    J Interprof Care 18:360-8. 2004
    ..It also summarizes the findings that led to community formulated policy and program recommendations...
  23. ncbi Who you know, where you live: social capital, neighbourhood and health
    Gerry Veenstra
    Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of British Columbia, 6303 N W Marine Dr, Vancouver, Canada, V6T 1Z1
    Soc Sci Med 60:2799-818. 2005
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  24. ncbi Economists' dream or nightmare? Maximizing health gains from available resources using the NICE guidelines
    Stephen Birch
    Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University, Canada
    Health Econ Policy Law 2:193-202. 2007