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  1. Research article

    Experiences from implementing value-based healthcare at a Swedish University Hospital – an longitudinal interview study

    Implementing the value-based healthcare concept (VBHC) is a growing management trend in Swedish healthcare organizations. The aim of this study is to explore how representatives of four pilot project teams exp...

    Kerstin Nilsson, Fredrik Bååthe, Annette Erichsen Andersson, Ewa Wikström and Mette Sandoff

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:169

    Published on: 28 February 2017

  2. Research article

    Changes over time in prescription practices of pain medications in Switzerland between 2006 and 2013: an analysis of insurance claims

    In Europe, scant information is available about prescription practices for pain medications. The aim of this research was to assess changes in prescription rates of non-opioid, weak opioid, and strong opioid m...

    Maria M. Wertli, Oliver Reich, Andri Signorell, Jakob M. Burgstaller, Johann Steurer and Ulrike Held

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:167

    Published on: 27 February 2017

  3. Research article

    To what extent are psychiatrists aware of the comorbid somatic illnesses of their patients with serious mental illnesses? – a cross-sectional secondary data analysis

    Somatic comorbidities are a serious problem in patients with severe mental illnesses. These comorbidities often remain undiagnosed for a long time. In Germany, physicians are not allowed to access patients’ he...

    Christina Dornquast, Juliane Tomzik, Thomas Reinhold, Matthias Walle, Norbert Mönter and Anne Berghöfer

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:162

    Published on: 23 February 2017

  4. Research article

    The distribution of maternity services across rural and remote Australia: does it reflect population need?

    Australia has a universal health care system and a comprehensive safety net. Despite this, outcomes for Australians living in rural and remote areas are worse than those living in cities. This study will exami...

    Margaret I Rolfe, Deborah Anne Donoghue, Jo M Longman, Jennifer Pilcher, Sue Kildea, Sue Kruske, Jude Kornelsen, Stefan Grzybowski, Lesley Barclay and Geoffrey Gerard Morgan

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:163

    Published on: 23 February 2017

  5. Research article

    Evaluation of rational drug use based on World Health Organization core drug use indicators in selected public hospitals of eastern Ethiopia: a cross sectional study

    Despite the complexity of drug use, a number of indicators have been developed, standardized and evaluated by the World Health Organization (WHO). These indicators are grouped in to three categories namely: pr...

    Mekonnen Sisay, Getnet Mengistu, Bereket Molla, Firehiwot Amare and Tesfaye Gabriel

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:161

    Published on: 23 February 2017

  6. Research article

    What do patients with diabetes and providers think of an innovative Australian model of remote diabetic retinopathy screening? A qualitative study

    Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the commonest cause of preventable blindness in working age populations, but up to 98% of visual loss secondary to DR can be prevented with early detection and treatment. In 2012, ...

    Nicola M. Glasson, Sarah L. Larkins and Lisa J. Crossland

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:158

    Published on: 22 February 2017

  7. Research article

    Leveraging the private sector for child health: a qualitative examination of caregiver and provider perspectives on private sector care for childhood pneumonia in Uttar Pradesh, India

    The private health sector is a primary source of curative care for childhood illnesses in many low- and middle-income countries. Therefore ensuring appropriate private sector care is an important step towards ...

    Aurélie Brunie, Rachel Lenzi, Anamika Lahiri and Rasa Izadnegahdar

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:159

    Published on: 22 February 2017

  8. Research article

    Assessing the feasibility of introducing health insurance in Afghanistan: a qualitative stakeholder analysis

    In the last decade, the health status of Afghans has improved drastically. However, the health financing system in Afghanistan remains fragile due to high out-of-pocket spending and reliance on donor funding. ...

    Wu Zeng, Christine Kim, Lauren Archer, Omarzaman Sayedi, Mohammad Yousuf Jabarkhil and Kathleen Sears

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:157

    Published on: 22 February 2017

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    The impact of community health worker-led home delivery of antiretroviral therapy on virological suppression: a non-inferiority cluster-randomized health systems trial in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    Home delivery of antiretroviral therapy (ART) by community health workers (CHWs) may improve ART retention by reducing the time burden and out-of-pocket expenditures to regularly attend an ART clinic. In addit...

    Pascal Geldsetzer, Joel M. Francis, Nzovu Ulenga, David Sando, Irene A. Lema, Eric Mboggo, Maria Vaikath, Happiness Koda, Sharon Lwezaula, Janice Hu, Ramadhani A. Noor, Ibironke Olofin, Elysia Larson, Wafaie Fawzi and Till Bärnighausen

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:160

    Published on: 22 February 2017

  10. Research article

    Factors associated with preferences for long-term care settings in old age: evidence from a population-based survey in Germany

    Long-term care is one of the most pressing health policy issues in Germany. It is expected that the need for long-term care will increase markedly in the next decades due to demographic shifts. The purpose of ...

    André Hajek, Thomas Lehnert, Annemarie Wegener, Steffi G. Riedel-Heller and Hans-Helmut König

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:156

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  11. Research article

    The characteristics of stroke units in Ontario: a pan-provincial survey

    Previous studies have demonstrated that organized, multidisciplinary care is the cornerstone of current strategies to reduce the death and disability caused by stroke. Identification of stroke units and an und...

    Valeria E. Rac, Yeva Sahakyan, Iris Fan, Luciano Ieraci, Ruth Hall, Linda Kelloway, Gabrielle van der Velde, Moira K. Kapral, Mark Bayley and Murray Krahn

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:154

    Published on: 21 February 2017

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    Patient satisfaction with doctor-patient interactions: a mixed methods study among diabetes mellitus patients in Pakistan

    Patient satisfaction with doctor-patient interactions is an indicator of physicians’ competence. The satisfaction of diabetes patients is rarely studied in public diabetes clinics of Pakistan. Thus, this study...

    Aisha Jalil, Rubeena Zakar, Muhammad Zakria Zakar and Florian Fischer

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:155

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  13. Research article

    Meaning and barriers to quality care service provision in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: Qualitative study of stakeholder perspectives

    Defining quality in health presents many challenges. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defined quality clinical care as care that is equitable, timely, safe, efficient, effective and patient centred. However, it...

    Nadzeya Svirydzenka, Pablo Ronzoni and Nisha Dogra

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:151

    Published on: 20 February 2017

  14. Study Protocol

    The Alice Springs Hospital Readmission Prevention Project (ASHRAPP): a randomised control trial

    Hospitals are frequently faced with high levels of emergency department presentations and demand for inpatient care. An important contributing factor is the subset of patients with complex chronic diseases who...

    Gabrielle Diplock, James Ward, Simon Stewart, Paul Scuffham, Penny Stewart, Carole Reeve, Lea Davidson and Graeme Maguire

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:153

    Published on: 20 February 2017

  15. Research article

    Language support for linguistic minority chronic hepatitis B/C patients: an exploratory study of availability and clinicians’ perceptions of language barriers in six European countries

    Language support for linguistic minorities can improve patient safety, clinical outcomes and the quality of health care. Most chronic hepatitis B/C infections in Europe are detected among people born in endemi...

    Abby M. Falla, Irene K. Veldhuijzen, Amena A. Ahmad, Miriam Levi and Jan Hendrik Richardus

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:150

    Published on: 20 February 2017

  16. Research article

    Assessment of Educational Needs and Quality of Life of Chronic Hepatitis Patients

    Patient education is crucial in improving the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of patients. At the same, understanding the concerns and needs of patients is essential in providing appropriate education. ...

    Ming-Chuan Chen, Hung-Chang Hung, Hsiu-Ju Chang, Sheng-Shun Yang, Wen-Chen Tsai and Shu-Chuan Chang

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:148

    Published on: 17 February 2017

  17. Research article

    Learning from 2523 trauma deaths in India- opportunities to prevent in-hospital deaths

    A systematic analysis of trauma deaths is a step towards trauma quality improvement in Indian hospitals. This study estimates the magnitude of preventable trauma deaths in five Indian hospitals, and uses a pee...

    Nobhojit Roy, Deepa Kizhakke Veetil, Monty Uttam Khajanchi, Vineet Kumar, Harris Solomon, Jyoti Kamble, Debojit Basak, Göran Tomson and Johan von Schreeb

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:142

    Published on: 16 February 2017

  18. Research article

    Stakeholder perspectives on the implementation of genetic carrier screening in a changing landscape

    In most countries, genetic carrier screening is neither offered, nor embedded in mainstream healthcare. Technological developments have triggered a two-fold transition in carrier screening: the expansion from ...

    Kim C.A. Holtkamp, Evelien M. Vos, Tessel Rigter, Phillis Lakeman, Lidewij Henneman and Martina C. Cornel

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:146

    Published on: 16 February 2017

  19. Research article

    Collaborative leadership and the implementation of community-based fall prevention initiatives: a multiple case study of public health practice within community groups

    Falls among community-dwelling older adults are a serious public health concern. While evidence-based fall prevention strategies are available, their effective implementation requires broad cross-sector coordi...

    Maureen Markle-Reid, Cathy Dykeman, Jenny Ploeg, Caralyn Kelly Stradiotto, Angela Andrews, Susan Bonomo, Sarah Orr-Shaw and Niyati Salker

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:141

    Published on: 16 February 2017

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