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    Linking clinical quality indicators to research evidence - a case study in asthma management for children

    Clinical quality indicators are used to monitor the performance of healthcare services and should wherever possible be based on research evidence. Little is known however about the extent to which indicators i...

    Miew Keen Choong, Guy Tsafnat, Peter Hibbert, William B. Runciman and Enrico Coiera

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:502

    Published on: 21 July 2017

  2. Research article

    A qualitative study exploring perceptions and attitudes of community pharmacists about extended pharmacy services in Lahore, Pakistan

    In recent decades, community pharmacies reported a change of business model, whereby a shift from traditional services to the provision of extended roles was observed. However, such delivery of extended pharma...

    Furqan K. Hashmi, Mohamed Azmi Hassali, Adnan Khalid, Fahad Saleem, Hisham Aljadhey, Zaheer ud Din Babar and Mohammad Bashaar

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:500

    Published on: 19 July 2017

  3. Research article

    Legal access to medications: a threat to Brazil’s public health system?

    In Brazil, health is fundamental human right guaranteed by the Constitution of 1988, which created the Brazilian Universal Health System (Sistema Único de Saúde - SUS). The SUS provides medications for outpati...

    Ana Luiza Chieffi, Rita De Cassia Barata Barradas and Moisés Golbaum

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:499

    Published on: 19 July 2017

  4. Research article

    A qualitative study of clinic and community member perspectives on intervention toolkits: “Unless the toolkit is used it won’t help solve the problem”

    Intervention toolkits are common products of grant-funded research in public health and primary care settings. Toolkits are designed to address the knowledge translation gap by speeding implementation and diss...

    Melinda M. Davis, Sonya Howk, Margaret Spurlock, Paul B McGinnis, Deborah J. Cohen and Lyle J. Fagnan

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:497

    Published on: 18 July 2017

  5. Research article

    Cancer related fatigue: implementing guidelines for optimal management

    Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is a key concern for people living with cancer and can impair physical functioning and activities of daily living. Evidence-based guidelines for CRF are available, yet inconsistent...

    Elizabeth J. M. Pearson, Meg E. Morris and Carol E. McKinstry

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:496

    Published on: 18 July 2017

  6. Research article

    “We and the nurses are now working with one voice”: How community leaders and health committee members describe their role in Sierra Leone’s Ebola response

    Across low-income settings, community volunteers and health committee members support the formal health system - both routinely and amid emergencies - by engaging in health services such as referrals and healt...

    Shannon A. McMahon, Lara S. Ho, Kerry Scott, Hannah Brown, Laura Miller, Ruwan Ratnayake and Rashid Ansumana

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:495

    Published on: 18 July 2017

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    Assessing the link between implementation fidelity and health outcomes for a trial of intensive case management by community health workers: a mixed methods study protocol

    Better systems of care are required to address chronic disease in Indigenous people to ensure they can access all their care needs. Health research has produced evidence about effective models of care and chro...

    Barbara Schmidt, Kerrianne Watt, Robyn McDermott and Jane Mills

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:490

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  8. Research article

    Psychometric properties and relations with coping and family strain of the Health Services and Caregiver Experience questionnaire (HSCE): an outcome measure of informal caregivers’ experience for inpatient care in Italy

    In the last decade, the number of patients supported by informal caregivers has substantially increased. In the Italian healthcare context, informal caregivers’ experience of care is a new under-recognized con...

    Anna Coluccia, Fabio Ferretti, Andrea Fagiolini and Andrea Pozza

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:494

    Published on: 17 July 2017

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    The German day-care study: multicomponent non-drug therapy for people with cognitive impairment in day-care centres supplemented with caregiver counselling (DeTaMAKS) – study protocol of a cluster-randomised controlled trial

    It is the wish of both people with cognitive impairment and their informal caregivers for the impaired person to live at home for as long as possible. This is also in line with economic arguments about health....

    Elisa-Marie Behrndt, Melanie Straubmeier, Hildegard Seidl, Stephanie Book, Elmar Graessel and Katharina Luttenberger

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:492

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  10. Research article

    Advancing team-based primary health care: a comparative analysis of policies in western Canada

    We analyzed and compared primary health care (PHC) policies in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan to understand how they inform the design and implementation of team-based primary health care service d...

    Esther Suter, Sara Mallinson, Renee Misfeldt, Omenaa Boakye, Louise Nasmith and Sabrina T. Wong

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:493

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  11. Research article

    Medical condition and care of undocumented migrants in ambulatory clinics in Tel Aviv, Israel: assessing unmet needs

    Approximately 150,000 undocumented migrants (UM) who are medically uninsured reside in Israel, including ~50,000 originating from the horn of Africa (MHA). Free medical-care is provided by two walk-in clinics ...

    Zohar Mor, Yuval Raveh, Ido Lurie, Alex Leventhal, Roni Gamzu, Nadav Davidovitch, Orel Benari and Itamar Grotto

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:484

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  12. Research article

    Delay along the care-seeking journey of patients with ocular surface squamous neoplasia in Kenya

    In Africa, accessing eye health services is a major challenge. Ocular surface squamous neoplasia (OSSN) is a substantial ocular health problem in Africa related to solar UV light exposure and HIV infection amo...

    Stephen Gichuhi, Joy Kabiru, Alain M’bongo Zindamoyen, Hillary Rono, Ernest Ollando, Joseph Wachira, Rhoda Munene, Timothy Onyuma, Mandeep S. Sagoo, David Macleod, Helen A. Weiss and Matthew J. Burton

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:485

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  13. Research article

    Satisfaction, discomfort, obligations, and concerns in population-based breast cancer screening: cross-sectional study in a Danish population

    Potential barriers to breast cancer screening adherence include patient satisfaction, as well as pain, feeling obliged to participate, and other concerns that might compromise the level of satisfaction.

    Pernille Gabel, Mette Bach Larsen, Pernille Bjørnholt Nielsen, Dorte Brandt Svendstrup and Berit Andersen

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:489

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  14. Research article

    How well do ICD-9 physician claim diagnostic codes identify confirmed pertussis cases in Alberta, Canada? A Canadian Immunization Research Network (CIRN) Study

    Rates of Bordetella pertussis have been increasing in Alberta, Canada despite vaccination programs. Waning immunity from existing acellular component vaccines may be contributing to this. Vaccine effectiveness ca...

    Sumana Fathima, Kimberley A. Simmonds, Steven J. Drews, Lawrence W. Svenson, Jeffrey C. Kwong, Salaheddin M. Mahmud, Susan Quach, Caitlin Johnson, Kevin L. Schwartz, Natasha S. Crowcroft and Margaret L. Russell

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:479

    Published on: 12 July 2017

  15. Research article

    Expanding co-payment for methadone maintenance services in Vietnam: the importance of addressing health and socioeconomic inequalities

    Ensuring high enrollment while mobilizing resources through co-payment services is critical to the success of the methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) program in Vietnam. This study assessed the willingness o...

    Bach Xuan Tran, Quyen Le Nguyen, Long Hoang Nguyen, Huong Thu Thi Phan, Huong Thi Le, Tho Dinh Tran, Thuc Thi Minh Vu and Carl A. Latkin

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:480

    Published on: 12 July 2017

  16. Research article

    The three paradoxes of patient flow: an explanatory case study

    Health systems in many jurisdictions struggle to reduce Emergency Department congestion and improve patient flow across the continuum of care. Flow is often described as a systemic issue requiring a “system ap...

    Sara A. Kreindler

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:481

    Published on: 12 July 2017

  17. Research article

    Do elections matter for private-sector healthcare management in Brazil? An analysis of municipal health policy

    This study analyzed several political determinants of increased private-sector management in Brazilian health care. In Brazil, the poor depend almost exclusively on the public Unified Health System (the SUS), ...

    Alecia J. McGregor, Carlos Eduardo Siqueira, Alan M. Zaslavsky and Robert J. Blendon

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:483

    Published on: 12 July 2017

  18. Research article

    Deregulation of sale of over-the-counter drugs outside of pharmacies in the Republic of Korea: interrupted-time-series analysis of outpatient visits before and after the policy

    We evaluated the effectiveness of a policy allowing for the sale of over-the-counter drugs outside of pharmacies by examining its effect on number of monthly outpatient visits for acute upper respiratory infec...

    Sung-Youn Chun, Hye-Ki Park, Kyu-Tae Han, Woorim Kim, Hyo-Jung Lee and Eun-Cheol Park

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:478

    Published on: 12 July 2017

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