Healthcare needs and demand

Section edited by Onyebuchi Arah and Michael Donnelly

This section aims to publish studies looking at the health care requirements of a population or community and research recommending ways in which to make changes to meet these needs. The section also accepts studies on the health services for which a population or community is able and willing to pay.

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  1. Research article

    Disparities in receipt of recommended care among younger versus older medicare beneficiaries: a cohort study

    Although health disparities have been documented between Medicare beneficiaries based on age (<65 years vs. older age groups), underuse of recommended medical care in younger beneficiaries has not been thoroug...

    Ling Na, Joel E. Streim, Liliana E. Pezzin, Jibby E. Kurichi, Dawei Xie, Hillary R. Bogner, Pui L. Kwong, Steven M. Asch and Sean Hennessy

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:241

    Published on: 29 March 2017

  2. Research article

    Explaining culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) parents’ access of healthcare services for developmental surveillance and anticipatory guidance: qualitative findings from the ‘Watch Me Grow’ study

    Regular health visits for parents with young children provide an opportunity for developmental surveillance and anticipatory guidance regarding common childhood problems and help to achieve optimal development...

    Pankaj Garg, My Trinh Ha, John Eastwood, Susan Harvey, Sue Woolfenden, Elisabeth Murphy, Cheryl Dissanayake, Bin Jalaludin, Katrina Williams, Anne McKenzie, Stewart Einfeld, Natalie Silove, Kate Short and Valsamma Eapen

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:228

    Published on: 22 March 2017

  3. Research article

    The role of consumer perspectives in estimating population need for substance use services: a scoping review

    A growing body of research assesses population need for substance use services. However, the extent to which survey research incorporates expert versus consumer perspectives on service need is unknown. We cond...

    Elaine Hyshka, Kamagaju Karekezi, Benjamin Tan, Linda G. Slater, Jesse Jahrig and T. Cameron Wild

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:217

    Published on: 20 March 2017

  4. Research article

    Hospitals admitting at least 100 patients with stroke a year should have a stroke unit: a case study from Australia

    Establishing a stroke unit (SU) in every hospital may be infeasible because of limited resources. In Australia, it is recommended that hospitals that admit ≥100 strokes per year should have a SU. We aimed to d...

    Dominique A. Cadilhac, Monique F. Kilkenny, Nadine E. Andrew, Elizabeth Ritchie, Kelvin Hill and Erin Lalor

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:212

    Published on: 16 March 2017

  5. Research article

    Medication-related calls received by a national telenursing triage and advice service in Australia: a retrospective cohort study

    Telenursing triage and advice services are increasingly being used to deliver health advice. Medication-related queries are common, however little research has explored the medication-related calls made to the...

    Ling Li, Rebecca Lake, Magdalena Z. Raban, Mary Byrne, Maureen Robinson, Johanna Westbrook and Melissa T. Baysari

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:197

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  6. Research article

    Engaging patients in health research: identifying research priorities through community town halls

    The vision of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research is that patients be actively engaged as partners in health research. Support units have been created across Canada to build capacity in patient-ori...

    Holly Etchegary, Lisa Bishop, Catherine Street, Kris Aubrey-Bassler, Dale Humphries, Lidewij Eva Vat and Brendan Barrett

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:192

    Published on: 11 March 2017

  7. Research article

    Factors associated with alcohol reduction in harmful and hazardous drinkers following alcohol brief intervention in Scotland: a qualitative enquiry

    Alcohol Brief Intervention (ABI) uses a motivational counselling approach to support individuals to reduce excessive alcohol consumption. There is growing evidence on ABI’s use within various health care setti...

    Jean M. McQueen, Claire Ballinger and Tracey E. Howe

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:181

    Published on: 8 March 2017

  8. Research article

    Service use of older people who participate in primary care health promotion: a latent class analysis

    Recruiting patients to health promotion programmes who will benefit is crucial to success. A key policy driver for health promotion in older people is to reduce health and social care use. Our aim was to descr...

    John A. Ford, Kalpa Kharicha, Caroline S. Clarke, Allan Clark, Steve Iliffe, Claire Goodman, Jill Manthorpe, Nick Steel and Kate Walters

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:176

    Published on: 6 March 2017

  9. Research article

    Reflection of illness and strategies for handling advanced lung cancer – a qualitative analysis in patients and their relatives

    Lung cancer patients are often diagnosed in an advanced stage of disease. In a situation of palliative treatment, both patients and their relatives experience existential burden. Evidence suggests that multi-p...

    Anika Sparla, Sebastian Flach-Vorgang, Matthias Villalobos, Katja Krug, Martina Kamradt, Kadiatou Coulibaly, Joachim Szecsenyi, Michael Thomas, Sinikka Gusset-Bährer and Dominik Ose

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:173

    Published on: 2 March 2017

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Research article

    Usefulness of an educational lecture focusing on improvement in public awareness of and attitudes toward depression and its treatments

    There is an urgent need to establish effective strategies for suicide prevention. Stigma against depression may be a potential anti-protective factor for suicide. Thus, we investigated baseline levels of aware...

    Takashi Yakushi, Teizo Kuba, Yuzuru Nakamoto, Hiroshi Fukuhara, Munenaga Koda, Osamu Tanaka and Tsuyoshi Kondo

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:126

    Published on: 10 February 2017

  15. Research article

    The challenges of assessing patients' medication beliefs: a qualitative study

    An estimated 50% of patients do not take their medication as prescribed, with medication adherence associated with adverse outcomes and higher costs of care. The Necessity-Concerns Framework identified individ...

    Rachael J. Thorneloe, Christopher E.M. Griffiths, Darren M. Ashcroft and Lis Cordingley

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:119

    Published on: 7 February 2017

  16. Research article

    A realist review of shared medical appointments: How, for whom, and under what circumstances do they work?

    Shared medical appointments (SMAs) are doctor-patient visits in which groups of patients are seen by one or more health care providers in a concurrent session. There is a growing interest in understanding the ...

    Susan R. Kirsh, David C. Aron, Kimberly D. Johnson, Laura E. Santurri, Lauren D. Stevenson, Katherine R. Jones and Justin Jagosh

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:113

    Published on: 4 February 2017

  17. Study protocol

    Practising proportionate universalism – a study protocol of an extended postnatal home visiting programme in a disadvantaged area in Stockholm, Sweden

    In spite of a well-developed welfare system in Sweden, there are important health divides between residential areas in Stockholm county, with shorter life expectancy in disadvantaged areas. These socioeconomic...

    Bo Burström, Anneli Marttila, Asli Kulane, Lene Lindberg and Kristina Burström

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:91

    Published on: 28 January 2017

  18. Research article

    Identifying social and economic barriers to regular care and treatment for Black men who have sex with men and women (BMSMW) and who are living with HIV: a qualitative study from the Bruthas cohort

    There is little research regarding the ability of Black men who have sex with men and women (BMSMW) to access and maintain HIV-related health care and treatment adherence. This population, who often insist on ...

    Emily A. Arnold, John Weeks, Michael Benjamin, William R. Stewart, Lance M. Pollack, Susan M. Kegeles and Don Operario

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:90

    Published on: 28 January 2017

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