Organization, structure and delivery of healthcare

Section edited by  Stefano Bonacina, Marie Pierre Gagnon and Holly Lanham

This section aims to publish studies looking at how health care is planned, organized and structured, including in terms of relationships among personnel or departments, as well as research on the provision of healthcare to an individual, group, population or community.

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  1. Research article

    Perceptions of interprofessional collaboration of general practitioners and community pharmacists - a qualitative study

    Despite numerous evidences for the positive effect of community pharmacists on health care, interprofessional collaboration of pharmacists and general practitioners is very often limited. Though highly trained...

    Christin Löffler, Carolin Koudmani, Femke Böhmer, Susanne D. Paschka, Jennifer Höck, Eva Drewelow, Martin Stremme, Bernd Stahlhacke and Attila Altiner

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:224

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  2. Research article

    Effects of interdisciplinary teamwork on patient-reported experience of cancer care

    Interdisciplinary teamwork (ITW) is deemed necessary for quality cancer care practices. Nevertheless, variation in ITW intensity among cancer teams is understudied, and quantitative evidence of the effect of d...

    Dominique Tremblay, Danièle Roberge, Nassera Touati, Elizabeth Maunsell and Djamal Berbiche

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:218

    Published on: 20 March 2017

  3. Study protocol

    PORTALS: design of an innovative approach to anticoagulation management through eHealth

    For the monitoring of International Normalized Ratio (INR) values, venous thromboembolism (VTE) and atrial fibrillation (AF) patients can visit anticoagulation clinics, laboratories, or physicians for venous p...

    E. P. W. A. Talboom-Kamp, N. A. Verdijk, I. J. S. H. Talboom, L. M. Harmans, M. E. Numans and N. H. Chavannes

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:213

    Published on: 16 March 2017

  4. Research article

    Exploring public sector physicians’ resilience, reactions and coping strategies in times of economic crisis; findings from a survey in Portugal’s capital city area

    Evidence is accumulating on the impact of the recent economic crisis on health and health systems across Europe. However, little is known about the effect this is having on physicians - a crucial resource for ...

    Giuliano Russo, Carlos André Pires, Julian Perelman, Luzia Gonçalves and Pedro Pita Barros

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:207

    Published on: 15 March 2017

  5. Research article

    Implementation of evidence-informed practice through central network actors; a case study of three public health units in Canada

    Workforce development is an important aspect of evidence-informed decision making (EIDM) interventions. The social position of individuals in formal and informal social networks, and the relevance of formal ro...

    Reza Yousefi Nooraie, Alexandra Marin, Robert Hanneman, Lynne Lohfeld and Maureen Dobbins

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:208

    Published on: 15 March 2017

  6. Study protocol

    A protocol for the methodological steps used to evaluate the alignment of rehabilitation services in the Western Cape, South Africa with the National Rehabilitation Policy

    Rehabilitation medicine plays an integral part in attainment of optimal functioning after injury or disease. The National Rehabilitation Policy of South Africa (NRP) (2000) highlights the need for access to pr...

    Gubela Mji, Anthea Rhoda, Sue Statham and Conran Joseph

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:200

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  7. Research article

    Low contribution of health extension workers in identification of persons with presumptive pulmonary tuberculosis in Ethiopian Somali Region pastoralists

    To accelerate the expansion of primary healthcare coverage, the Ethiopian government started deploying specially trained community health workers named Health Extension Workers (HEWs) in 2003. HEWs work on six...

    Fentabil Getnet, Abdiwahab Hashi, Sahardid Mohamud, Hassen Mowlid and Eveline Klinkenberg

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:193

    Published on: 11 March 2017

  8. Research article

    Does capitation affect the delivery of oral healthcare and access to services? Evidence from a pilot contact in Northern Ireland

    In May 2009, the Northern Ireland government introduced General Dental Services (GDS) contracts based on capitation in dental practices newly set up by a corporate dental provider to promote access to dental c...

    Harry Hill, Stephen Birch, Martin Tickle, Ruth McDonald, Michael Donaldson, Donncha O’Carolan and Paul Brocklehurst

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:175

    Published on: 6 March 2017

  9. Research article

    Experiences from implementing value-based healthcare at a Swedish University Hospital – a 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

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