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

    What is the evidence for the management of patients along the pathway from the emergency department to acute admission to reduce unplanned attendance and admission? An evidence synthesis

    Globally, the rate of emergency hospital admissions is increasing. However, little evidence exists to inform the development of interventions to reduce unplanned Emergency Department (ED) attendances and hospi...

    Sarah H. Credé, Colin O’Keeffe, Suzanne Mason, Anthea Sutton, Emma Howe, Susan J. Croft and Mike Whiteside

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:355

    Published on: 16 May 2017

  2. Research article

    Health literacy and primary health care use of ethnic minorities in the Netherlands

    In the Netherlands, ethnic minority populations visit their general practitioner (GP) more often than the indigenous population. An explanation for this association is lacking. Recently, health literacy is sug...

    Marieke van der Gaag, Iris van der Heide, Peter M. M. Spreeuwenberg, Anne E. M. Brabers and Jany J. D. J. M. Rademakers

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:350

    Published on: 15 May 2017

  3. Research article

    Funding and remuneration of interdisciplinary primary care teams in Canada: a conceptual framework and application

    Reliance on interdisciplinary teams in the delivery of primary care is on the rise. Funding bodies strive to design financial environments that support collaboration between providers. At present, the design o...

    W. Dominika Wranik, Susan M. Haydt, Alan Katz, Adrian R. Levy, Maryna Korchagina, Jeanette M. Edwards and Ian Bower

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:351

    Published on: 15 May 2017

  4. Research article

    What makes weekend allied health services effective and cost-effective (or not) in acute medical and surgical wards? Perceptions of medical, nursing, and allied health workers

    There is strong public support for acute hospital services to move to genuine 7-day models, including access to multidisciplinary team assessment. This study aimed to identify factors that might enable an effe...

    Lisa O’Brien, Deb Mitchell, Elizabeth H. Skinner, Romi Haas, Marcelle Ghaly, Fiona McDermott, Kerry May and Terry Haines

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:345

    Published on: 12 May 2017

  5. Research article

    Sustainability in Health care by Allocating Resources Effectively (SHARE) 5: developing a model for evidence-driven resource allocation in a local healthcare setting

    This is the fifth in a series of papers reporting Sustainability in Health care by Allocating Resources Effectively (SHARE) in a local healthcare setting. This paper synthesises the findings from Phase One of ...

    Claire Harris, Kelly Allen, Cara Waller, Sally Green, Richard King, Wayne Ramsey, Cate Kelly and Malar Thiagarajan

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:342

    Published on: 10 May 2017

  6. Research article

    Sustainability in health care by allocating resources effectively (SHARE) 3: examining how resource allocation decisions are made, implemented and evaluated in a local healthcare setting

    This is the third in a series of papers reporting a program of Sustainability in Health care by Allocating Resources Effectively (SHARE) in a local healthcare setting. Leaders in a large Australian health serv...

    Claire Harris, Kelly Allen, Cara Waller and Vanessa Brooke

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:340

    Published on: 9 May 2017

  7. Research article

    Sustainability in health care by allocating resources effectively (SHARE) 4: exploring opportunities and methods for consumer engagement in resource allocation in a local healthcare setting

    This is the fourth in a series of papers reporting a program of Sustainability in Health care by Allocating Resources Effectively (SHARE) in a local healthcare setting. Healthcare decision-makers have sought t...

    Claire Harris, Henry Ko, Cara Waller, Pamela Sloss and Pamela Williams

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:329

    Published on: 5 May 2017

  8. Research article

    Key aspects related to implementation of risk stratification in health care systems-the ASSEHS study

    The lack of proven efficacy of new healthcare interventions represents a problem for health systems globally. It is partly related to suboptimal implementation processes, leading to poor adoption of new interv...

    Joana Mora, Miren David Iturralde, Lucía Prieto, Cristina Domingo, Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Catalina Martínez-Carazo, Anna Giné March, Daniele De Massari, Tino Martí, Marco Nalin, Francesca Avolio, Jean Bousquet and Esteban de Manuel Keenoy

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:331

    Published on: 5 May 2017

  9. Research article

    Sustainability in Health care by Allocating Resources Effectively (SHARE) 2: identifying opportunities for disinvestment in a local healthcare setting

    This is the second in a series of papers reporting a program of Sustainability in Health care by Allocating Resources Effectively (SHARE) in a local healthcare setting. Rising healthcare costs, continuing adva...

    Claire Harris, Kelly Allen, Richard King, Wayne Ramsey, Cate Kelly and Malar Thiagarajan

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:328

    Published on: 5 May 2017

  10. Editorial

    Sustainability in Health care by allocating resources effectively (SHARE) 1: introducing a series of papers reporting an investigation of disinvestment in a local healthcare setting

    This is the first in a series of papers reporting Sustainability in Health care by Allocating Resources Effectively (SHARE). The SHARE Program is an investigation of concepts, opportunities, methods and implic...

    Claire Harris, Sally Green, Wayne Ramsey, Kelly Allen and Richard King

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:323

    Published on: 4 May 2017

  11. Research article

    Validation of an instrument for measuring satisfaction of patients undergoing hemodialysis

    Patients’ satisfaction is an indicator of the quality of healthcare services. Its measurement involves developing and validating complex instruments. The purpose of this study was to validate a scale for measu...

    Mauricio Sanabria-Arenas, Julia Tobón- Marín, María Claudia Certuche-Quintana and Ricardo Sánchez-Pedraza

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:321

    Published on: 3 May 2017

  12. Research article

    The quality of Medicaid and Medicare data obtained from CMS and its contractors: implications for pharmacoepidemiology

    Administrative claims of United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) beneficiaries have long been used in non-experimental research. While CMS performs in-house checks of these claims, littl...

    Charles E. Leonard, Colleen M. Brensinger, Young Hee Nam, Warren B. Bilker, Geralyn M. Barosso, Margaret J. Mangaali and Sean Hennessy

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:304

    Published on: 26 April 2017

  13. Research article

    “It’s so hard taking pills when you don’t know what they’re for”: a qualitative study of patients’ medicine taking behaviours and conceptualisation of medicines in the context of rheumatoid arthritis

    Patients with chronic illnesses are often required to take lifelong medication to alleviate symptoms and prevent disease progression. Many patients find it difficult to adhere to prescribed medication for vari...

    Boitshoko Kobue, Shirra Moch and Jennifer Watermeyer

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:303

    Published on: 26 April 2017

  14. Study protocol

    Protocole of a controlled before-after evaluation of a national health information technology-based program to improve healthcare coordination and access to information

    Improvement of coordination of all health and social care actors in the patient pathways is an important issue in many countries. Health Information (HI) technology has been considered as a potentially effecti...

    Florence Saillour-Glénisson, Sylvie Duhamel, Emmanuelle Fourneyron, Laetitia Huiart, Jean Philippe Joseph, Emmanuel Langlois, Stephane Pincemail, Viviane Ramel, Thomas Renaud, Tamara Roberts, Matthieu Sibé, Frantz Thiessard, Jerome Wittwer and Louis Rachid Salmi

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:297

    Published on: 21 April 2017

  15. Research article

    Young people, mental health practitioners and researchers co-produce a Transition Preparation Programme to improve outcomes and experience for young people leaving Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

    In the UK young people attending child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are required to move on, either through discharge or referral to an adult service, at age 17/18, a period of increased risk ...

    Valerie Dunn

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:293

    Published on: 20 April 2017

  16. Research article

    Using implementation facilitation to foster clinical practice quality and adherence to evidence in challenged settings: a qualitative study

    We evaluated a facilitation strategy to help clinical sites likely to experience challenges implement evidence-based Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) care models within the context of a Departme...

    Mona J. Ritchie, Louise E. Parker, Carrie N. Edlund and JoAnn E. Kirchner

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:294

    Published on: 20 April 2017

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