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New in: The health workforce

European doctors report that Brexit has had a profound impact on their decisions to leave the UK, a new qualitative study finds. 

New in: Health policy, politics and power

Hispanic-serving organizations are less likely to provide integrated mental health services than mainstream organizations in the US. 

New in: Health system quality and safety

A new roadmap for the future development of quality measures for healthcare delivered to transgender people. 

New in: Health services research methodology

A new step-by-step guide for conducting meta-ethnographies in healthcare research has been published, accompanied by illustrative examples.

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Latest blog

The forgotten Covid-19 ‘survivors’

In a new blog, Dr. Emma Ladds, Dr. Sharon Taylor, and Prof. Trish Greenhalgh tell us more about their new qualitative study exploring people's experience of long Covid in the UK and their draft quality principles for services. 

Highly Accessed Articles in 2020

Mechanical ventilation and the daily cost of ICU care

Kaier et al. found substantial variability of intensive care unit (ICU) costs for different underlying diseases, emphasizing that mechanical ventilation is an important driver of ICU costs.

Models and methods for determining the optimal number of beds

Through a systematic scoping review, Ravaghi et al. characterized models and methods for determining bed numbers at hospital and regional levels, comparing their advantages and challenges.


Latest Published Collections


Advancing Dementia Care
Edited by: Dr. Clarissa Giebel and Tillie Cryer
Collection published: 13 May 2020

Health Services Research for Opioid Use Disorders
Edited by: Dr. Kim Hoffman
Collection published: 31 March 2020

Management of Infectious Diseases in Health Systems and Services
Edited by: Tillie Cryer
Collection published: 19 March 2020

Aims and scope

BMC Health Services Research is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of health services research. The journal has a special focus on eHealth, governance, health policy, health system quality and safety, healthcare delivery and access to healthcare, healthcare financing and economics, implementing reform, and the health workforce.


  • Designing and implementing health system reform
  • eHealth, mHealth and informatics
  • Health policy, politics and power
  • Health system quality and safety
  • Healthcare delivery and access to healthcare
  • Healthcare financing and economics
  • Healthcare governance and management
  • The health workforce

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Assistant Editors

  • James Edwards, BMC, UK
  • Anisa Lowe, BMC, UK

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BMC Health Service Research is affiliated with Health Systems Global. Health Systems Global is a unique organization driven by a diverse, global membership of researchers, decision-makers, and implementers who are dedicated to promoting health systems research and knowledge translation. 

The activities of Health Systems Global span three broad areas: 

  1. To foster the creation of new knowledge
  2. To support knowledge translation focusing on bridging knowledge creation with practical application
  3. To foster research on the application of new knowledge in real-world settings. 

*Health Systems Global members can receive a 20% discount on the article-processing charges of submissions to journals published by BMC, including BMC Health Services Research and the BMC Series journals, when they provide a discount code at submission. 

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2019 Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    1.987 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.564- 5-year Impact Factor
    1.230 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    0.995 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)


    Social Media Impact
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