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  1. Retinal diseases are very difficult to treat. So, early diagnoses and preventions are very important. But, few eye doctors can treat patients with retinal diseases in Nepal. Retina Eye Care of Nepal (RECON) pr...

    Authors: Arjun Shrestha, Chunu Shrestha, Pratap Karki, Hara Maya Gurung and Takeshi Naito

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:986

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  2. Falls and fall-related injuries are a major public health problem and an international priority for health services. Despite research showing that evidence-based fall prevention is effective, its translation i...

    Authors: Hilde Worum, Daniela Lillekroken, Birgitte Ahlsen, Kirsti Skavberg Roaldsen and Astrid Bergland

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:985

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  3. Providing equal treatment for those who have the same need for healthcare, regardless of their socioeconomic and cultural background, has become a shared goal among policymakers who strive to improve healthcar...

    Authors: Yi Wang, Zhengyue Jing, Lulu Ding, Xue Tang, Yuejing Feng, Jie Li, Zhuo Chen and Chengchao Zhou

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:984

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  4. Patient satisfaction is a fundamental aspect of perceived health care quality. The original English version of the Patient Satisfaction with Cancer-related Care (PSCC) is a psychometrically validated, one-dime...

    Authors: Frederike Bokemeyer, Lukas Lange-Drenth, Pascal Jean-Pierre, Holger Schulz and Christiane Bleich

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:983

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  5. Over the past decade, an increasing number of low- and middle-income countries have reduced or removed user fees for pregnant women and/or children under five as a strategy to achieve universal health coverage...

    Authors: Veronique Plouffe, Frank Bicaba, Abel Bicaba and Thomas Druetz

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:982

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  6. There has been a significant increase in computed tomography (CT) utilization over the past two decades with the major challenges being a high exposure to ionizing radiation and rising cost. In this study we a...

    Authors: Joshua Tambe, Lawrence Mbuagbaw, Pierre Ongolo-Zogo, Georges Nguefack-Tsague, Andrew Edjua, Victor Mbome-Njie and Jacqueline Ze Minkande

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:981

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  7. Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) adoption is an important strategy to help improve primary care quality within Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) community health centers (CHC), but evidenc...

    Authors: Nathaniel Bell, Rebecca Wilkerson, Kathy Mayfield-Smith and Ana Lòpez-De Fede

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:980

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  8. This study examines the effects of a shift in medical coverage, from National Health Insurance (NHI) to Medical Aid (MA), on health care utilization (measured by the number of outpatient visits and length of s...

    Authors: Doo Woong Lee, Jieun Jang, Dong-Woo Choi, Sung-In Jang and Eun-Cheol Park

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:979

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  9. Misguided prescription of antibiotics is an important contributor towards the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance. The absence of effective interventions to control antibiotic use leads to increased ...

    Authors: Michael Mireku Opoku, Harriet Affran Bonful and Kwadwo Ansah Koram

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:978

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  10. Canada legalized cannabis use for medical purposes in 1999. Legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes in October 2018 offered the opportunity to assess the impact of recreational legalization on cance...

    Authors: Philippa Hawley, Monica Gobbo and Narsis Afghari

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:977

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  11. The complexity of caring for patients with chronic conditions necessitates new models of integrated care to accommodate an increasing demand. To inform the development of integrated care models, it is essentia...

    Authors: Anders Damgaard Møller Schlünsen, David Høyrup Christiansen, Ulrich Fredberg and Peter Vedsted

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:976

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  12. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends oxytocin as the drug of choice for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) prevention. However, the WHO has also recently considered carbetocin for PPH prevention, but only i...

    Authors: Jamaica Roanne Briones, Pattarawalai Talungchit, Montarat Thavorncharoensap and Usa Chaikledkaew

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:975

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  13. While there is a growing body of literature supporting clinical decision-making for rehabilitation professionals, suboptimal use of evidence-based practices in that field persists. A strategic initiative that ...

    Authors: Katherine Montpetit-Tourangeau, Dahlia Kairy, Sara Ahmed, Dana Anaby, André Bussières, Marie-Ève Lamontagne, Annie Rochette, Keiko Shikako-Thomas and Aliki Thomas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:973

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  14. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals often juggle the challenges of working and living in the same community in ways that are positive for both themselves and their clients. Th...

    Authors: Michelle Dickson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:972

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  15. Despite many studies evaluating the effectiveness of integrated care, evidence remains inconsistent. There is increasing commentary pointing out the mismatch between the ability to capture the somewhat ‘illusi...

    Authors: Jenny Billings, Simone R. de Bruin, Caroline Baan and Giel Nijpels

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:971

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  16. Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) provide recommendations for practice, but the proliferation of CPGs issued by multiple organisations in recent years has raised concern about their quality. The aim of this ...

    Authors: G. Castellini, V. Iannicelli, M. Briguglio, D. Corbetta, L. M. Sconfienza, G. Banfi and S. Gianola

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:970

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  17. Early diagnosis is crucial for the treatment of childhood cancer as it in some cases can prevent progression of disease and improve prognoses. However, childhood cancer can be difficult to diagnose and barrier...

    Authors: Line Hjøllund Pedersen, Ayo Wahlberg, Marie Cordt, Kjeld Schmiegelow, Susanne Oksbjerg Dalton and Hanne Bækgaard Larsen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:969

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  18. Timely access is a challenge for providers of outpatient and community-based health services, as seen by the often lengthy waiting lists to manage demand. The Specific Timely Appointments for Triage (STAT) mod...

    Authors: Katherine E. Harding, David A. Snowdon, Luke Prendergast, Annie K. Lewis, Bridie Kent, Sandy F. Leggat and Nicholas F. Taylor

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:968

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  19. Nation-wide adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) in hospitals has become a Turkish policy priority in recognition of their benefits in maintaining the overall quality of clinical care. The electronic m...

    Authors: Ilker Kose, John Rayner, Suayip Birinci, Mustafa Mahir Ulgu, Ismayil Yilmaz and Seyma Guner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:967

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  20. More than a quarter of global neonatal deaths are reported from India, and a large proportion of these deaths are preventable. However, in the absence of robust public health care systems in several states in ...

    Authors: Isaac Gikandi Mungai, Sumit Singh Baghel, Shuchi Soni, Shailja Vagela, Megha Sharma, Vishal Diwan, Ashok J. Tamhankar, Cecilia Stålsby Lundborg and Ashish Pathak

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:966

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  21. High burnout has been reported in physician populations. Although the standardized residency training (SRT) in China includes components that might put residents at a higher risk for burnout, the burnout of Ch...

    Authors: Lei Huang, Jennifer Harsh Caspari, Xiaoting Sun, Jessica Thai, Yaxi Li, Fa-zhan Chen and Xu-dong Zhao

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:965

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  22. Increasing the knowledge about heart failure (HF) costs and their determinants is important to ascertain how HF management can be optimized, leading to a significant decrease of HF costs. This study evaluated ...

    Authors: Carlos Escobar, Luis Varela, Beatriz Palacios, Margarita Capel, Antoni Sicras, Aram Sicras, Antonio Hormigo, Roberto Alcázar, Nicolás Manito and Manuel Botana

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:964

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  23. As an alternative to acute hospitalisations, all communities in Norway are required to provide inpatient care in municipal acute bed units (MAUs) for patients who can be treated at the primary care level. Pati...

    Authors: Synnøve Karin Hernes, Valborg Baste, Kurt Arild Krokmyrdal, Silje Longva Todnem, Sabine Ruths and Ingrid Hjulstad Johansen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:963

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  24. Healthcare systems implement change at different rates because of differences in incentives, organizational processes, key influencers, and management styles. A comparable set of forces may play out at the nat...

    Authors: Kamran Badizadegan, David M. Vanlandingham, Wesley Hampton and Kimberly M. Thompson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:962

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  25. Asylum seekers are a vulnerable group with special needs in health care due to their migration history and pre-, peri- and postmigratory social determinants of health. However, in Germany access to health care...

    Authors: Andreas Niedermaier, Anna Freiberg, Daniel Tiller, Andreas Wienke and Amand Führer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:961

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  26. Implementation of person-centred care (PCC) is a challenging undertaking. Thus, a call has been issued for a robust and generic instrument to measure and enable evaluation of PCC across settings and patient gr...

    Authors: Helena Fridberg, Lars Wallin, Catarina Wallengren, Anders Kottorp, Henrietta Forsman and Malin Tistad

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:960

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  27. The use of mental health supports by populations exposed to terrorist attacks is rarely studied despite their need for psychotrauma care. This article focuses on civilians exposed to the November 2015 terroris...

    Authors: Philippe Pirard, Thierry Baubet, Yvon Motreff, Gabrielle Rabet, Maude Marillier, Stéphanie Vandentorren, Cécile Vuillermoz, Lise Eilin Stene and Antoine Messiah

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:959

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  28. Embedding patient accommodation need in the electronic health record (EHR) has been proposed as one means to improve health care delivery to patients with disabilities. Accommodation need is not a standard fie...

    Authors: Nancy R. Mudrick, Mary Lou Breslin, Kyrian A. Nielsen and LeeAnn C. Swager

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:958

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  29. Healthcare organisations differ in performance even if they are located in the same country or region. Suitable managerial practices and organisational processes can lead to better health outcomes. As a result...

    Authors: Simone Fanelli, Roberto Bellù, Antonello Zangrandi, Luigi Gagliardi and Rinaldo Zanini

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:957

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  30. This study aimed to translate the English version of the supportive care needs scale of head and neck cancer patients (SCNS-HNC) questionnaire into Mandarin and to test the reliability and validity of the SCNS...

    Authors: Jianxia Lyu, Li Yin, Ping Cheng, Bin Li, Shanshan Peng, Chunlian Yang, Jing Yang, Haixin Liang and Qinghua Jiang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:956

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  31. Among all women who experienced an abortion in Sweden 2017, 45% had previously underwent at least one abortion. This phenomenon of increasing rates of repeat abortions stimulated efforts to improve contracepti...

    Authors: Helena Kilander, Jan Brynhildsen, Siw Alehagen and Johan Thor

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:948

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  32. Falls may lead to hip fractures, which have a detrimental effect on the prognosis of patients as well as a considerable impact on healthcare expenditures. Since a secondary hip fracture (SHF) may lead to even ...

    Authors: Stefania Manetti, Giuseppe Turchetti and Francesco Fusco

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:955

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  33. Dementia is one of the greatest health challenges in the contemporary world. Due to several barriers to accessing health care services, elderly immigrants constitute a group that poses special challenges in de...

    Authors: Elżbieta Anna Czapka and Mette Sagbakken

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:954

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  34. Among the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), three were devoted to health. Two amongst which MDG4 in relation to the reduction of infant mortality has not been achieved in Least Developed Countries (LD...

    Authors: Rodrigue Nda’chi Deffo and Benjamin Fomba Kamga

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:953

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  35. Health care services internationally are refocussing care delivery towards patient centred, integrated care that utilises effective, efficient and innovative models of care to optimise patient outcomes and sys...

    Authors: Maha Pervaz Iqbal, Elizabeth Manias, Laurel Mimmo, Stephen Mears, Briony Jack, Liz Hay and Reema Harrison

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:952

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  36. HIV-positive children have lagged adults on retention in HIV care and viral suppression. To address this gap, Eswatini’s Ministry of Health started a pilot family-centered HIV care model (FCCM) targeting HIV-p...

    Authors: Philisiwe N. Khumalo, Leila Katirayi, Kim Ashburn, Caspian Chouraya, Lydia Mpango, Nobuhle Mthethwa and Lynne M. Mofenson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:951

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  37. Climatic conditions and seasonal trends can affect population health, but typically, we consider the effect of climate on the epidemiology of communicable diseases. However, climate can also have an effect on ...

    Authors: Briana Stone, Júlia Sambo, Talata Sawadogo-Lewis and Timothy Roberton

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:950

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  38. Specific medical guidelines for health surveillance exist for people with Down syndrome (DS) since 25 years but knowledge of adherence to the guidelines is lacking. The guidelines were developed to avoid unnec...

    Authors: G. Ahlström, A. Axmon, M. Sandberg and E. Flygare Wallén

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:949

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  39. Awareness of domestic violence and abuse (DVA) as a problem among military personnel (serving and veterans) has grown in recent years, and there is a need for research to inform improvements in the identificat...

    Authors: Katherine Sparrow, Filipa Alves-Costa, Ana Alves, Neil Greenberg, Louise M. Howard, Nicola T. Fear and Deirdre MacManus

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:947

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  40. Asian countries are making efforts to apply the partnership model in doctor-patient communication that has been used effectively in Western countries. However, notable differences between Western and Asian cul...

    Authors: Trung Quang Tran, A. J. J. A. Scherpbier, Jan van Dalen, Dung Do Van and Elaine Pamela Wright

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:946

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  41. The current healthcare sector consists of diverse services to accommodate the high demands and expectations of the users. Nursing plays a major role in catering to these demands and expectations, but nursing c...

    Authors: Nor Haty Hassan, Syed Mohamed Aljunid and Amrizal Muhammad Nur

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:945

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  42. Repeated studies of working hours among Norwegian regular general practitioners (RGPs) have shown that the average total number of weekly working hours has remained unchanged since 1994 and up until 2014. For ...

    Authors: Ingrid Keilegavlen Rebnord, Tone Morken, Kjell Maartmann-Moe and Steinar Hunskaar

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:944

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  43. Alcohol interventions are important to the developing public health role of community pharmacies. The Medicines and Alcohol Consultation (MAC) is a new intervention, co-produced with community pharmacists (CPs...

    Authors: Duncan Stewart, Anne van Dongen, Michelle Watson, Laura Mandefield, Karl Atkin, Ranjita Dhital, Brent Foster, Brendan Gough, Catherine Hewitt, Mary Madden, Stephanie Morris, Ronan O’Carroll, Margaret Ogden, Steve Parrott, Judith Watson, Sue White…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:943

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  44. The asymmetry of information brings difficulty for government to manage public hospitals. Therefore, Jiading District of Shanghai has been establishing DRGs-based inpatient service management system (ISMS) to ...

    Authors: Lvfan Feng, Yuan Tian, Mei He, Jie Tang, Ying Peng, Chenjie Dong, Wenzhong Xu, Tao Wang and Jiangjiang He

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:942

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  45. Finding new strategies for care integration has become a policy priority for many fragmented health systems in Latin America. Although the implementation of interventions through a participatory action researc...

    Authors: Ingrid Vargas, Pamela Eguiguren, Amparo-Susana Mogollón-Pérez, Isabella Samico, Fernando Bertolotto, Julieta López-Vázquez and María-Luisa Vázquez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:941

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  46. In recent years, safer conception strategies have been developed to help HIV-serodiscordant couples conceive a child without transmitting HIV to the seronegative partner. The SAFER clinical trial assessed impl...

    Authors: Carolyn Smith Hughes, Joelle Brown, Caroline Murombedzi, Thandiwe Chirenda, Gift Chareka, Felix Mhlanga, Bismark Mateveke, Serah Gitome, Tinei Makurumure, Allen Matubu, Nyaradzo Mgodi, Zvavahera Chirenje and James G. Kahn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:940

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  47. Integrative Medicine (IM) combines conventional and complementary therapies. It aims to address biological, psychological, social, spiritual and environmental aspects of patients’ health. During the past 20 ye...

    Authors: Katharina Fetz, Alfred Längler, Melanie Schwermer, Clara Carvalho-Hilje, Jan Vagedes, Tycho Jan Zuzak and Thomas Ostermann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:939

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  48. This paper describes and compares patient flow characteristics of adult high system users (HSUs) and control groups in Alberta and Ontario emergency departments (EDs), Canada.

    Authors: Anqi Chen, Scott Fielding, X. Joan Hu, Patrick McLane, Andrew McRae, Maria Ospina and Rhonda J. Rosychuk

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:938

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  49. To evaluate the impact of a restricted access policy on workplace violence in a healthcare setting.

    Authors: Haonan Jia, Ruohui Chen, Lifeng Wei, Gangyu Zhang, Mingli Jiao, Chao Liu, Zhuowa Sha, Shuang Zhou, Yameng Wang, Jingqun Li, Xiaowen Jia, Omar Yacouba Ismael, Jingfu Mao and Qunhong Wu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:936

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