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  1. Content type: Research article

    Antibiotic stewardship, the proper management of antibiotics to ensure optimal patient outcomes, is based on quality improvement. Evidence-based guidelines and protocols have been developed to improve this pro...

    Authors: Chimwemwe Tusekile Mula, Nicola Human and Lyn Middleton

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:64

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    The aim of this study was to assess the relation between perceived social support and personal autonomy of individuals with intellectual disabilities and Health-Related Quality of Life.

    Authors: Montserrat Alonso-Sardón, Helena Iglesias-de-Sena, Luz Celia Fernández-Martín and José Antonio Mirón-Canelo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:63

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    There is a growing body of international research that displays the prevalence and character of abuse in health care. Even though most of these studies are conducted from a patient perspective little is known ...

    Authors: A. Jelmer Brüggemann, Camilla Forsberg and Robert Thornberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:58

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    Preconception care has been acknowledged as an intervention to reduce perinatal mortality and morbidity. However, utilization of preconception care is low because of low awareness of availability and benefits ...

    Authors: Meertien K. Sijpkens, Sabine F. van Voorst, Lieke C. de Jong-Potjer, Semiha Denktaş, Arnoud P. Verhoeff, Loes C. M. Bertens, Ageeth N. Rosman and Eric A. P. Steegers

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:60

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Burnout and employee turnover in mental health services are costly and can have a negative impact on service user outcomes. Using the Job Demands-Resources model as a foundation, the aim of this study was to e...

    Authors: Justin Newton Scanlan and Megan Still

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:62

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (PACIC-5A) was developed to assess the satisfaction with patient-provider interaction based on the Chronic Care Model. The additional 5A approach (assess, advise,...

    Authors: Maria Schwenke, Franziska D. Welzel, Claudia Luck-Sikorski, Alexander Pabst, Anette Kersting, Matthias Blüher, Hans-Helmut König, Steffi G. Riedel-Heller and Janine Stein

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:61

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Substantial progress has been made in reducing child mortality over the last decades, however the magnitude of the problem is yet high globally Appropriate health care-seeking behavior of mothers/guardians for...

    Authors: Muluye Molla Simieneh, Mezgebu Yitayal Mengistu, Abebaw Addis Gelagay and Mulugeta Tesfa Gebeyehu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:59

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Progress in health service quality is vital to reach the target of Universal Health Coverage. However, in order to improve quality, it must be measured, and the assessment results must be actionable. We analyz...

    Authors: Sabine Renggli, Iddy Mayumana, Dominick Mboya, Christopher Charles, Christopher Mshana, Flora Kessy, Tracy R. Glass, Constanze Pfeiffer, Alexander Schulze, Ann Aerts and Christian Lengeler

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:55

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  9. Content type: Research article

    This study analyzed the reasons why physicians migrated from the Program to Value Primary Healthcare Professionals (PROVAB) to the Mais Médicos (More doctors) Program in 2015, opting to become physicians of the P...

    Authors: Lyane Ramalho Cortez, Eliana Costa Guerra, Natércia Janine Dantas da Silveira and Luiz Roberto Augusto Noro

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:57

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Hypertension self-care practice is essential for blood pressure control and reduction of hypertension complications. Nevertheless, we know little concerning hypertension self-care practice in Ethiopia. The pur...

    Authors: Sewunet Ademe, Fekadu Aga and Debela Gela

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:51

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Nursing care plays a prominent role in determining the overall satisfaction of patients’ hospitalization experience. Studies have shown that satisfaction with nursing care is the best indicator of patients’ sa...

    Authors: Ayele Semachew Kasa and Hayleyesus Gedamu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:52

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Promoting patient and occupational safety are two key challenges for hospitals. When aiming to improve these two outcomes synergistically, psychosocial working conditions, leadership by hospital management and...

    Authors: Anke Wagner, Monika A. Rieger, Tanja Manser, Heidrun Sturm, Juliane Hardt, Peter Martus, Constanze Lessing and Antje Hammer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:53

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    Health care reform is changing preventive services delivery. This study explored trajectories in colorectal cancer (CRC) testing over a 5-year period that included implementation of 16 Medicaid Accountable Car...

    Authors: Melinda M. Davis, Paul Shafer, Stephanie Renfro, Kristen Hassmiller Lich, Jackilen Shannon, Gloria D. Coronado, K. John McConnell and Stephanie B. Wheeler

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:54

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Since the 1960s, the federal government has been providing or funding a selection of community-based primary healthcare (PHC) programs on First Nations reserves. A key question is whether local access to PHC c...

    Authors: Josée G. Lavoie, Sabrina T. Wong, Naser Ibrahim, John D. O’Neil, Michael Green and Amanda Ward

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:50

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Birth weight is continuously decreasing in Japan since food satiation has become a problem in recent years. The present study aimed to develop and examine the reliability and validity of a scale for the assess...

    Authors: Kazuko Sonoda, Yuko Matsunari and Syuji Takei

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:48

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Strategic purchasing can ensure that financial resources are used in a way that optimally enhances the attainment of health system goals. A number of low- and middle-income countries, including Kenya, have exp...

    Authors: Kenneth Munge, Stephen Mulupi, Edwine Barasa and Jane Chuma

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:45

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Despite progress towards achieving UNAIDS 90–90-90 goals, barriers persist in laboratory systems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) restricting scale up of early infant diagnosis (EID) and viral load (VL) test monito...

    Authors: Ritu Shrivastava, Peter N. Fonjungo, Yenew Kebede, Rajendra Bhimaraj, Shabnam Zavahir, Christina Mwangi, Renuka Gadde, Heather Alexander, Patricia L. Riley, Andrea Kim and John N. Nkengasong

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:46

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Chronic diseases have emerged as the leading cause of death globally, and 20% of Indians are estimated to suffer from a chronic condition. Care for chronic diseases poses a major public health challenge, espec...

    Authors: Dorothy Lall, Nora Engel, Narayanan Devadasan, Klasien Horstman and Bart Criel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:44

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Tuberculosis patients often experience hospitalization. Inpatient services may result in high medical expenditures. It is important to explore the hospitalization rates of tuberculosis patients and the potenti...

    Authors: Yang Zhou, Cheng Chen, Hui Jiang, Hong-Qiu Pan, Li-Mei Zhu and Wei Lu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:47

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Strengthening the quality of laboratory diagnostics is a key part of building global health capacity. In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Southeast European Center for Surveillan...

    Authors: Lauren Polansky, Stephanie Chester, Melissa Warren, Tricia Aden, Pamela Kennedy, Stacey Spivey-Blackford and Ann Moen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:49

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Hospital costs for stroke are increasing and variability in care quality creates inefficiencies. In 2007, the Victorian Government (Australia) employed clinical facilitators for three years in eight public hos...

    Authors: Dominique A. Cadilhac, Helen M. Dewey, Sonia Denisenko, Christopher F. Bladin and Atte Meretoja

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:41

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Policymakers in many countries are involved in system reforms that aim to strengthen the primary care sector. Sweden is no exception. Evidence suggests that targeted financial micro-incentives can stimulate ch...

    Authors: Gunilla Avby, Sofia Kjellström and Monica Andersson Bäck

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:42

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Quality of care (QoC) attracts global concerns when unsafe and misuse of healthcare wastes resources and endangers people’s health, especially in low- and middle-income countries. However, little is known abou...

    Authors: Yuqi Zhou, Xi Yao, Guofeng Liu, Weiyan Jian and Winnie Yip

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:43

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Child undernutrition remains the major public health problem in low and middle-income countries including Ethiopia. The effects of good governance, urbanization and public health expenditure on childhood under...

    Authors: Sibhatu Biadgilign, Habtamu Yesigat Ayenew, Arega Shumetie, Stanley Chitekwe, Assaye Tolla, Demewoz Haile, Seifu Hagos Gebreyesus, Amare Deribew and Betemariam Gebre

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:40

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Patient satisfaction is an important outcome measure guiding quality improvement in the healthcare setting while the patient-centred care movement places increasing importance on patient engagement in clinical...

    Authors: F. Rapport, P. Hibbert, M. Baysari, J. C. Long, R. Seah, W. Y. Zheng, C. Jones, K. Preece and J. Braithwaite

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:38

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Patients and users experiences are useful for monitoring the quality of the hospital provisions and to improve health care delivery. Research results on associations between parental satisfaction and their soc...

    Authors: Inger Hilde Hagen, Valentina Cabral Iversen, Erik Nesset, Roderick Orner and Marit Følsvik Svindseth

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:37

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Prompt access to appropriate treatment reduces early onset of complications to chronic illnesses. Our objective was to document the health providers that patients with diabetes in rural areas seek treatment fr...

    Authors: Elizeus Rutebemberwa, James Bagonza and Raymond Tweheyo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:33

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  28. Content type: Research article

    In England, there is an ongoing national pilot to expand pharmacists’ presence in general practice. Evaluation of the pilot includes numerical and survey-based Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and requires ph...

    Authors: Georgios Dimitrios Karampatakis, Kath Ryan, Nilesh Patel, Wing Man Lau and Graham Stretch

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:34

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The government of Ethiopia launched an innovative program called Urban Health Extension Program (UHEP) in 2009, aims to produce better health outcomes to the urban populations using urban health extension prof...

    Authors: Nebiyou Tafesse, Aregawi Gesessew and Ergataw Kidane

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:31

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Health inequalities in the UK have proved to be stubborn, and health gaps between best and worst-off are widening. While there is growing understanding of how the main causes of poor health are perceived among...

    Authors: Neil McHugh, Rachel Baker, Olga Biosca, Fatma Ibrahim and Cam Donaldson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:35

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Data on the burden of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) and health-care related costs in patients with cancer is scarce. We aimed to estimate the CAP incidence rate, mortality, and healthcare-related costs of...

    Authors: Niklas Schmedt, Olivia Denise Heuer, Dennis Häckl, Reiko Sato and Christian Theilacker

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:30

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Given its role in treating musculoskeletal conditions, rehabilitation medicine may be an important factor in decreasing the use of opioids among injured workers. The primary objective was to determine if incre...

    Authors: Alyson K. Kwok, Nathan N. O’Hara, Andrew N. Pollak, Lyndsay M. O’Hara, Alexandra Herman, Christopher J. Welsh and Gerard P. Slobogean

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:32

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Plain abdominal radiography (PAR) is routinely performed in emergency departments (EDs). This study aimed to (1) identify the indications for PAR in EDs and compare them against international guidelines, (2) u...

    Authors: Christophe L. Bertin, Simon Ponthus, Hari Vivekanantham, Pierre-Alexandre Poletti, Omar Kherad and Olivier T. Rutschmann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:36

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  34. Content type: Study protocol

    Over-occupancy at the two tertiary pediatric care hospitals in Alberta, Canada is steadily increasing with simultaneous decline in occupancy of pediatric beds at regional hospitals. Over-occupancy negatively i...

    Authors: Sumedh Bele, Christine Cassidy, Janet Curran, David W. Johnson, Chad Saunders and J.A. Michelle Bailey

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:29

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Most seniors wish to live independently for as long as possible. Gerontechnologies such as personal alarms or remote control systems, have the potential to help them age in place. For seniors, assessing what i...

    Authors: Marc Haufe, Sebastiaan Theodorus Michaël Peek and Katrien Ger Luijkx

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:26

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  36. Content type: Study protocol

    ED overcrowding represents a significant public health problem in developed countries. Frequent users of the emergency departments (FUEDs; reporting 5 or more ED visits in the past year) are often affected by ...

    Authors: Véronique S. Grazioli, Joanna C. Moullin, Miriam Kasztura, Marina Canepa-Allen, Olivier Hugli, Judy Griffin, Francis Vu, Catherine Hudon, Yves Jackson, Hans Wolff, Bernard Burnand, Jean-Bernard Daeppen and Patrick Bodenmann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:28

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Given the documented benefits of Patient Own Drugs (PODs) in most developed countries and scanty data on PODs management in developing countries the aim of the study was to evaluate the assessment, quality and...

    Authors: Pauline Boachie-Ansah, Berko Panyin Anto and Afia Frimpomaa Asare Marfo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:27

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  38. Content type: Correspondence

    Today, one of the most important global public health challenges is represented by hepatitis C virus (HCV), which imposes relevant costs. Globally speaking, the median cost of HCV-related complications ranges ...

    Authors: Masoud Behzadifar, Hasan Abolghasem Gorji, Aziz Rezapour, Meysam Behzadifar and Nicola Luigi Bragazzi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:25

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  39. Content type: Research article

    To date, there has been a dearth of scientifically tested, established intervention concepts focussed on supporting informal caregivers and embedded in routine health care structures. The aim of this study was...

    Authors: Elisa-Marie Behrndt, Melanie Straubmeier, Hildegard Seidl, Chiara Vetter, Katharina Luttenberger and Elmar Graessel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:20

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  40. Content type: Research article

    With few exceptions the International Statistical Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes for diagnoses and official coding guidelines do not distinguish pre-existing conditions from complications or comorbidit...

    Authors: Karen Triep, Thomas Beck, Jacques Donzé and Olga Endrich

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:23

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Diabetic macular oedema (DMO) may lead to visual loss and blindness. Several pharmacological treatments are available on the National Health Service (NHS) to United Kingdom patients affected by this condition,...

    Authors: Michal Pochopien, Annette Beiderbeck, Phil McEwan, Richard Zur, Mondher Toumi and Samuel Aballéa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:22

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Primary care practices are changing the way that they provide care by increasing their medical home functionality. Medical home functionality can improve access to care and increase patient-centeredness, which...

    Authors: Shawn Linman, Ivy Benjenk and Jie Chen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:21

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Patient satisfaction is an important measure of quality of care and a determinant of health service utilisation and the choice of health facility. Measuring patients’ experiences is important for understanding...

    Authors: Charlotte Trimmer and Mats Målqvist

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:17

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Patients with multi-morbidity have complex care needs that often make healthcare delivery difficult and costly to manage. Current healthcare delivery is not tailored to the needs of patients with multi-morbidi...

    Authors: Sanne Jannick Kuipers, Jane Murray Cramm and Anna Petra Nieboer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:13

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Patient centeredness is an important component of patient care and healthcare quality. Several scales exist to measure patient centeredness, and previous literature provides a critical appraisal of their measu...

    Authors: Eline Ree, Siri Wiig, Tanja Manser and Marianne Storm

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:12

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Relatively little is known about which characteristics of smokers are related to choosing a specific type of smoking cessation service. The user characteristics of different smoking cessation services were com...

    Authors: Bo Yoon Jeong, Min Kyung Lim, E. Hwa Yun and Jin-Kyoung Oh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:14

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  47. Content type: Research article

    To detect possible threats to quality and safety, multiple systems have been developed. One of them is retrospective chart review. A team of experts scrutinizes medical records, selected by trigger systems, to...

    Authors: Dorthe O. Klein, Roger J. M. W. Rennenberg, Richard P. Koopmans and Martin H. Prins

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:16

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