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  1. Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions (ACSCs) are health conditions for which adequate management, treatment and interventions delivered in the ambulatory care setting could potentially prevent hospitalization....

    Authors: João Sarmento, João Victor Muniz Rocha and Rui Santana

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:754

    Content type: Research article

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  2. People with severe mental illness (SMI) are at greater risk of earlier mortality due to physical health problems including cardiovascular disease (CVD). There is limited work exploring whether physical health ...

    Authors: Suzan Hassan, Samira Heinkel, Alexandra Burton, Ruth Blackburn, Tayla McCloud, Jamie Ross, David Osborn and Kate Walters

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:753

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Japan faces the most elderly society in the world, and the Japanese government has launched an unprecedented health plan to reinforce home care medicine and increase the number of home care physicians, which m...

    Authors: Hiroyoshi Iwata, Masato Matsushima, Takamasa Watanabe, Yoshifumi Sugiyama, Kenichi Yokobayashi, Daisuke Son, Yoshinao Satoi, Eriko Yoshida, Sumiko Satake, Yuki Hinata and Yasuki Fujinuma

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:752

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Evidence based practice enhances service planning and delivery, clinical decision making and patient care. However, health professionals often lack the time and opportunity to access or generate evidence. Rese...

    Authors: David Wright, Mary Fry, Jo Adams and Catherine Bowen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:751

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Rates of low-value care vary between hospitals in New South Wales, Australia. Understanding factors associated with this variation will help in understanding the drivers of low-value care and in planning initi...

    Authors: Tim Badgery-Parker, Sallie-Anne Pearson and Adam G. Elshaug

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:750

    Content type: Research article

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  6. The Advanced Geriatric Nurse role recently has been introduced into Norway’s primary healthcare system, and our study’s purpose was to examine the implementation of models of care developed for Advanced Geriat...

    Authors: Konstantinos Antypas and Marit Kirkevold

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:749

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Medication errors have a high prevalence in surgery and management of home medication is strongly involved in these errors. In scheduled surgery, the preoperative consultation is a privileged time to inform th...

    Authors: Amélie Renaudin, Géraldine Leguelinel-Blache, Chloé Choukroun, Audrey Lefauconnier, Christophe Boisson, Jean-Marie Kinowski, Philippe Cuvillon and Hélène Richard

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:747

    Content type: Research article

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  8. The substantial prevalence and consequences of intimate partner violence (IPV) underscore the need for effective healthcare response in the way of screening and follow up care.

    Authors: Galina A. Portnoy, Richard Colon, Georgina M. Gross, Lynette J. Adams, Lori A. Bastian and Katherine M. Iverson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:746

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Many organizations have suggested a minimum standard regarding pharmaceutical counselling for patients, which includes information about the name of the drug, the description the drug, the indication for use, ...

    Authors: Hassan Al Qarni, Tahani Alrahbini, Ayidh M AlQarni and Abdullah Alqarni

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:745

    Content type: Research article

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  10. In a robust health care system, at least 80% of a country’s population should be able to access a district hospital that provides surgical care within 2 hours. The objective was to identify the proportion of t...

    Authors: Kathryn M. Chu, Angela J. Dell, Harry Moultrie, Candy Day, Megan Naidoo, Stephanie van Straten and Sarah Rayne

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:744

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Research in lifestyle interventions focusing on nutrition and physical activity in people living with psychotic illness, highlights anthropometric and metabolic benefits of these interventions. However, little...

    Authors: Doreen Mucheru, Samantha Ashby, Mary-Claire Hanlon, Mark McEvoy and Lesley MacDonald-Wicks

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:743

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Diagnosis by computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is important for patient care. However, the geographic distribution and utilisation of these machines in countries with limited resour...

    Authors: Moe Khaing, Yu Mon Saw, Thet Mon Than, Aye Myat Mon, Su Myat Cho, Thu Nandar Saw, Tetsuyoshi Kariya, Eiko Yamamoto and Nobuyuki Hamajima

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:742

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Monitoring progress towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) requires an assessment of progress in coverage of health services and protection of households from the impact of direct out-of-pocket payments (i.e....

    Authors: Brendan Kwesiga, Tom Aliti, Pamela Nabukhonzo, Susan Najuko, Peter Byawaka, Justine Hsu, John E. Ataguba and Grace Kabaniha

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:741

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Reaching the 90–90-90 targets requires efficient resource use to deliver HIV testing and treatment services. We investigated the costs and efficiency of HIV services in relation to HIV testing yield in rural K...

    Authors: Seema Vyas, John Songo, Lorna Guinness, Albert Dube, Steffen Geis, Thokozani Kalua, Jim Todd, Jenny Renju, Amelia Crampin and Alison Wringe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:740

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Responding to stagnating neonatal mortality rates in Ghana, a five-year collaboration called Making Every Baby Count Initiative (MEBCI) was undertaken to improve the quality of newborn care provided around the...

    Authors: Margaret Amanua Chinbuah, Mira Taylor, Magdalena Serpa, Goldy Mazia, Patience Korkor Cofie, Williams Kwarah, Suzanne Dawson, Brett D. Nelson and Cyril Engmann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:739

    Content type: Research article

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  16. An amendment to this paper has been published and can be accessed via the original article.

    Authors: Claudia L. Leung, Mackenzie Naert, Benjamin Andama, Rae Dong, David Edelman, Carol Horowitz, Peninah Kiptoo, Simon Manyara, Winnie Matelong, Esther Matini, Violet Naanyu, Sarah Nyariki, Sonak Pastakia, Thomas Valente, Valentin Fuster, Gerald S. Bloomfield…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:738

    Content type: Correction

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    The original article was published in BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:415

  17. Countries with the highest burden of maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths often have little information on these deaths. Since over 81% of births worldwide now occur in facilities, using routine facilit...

    Authors: Louise Tina Day, Georgia R. Gore-Langton, Ahmed Ehsanur Rahman, Omkar Basnet, Josephine Shabani, Tazeen Tahsina, Asmita Poudel, Kizito Shirima, Shafiqul Ameen, Ashish K.C., Nahya Salim, Sojib Bin Zaman, Donat Shamba, Hannah Blencowe, Harriet Ruysen, Shams El Arifeen…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:737

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Early warning systems (EWS) are most effective when clinicians monitor patients’ vital signs and comply with the recommended escalation of care protocols once deterioration is recognised.

    Authors: Tracy Flenady, Trudy Dwyer, Agnieszka Sobolewska, Danielle Le Lagadec, Justine Connor, Julie Kahl, Tania Signal and Matthew Browne

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:736

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Healthcare systems are facing many changes. Particularly, patients are more engaged in the care process. The medical perspective of the process is insufficient to provide patients with high quality care and se...

    Authors: Emna Cherif, Elisabeth Martin-Verdier and Corinne Rochette

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:735

    Content type: Research article

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  20. To estimate, prior to finalization of claims, the national monthly numbers of admissions and rates of 30-day readmissions and post-discharge observation-stays for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries hospita...

    Authors: Shu-Xia Li, Yongfei Wang, Sonam D. Lama, Jennifer Schwartz, Jeph Herrin, Hao Mei, Zhenqiu Lin, Susannah M. Bernheim, Steven Spivack, Harlan M. Krumholz and Lisa G. Suter

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:733

    Content type: Research article

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  21. A recent nurse-led, telephone-administered 18-month intervention, Care Coordination for Health Promotion and Activities in Parkinson’s Disease (CHAPS), was tested in a randomized controlled trial and improved ...

    Authors: Karen I. Connor, Hilary C. Siebens, Brian S. Mittman, David A. Ganz, Frances Barry, E. J. Ernst, Lisa K. Edwards, Michael G. McGowan, Donna K. McNeese-Smith, Eric M. Cheng and Barbara G. Vickrey

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:732

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Kidney failure requiring dialysis is associated with poor health outcomes and health-related quality of life (HRQL). Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) capture symptom burden, level of functioning and o...

    Authors: Jeffrey A. Johnson, Fatima Al Sayah, Robert Buzinski, Bonnie Corradetti, Sara N. Davison, Meghan J. Elliott, Scott Klarenbach, Braden Manns, Kara Schick-Makaroff, Hilary Short, Chandra Thomas and Michael Walsh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:731

    Content type: Study protocol

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  23. Certification in healthcare often involves independent private sector bodies performing legally required or voluntary external assurance activities. These certification practices are embedded in international ...

    Authors: Dag Tomas Sagen Johannesen, Preben Hempel Lindøe and Siri Wiig

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:730

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Insomnia is a common diagnosis among patients in psychiatric health care and effective treatments are highly demanded. Previous research suggests that internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy for insom...

    Authors: Josefin Kadesjö Banck and Susanne Bernhardsson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:729

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Community dialogues have been used in participatory approaches in various health prevention and awareness programs, including family planning interventions, to increase understanding and alignment of particula...

    Authors: Margarate Nzala Munakampe, Theresa Nkole, Adam Silumbwe, Joseph Mumba Zulu, Joanna Paula Cordero and Petrus S. Steyn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:728

    Content type: Research article

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  26. The original Rainbow Model of Integrated Care Measurement Tool (RMIC-MT) is based on the Rainbow Model of Integrated Care (RMIC), which provides a comprehensive theoretical framework for integrated care. To tr...

    Authors: Yixiang Huang, Paiyi Zhu, Lijin Chen, Xin Wang and Pim Valentijn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:727

    Content type: Research article

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  27. There is an observable, growing trend toward tailoring support programs – in addition to medical treatment – more closely to individuals to help improve patients’ health status. The segmentation model develope...

    Authors: Sjaak Bloem, Joost Stalpers, Edward A. G. Groenland, Kees van Montfort, W. Fred van Raaij and Karla de Rooij

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:726

    Content type: Research article

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  28. An effective referral system is essential for a high-quality health system that provides safe surgical care while optimizing patient outcomes and ensuring efficiency. The role of referral systems in countries ...

    Authors: Desmond T. Jumbam, Gopal Menon, Tenzing N. Lama, William Lodge II, Sarah Maongezi, Ntuli A. Kapologwe, Isabelle Citron, David Barash, John Varallo, Erin Barringer, Monica Cainer, Mpoki Ulisubisya, Shehnaz Alidina and Boniface Nguhuni

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:725

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Public health agencies require valid, timely and complete health information for early detection of outbreaks. Towards the end of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in 2015, the Ministry of Health and Sani...

    Authors: Charles Njuguna, Mohamed Vandi, Malimbo Mugagga, Joseph Kanu, Evans Liyosi, Alexander Chimbaru, Wilson Gachari, Victor Caulker, Stephen Sesay, Jane Githuku, Zabulon Yoti, Ali Ahmed Yahaya, Ambrose Talisuna and Ibrahima Socé Fall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:724

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Research aiming to improve the hospital experience for patients with dementia and their informal carers is strongly recommended. The present review aimed to describe the research on interventions to meet the n...

    Authors: Janne Røsvik and Anne Marie Mork Rokstad

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:723

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Insufficient transparency in prioritization of health services, multiple health insurance organizations with various and not-aligned policies, plus limited resources to provide comprehensive health coverage ar...

    Authors: Efat Mohamadi, Amirhossein Takian, Alireza Olyaeemanesh, Arash Rashidian, Ali Hassanzadeh, Moaven Razavi and Sadegh Ghazanfari

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:722

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Health service managers are integral to supporting the effective and efficient delivery of services. Understanding their competencies is essential to support reform and improvement of healthcare provision in C...

    Authors: Zhanming Liang, Felicity C. Blackstock, Peter Howard, Chaojie Liu, Geoffrey Leggat, Hongkun Ma, Zhijun Zhang and Timothy Bartram

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:721

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  33. HIV diagnosis in South Africa is based on a point-of-care testing (PoCT) algorithm with paper-based record-keeping. Aggregated testing data are reported routinely. To facilitate improved HIV case-based surveil...

    Authors: Nisha Jacob, Brian Rice, Emma Kalk, Alexa Heekes, Jennie Morgan, Samantha Brinkmann, James Hargreaves, Marsha Orgill and Andrew Boulle

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:720

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  34. The purpose of this paper is to measure income-related health inequality among middle-aged and elderly patients with diabetes in China from 2011 to 2015 and to investigate factors that might be related to this...

    Authors: Guizhen Cao, Zhizhen Cui, Qinghua Ma, Congju Wang, Yong Xu, Hongpeng Sun and Yana Ma

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:719

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  35. Post stroke cognitive difficulties are common but generally prioritised below other impairments. In the UK, clinical guidelines recommend a holistic review at six-months post-stroke including an assessment of ...

    Authors: Eugene Y. H. Tang, Louise Robinson, Catherine Exley, Darren Flynn, Blossom C. M. Stephan and Christopher Price

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:717

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Provision of ambulatory care by medical specialists for nursing home residents (NHR) is discussed to be inadequate in Germany, however with only incomplete evidence on this topic. We wanted to know whether the...

    Authors: Ove Spreckelsen, Guido Schmiemann, Michael H. Freitag, Alexander M. Fassmer, Bettina Engel and Falk Hoffmann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:716

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  37. It is necessary to examine doctors working with illness from a professional point of view, because it is not only related to their occupational health, but more importantly, will affect the treatment effect of...

    Authors: Pei Pei, Guohua Lin, Gaojie Li, Yifan Zhu and Xiaoyu Xi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:715

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Employee burnout and its associated consequences is a significant problem in the healthcare workforce. Workplace animal therapy programs offer a potential strategy for improving employee well-being; however, r...

    Authors: Bella Etingen, Rachael N. Martinez, Bridget M. Smith, Timothy P. Hogan, Laura Miller, Karen L. Saban, Dawn Irvin, Becky Jankowski and Frances M. Weaver

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:714

    Content type: Research article

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  39. There is both higher mortality and morbidity from cancer in low and medium income countries (LMICs) compared with high income countries (HICs). Clinical trial activities and development of more effective and l...

    Authors: Atara Ntekim, Abiola Ibraheem, Adenike Adeniyi-Sofoluwe, Toyosi Adepoju, Mojisola Oluwasanu, Toyin Aniagwu, Olutosin Awolude, Williams Balogun, Olayinka Kotila, Prisca Adejumo, Chinedum Peace Babalola, Ganiyu Arinola, Oladosu Ojengbede, Christopher O. Olopade and Olufunmilayo I. Olopade

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:713

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Due to rising health care costs, in 2012 Switzerland introduced SwissDRG, a reimbursement system for hospitals based on lump sum per case. To circumvent possible negative consequences like reduction in length ...

    Authors: Lara Kollbrunner, Michael Rost, Insa Koné, Bettina Zimmermann, Yvonne Padrutt, Tenzin Wangmo and Bernice Elger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:712

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  41. Prolonged diagnosis intervals occur more often in rare cancers, such as sarcoma. Patients with a delayed diagnosis may require more radical surgery and have a reduced chance of survival. Previous research has ...

    Authors: Rhys Weaver, Moira O’Connor, Richard Carey Smith and Georgia KB Halkett

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:711

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  42. In response to a high number of incoming asylum seekers and refugees (AS&R) in Germany, initial reception centres were established to provide immediate shelter, food and health support. This study evaluates th...

    Authors: Annabelle J. Bockey, Aleš Janda, Cornelia Braun, Anne-Maria Müller, Katarina Stete, Winfried V. Kern, Siegbert R. Rieg and Berit Lange

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:709

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  43. Detection of tuberculosis (TB) in children in Kenya is sub-optimal. Xpert MTB/RIF® assay (Xpert®) has the potential to improve speed of TB diagnosis due to its sensitivity and fast turnaround for results. Sign...

    Authors: Jacquie Narotso Oliwa, Sabina Adhiambo Odero, Jacinta Nzinga, Michaël Boele van Hensbroek, Caroline Jones, Mike English and Anja van’t Hoog

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:708

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  44. In an effort to reduce the high rate of suicide among post-9/11 veterans, a collaborative team within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed a holistic community-based health promotion program d...

    Authors: Sarah Shue, Jayme Brosmer and Marianne S. Matthias

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:707

    Content type: Research article

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  45. There is significant global policy interest related to enabling a data-driven approach for evidence-based primary care system development. This paper describes the development and initial testing of a prototyp...

    Authors: Ali Rafik Shukor, Erica Barbazza, Niek Klazinga and Dionne Sofia Kringos

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:706

    Content type: Technical advance

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  46. In the era of rapid dolutegravir rollout, concerns about neural tube defects have complicated the health systems response among women of childbearing potential. This qualitative study, which was nested within ...

    Authors: Yussif Alhassan, Adelline Twimukye, Thoko Malaba, Catherine Orrell, Landon Myer, Catriona Waitt, Mohammed Lamorde, Andrew Kambugu, Helen Reynolds, Saye Khoo and Miriam Taegtmeyer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:705

    Content type: Research article

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