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  1. Content type: Research article

    Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is now recognized as a major threat to public health, and surveillance of AMR is essential for successful containment. In 2000, Japan Nosocomial Infections Surveillance (JANIS) C...

    Authors: Atsuko Tsutsui and Satowa Suzuki

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:799

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    Ensuring that selection processes for Community Health Workers (CHWs) are effective is important due to the scale and scope of modern CHW programmes. However they are relatively understudied. While community i...

    Authors: Celia A. Taylor, Richard J. Lilford, Emily Wroe, Frances Griffiths and Ruth Ngechu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:803

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    Swedish National Quality Registries (NQRs) are observational clinical registries that have long been seen as an underused resource for research and quality improvement (QI) in health care. In recent years, NQR...

    Authors: Vibeke Sparring, Emma Granström, Magna Andreen Sachs, Mats Brommels and Monica E. Nyström

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:802

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    Older persons with cognitive impairment (CI) risk social isolation. Strong evidence shows that perceived loneliness, or inadequate social networks, triggers and increases health problems. How homecare systems ...

    Authors: Ingeborg Nilsson, Mark Luborsky, Lena Rosenberg, Linda Sandberg, Anne-Marie Boström and Lena Borell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:800

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Audits are increasingly used for patient safety governance purposes. However, there is little insight into the factors that hinder or stimulate effective governance based on auditing. The aim of this study is ...

    Authors: Saskia C. van Gelderen, Marieke Zegers, Paul B. Robben, Wilma Boeijen, Gert P. Westert and Hub C. Wollersheim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:798

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Regional population health management (PHM) initiatives need an understanding of regional patient experiences to improve their services. Websites that gather patient ratings have become common and could be a h...

    Authors: Roy J P Hendrikx, Marieke D Spreeuwenberg, Hanneke W Drewes, Jeroen N Struijs, Dirk Ruwaard and Caroline A Baan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:801

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Cost-sharing programs are often too complex to be easily understood by the average insured individual. Consequently, it is often difficult to determine the amount of expenses in advance. This may preclude well...

    Authors: Benjamin H. Salampessy, Maaike M. Alblas, France R. M. Portrait, Xander Koolman and Eric J. E. van der Hijden

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:797

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Orthopedic surgeries are usually associated with excessive blood loss which leads surgeons to overestimate need for blood transfusions and over ordering of blood. The cross matched blood, when not used, leads ...

    Authors: Obada Hasan, Eraj Khurshid Khan, Moiz Ali, Sadaf Sheikh, Anam Fatima and Haroon U. Rashid

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:804

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Millions of people in Southern Africa are deprived of basic human rights such as the right to education and work because of the large and growing unmet demand for assistive technologies (AT). Evidence is neede...

    Authors: Rebecca A. Matter and Arne H. Eide

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:792

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Burnout and the intention to leave the profession are frequently studied outcomes in healthcare settings that have not been investigated together and across different health professions before. This study aime...

    Authors: Oliver Hämmig

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:785

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Multifaceted interventions driven by the needs of patients and providers can help move evidence into practice more rapidly. This study engaged both patients and primary care providers (PCPs) to help design nov...

    Authors: Cristina Villa-Roel, Maria Ospina, Sumit R Majumdar, Stephanie Couperthwaite, Erin Rawe, Taylor Nikel and Brian H Rowe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:789

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Under the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s African Health Initiative, five Population Health Implementation and Training partnerships were established as long-term health system strengthening projects in five S...

    Authors: Wilbroad Mutale, Susan Cleary, Jill Olivier, Roma Chilengi and Lucy Gilson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:795

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  13. Content type: Research article

    When patients die in a hospital their quality of life is lower than when they die at home or in a hospice. Despite efforts to improve palliative care supply structures, still about 60% of lung cancer patients ...

    Authors: Karina Deckert, Julia Walter and Larissa Schwarzkopf

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:793

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Early diagnosis and treatment is vital for effective tuberculosis (TB) management especially among migrant populations who are a vulnerable group. We aimed to study factors associated with delay before registr...

    Authors: Tao Li, Hui Zhang, Hemant Deepak Shewade, Kyaw Thu Soe, Lixia Wang and Xin Du

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:786

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Results-based financing (RBF) describes health system approaches addressing both service quality and use. Effective coverage is a metric measuring progress towards universal health coverage (UHC). Although con...

    Authors: Stephan Brenner, Jacob Mazalale, Danielle Wilhelm, Robin C Nesbitt, Terhi J Lohela, Jobiba Chinkhumba, Julia Lohmann, Adamson S Muula and Manuela De Allegri

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:791

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Free access to essential medicines is a fundamental right. Governments should provide accessible and affordable medicines to people. The purpose of this study was to evaluate medicines’ prices, availability an...

    Authors: Qais Alefan, Rawan Amairi and Shoroq Tawalbeh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:787

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  17. Content type: Research article

    India has been at the forefront of innovations around social accountability mechanisms in improving the delivery of public services, including health and nutrition. Yet little is known about how such initiativ...

    Authors: Francesca Feruglio and Nicholas Nisbett

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:788

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The In-Center Hemodialysis Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (ICH CAHPS) Survey is the first patient reported outcome measure included in the U.S. Medicare End Stage Renal Disease Quality...

    Authors: Taimur Dad, Hocine Tighiouart, Joshua J. Fenton, Eduardo Lacson Jr, Klemens B. Meyer, Dana C. Miskulin, Daniel E. Weiner and Michelle M. Richardson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:790

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Evidence on how to implement new interventions into complex healthcare environments is often poorly reported and indexed, reducing its potential to inform initiatives to improve healthcare services. Using the ...

    Authors: Jamie Ross, Fiona Stevenson, Charlotte Dack, Kingshuk Pal, Carl May, Susan Michie, Maria Barnard and Elizabeth Murray

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:794

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  20. Content type: Research article

    In 2003, the Chinese government launched the New Rural Cooperative medical System(NRCMS) for its rural population. In 2007, the Urban Resident Basic Medical Insurance Scheme(URBMS) was inaugurated, which aimed...

    Authors: Pei Liu, Wei Guo, Hao Liu, Wei Hua and Linping Xiong

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:796

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  21. Content type: Research article

    While efforts have been made to bring about quality and safety improvement in healthcare, it remains by no means certain that an improvement project will succeed. This suggests a need to better understand the ...

    Authors: Denham L. Phipps, Christian E. L. Jones, Dianne Parker and Darren M. Ashcroft

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:783

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Colonoscopy has become a common medical procedure due to increased use of colonoscopy for evaluation of symptoms, colorectal cancer screening and surveillance of people with higher risks of developing colorect...

    Authors: Gayle Restall, John R Walker, Celeste Waldman, Kathleen Zawaly, Valerie Michaud, Dana Moffat and Harminder Singh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:782

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  23. Content type: Research article

    To develop a culture of patient safety in a regime that strongly focuses on saving patients from emergencies may seem counter-intuitive and challenging. Little research exists on patient safety culture in the ...

    Authors: Leif Inge K Sørskår, Eirik B Abrahamsen, Espen Olsen, Stephen J M Sollid and Håkon B Abrahamsen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:784

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Comorbidity is known to increase risk of death in cancer patients, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal. The means of measuring comorbidity to assess risk of death has not been studied in any depth in Aboriginal...

    Authors: Lettie Pule, Elizabeth Buckley, Theophile Niyonsenga, David Banham and David Roder

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:776

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  25. Content type: Research article

    In dementia care, it is crucial that the chain of care is adapted to the needs of people with dementia and their informal caregivers throughout the course of the disease. Assessing the existing dementia care s...

    Authors: Connie Lethin, Lottie Giertz, Emme-Li Vingare and Ingalill Rahm Hallberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:778

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  26. Content type: Study protocol

    The high prevalence of non-communicable diseases places significant demands on the healthcare system. As a result, hospitals are seeking to broaden their role to include more integrated health promotion. Stron...

    Authors: Stephen Barrett, Stephen Begg and Michael Kingsley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:780

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Adolescents living with HIV experience worse HIV care outcomes compared to adults, especially during transition from pediatric to adult care. However, data regarding adolescents are limited. This paper describ...

    Authors: Siyan Yi, Sovannary Tuot, Khuondyla Pal, Vohith Khol, Say Sok, Pheak Chhoun, Laura Ferguson and Gitau Mburu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:781

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Problems of irrational antibiotic use by prescribers are ongoing and have escalated following reductions in the cost of essential drugs policy. In an attempt to improve prescribing practices for village doctor...

    Authors: Li Zhen, Chenggang Jin and Hao-nan Xu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:777

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Managing medical professionals is challenging because professionals tend to adhere to a set of professional norms and enjoy autonomy from supervision. The aim of this paper is to study the interplay of physici...

    Authors: Domenico Salvatore, Dino Numerato and Giovanni Fattore

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:775

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Patient experiences are acknowledged as an important aspect of health care quality but no validated instruments have been identified for the measurement of either parent or patient experiences with outpatient ...

    Authors: Hilde Hestad Iversen, Ylva Helland, Oyvind Bjertnaes and Torild Skrivarhaug

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:774

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) provide services such as personal care, nursing, and home-delivered meals to aging adults and individuals with disabilities. HCBS are available to people acros...

    Authors: Chanee D Fabius, Kali S Thomas, Tingting Zhang, Jessica Ogarek and Theresa I Shireman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:773

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Discharge summary with medication report effectively counteracts drug-related problems among elderly patients due to insufficient information transfer in care transitions. However, this requires optimal transf...

    Authors: Gabriella Caleres, Åsa Bondesson, Patrik Midlöv and Sara Modig

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:770

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  33. Content type: Research article

    In the German rehabilitation system, primary care physicians (PCPs), occupational health physicians (OPs), and rehabilitation physicians (RPs) fulfill different distinct functions and roles. While effective co...

    Authors: Jan M. Stratil, Monika A. Rieger and Susanne Voelter-Mahlknecht

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:769

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Understanding the perceived importance of Patient-Centered Care (PCC) among Palestinian doctors and how the provider and other clinical characteristics may impact their views on PCC is essential to determine t...

    Authors: Wasim I M Sultan, Mutaz I M Sultan and José Crispim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:766

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Initiatives such as “Choosing Wisely” in the USA and “Smarter Medicine” in Switzerland have published lists of widely overused health care services. The German initiative “Choosing Wisely Together (Gemeinsam K...

    Authors: Cathleen Muche-Borowski, Dorit Abiry, Hans-Otto Wagner, Anne Barzel, Dagmar Lühmann, Günther Egidi, Thomas Kühlein and Martin Scherer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:768

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Safety culture describes leader and staff interactions, attitudes, routines, awareness, and practices within an organisation. With this study, we aimed to determine the psychometric properties of the Slovenian...

    Authors: Zalika Klemenc-Ketis, Irena Makivić and Antonija Poplas-Susič

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:767

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  37. Content type: Correction

    Following publication of the original article [1], the author reported that their first names and last names were swapped. The original article has been corrected.

    Authors: Roberto Ippoliti, Greta Falavigna, Floriana Montani and Silvia Rizzi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:771

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    The original article was published in BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:689

  38. Content type: Research article

    Globally, having the ‘patient and /or family voice’ engaged when measuring quality of care for the dying is fundamentally important. This is particularly pertinent within the United Kingdom, where changes to n...

    Authors: Catriona Mayland, Tamsin McGlinchey, Maureen Gambles, Helen Mulholland and John Ellershaw

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:761

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Differences in cancer survival exist between countries in Europe. Benchmarking of good practices can assist cancer centers to improve their services aiming for reduced inequalities. The aim of the BENCH-CAN pr...

    Authors: Anke Wind, Joris van Dijk, Isabelle Nefkens, Wineke van Lent, Péter Nagy, Ernestas Janulionis, Tuula Helander, Francisco Rocha-Goncalves and Wim van Harten

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:764

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Medication problems among patients with long-term conditions (LTCs) are well documented. Measures to support LTC management include: medicine optimisation services by community pharmacists such as the Medicine...

    Authors: Reem Kayyali, Shereen Nabhani Gebara, Iman Hesso, Gill Funnell, Minal Naik, Thuy Mason, Mohammed Ahsan Uddin, Noor Al-Yaseri, Umar Khayyam, Teebah Al-Haddad, Roshan Siva and John Chang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:763

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Potential drug–drug interactions (pDDIs) are one of the preventable drug related problems having the risk of serious adverse events or therapeutic failure. In developing countries like Pakistan, this issue rem...

    Authors: Mohammad Ismail, Sidra Noor, Umme Harram, Inamul Haq, Iqbal Haider, Faiza Khadim, Qasim Khan, Zahid Ali, Tahir Muhammad and Muhammad Asif

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:762

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Obstetric units across the UK face resource pressures alongside a rising rate of Caesarean section (CS). It is assumed that this places a further burden in the form of postnatal bed demands. The number of inpa...

    Authors: Subhadeep Roy and L Montgomery Irvine

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:760

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Advances in the management of retinal diseases have been fast-paced as new treatments become available, resulting in increasing numbers of patients receiving treatment in hospital retinal services. These patie...

    Authors: Eren Demir, David Southern, Aimee Verner and Winfried Amoaku

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:759

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Uganda halved its maternal mortality to 343/100,000 live births between 1990 and 2015, but did not meet the Millennium Development Goal 5. Skilled, timely and good quality antenatal (ANC) and delivery care can...

    Authors: Lenka Benova, Mardieh L. Dennis, Isabelle L. Lange, Oona M. R. Campbell, Peter Waiswa, Manon Haemmerli, Yolanda Fernandez, Kate Kerber, Joy E. Lawn, Andreia Costa Santos, Fred Matovu, David Macleod, Catherine Goodman, Loveday Penn-Kekana, Freddie Ssengooba and Caroline A. Lynch

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:758

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Self-management of exacerbations in COPD patients is important to reduce exacerbation impact. There is a need for more comprehensive and individualized interventions to improve exacerbation-related self-manage...

    Authors: Y. J. G. Korpershoek, S. C. J. M. Vervoort, J. C. A. Trappenburg and M. J. Schuurmans

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:757

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  46. Content type: Study protocol

    Mental health care lags behind other forms of medical care in its reliance on subjective clinician assessment. Although routine use of standardized patient-reported outcome measures, measurement-based care (MB...

    Authors: Laura O. Wray, Mona J. Ritchie, David W. Oslin and Gregory P. Beehler

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:753

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Long-term care (LTC) staffing practices are poorly understood as is their influence on quality of care. We examined the relationship between staffing characteristics and residents’ quality of care indicators a...

    Authors: Veronique M Boscart, Souraya Sidani, Jeffrey Poss, Meaghan Davey, Josie d’Avernas, Paul Brown, George Heckman, Jenny Ploeg and Andrew P Costa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:750

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