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  1. The aim was to find out if and for what indications are minimum volume standards (MVS) applied in the day surgery setting and whether the application of MVS improves patient relevant outcomes.

    Authors: Michal Stanak and Christoph Strohmaier

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:886

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Failure to recognise and respond to patient deterioration on hospital wards is a common cause of healthcare-related harm. If patients are not rescued and suffer a cardiac arrest as a result then only around 15...

    Authors: Helen Hogan, Andrew Hutchings, Jerome Wulff, Catherine Carver, Elizabeth Holdsworth, Jerry Nolan, John Welch, David Harrison and Nick Black

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:885

    Content type: Research article

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  3. The Nigerian government introduced and implemented a health programme to improve maternal and child health (MCH) called Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment programme for MCH (SURE-P/MCH). It ran from 2012 and...

    Authors: Benjamin Uzochukwu, Chioma Onyedinma, Chinyere Okeke, Obinna Onwujekwe, Ana Manzano, Bassey Ebenso, Enyi Etiaba, Nkoli Ezuma and Tolib Mirzoev

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:884

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Internationally, point prevalence surveys are the main source of antibiotic use data in residential aged care (RAC). Our objective was to describe temporal trends in antibiotic use and antibiotics flagged for ...

    Authors: M. Z. Raban, K. E. Lind, R. O. Day, L. Gray, A. Georgiou and J. I. Westbrook

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:883

    Content type: Research article

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  5. South Africa faces a chronic shortage of professional health workers. Accordingly, community health workers (CHWs) are being employed to mitigate the ongoing health workforce deficiencies. As increased access ...

    Authors: Gladys Kigozi, Christo Heunis and Michelle Engelbrecht

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:882

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Low back pain (LBP) is a major contributor to chronic pain and disability. The purpose of this study was to evaluate health-care access and utilization among patients with LBP in Iran. We also sought to study ...

    Authors: Seyedeh Tahereh Faezi, Azarakhsh Baghdadi, Mohammad Nejadhosseinian, Maziar Moradi-Lakeh, Mir Saeed Yekaninejad, Kourosh Holakoui, Nasrin Moghimi, Mahnaz Sandoughi, Ali Dehghan, Arash Tehrani Banihashemi, Maryam Ghadimi and Fereydoun Davatchi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:879

    Content type: Research article

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

    Authors: Thérèse Eriksson, Hans Tropp, Ann-Britt Wiréhn and Lars-Åke Levin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:878

    Content type: Correction

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    The original article was published in BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:805

  8. Health professionals’ training is a key element to address unhealthy alcohol use in Primary Care (PC). Education about alcohol use can be effective in improving PC provider’s knowledge and skills addressing al...

    Authors: Esperanza Romero-Rodríguez, Luis Ángel Pérula de Torres, Roger Ruiz Moral, José Ángel Fernández García, Juan Manuel Parras Rejano, Ana Roldán Villalobos and Francisco Camarelles Guillem

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:877

    Content type: Research article

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

    Authors: Jesper Blinkenberg, Sahar Pahlavanyali, Øystein Hetlevik, Hogne Sandvik and Steinar Hunskaar

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:876

    Content type: Correction

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    The original article was published in BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:568

  10. Guidelines and quality indicators (for example as part of a quality assurance scheme) aim to improve health care delivery and health outcomes. Ideally, the development of quality indicators should be grounded ...

    Authors: Miranda W. Langendam, Thomas Piggott, Monika Nothacker, Arnav Agarwal, David Armstrong, Tejan Baldeh, Jeffrey Braithwaite, Carolina Castro Martins, Andrea Darzi, Itziar Etxeandia, Ivan Florez, Jan Hoving, Samer G. Karam, Thomas Kötter, Joerg J. Meerpohl, Reem A. Mustafa…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:875

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Globally, Millions of people cannot use health services because of the fear of payment for the service at the time of service delivery. From the agenda of transformation and the current situation of urbanizati...

    Authors: Alem Deksisa, Meyrema Abdo, Ebrahim Mohamed, Daniel Tolesa, Sileshi Garoma, Abate Zewdie, Melese Lami, Dinka Irena, Dereje Abdena and Hunde Lemi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:864

    Content type: Research article

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  12. In 2013, the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health established a Master Health Facility List (MHFL) as recommended by WHO. Since then, some health facilities (HFs) have ceased functioning and new facilities were ...

    Authors: Usaini Bala, Olufemi Ajumobi, Amina Umar, Adefisoye Adewole, Ndadilnasiya Waziri, Saheed Gidado, Audu B. Mohammed, Perpetua Uhomoibhi, Basheer Muhammad, Munira Ismail, Stephen Patrick Kachur, Shelby Cash and Kwame Asamoa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:874

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Investing in human resources for health (HRH) is vital for achieving universal health care and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Programa Mais Médicos (PMM) (More Doctors Programme) provided 17,000 doctors, ...

    Authors: Thomas Hone, Timothy Powell-Jackson, Leonor Maria Pacheco Santos, Ricardo de Sousa Soares, Felipe Proenço de Oliveira, Mauro Niskier Sanchez, Matthew Harris, Felipe de Oliveira de Souza Santos and Christopher Millett

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:873

    Content type: Research article

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  14. A number of German statutory health insurance companies are offering integrated care contracts for homeopathy (ICCHs) that cover the reimbursement of homeopathic treatment. The effectiveness and cost-effective...

    Authors: Benjamin Kass, Katja Icke, Claudia M. Witt and Thomas Reinhold

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:872

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Unnecessary healthcare utilization, non-adherence to current clinical guidelines, or insufficient personalized care are perpetual challenges and remain potential major cost-drivers for healthcare systems aroun...

    Authors: Daniel Lewkowicz, Attila Wohlbrandt and Erwin Boettinger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:871

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Tackling childhood obesity is complex and requires a community-based approach implemented in multiple environments. It is known from literature that knowledgeable and skilled professionals are essential to imp...

    Authors: Jorien J. Slot-Heijs, Dorine C. M. Collard, Simone Pettigrew, Jan Vinck, Dennis Edell, Armando Barriguete and Tommy L. S. Visscher

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:870

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Willis-Knighton Health System’s special supplement in BMC Health Services Research, “Marketing communications in health and medicine: perspectives from Willis-Knighton Health System,” focuses on advertising, publ...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20(Suppl 1):826

    Content type: Debate

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  18. Healthcare establishments portray themselves to their patient populations using many communicative mechanisms. Perhaps the first avenues that come to mind are the outward conveyances of the marketing communica...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20(Suppl 1):825

    Content type: Debate

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  19. Successful patient engagement pursuits naturally require healthcare providers to possess a detailed understanding of their target audiences, with one of the most important processes to comprehend being the man...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20(Suppl 1):824

    Content type: Debate

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  20. When one thinks of opportunities to engage patients, the marketing communications mix often is the first thing that comes to mind. Its five components of advertising, personal selling, sales promotion, public ...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20(Suppl 1):823

    Content type: Debate

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  21. Direct marketing—the delivery of messages via mail, the Internet, and similar routes directly to consumers—is used extensively by healthcare organizations to attract and inform current and prospective patients...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20(Suppl 1):822

    Content type: Debate

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  22. Public relations—a marketing communications method involving the use of publicity and other unpaid promotional methods to deliver messages—historically has served as the communicative workhorse of the health s...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20(Suppl 1):821

    Content type: Debate

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  23. Sales promotion—the use of incentives to encourage patronage—is a staple of marketing communications in the health services industry. Sales promotion applications commonly used by health services organizations...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20(Suppl 1):820

    Content type: Debate

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  24. Personal selling—the use of sales agents to personally deliver messages to target audiences—is often not the first conveyance pathway that comes to mind when thinking about marketing communications in the heal...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20(Suppl 1):819

    Content type: Debate

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  25. Advertising—a marketing communications method involving the paid use of mass media to deliver messages to desired audiences—represents one of the most common and effective avenues for engaging current and pros...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20(Suppl 1):818

    Content type: Debate

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  26. Communications prowess is a key ingredient of productive healthcare delivery pursuits, with associated successes clearly positioning health and medical establishments for growth and prosperity. Many conveyance...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20(Suppl 1):817

    Content type: Introduction

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 1

  27. According to the new hypertension treatment guidelines blood pressure (BP) readings need to be kept below or equal to 130/80 mmHg in patients aged less than 65 years old. This study shows the change in proport...

    Authors: Naphassanan Charoensab, Kanokporn Pinyopornpanish, Phaviga Thangsuk, Wichuda Jiraporncharoen and Chaisiri Angkurawaranon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:869

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Structural barriers often prevent rural Kenyans from receiving healthcare and diagnostic testing. The Bridging Income Generation through grouP Integrated Care (BIGPIC) Family intervention facilitates microfina...

    Authors: Molly Rosenberg, James Akiruga Amisi, Daria Szkwarko, Dan N. Tran, Becky Genberg, Maya Luetke, Sina Kianersi, Jane Namae, Jeremiah Laktabai and Sonak Pastakia

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:868

    Content type: Research article

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  29. The development of routines regarding medication is important to avoid medication-related harm. Medication review and medication reports have earlier been found to be effective, but their implementation is not...

    Authors: Siw Carlfjord, Eva Malmberg and Carina Skoglund

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:867

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Allied health services are core to the improvement in health outcomes for remote and rural residents. Substantial infrastructure has been put into place to facilitate rural work-ready allied health practitione...

    Authors: Anna Moran, Susan Nancarrow, Catherine Cosgrave, Anna Griffith and Rhiannon Memery

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:866

    Content type: Research article

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  31. People bypass primary healthcare (PHC) institutions to seek expensive healthcare at high-level hospitals, leading to escalating medical costs and inefficient use of resources. In 2009, China launched nationwid...

    Authors: Yinzi Jin, Jin Xu, Weiming Zhu, Yaoguang Zhang, Ling Xu and Qingyue Meng

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:865

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Healthcare workers are a burnout-prone occupational group and the prevalence is particularly high among physicians. With the prevailing low physician-patient ratio in Nigeria which has worsened with the recent...

    Authors: Arinze D. G. Nwosu, Edmund N. Ossai, Uwakwe C. Mba, Ifeanyi Anikwe, Richard Ewah, Bernard O. Obande and Justin U. Achor

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:863

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Today’s remarkable popularity of value-based health care (VBHC) is accompanied by considerable ambiguity concerning the very meaning of the concept. This is evident within academic publications, and mirrored i...

    Authors: Gijs Steinmann, Hester van de Bovenkamp, Antoinette de Bont and Diana Delnoij

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:862

    Content type: Research article

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  34. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Society for Surgery of the Hand recently proposed three quality measures for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS): Measure 1 - Discouraging routine use of Magn...

    Authors: Alex H. S. Harris, Esther L. Meerwijk, Qian Ding, Amber W. Trickey, Andrea K. Finlay, Eric M. Schmidt, Catherine M. Curtin, Erika D. Sears, Teryl K. Nuckols and Robin N. Kamal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:861

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Community health workers (CHWs) are an important cadre of the primary health care (PHC) workforce in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The Philippines was an early adopter of the CHW model for the...

    Authors: Eunice Mallari, Gideon Lasco, Don Jervis Sayman, Arianna Maever L. Amit, Dina Balabanova, Martin McKee, Jhaki Mendoza, Lia Palileo-Villanueva, Alicia Renedo, Maureen Seguin and Benjamin Palafox

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:860

    Content type: Research article

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  36. National Clinical Audits (NCAs) are a well-established quality improvement strategy used in healthcare settings. Significant resources, including clinicians’ time, are invested in participating in NCAs, yet th...

    Authors: Natasha Alvarado, Lynn McVey, Joanne Greenhalgh, Dawn Dowding, Mamas Mamas, Chris Gale, Patrick Doherty and Rebecca Randell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:859

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Benchmarking outcomes across settings commonly requires risk-adjustment for co-morbidities that must be derived from extant sources that were designed for other purposes. A question arises as to the extent to ...

    Authors: A. Sheriffdeen, J. L. Millar, C. Martin, M. Evans, G. Tikellis and S. M. Evans

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:858

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Integration, the coordination and alignment of tasks, has been promoted widely in order to improve the performance of hospitals. Both organization theory and social network analysis offer perspectives on integ...

    Authors: Annelies van der Ham, Frits van Merode, Dirk Ruwaard and Arno van Raak

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:857

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Facilitating access to professional interpretation services is key to equitable hospital care for migrants with limited language proficiency; however, interpreter underuse has been documented. The factors that...

    Authors: Eli Feiring and Stine Westdahl

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:856

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Diabetes self-management education (DSME) is an effective intervention for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM); nevertheless, patient participation in this type of programme is low. Implementation of...

    Authors: Emmanuel Allory, Hélène Lucas, Arnaud Maury, Ronan Garlantezec, Candan Kendir, Anthony Chapron and Laure Fiquet

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:855

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Emergency department (ED) use is often viewed as an indicator of health system quality. ED use for mental health (MH) reasons is increasing and costly for health systems, patients, and their families. Patients...

    Authors: Morgane Gabet, Guy Grenier, Zhirong Cao and Marie-Josée Fleury

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:854

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Planning in health services specifically aims to improve the health status of a given population, guaranteeing access with equity and justice, as well as streamlining the response of the health system to the n...

    Authors: Edson Hilan Gomes de Lucena, Rênnis Oliveira da Silva, Carolina Dantas Rocha Xavier de Lucena, Amalia Issufo Mepatia, Yuri Wanderley Cavalcanti, Paulo Savio Angeiras de Goes and Maria Fátima de Sousa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:853

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) form a significant part of the healthcare workforce and have great potential to improve services through research and research-informed practice. However, there is a lack of ...

    Authors: Jennifer Harris, Kate Grafton and Jo Cooke

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:852

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Obtaining a sample that is representative of the group of interest is of utmost importance in questionnaire studies. In a survey using a state authorized web-portal for citizen communication with authorities, ...

    Authors: Søren Birkeland, Thea Linkhorst, Anders Haakonsson, Michael John Barry and Sören Möller

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:851

    Content type: Research article

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  45. Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) include evidence-based recommendations for managing obesity in adolescents. However, information on how health care providers (HCPs) implement these recommendations in day-t...

    Authors: M. Kebbe, A. Perez, A. Buchholz, S. D. Scott, T.-L. F. McHugh, M. P. Dyson and G.D.C. Ball

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:850

    Content type: Research article

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  46. Maternal mortality has remained a challenge in many low-income countries, especially in Africa and in Nigeria in particular. This study examines the geographical and socioeconomic inequalities in maternal heal...

    Authors: Chijioke Okoli, Mohammad Hajizadeh, Mohammad Mafizur Rahman and Rasheda Khanam

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:849

    Content type: Research article

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  47. Professionalism is amongst the major dimensions determining the competence of medical doctors. Poor professionalism affects the overall outcome of healthcare services. This study explores the perspectives of y...

    Authors: Aisha Jalil, Qaisar Khalid Mahmood and Florian Fischer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:847

    Content type: Research article

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  48. Antenatal care is the care provides for a pregnant mother to improve the health of the mother and her baby. But in the World including Ethiopia still, mothers do not receive the required number of antenatal ca...

    Authors: Yibeltal Alemu Bekele, Tadesse Ejigu Tafere, Amanu Aragaw Emiru and Henok Biresaw Netsere

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:846

    Content type: Research article

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