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  1. Despite international treatment guidelines currently advocating oral anticoagulants (OACs) as the only appropriate stroke prevention therapy for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and evidence that OACs ca...

    Authors: Vanessa W. S. Ng, Chung-Wah Siu, Patrick K. C. Chiu, Carolyn P. L. Kng, Elizabeth Jamieson, Ian C. K. Wong and May P. S. Lam

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1084

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  2. As part of their mandate to protect the public, dental regulatory authorities (DRA) in Canada are responsible for investigating complaints made by members of the public. To gain an understanding of the nature ...

    Authors: Monika Roerig, Julie Farmer, Abdulrahman Ghoneim, Noha Gomaa, Laura Dempster, Krystal Evans, Wanda La and Carlos Quiñonez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1083

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  3. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have high rates of avoidable hospital admissions for chronic conditions, however little is known about the frequency of avoidable admissions for this population. Th...

    Authors: Amanda Jayakody, Christopher Oldmeadow, Mariko Carey, Jamie Bryant, Tiffany Evans, Stephen Ella, John Attia, Simon Towle and Robert Sanson-Fisher

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1082

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  4. Providing viral load (VL) results to people living with HIV (PLHIV) on antiretroviral therapy (ART) remains a challenge in low and middle-income countries. Point-of-care (POC) VL testing could improve ART moni...

    Authors: Lindani Msimango, Andrew Gibbs, Hlengiwe Shozi, Hope Ngobese, Hilton Humphries, Paul K. Drain, Nigel Garrett and Jienchi Dorward

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1081

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  5. Chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of multimorbidity. Access to effective and equitable health services that meet NCDs’ needs is still limited in many countries. This constitutes th...

    Authors: Ana Sara Semeão de Souza and José Ueleres Braga

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1080

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  6. As most low and middle-income countries seek to achieve universal health coverage targets, there is an ever-increasing need to train human resources with the required core skills and competencies. This study r...

    Authors: Maio Bulawayo, Adam Silumbwe, Margarate Nzala Munakampe, Nawa Mukumbuta, Juliet Musabula, Mwimba Chewe, Chris Mweemba, Charles Michelo and Peter Hangoma

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1079

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  7. The accurate identification of venous thromboembolism prophylaxis implementation barriers is an important part of prophylaxis prevention. However, in China, data to help identify these barriers is limited. Thi...

    Authors: Yaping Xu, Wei Wang, Kaiyuan Zhen and Jing Zhao

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1078

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  8. Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of mortality in India. India has rolled out Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC) reforms including population based screening for hypertension and diabe...

    Authors: Devaki Nambiar, Soumyadeep Bhaumik, Anita Pal and Rajani Ved

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1077

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Arthritis is a highly prevalent disease and leading cause of disability in the Indigenous population. A novel model of care consisting of a rheumatology outreach clinic in an on-reserve primary healthcare cent...

    Authors: Adalberto Loyola-Sanchez, Ingris Pelaez-Ballestas, Lynden Crowshoe, Diane Lacaille, Rita Henderson, Ana Rame, Tessa Linkert, Tyler White and Cheryl Barnabe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1076

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Long term care (LTC) facilities provide health services and assist residents with daily care. At times residents may require transfer to emergency departments (ED), depending on the severity of their change in...

    Authors: Abraham Munene, Eddy Lang, Vivian Ewa, Heather Hair, Greta Cummings, Patrick McLane, Eldon Spackman, Peter Faris, Nancy Zuzic, Patrick B. Quail, Marian George, Anne Heinemeyer, Daniel Grigat, Mark McMillen, Shawna Reid and Jayna Holroyd-Leduc

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1075

    Content type: Study protocol

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  11. Increasing numbers of nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals across the world have prescribing rights for medicines: over 90,000 of the eligible United Kingdom workforce are qualified as non-docto...

    Authors: Nicola Carey, Judith Edwards, Simon Otter, Heather Gage, Peter Williams, Molly Courtenay, Ann Moore and Karen Stenner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1074

    Content type: Research article

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  12. To identify and rank the importance of key determinants of high medical expenses among breast cancer patients and to understand the underlying effects of these determinants.

    Authors: Liangyuan Hu, Lihua Li, Jiayi Ji and Mark Sanderson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1066

    Content type: Research article

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  13. The number and severity of nonconformities generated during an audit of a medicine testing laboratory indicates its level of quality compliance. Quality standards are established and maintained to ensure the r...

    Authors: Mercy A. Okezue, Mojisola C. Adeyeye, Steve J. Byrn, Victor O. Abiola and Kari L. Clase

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1065

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Patients’ competencies and resources to manage their own health, which is termed health literacy, is a necessity for better health outcomes. Thus, it is relevant to have a comprehensive health literacy measure...

    Authors: Millicent Addai Boateng, Peter Agyei-Baffour, Sanne Angel and Ulrika Enemark

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1064

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  15. Improving the quality of healthcare has proven to be a challenging task despite longstanding efforts. Approaches to improvements that consider the strong influence of local context as well as stakeholders’ dif...

    Authors: Hanna Augustsson, Kate Churruca and Jeffrey Braithwaite

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1063

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  16. Some sub-types of haematological cancers are acute and require intensive treatment soon after diagnosis. Other sub-types are chronic, relapse over many years and require life-long cycles of monitoring interspe...

    Authors: Anne Herrmann, Elise Mansfield, Flora Tzelepis, Marita Lynagh and Alix Hall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1062

    Content type: Research article

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  17. The optimal method to collect accurate healthcare utilisation data in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is not well established. The aim of this study was to determine feasibility and co...

    Authors: Chantal L. Grimwood, Anne E. Holland, Christine F. McDonald, Ajay Mahal, Catherine J. Hill, Annemarie L. Lee, Narelle S. Cox, Rosemary Moore, Caroline Nicolson, Paul O’Halloran, Aroub Lahham, Rebecca Gillies and Angela T. Burge

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1061

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  18. People who use substances experience high levels of substance-related stigma, both within and outside of health care settings, which can prevent people from help-seeking and contribute further to health inequi...

    Authors: Karen Urbanoski, Bernadette Pauly, Dakota Inglis, Fred Cameron, Troy Haddad, Jack Phillips, Paige Phillips, Conor Rosen, Grant Schlotter, Elizabeth Hartney and Bruce Wallace

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1060

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  19. Healthcare organisations are complex social entities, comprising of multiple stakeholders with differing priorities, roles, and expectations about how care should be delivered. To reach agreement among these d...

    Authors: Lisa Rogers, Aoife De Brún, Sarah A. Birken, Carmel Davies and Eilish McAuliffe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1059

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Since 2015, China has been rolling out the pricing reform for drugs and medical services (PRDMS) in the urban public hospitals in order to reduce drug expenditures and to relieve financial burdens of patients....

    Authors: Xiaoxi Zhang, Hongyu Lai, Lidan Zhang, Jiangjiang He, Bo Fu and Chunlin Jin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1058

    Content type: Research article

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  21. The growing demand for LTC (Long-term care) services for disabled elderly has become a daunting task for countries worldwide, especially China, where population aging is particularly severe. According to CSY (...

    Authors: Linhong Chen, Lu Zhang and Xiaocang Xu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1057

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Increasing mental health problems and scarce treatment resources put pressure on mental health services to make innovations in service provision, such as developing differentiated services adapted to different...

    Authors: Hilde V. Markussen, Lene Aasdahl and Marit B. Rise

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1056

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  23. In the light of “Internet plus”, hospitals are following the trend of using mobile internet and adopting a strategy of spreading public health knowledge through mobile terminals. WeChat is a social media with ...

    Authors: Jie Wang and Lanting Wu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1055

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  24. Task shifting and task sharing in health care are rapidly becoming more common as the shortage of physicians increases. However, research has not yet examined the changing roles of hospital administrative staf...

    Authors: Naomi Akiyama, Tomoya Akiyama, Kenshi Hayashida, Takeru Shiroiwa and Keisuke Koeda

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1054

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  25. The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has rapidly spread, causing million confirmed cases, thousands of deaths, and economic losses. The number of cases of COVID-19 in Jakarta is the largest in Indo...

    Authors: Florence Elfriede Sinthauli Silalahi, Fahrul Hidayat, Ratna Sari Dewi, Nugroho Purwono and Nadya Oktaviani

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1053

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  26. Physical activity (PA) is a well-established therapeutic modality for the maintenance and improvement of long-term health in cystic fibrosis (CF). Healthcare professionals (HCP) are considered credible and wel...

    Authors: Nicola Hurley, Bróna Kehoe, Noel McCaffrey, Karen Redmond, Lydia Cullen and Niall M. Moyna

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1052

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  27. Medical Financial Assistance (MFA) provides health insurance and financial support for millions of low income and disabled Chinese people, yet there has been little systematic analysis focused on this vulnerab...

    Authors: Yangling Ren, Zhongliang Zhou, Guanping Liu, Chi Shen, Dan Cao, Tiange Xu, Jane M. Fry, Rashed Nawaz, Dantong Zhao, Min Su, Tingshuai Ge, Yafei Si and Gang Chen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1051

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  28. A common challenge for free-access systems is that people may bypass primary care and seek secondary care through self-referral. Taiwan’s government has undertaken various initiatives to mitigate bypass; howev...

    Authors: Li-Lin Liang, Nicole Huang, Yi-Jung Shen, Annie Yu-An Chen and Yiing-Jenq Chou

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1050

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  29. Ischemic stroke patients with a good outcome in terms of motor functioning and communication are likely to be discharged home without further rehabilitation. A significant number of these patients experience c...

    Authors: J. P. L. Slenders, R. M. Van den Berg-Vos, C. M. van Heugten, J. M. A. Visser-Meily, S. M. A. A. Evers, R. J. de Haan, J. M. de Man-van Ginkel and V. I. H. Kwa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1049

    Content type: Study protocol

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  30. To assess the association between walking speed (WS) and its improvement on hospitalization rates and costs in outpatients with cardiovascular disease.

    Authors: Stefano Bonnini, Gianni Mazzoni, Michela Borghesi, Giorgio Chiaranda, Jonathan Myers, Simona Mandini, Andrea Raisi, Sabrina Masotti and Giovanni Grazzi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1048

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  31. Patients with B-cell neoplasms in remission are monitored with regular physician visits at the hospital. The current standard follow-up procedure is not evidence-based or individualized to patient needs. To im...

    Authors: Mia Sommer, Lone Frandsen, Paw Jensen, Søren Ramme Nielsen, Lars Børty Nielsen, Rasmus Froberg Brøndum, Martin Bøgsted, Jakob Madsen, Marianne Tang Severinsen, Erik Elgaard Sørensen, Mette Grønkjær and Tarec Christoffer El-Galaly

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1047

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  32. Hypertension (HT) requires patients to continuously monitor their blood pressure, strictly adhere to therapeutic recommendations, and self-manage their illness. A few studies indicate that physician–patient co...

    Authors: Natalia Świątoniowska-Lonc, Jacek Polański, Wojciech Tański and Beata Jankowska-Polańska

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1046

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  33. As the number of persons with dementia is increasing, there has been a call for establishing sustainable clinical pathways for coordinating care and support for this group. The LIVE@Home.Path trial is a multic...

    Authors: Stein Erik Fæø, Oscar Tranvåg, Rune Samdal, Bettina S. Husebo and Frøydis K. Bruvik

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1045

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  34. The aim of this paper is to analyze the differences in the coordination of chronic illness care between the different public hospital management models coexisting in the Spanish region of Madrid (25 hospitals)...

    Authors: José Luis Franco Miguel, Carmen Fullana Belda, José Manuel Cordero Ferrera, Cristina Polo and Roberto Nuño-Solinís

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1044

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  35. Type 2 diabetes represents an increasingly critical challenge for health policy worldwide. It absorbs massive resources from both patients and national economies to sustain direct costs of the treatment of typ...

    Authors: Constance Stegbauer, Camilla Falivena, Ariadna Moreno, Anna Hentschel, Magda Rosenmöller, Tim Heise, Joachim Szecsenyi and Freimut Schliess

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1043

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  36. Achievement of the elimination target for mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV in selected countries has increased hope to end the HIV epidemic in children across the world. However, MTCT rates remain we...

    Authors: Reuben Musarandega, Joanna Robinson, Priti Dave Sen, Anna Hakobyan, Angela Mushavi, Agnes Mahomva and Godfrey Woelk

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1042

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  37. A large proportion of admissions to psychiatric hospitals happen as emergency admissions and many of them occur out of core working hours (during the weekends, on public holidays and during night time). Howeve...

    Authors: Peter M. Kreuzer, Stefan Günther, Jorge Simoes, Michael Ziereis and Berthold Langguth

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1041

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  38. The August 2020 explosion in Lebanon resulted in casualties, injuries, and a great number of internally displaced persons. The blast occurred during an economically and politically complex time in the country....

    Authors: Michel D. Landry, Mohamad Alameddine, Tiago S. Jesus, Saydeh Sassine, Elie Koueik and Sudha R. Raman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1040

    Content type: Editorial

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  39. Providing care to cancer patients is associated with a substantial psychological and emotional load on oncology workers. The purpose of this project is to co-construct, implement and assess multidimensional in...

    Authors: Carl-Ardy Dubois, Roxane Borgès Da Silva, Mélanie Lavoie-Tremblay, Bernard Lespérance, Kathleen Bentein, Alain Marchand, Sara Soldera, Christine Maheu, Sébastien Grenier and Marie-Andrée Fortin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1039

    Content type: Study protocol

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  40. Patients’ increasing needs and expectations require an overall assessment of hospital performance. Several international agencies have defined performance indicators sets but there exists no unanimous classifi...

    Authors: Elettra Carini, Irene Gabutti, Emanuela Maria Frisicale, Andrea Di Pilla, Angelo Maria Pezzullo, Chiara de Waure, Americo Cicchetti, Stefania Boccia and Maria Lucia Specchia

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1038

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  41. To explore the perceptions of health workers on the risks of contracting tuberculosis at Namwala District Hospital. Tuberculosis literature indicates that health workers are at risk of contracting tuberculosis...

    Authors: Shadreck Mwenya and Salley Stapley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1037

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  42. Total hip and total knee arthroplasties are among the most common types of surgery performed in Australia today and are effective treatments for severe osteoarthritis. However, the increasing financial burden ...

    Authors: Emma Cheng, Adriane Lewin, Tim Churches, Ian A Harris and Justine Naylor

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1036

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  43. To cope with shortages of equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic, we established a nonprofit end-to-end system to identify, validate, regulate, manufacture, and distribute 3D-printed medical equipment. Here we...

    Authors: Ferran Fillat-Gomà, Sergi Coderch-Navarro, Laia Martínez-Carreres, Núria Monill-Raya, Toni Nadal-Mir, Cristina Lalmolda, Manel Luján, Candelaria de Haro and Lluís Blanch

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1035

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  44. In Kenya, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention is almost exclusively delivered at HIV clinics. Developing novel PrEP delivery models is important for increasing the reach of PrEP. Delivery of PrE...

    Authors: Katrina F. Ortblad, Peter Mogere, Stephanie Roche, Kevin Kamolloh, Josephine Odoyo, Elizabeth Irungu, Nelly R. Mugo, Jillian Pintye, Jared M. Baeten, Elizabeth Bukusi and Kenneth Ngure

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1034

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  45. Long-term acute care hospital (LTACH) use varies considerably across the U.S., which may reflect uncertainty about the effectiveness of LTACHs vs. skilled nursing facilities (SNF), the principal post-acute car...

    Authors: Anil N. Makam, Oanh Kieu Nguyen, Michael E. Miller, Sachin J. Shah, Kandice A. Kapinos and Ethan A. Halm

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1032

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  46. Extensive measures to reduce person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 are required to control the current outbreak. Special attention is directed at healthcare professionals as reducing the risk of infection ...

    Authors: Malene Missel, Camilla Bernild, Ilkay Dagyaran, Signe Westh Christensen and Selina Kikkenborg Berg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1031

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  47. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased insurance coverage for people with HIV (PWH) in the United States. To inform health policy, it is useful to investigate how enrollment through ACA Exchanges, deducti...

    Authors: Derek D. Satre, Sujaya Parthasarathy, Michael J. Silverberg, Michael Horberg, Kelly C. Young-Wolff, Emily C. Williams, Paul Volberding and Cynthia I. Campbell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1030

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  48. Mental health is linked to HIV outcomes, including linkage into care and adherence to medication. Integrated care for mental and physical health is recommended. HIV testing and counselling sessions represent a...

    Authors: Faith Martin, Winfred Nalukenge, Oucul Lazarus, Josephine Birungi and Janet Seeley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1027

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  49. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common and deadliest chronic diseases worldwide. Since COPD is a chronic and progressive disease, treatment is necessary throughout life. For peo...

    Authors: Sara Lundell, Ulla-Maija Pesola, André Nyberg and Karin Wadell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1025

    Content type: Research article

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