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  1. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to assess on-the-ground barriers to the provision of oxygen therapy for paediatric patients in three government-funded Eastern Ugandan district general hospitals (DGHs).

    Authors: Jonathan W. Dauncey, Peter Olupot-Olupot and Kathryn Maitland

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:335

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    Early readmission amongst older safety-net hospitalized adults is costly. Interventions to prevent early readmission have had mixed success. The role of perceived social support is unclear. We examined the ass...

    Authors: Brian Chan, L. Elizabeth Goldman, Urmimala Sarkar, David Guzman, Jeff Critchfield, Somnath Saha and Margot Kushel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:334

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    Survival rates after in-hospital cardiac arrest are low and vary across hospitals. The ERC guidelines state that more research is needed to explore factors that could influence survival. Research into the role .....

    Authors: Marc Schluep, Geertje Johanna Catharina van Limpt, Robert Jan Stolker, Sanne Elisabeth Hoeks and Henrik Endeman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:333

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  4. Content type: Study protocol

    Deficits in general and specialized on-site medical care are a common problem in nursing homes and can lead to unnecessary, costly and burdensome hospitalizations for residents. Reasons for this are often orga...

    Authors: Boris A. Brühmann, Christina Reese, Klaus Kaier, Margrit Ott, Christoph Maurer, Simone Kunert, Bruno R. Saurer and Erik Farin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:332

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  5. Content type: Correction

    In the original publication of this article [1], the percent sign at the first row of the Table 2 needs to be deleted. The updated Table 2 is shown below:

    Authors: Ibrahim Salmani, Hesam Seyedin, Ali Ardalan and Tahmineh Farajkhoda

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:330

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    The original article was published in BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:241

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    The overuse of tertiary hospitals and underuse of primary care facilities has been one of the key reasons leading to fast health expenditure increase and health service utilization inequity in China. Recent he...

    Authors: Linxin Liu, Chaojie Liu, Zhanqi Duan, Jingping Pan and Min Yang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:329

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Prescription connects physician, patient and community pharmacy personnel who can help in understanding prescribing pattern. The present study was aimed to get an insight of viewpoints of all members involved ...

    Authors: Syed Zia Husnain, Nadeem Irfan Bukhari, Khalid Hussain, Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar, Furqan Khurshid Hashmi, Zikria Saleem, Muhammad Salman and Louise Curley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:328

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Health management information systems (HMIS) are instrumental in addressing health delivery problems and strengthening health sectors by generating credible evidence about the health status of clients. There i...

    Authors: Stephen Ojiambo Wandera, Betty Kwagala, Olivia Nankinga, Patricia Ndugga, Allen Kabagenyi, Bridgit Adamou and Benjamin Kachero

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:327

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  9. Content type: Research article

    An estimated 20–30% of end-stage lung disease patients awaiting lung transplant die whilst on the waiting list due to a shortage of suitable donor lungs. Ex-Vivo Lung Perfusion is a technique that reconditions...

    Authors: N. McMeekin, A. E. Chrysos, L. Vale and A. J. Fisher

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:326

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Of the various types of medication administration error that occur in hospitals, dose omissions are consistently reported as among the most common. It has been suggested that greater involvement from pharmacy ...

    Authors: Elizabeth M. Seston, Darren M. Ashcroft, Elizabeth Lamerton, Lindsay Harper and Richard N. Keers

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:325

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Technological advances in health care currently provide better care conditions and have increased survival rates of premature infants, along with increasing the life expectancy of chronically ill children. In ...

    Authors: Antônio José Lana de Carvalho, Hyster Martins Ferreira, Eliza Fernanda Borges, Laerte Honorato Borges Junior, Ana Laura Teodoro de Paula, Wallisen Tadashi Hattori and e Vivian Mara Gonçalves de Oliveira Azevedo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:324

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Regular asthma reviews are recommended by international guidelines to improve the quality of life of asthma patients. To facilitate these reviews in primary care practice, there is a need for structured asthma...

    Authors: Chris Livadiotis, Ekaterini Lambrinou, Vasilios Raftopoulos and Nicos Middleton

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:322

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    Each year around 5–10% of people with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia will develop type 2 diabetes mellitus. Diabetes prevention is a national and global public health concern. Diabetes Prevention Programmes, whic...

    Authors: Sarah Knowles, Sarah Cotterill, Nia Coupe and Michael Spence

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:321

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  14. Content type: Research article

    A good portion of stroke patients in Western countries are over 65 of age. Because of sequelae, they often lead more isolated lives after the stroke. In terms of social reintegration, this group of patients is...

    Authors: Susanne Lillelund Sørensen, Sedsel Kristine Stage Pedersen and Hanne Pallesen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:320

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  15. Content type: Study protocol

    Innovation has been identified as an important engine for improving the quality, productivity and efficiency of health care. Little is known about how to stimulate innovation capacity in primary health care in...

    Authors: Gunilla Avby and Sofia Kjellström

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:319

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    Overcrowding of high-level health facilities is a major concern in a Vietnamese health system. This may increase an economic burden to the households since health insurance is still insufficient in providing f...

    Authors: Hwa-Young Lee, Juhwan Oh, Van Minh Hoang, J. Robin Moon and S. V. Subramanian

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:318

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  17. Content type: Research article

    According to the 2016–2017 Tanzania HIV Impact Survey, 55% of men diagnosed with HIV during the survey self-reported that they were unaware of their HIV status. As a response, the Government of Tanzania launch...

    Authors: Donaldson F. Conserve, Jumanne Issango, Andrew M. Kilale, Bernard Njau, Patrick Nhigula, Peter Memiah, Gaspar Mbita, Augustine T. Choko, Akeen Hamilton and Gary King

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:317

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Men who have sex with men (MSM) are a priority group in Malawi’s national response to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). There are limited data on service provide...

    Authors: Lester Kapanda, Vincent Jumbe, Chimaraoke Izugbara and Adamson S. Muula

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:316

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Rural women experience health disparities in terms of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk compared to urban women. Cost-effective CVD-prevention programs are needed for this population. The objective of this stu...

    Authors: Hua Wang, Donald Kenkel, Meredith L. Graham, Lynn C. Paul, Sara C. Folta, Miriam E. Nelson, David Strogatz and Rebecca A. Seguin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:315

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The early initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for people living with HIV (PLWH) benefits both individuals and societies. However, little is known about the intention to initiate ART among PLWH in China ...

    Authors: Qiangsheng He, Xuan Du, Huifang Xu, Lirui Fan, Remina Maimaitijiang, Yanan Wu, Chun Hao, Jinghua Li, Yuantao Hao and Jing Gu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:314

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Most studies that examine comorbidity and its impact on health service utilization focus on a single index-condition and are published in disease-specific journals, which limit opportunities to identify patter...

    Authors: Lauren E. Griffith, Andrea Gruneir, Kathryn Fisher, Dilzayn Panjwani, Amiram Gafni, Christopher Patterson, Maureen Markle-Reid and Jenny Ploeg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:313

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Despite the increasing frequency of ARV medicines stock-outs in Sub-Saharan Africa, there is little research inquiring into the mitigation strategies devised by frontline health facilities. Many previous studi...

    Authors: Henry Zakumumpa, Flavia Matovu Kiweewa, Felix Khuluza and Freddy Eric Kitutu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:312

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  23. Content type: Research article

    One in three colon cancers are diagnosed as an emergency, which is associated with worse cancer outcomes. Chronic conditions (comorbidities) affect large proportions of adults and they might influence the risk...

    Authors: Cristina Renzi, Georgios Lyratzopoulos, Willie Hamilton, Camille Maringe and Bernard Rachet

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:311

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Europe’s ageing society leads to an increased demand for long-term care, thereby putting a strain on the sustainability of health care systems. The ‘Identifying best practices for care-dependent elderly by Ben...

    Authors: Henriëtte G. van der Roest, Liza van Eenoo, Lisanne I. van Lier, Graziano Onder, Vjenka Garms-Homolová, Johannes H. Smit, Harriet Finne-Soveri, Pálmi V. Jónsson, Stasja Draisma, Anja Declercq, Judith E. Bosmans and Hein P. J. van Hout

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:310

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Clinical guidelines are systematically proven statements that help physicians to make healthcare decisions for specific medical conditions. Non-adherence to clinical guidelines is believed to contribute signif...

    Authors: Hiba Salah Abdelgadir, Maisa Mustafa Elfadul, Nisreen Haider Hamid and Mounkaila Noma

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:309

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Intra-household dynamics play crucial roles in utilisation of healthcare services for children. We investigated the influence of household relationships on healthcare seeking behaviour for common childhood ill...

    Authors: Joshua O. Akinyemi, Pamela Banda, Nicole De Wet, Adenike E. Akosile and Clifford O. Odimegwu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:308

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Hospitals need to understand how to reduce their frontline employees’ turnover rate as well as how to positively engage them and improve their service. Central to these issues, we find, is the employees’ perce...

    Authors: Terje Slåtten, Gudbrand Lien and Peer Jacob Svenkerud

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:307

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Qualitative research studies are becoming increasingly necessary to understand the complex challenges in the healthcare setting. Successfully integrating interdisciplinary teams of investigators can be challen...

    Authors: Charissa Fritzen-Pedicini, Susan C. Bleasdale, Lisa M. Brosseau, Donna Moritz, Monica Sikka, Emily Stiehl and Rachael M. Jones

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:306

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The impact of new medical graduates on the social dimensions of the rural medical workforce is yet to be examined. Social Network Analysis (SNA) is able to visualize and measure these dimensions. We apply this...

    Authors: Denese E. Playford, Tessa Burkitt and David Atkinson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:305

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Patients in Yemen commonly visit community pharmacies to obtain consultation or treatment for common ailments. Community pharmacists have an opportunity to optimize medication use and improve patient outcomes....

    Authors: Seena A. Yousuf, Mohammed Alshakka, Wafa F. S. Badulla, Heyam Saad Ali, P. Ravi Shankar and Mohamed Izham Mohamed Ibrahim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:304

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The global financial crisis and the economic and financial adjustment programme (EFAP) forced the Portuguese government to adopt austerity measures, which also included the health sector. The aim of this study...

    Authors: Gonçalo F. Augusto, Sara S. Dias, Alexandre V. Abrantes and Maria R. O. Martins

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:303

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Extensive research documents that child abuse is widespread and that it has detrimental effects on victims’ physical, psychological and social well-being. Efforts to help abused children by removing stressors ...

    Authors: Ane Ugland Albaek, Per-Einar Binder and Anne Marita Milde

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:302

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  33. Content type: Research article

    In general, medical regimens and treatments are more likely to be effective if patients follow their physicians’ advice. However, limited studies have focused on the relationship between regulatory focus and p...

    Authors: Runtong Zhang, Xinyi Lu, Wen Wu and Xiaopu Shang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:301

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Health literacy is a strong predictor of health status. This study develops and tests a structural equation model to explore the factors that are associated with the health literacy level of rural residents in...

    Authors: Yaofei Xie, Mengdi Ma, Ya’nan Zhang and Xiaodong Tan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:300

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening is underutilized by Medicaid enrollees and the uninsured. Multiple national and state policies were enacted from 2010 to 2014 to increase access to Medicaid and to promote CRC...

    Authors: Meghan C. O’Leary, Kristen Hassmiller Lich, Yifan Gu, Stephanie B. Wheeler, Gloria D. Coronado, Sarah E. Bartelmann, Bonnie K. Lind, Maria E. Mayorga and Melinda M. Davis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:298

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Smoking in pregnancy causes harm to mother and baby. Despite evidence from trials of what helps women quit, implementation in the real world has been hard to achieve. An evidence-based intervention, babyClear©...

    Authors: Susan Jones, Sharon Hamilton, Ruth Bell, Vera Araújo-Soares, Svetlana V. Glinianaia, Eugene M. G. Milne, Martin White, Martyn Willmore and Janet Shucksmith

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:297

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  37. Content type: Study protocol

    Healthcare associated infection (HCAI) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. In recent years, there have been high profile successes in infection prevention control (IPC), such as the dramatic reduction...

    Authors: John Gammon, Julian Hunt, Sharon Williams, Sharon Daniel, Sue Rees and Sian Matthewson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:296

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  38. Content type: Research article

    A variety of antenatal care models have been implemented in low and middle-income countries over the past decades, as proposed by the World Health Organisation (WHO). One such model is the 2001 Focused Antenat...

    Authors: Martina Mchenga, Ronelle Burger and Dieter von Fintel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:295

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  39. Content type: Research article

    To test the validity of the Finnish version of the Bernhard et al.’s Cross-Cultural Competence instrument of Healthcare Professionals (CCCHP).

    Authors: Laura Hietapakka, Marko Elovainio, Karolina Wesolowska, Anna-Mari Aalto, Anu-Marja Kaihlanen, Timo Sinervo and Tarja Heponiemi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:294

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  40. Content type: Study protocol

    A number of challenges impede our ability to consistently provide high quality care to patients hospitalized with medical conditions. Teams are large, team membership continually evolves, and physicians are of...

    Authors: Kevin J. O’Leary, Julie K. Johnson, Milisa Manojlovich, Jenna D. Goldstein, Jungwha Lee and Mark V. Williams

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:293

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  41. Content type: Research article

    In 2010, Israel intensified its adoption of Procedure-Related Group (PRG) based hospital payments, a local version of DRG (Diagnosis-related group). PRGs were created for certain procedures by clinical fields ...

    Authors: Ruth Waitzberg, Wilm Quentin, Elad Daniels, Vadim Perman, Shuli Brammli-Greenberg, Reinhard Busse and Dan Greenberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:292

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid and increased federal funding for Community Health Centers (CHCs). To examine the role of Medicaid coverage on care patterns for those with available safety net care, ...

    Authors: Veri Seo, Travis P. Baggett, Anne N. Thorndike, Peter Hull, John Hsu, Joseph P. Newhouse and Vicki Fung

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:291

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  43. Content type: Research article

    In 2014, Indonesia launched a mandatory national health insurance system called Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional (JKN). The reform introduced new conditions for primary care physicians (PCPs) that could influence th...

    Authors: Chatila Maharani, Desie Frihandini Afief, Dorothea Weber, Michael Marx and Svetla Loukanova

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:290

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  44. Content type: Research article

    In 2012, Switzerland introduced the diagnosis-related group hospital payment system. Fearing that vulnerable patients may be discharged early, Acute and Transitional Care (ATC) was introduced to address the nu...

    Authors: Bettina M. Zimmermann, Insa Koné, Michael Rost, Agnes Leu, Tenzin Wangmo and Bernice S. Elger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:289

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Neurological disorders may negatively impact community integration and/or quality of life. Peer support has emerged as a potential strategy to enhance patients’ efficacy in managing their own health. This revi...

    Authors: Ben B. Levy, Dorothy Luong, Laure Perrier, Mark T. Bayley and Sarah E. P. Munce

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:288

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Managers and professionals in health and social care are required to implement evidence-based methods. Despite this, they generally lack training in implementation. In clinical settings, implementation is ofte...

    Authors: Rebecca Mosson, Hanna Augustsson, Annika Bäck, Mårten Åhström, Ulrica von Thiele Schwarz, Anne Richter, Malin Gunnarsson and Henna Hasson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:287

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  47. Content type: Study protocol

    Advanced care planning (ACP) is a process that involves thinking about what medical care one would like should individuals be seriously ill and cannot communicate decisions about treatment for themselves. The ...

    Authors: Sarah Jeong, Tomiko Barrett, Se Ok Ohr, Peter Cleasby, Michael David, Sally Chan, Helen Fairlamb, Ryan Davey and Peter Saul

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:286

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