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BMC Health Services Research

Health policy, reform, governance and law

Section edited by Antoni Plasencia and Fabrizio Tediosi

This section aims to publish studies looking at actions taken by governments and policy changes made to advance the public's health and health care delivery. The section also accepts studies on law, rules and regulations affecting the health care industry and their application to health care patients and providers.

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  1. Content type: Study protocol

    Internationally there has been a growth in the use of publicly funded service markets as a mechanism to deliver health and social services. This has accompanied the emergence of ‘self-directed care’ in a numbe...

    Authors: Gemma Carey and Helen Dickinson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:570

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  2. Content type: Research article

    In Brazil, health is fundamental human right guaranteed by the Constitution of 1988, which created the Brazilian Universal Health System (Sistema Único de Saúde - SUS). The SUS provides medications for outpati...

    Authors: Ana Luiza Chieffi, Rita De Cassia Barata Barradas and Moisés Golbaum

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:499

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  3. Content type: Research article

    We analyzed and compared primary health care (PHC) policies in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan to understand how they inform the design and implementation of team-based primary health care service d...

    Authors: Esther Suter, Sara Mallinson, Renee Misfeldt, Omenaa Boakye, Louise Nasmith and Sabrina T. Wong

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:493

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  4. Content type: Research article

    This study analyzed several political determinants of increased private-sector management in Brazilian health care. In Brazil, the poor depend almost exclusively on the public Unified Health System (the SUS), ...

    Authors: Alecia J. McGregor, Carlos Eduardo Siqueira, Alan M. Zaslavsky and Robert J. Blendon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:483

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Trust within organizations is important for ensuring members’ acceptance of the organization’s activities and to expand their scope of action. Remarkably, Patient Organizations (POs) that often both function a...

    Authors: Helene Gerhards, Karin Jongsma and Silke Schicktanz

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:474

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) have been implemented in 49 out of 50 states in an effort to reduce opioid-related misuse, abuse, and mortality, yet the literature evaluating the impact of PDMP i...

    Authors: Erin P. Finley, Ashley Garcia, Kristen Rosen, Don McGeary, Mary Jo Pugh and Jennifer Sharpe Potter

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:420

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Public reporting of government funded (public) hospital performance data was mandated in Australia in 2011. Studies suggest some benefit associated with such public reporting, but also considerable scope to im...

    Authors: Rachel Canaway, Marie Bismark, David Dunt and Margaret Kelaher

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:391

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Heightened fiscal constraints, increases in the chronic disease burden and in consumer expectations are among several factors contributing to the global interest in evidence-informed health policy. The present...

    Authors: Francesca C. Grace, Carla S. Meurk, Brian W. Head, Wayne D. Hall, Meredith G. Harris and Harvey A. Whiteford

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:374

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Funding of drugs for rare diseases (DRDs) requires decisions that balance fairness for all individuals within the healthcare system with compassion for affected individuals. Our study objective was to conduct ...

    Authors: Julie Polisena, Michael Burgess, Craig Mitton and Larry D. Lynd

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:372

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The judgment and decision making process during guideline development is central for producing high-quality clinical practice guidelines, but the topic is relatively underexplored in the guideline research lit...

    Authors: Linda Richter Sundberg, Rickard Garvare and Monica Elisabeth Nyström

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:344

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  11. Content type: Research Article

    In Italy, copayment has changed its nature and it can no longer be simply considered a system to curb inappropriate expenditure. It has become an important form of revenue for public health care provision, but...

    Authors: Paolo Berta, Rosella Levaggi, Gianmaria Martini and Stefano Verzillo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:336

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Policy making, translation and implementation in politically and administratively decentralized systems can be challenging. Beyond the mere sub-national acceptance of national initiatives, adherence to policy ...

    Authors: Ejemai Amaize Eboreime, Seye Abimbola, Felix Abrahams Obi, Obinna Ebirim, Olalekan Olubajo, John Eyles, Nonhlanhla Lynette Nxumalo and Faith Nankasa Mambulu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:227

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  13. Content type: Research article

    In Norway, a government reform has recently been introduced to enhance coordination between primary and secondary care. This paper examines the effects of two newly introduced measures to improve the coordinat...

    Authors: Antonella La Rocca and Thomas Hoholm

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:149

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The use of economic evaluations in healthcare decision-making can potentially help decision-makers in allocating scarce resources as efficiently as possible. Over a decade ago, the use of such studies was foun...

    Authors: Kitty J. Roseboom, Johanna M. van Dongen, Emile Tompa, Maurits W. van Tulder and Judith E. Bosmans

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:89

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  15. Content type: Research article

    As the emphasis in health reform shifts to value-based payments, especially through multi-payer initiatives supported by the U.S. Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, and with the increasing availability...

    Authors: Karl Finison, MaryKate Mohlman, Craig Jones, Melanie Pinette, David Jorgenson, Amy Kinner, Tim Tremblay and Daniel Gottlieb

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:58

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  16. Content type: Research article

    In mental health services what is commonplace across international frontiers is that to prevent aggressive patients from harming themselves, other patients or staff, coercive measures and foremost, violence ma...

    Authors: Seamus Cowman, Anna Björkdahl, Eric Clarke, Georgina Gethin and Jim Maguire

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:59

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  17. Content type: Research article

    A major concern by the health decision makers in Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) countries is the burden of financing healthcare. While other GCC countries have been examining different options, Saudi Arabia ha...

    Authors: Abdulwahab Alkhamis, Peter Cosgrove, Gamal Mohamed and Amir Hassan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:56

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  18. Content type: Research article

    In the quest to achieve early HIV treatment goals, national HIV treatment programmes dependent on international funding have been dramatically redesigned over the last 5 years. Bottlenecks in treatment provisi...

    Authors: Thandeka Dlamini-Simelane and Eileen Moyer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:20

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Treatment services to patients with substance use disorders (SUDs), including those mandated to treatment, needs to be evaluated and evidence based. The Norwegian Municipal Health Care Act (NMHCA) calls for co...

    Authors: Adrian R. Pasareanu, John-Kåre Vederhus, Anne Opsal, Øistein Kristensen and Thomas Clausen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:5

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