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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: Research article

    The relative ease of movement of physicians across the Canada/US border has led to what is sometimes referred to as a ‘brain drain’ and previous analysis estimated that the equivalent of two graduating classes...

    Authors: Thomas R. Freeman, Stephen Petterson, Sean Finnegan and Andrew Bazemore

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:678

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Physician shortage has become an urgent and critical challenge to many countries. According to the workforce dynamic model, long work hours may be one major pressure point to the attrition of physicians. Finan...

    Authors: Yu-Hsuan Tsai, Nicole Huang, Li-Yin Chien, Jen-Huai Chiang and Shu-Ti Chiou

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:667

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Using a combination of videos and online short stories, we conducted four face-to-face deliberative workshops in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) with members of the public who later joined additional participants in...

    Authors: P. Lehoux, J. Jimenez-Pernett, F. A. Miller and B. Williams-Jones

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:616

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  4. Content type: Research article

    This study evaluates implementation of the Quebec Mental Health (MH) Reform (2005–2015) which aimed to improve accessibility, quality and continuity of care by developing primary care and optimizing integrated...

    Authors: Marie-Josée Fleury, Guy Grenier, Catherine Vallée, Denise Aubé, Lambert Farand, Jean-Marie Bamvita and Geneviève Cyr

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:586

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Addressing evidence-practice gaps in primary care remains a significant public health challenge and is likely to require action at different levels of the health system. Whilst Continuous Quality Improvement (...

    Authors: Gill Schierhout, Veronica Matthews, Christine Connors, Sandra Thompson, Ru Kwedza, Catherine Kennedy and Ross Bailie

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:560

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Universal Health Coverage (UHC) has emerged as a major goal for health care delivery in the post-2015 development agenda. It is viewed as a solution to health care needs in low and middle countries with growin...

    Authors: Adam Fusheini and John Eyles

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:558

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  7. Content type: Research article

    End-of-life policies are hotly debated in many countries, with international evidence frequently used to support or oppose legal reforms. Existing reviews are limited by their focus on specific practices or se...

    Authors: Yi-Sheng Chao, Antoine Boivin, Isabelle Marcoux, Geneviève Garnon, Nicholas Mays, Pascale Lehoux, Marie-Claude Prémont, Evert van Leeuwen, Raynald Pineault, Jeff Blackmer, Marie-Dominique Beaulieu, Bill Sullivan, Pierre Deschamps, Bernard Grenier, Ann Soden, Robert Delorme…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:539

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The consequences of annual influenza outbreaks are often underestimated by the general public. Influenza poses a serious public health threat around the world, particularly for the most vulnerable populations....

    Authors: Angela Jackson-Lee, Neil G. Barr and Glen E. Randall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:522

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Since the emergence of social media in 2004, a growing percentage of patients use this technology for health related reasons. To reflect on the alleged beneficial and potentially harmful effects of social medi...

    Authors: Edin Smailhodzic, Wyanda Hooijsma, Albert Boonstra and David J. Langley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:442

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Limited research on Posting and Transfer (P&T) policies and systems in the public sector health services and the reluctance for an open debate on the issue makes P&T as a black box. Limited research on P&T in ...

    Authors: Bhaskar Purohit, Tim Martineau and Kabir Sheikh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:419

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  11. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to measure the poverty head count ratio and poverty gap of rural Yanbian in order to examine whether China’s New Rural Cooperative Medical Scheme has alleviated its medical impoverishment and ...

    Authors: Mei Sun, Jay J. Shen, Chengyue Li, Christopher Cochran, Ying Wang, Fei Chen, Pingping Li, Jun Lu, Fengshui Chang, Xiaohong Li and Mo Hao

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:422

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  12. Content type: Research article

    In response to increasing fiscal pressures, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) sought to reduce Medicare Advantage plan expenses by restructuring the bidding and payment processes. The purpose of this study is to a...

    Authors: Nabil Natafgi, Matthew Nattinger, Patience Ugwi, Fred Ullrich and Fredric D. Wolinsky

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:404

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Accurate identification of underlying health conditions is important to fully adjust for confounders in studies using insurer claims data. Our objective was to evaluate the ability of four modifications to a s...

    Authors: Katelin B. Nickel, Anna E. Wallace, David K. Warren, Kelly E. Ball, Daniel Mines, Victoria J. Fraser and Margaret A. Olsen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:388

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Clinical practice guidelines are widely distributed by medical associations and relied upon by physicians for the best available clinical evidence. International findings report that financial conflicts of int...

    Authors: Adrienne Shnier, Joel Lexchin, Mirna Romero and Kevin Brown

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:383

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Reforms in the health-care sector, including the pharmacy sector, can have different rationales. The Swedish pharmacies were prior to 2009 organized in a state-owned monopoly. In 2009, a liberalization of the ...

    Authors: Kristin Wisell, Ulrika Winblad and Sofia Kälvemark Sporrong

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:379

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  16. Content type: Research article

    We aimed to synthesize the evidence of a causal effect and draw inferences about whether Canadian primary care reforms improved health system performance based on measures of health service utilization, proces...

    Authors: Renee Carter, Bruno Riverin, Jean-Frédéric Levesque, Geneviève Gariepy and Amélie Quesnel-Vallée

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:324

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Why issues get on the policy agenda, move into policy formulation and implementation while others drop off in the process is an important field of enquiry to inform public social policy development and impleme...

    Authors: Augustina Koduah, Han van Dijk and Irene Akua Agyepong

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:323

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  18. Content type: Research article

    There is currently limited evidence regarding the extent Real World Evidence (RWE) has directly impacted the health and social care systems. The aim of this review is to identify national guidelines or guidanc...

    Authors: Jessie O. Oyinlola, Jennifer Campbell and Antonis A. Kousoulis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:299

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  19. Content type: Research article

    In 2009, Chinese government launched a new healthcare reform, one of the key points of which is to establish National Essential Medicine System (NEMS). Hospital pharmacists are directly related to the implemen...

    Authors: Qian Shen, Caijun Yang, Jie Chang, Lina Wu, Wenwen Zhu, Bing Lv, Dan Ye, Shimin Yang and Yu Fang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:292

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  20. Content type: Research article

    There have been concerns in Korea that the availability of cheaper generics can appreciably increase prescribed volumes thereby negating their beneficial effects on overall pharmaceutical expenditure.

    Authors: Hye-Young Kwon and Brian Godman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:130

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:210

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