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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

    Medical revalidation is the process by which all licensed doctors are legally required to demonstrate that they are up to date and fit to practise in order to maintain their licence. Revalidation was introduce...

    Authors: Abigail Tazzyman, Jane Ferguson, Charlotte Hillier, Alan Boyd, John Tredinnick-Rowe, Julian Archer, Sam Regan de Bere and Kieran Walshe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:749

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    Systems medicine has become a key word in biomedical research. Although it is often referred to as P4-(predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory)-medicine, it still lacks a clear definition and is...

    Authors: Sebastian Schleidgen, Sandra Fernau, Henrike Fleischer, Christoph Schickhardt, Ann-Kristin Oßa and Eva C. Winkler

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:761

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    As effective antibiotics are becoming a scarce resource, governmental regulation is needed to promote responsible use. Implementation of antibiotic stewardship and practice guidelines in health care facilities...

    Authors: Eli Feiring and Anne Berit Walter

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:747

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    Poor distribution of essential medicines to primary care institutions has attracted criticism since China adopted provincial centralized regional tendering and procurement systems. This study evaluated the imp...

    Authors: Lianping Yang, Cunrui Huang and Chaojie Liu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:727

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  5. Content type: Research article

    In 2009, China implemented the National Essential Medicines Policies (NEMPs) as part of a new round of medical system reforms. This study aims to evaluate the impacts of the NEMPs on primary healthcare institu...

    Authors: Zhigang Guo, Xiaodong Guan and Luwen Shi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:723

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Physicians who work in the private sector while also holding a salaried job in a public hospital, known as “dual practice,” is one of the main retention strategies adopted by the government of Ethiopia. Dual p...

    Authors: Goitom Gigar Abera, Yibeltal Kiflie Alemayehu and Jeph Herrin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:713

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:807

  7. Content type: Research article

    Since the introduction of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) in 2011, mainly by commercial companies, a growing demand for NIPT from the public and healthcare professionals has been putting pressure on the h...

    Authors: Rachèl V. van Schendel, Carla G. van El, Eva Pajkrt, Lidewij Henneman and Martina C. Cornel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:670

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The reasons for low utilisation of maternal health services in settings where the user-fee removal policy has been implemented continue to generate scholarly debates. Evidence of whether user-fee removal benef...

    Authors: Anthony I. Ajayi and Wilson Akpan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:620

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The Scottish Medicines Consortium evaluates new drugs for use in the National Health Service in Scotland. Reforms in 2014 to their evaluation process aimed to increase patient access to new drugs for end-of-li...

    Authors: Liz Morrell, Sarah Wordsworth, Howell Fu, Sian Rees and Richard Barker

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:613

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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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    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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