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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

    The organisation of Swedish primary health care has changed following introduction of free choice of provider for the population in combination with freedom of establishment for private primary care providers....

    Authors: Anders Beckman and Anders Anell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:452

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  2. Content type: Research article

    The financial crisis that hit the global economy in 2007 was unprecedented in the post war era. In general the crisis has created a difficult environment for health systems globally. The purpose of this paper ...

    Authors: Steve Thomas, Conor Keegan, Sarah Barry, Richard Layte, Matt Jowett and Charles Normand

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:450

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  3. Content type: Research article

    A tariff modulation mechanisms has been introduced in some Italian regions with the aim of reducing inappropriate admissions and improving quality of care. In response to a regional act, hospitals in Lazio ado...

    Authors: Paola Colais, Luigi Pinnarelli, Danilo Fusco, Marina Davoli, Mario Braga and Carlo A Perucci

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:393

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Primary healthcare in Sweden has undergone widespread reforms in recent years, including freedom of choice regarding provider, freedom of establishment and increased privatisation. The key aims of the reforms ...

    Authors: Andy Maun, Kerstin Nilsson, Carina Furåker and Jörgen Thorn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:382

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The number of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) agencies increases. One component of HTAs are economic aspects. To incorporate economic aspects commonly economic evaluations are performed. A convergence of re...

    Authors: Tim Mathes, Esther Jacobs, Jana-Carina Morfeld and Dawid Pieper

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:371

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The shortage and mal-distribution of surgical specialists in sub-Saharan African countries is born out of shortage of individuals choosing a surgical career, limited training capacity, inadequate remuneration,...

    Authors: Moses Galukande, Sam Kaggwa, Patrick Sekimpi, Othman Kakaire, Achilles Katamba, Ian Munabi, Francis Mwesigye Runumi, Ed Mills, Amy Hagopian, Geoffrey Blair, Scott Barnhart and Sam Luboga

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:292

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The Australian federal government introduced private health insurance incentive policy reforms in 2000 that increased the uptake of private health insurance in Australia. There is currently a lack of evidence ...

    Authors: Shauna Trafalski, Tom Briffa, Joseph Hung, Rachael E Moorin, Frank Sanfilippo, David B Preen and Kristjana Einarsdóttir

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:280

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  8. Content type: Research article

    According to EU policy, anyone in need of palliative care should be able to have access to it. It is therefore important to investigate which palliative care topics are subject to legislation and regulations i...

    Authors: Karen Van Beek, Kathrin Woitha, Nisar Ahmed, Johan Menten, Birgit Jaspers, Yvonne Engels, Sam H Ahmedzai, Kris Vissers and Jeroen Hasselaar

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:275

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Employment is associated with better quality of life and wellbeing in people with mental illness. Unemployment is associated with greater levels of psychological illness and is viewed as a core part of the soc...

    Authors: Eleanor Gilbert, Steven Marwaha, Alyssa Milton, Sonia Johnson, Nicola Morant, Nicholas Parsons, Adrian Fisher, Swaran Singh and Di Cunliffe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:270

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Over the past decade, in the province of Quebec, Canada, the government has initiated two consecutive reforms. These have created a new type of primary healthcare – family medicine groups (FMGs) – and have est...

    Authors: Mylaine Breton, Raynald Pineault, Jean-Frédéric Levesque, Danièle Roberge, Roxane Borgès Da Silva and Alexandre Prud’homme

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:262

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  11. Content type: Correspondence

    Because of the current emphasis and enthusiasm focused on integration of health systems, there is a risk of piling resources into integrated strategies without the necessary systems in place to monitor their p...

    Authors: Heidi W Reynolds and Elizabeth G Sutherland

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:168

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  12. Content type: Research article

    There is growing recognition internationally of the need to identify women with risk factors for poor perinatal mental health in pregnancy and following birth. In the state of New South Wales, Australia the Su...

    Authors: Mellanie Rollans, Virginia Schmied, Lynn Kemp and Tanya Meade

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:133

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Self-management support is a key component of effective chronic care management, yet in practice appears to be the least implemented and most challenging. This study explores whether and how self-management su...

    Authors: Arianne Elissen, Ellen Nolte, Cécile Knai, Matthias Brunn, Karine Chevreul, Annalijn Conklin, Isabelle Durand-Zaleski, Antje Erler, Maria Flamm, Anne Frølich, Birgit Fullerton, Ramune Jacobsen, Zuleika Saz-Parkinson, Antonio Sarria-Santamera, Andreas Sönnichsen and Hubertus Vrijhoef

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:117

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Pressures on health care budgets have led policy makers to discuss how to balance the provision of costly technologies to populations in need and making coverage decisions under uncertainty. Coverage with evid...

    Authors: Danielle Bishop and Joel Lexchin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:88

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The regulation of emergency care has featured prominently in Brazil’s federal health agenda since the 2000s. The aim of this study was to review up to the present day the implementation of the National Emergen...

    Authors: Gisele O'Dwyer, Mariana Teixeira Konder, Cristiani Vieira Machado, Camila Paes Alves and Renan Paes Alves

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:70

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Major health inequities between urban and rural populations have resulted in rural health as a reform priority across a number of countries. However, while there is some commonality between rural areas, there ...

    Authors: Amanda Kenny, Nerida Hyett, John Sawtell, Virginia Dickson-Swift, Jane Farmer and Peter O’Meara

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:64

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Confidential product listing agreements (PLAs) negotiated between pharmaceutical manufacturers and individual health care payers may contribute to unwanted price disparities, high administrative costs, and une...

    Authors: Steven G Morgan, Paige A Thomson, Jamie R Daw and Melissa K Friesen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:34

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The United States (US) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for the protection of the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness and security of human drugs and biological products throug...

    Authors: Diane Nguyen, Enrique Seoane-Vazquez, Rosa Rodriguez-Monguio and Michael Montagne

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:27

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Interaction between service provider and customer is the primary core of service businesses of different natures, and the influence of trust on service quality and customer satisfaction could not be ignored in...

    Authors: Ching-Sheng Chang, Su-Yueh Chen and Yi-Ting Lan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:22

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  20. Content type: Research article

    A 50 cent prescription levy was introduced in 2010 on the General Medical Services (GMS) scheme (Irish public health insurance). This study sought to examine patient attitudes and opinions surrounding the 50 c...

    Authors: Sarah-Jo Sinnott, Marie Guinane, Helen Whelton and Stephen Byrne

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:16

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Partnerships between different health services are integral to addressing the complex health needs of vulnerable populations. In Australia, partnerships between Aboriginal1 community controlled and mainstream ser...

    Authors: Kate P Taylor, Dawn Bessarab, Lorna Hunter and Sandra C Thompson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:12

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  22. Content type: Research article

    In most health care systems disciplinary boards have been organised in order to process patients’ complaints about health professionals. Although, the safe-guarding of the legal rights of the involved parties ...

    Authors: Søren Birkeland, Rene dePont Christensen, Niels Damsbo and Jakob Kragstrup

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:9

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  23. Content type: Correspondence

    The Centre for Data Linkage (CDL) has been established to enable national and cross-jurisdictional health-related research in Australia. It has been funded through the Population Health Research Network (PHRN)...

    Authors: James H Boyd, Anna M Ferrante, Christine M O’Keefe, Alfred J Bass, Sean M Randall and James B Semmens

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:480

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Funders of medical research the world over are increasingly seeking, in research assessment, to complement traditional output measures of scientific publications with more outcome-based indicators of societal ...

    Authors: Pavel V Ovseiko, Alis Oancea and Alastair M Buchan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:478

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  25. Content type: Study protocol

    The need of home care services is becoming an increasingly common scenario. These cares are mainly provided by the dependents’ relatives specifically, by the women part of the family. This situation might take...

    Authors: Magdalena Cuevas Fernández-Gallego, José Miguel Morales Asencio, Francisco Javier Martín Santos, Rafaela Cruz Arándiga, Eugenio Contreras Fernández, Juan Pedro Batres Sicilia, Francisco Javier Navarro Moya, Isabel Lorenci Abajo, Miriam Celdrán Mañas and Candela Bonill de las Nieves

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:462

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  26. Content type: Research article

    In the Netherlands in 2006, a health insurance system reform took place in which regulated competition between insurers and providers is key. In this context, the government placed greater emphasis on patients...

    Authors: Aafke Victoor, Roland D Friele, Diana MJ Delnoij and Jany JDJM Rademakers

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:441

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Non-adherence to prescribed medication is a pervasive problem that can incur serious effects on patients’ health outcomes and well-being, and the availability of resources in healthcare systems. This study aim...

    Authors: Wendy Clyne, Simon White and Sarah McLachlan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:425

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  28. Content type: Case report

    While translation of evidence into health policy and practice is recognised as critical to optimising health system performance and health-related outcomes for consumers, mechanisms to effectively achieve thes...

    Authors: Andrew M Briggs, Peter Bragge, Helen Slater, Madelynn Chan and Simon CB Towler

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:394

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Publicly-funded drug plans often use prior authorization policies to limit drug prescribing. To guide physician prescribing of a class of antibiotics with broad antimicrobial activity (quinolone antibiotics) i...

    Authors: Braden Manns, Kevin Laupland, Marcello Tonelli, Song Gao and Brenda Hemmelgarn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:290

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  30. Content type: Correspondence

    With current policy in healthcare research, in the United Kingdom and internationally, focused on development of research excellence in individuals and teams, building capacity for implementation and translati...

    Authors: Anne Whitworth, Shona Haining and Helen Stringer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:287

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The adoption of new medicines is influenced by a complex set of social processes that have been widely examined in terms of individual prescribers’ information-seeking and decision-making behaviour. However, q...

    Authors: Adam G Dunn, Jeffrey Braithwaite, Blanca Gallego, Richard O Day, William Runciman and Enrico Coiera

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:248

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  32. Content type: Research article

    In response to the rapid aging of the population in Japan, many care systems have been created in quick succession. Establishment of discharge planning departments (DPDs) in hospitals is one of them. In this s...

    Authors: Satoko Nagata, Hikari Tomura and Sachiyo Murashima

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:237

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  33. Content type: Research article

    In the literature there are only few empirical studies that analyse the decision makers’ reasoning to contract out health care and social services to private sector. However, the decisions on the delivery patt...

    Authors: Liina-Kaisa Tynkkynen, Juhani Lehto and Sari Miettinen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:201

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Supporting self-care is being explored across health care systems internationally as an approach to improving care for long term conditions in the context of ageing populations and economic constraint. UK heal...

    Authors: Gillard Steve, Adams Katie, Edwards Christine, Lucock Mike, Miller Stephen, Simons Lucy, Turner Kati, White Rachel and White Sarah

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:189

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Priority setting in population health is increasingly based on explicitly formulated values. The Patients Rights Act of the Norwegian tax-based health service guaranties all citizens health care in case of a s...

    Authors: Thierry Defechereux, Francesco Paolucci, Andrew Mirelman, Sitaporn Youngkong, Grete Botten, Terje P Hagen and Louis W Niessen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:39

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Healthcare service innovations are considered to play a pivotal role in improving organisational efficiency and responding effectively to healthcare needs. Nevertheless, healthcare organisations encounter majo...

    Authors: Julie Barnett, Konstantina Vasileiou, Fayika Djemil, Laurence Brooks and Terry Young

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:342

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  37. Content type: Research article

    There is widespread agreement on the need for scaling up in the health sector to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). But many countries are not on track to reach the MDG targets. The dominant appr...

    Authors: Savitha Subramanian, Joseph Naimoli, Toru Matsubayashi and David H Peters

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:336

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Safe and timely access to effective and appropriate medication through primary care settings is a major concern for all countries addressing both acute and chronic disease burdens. Legislation for nurses and o...

    Authors: Sadiq Bhanbhro, Vari M Drennan, Robert Grant and Ruth Harris

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:330

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Consistent healthcare decisionmaking requires systematic consideration of decision criteria and evidence available to inform them. This can be tackled by combining multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA) and He...

    Authors: Michèle Tony, Monika Wagner, Hanane Khoury, Donna Rindress, Tina Papastavros, Paul Oh and Mireille M Goetghebeur

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:329

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Liver cancer is both common and burdensome in Asia. Effective liver cancer control, however, is hindered by a complex etiology and a lack of coordination across clinical disciplines. We sought to identify stra...

    Authors: John FP Bridges, Gisselle Gallego, Masatoshi Kudo, Kiwamu Okita, Kwang-Hyub Han, Sheng-Long Ye and Barri M Blauvelt

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:298

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Population ageing may threaten the sustainability of future health care systems. Strengthening primary health care, including long-term care, is one of several measures being taken to handle future health care...

    Authors: Trygve S Deraas, Gro R Berntsen, Toralf Hasvold and Olav H Førde

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:287

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a major contributor to the global burden of disease. In many settings, including South Africa, treatment outcomes remain poor. In contrast, many antiretroviral treatment (ART) programmes a...

    Authors: Salla Atkins, Simon Lewin, Karin C Ringsberg and Anna Thorson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:275

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  43. Content type: Research article

    As part of its ongoing healthcare reform, the Hong Kong Government introduced a voucher scheme, intended for encouraging older patients to use primary healthcare services in the private sector, thereby, reduci...

    Authors: Carrie HK Yam, Su Liu, Olivia HY Huang, EK Yeoh and Sian M Griffiths

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:255

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