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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. People who inject drugs (PWID) are underserved by health providers but pharmacies may be their most accessible care settings.

    Authors: Theodore M Hammett, Son Phan, Julia Gaggin, Patricia Case, Nicholas Zaller, Alexandra Lutnick, Alex H Kral, Ekaterina V Fedorova, Robert Heimer, Will Small, Robin Pollini, Leo Beletsky, Carl Latkin and Don C Des Jarlais

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2014 14:261

    Content type: Correspondence

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  2. Combining a professional and managerial role can be challenging for doctors and nurses. We aimed to explore influence strategies used by doctors and nurses who are managers in hospitals with a model of unitary...

    Authors: Ivan Spehar, Jan C Frich and Lars Erik Kjekshus

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2014 14:251

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Public health genomics is an emerging multidisciplinary approach, which aims to integrate genome-based knowledge in a responsible and effective way into public health. Despite several surveys performed to eval...

    Authors: Carolina Marzuillo, Corrado De Vito, Maddalena D’Addario, Paola Santini, Elvira D’Andrea, Antonio Boccia and Paolo Villari

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2014 14:239

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Healthcare reforms initiated in the early 2000s in Québec involved the implementation of new modes of primary healthcare (PHC) delivery and the creation of Health and Social Services Centers (HSSCs) to support...

    Authors: Raynald Pineault, Roxane Borgès Da Silva, Alexandre Prud’homme, Michel Fournier, Audrey Couture, Sylvie Provost and Jean-Frédéric Levesque

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2014 14:229

    Content type: Research article

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  5. In view of ongoing pandemic threats such as the recent human cases of novel avian influenza A(H7N9) in China, it is important that all countries continue their preparedness efforts. Since 2006, Central America...

    Authors: Lucinda EA Johnson, Wilfrido Clará, Manoj Gambhir, Rafael Chacón- Fuentes, Carlos Marín-Correa, Jorge Jara, Percy Minaya, David Rodríguez, Natalia Blanco, Naomi Iihoshi, Maribel Orozco, Carmen Lange, Sergio Vinicio Pérez, Nydia Amador, Marc-Alain Widdowson, Ann C Moen…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2014 14:209

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Measures to improve the quality and sustainability of healthcare practice and provision have become a policy concern. In addition, the involvement of stakeholders in health policy decision-making has been advo...

    Authors: Katherine Hodgetts, Janet E Hiller, Jackie M Street, Drew Carter, Annette J Braunack-Mayer, Amber M Watt, John R Moss and Adam G Elshaug

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2014 14:204

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Doctors have a low prevalence of sickness absence. Employment status is a determinant in the multifactorial background of sickness absence. The effect of doctors’ employment status on sickness absence is unexp...

    Authors: Judith Rosta, Gunnar Tellnes and Olaf G Aasland

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2014 14:199

    Content type: Research article

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  8. To describe the maternity care experiences of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women in Queensland, Australia and to identify areas for policy and practice improvements.

    Authors: Susan Parker, Loretta McKinnon and Sue Kruske

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2014 14:196

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Swedish Healthcare Direct (SHD) receives 6 million calls yearly and aims at increased public sense of security and healthcare efficiency. Little is known about what SHD managers perceive as the primary goals o...

    Authors: Elenor Kaminsky, Marianne Carlsson, Inger K Holmström, Jan Larsson and Mio Fredriksson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2014 14:188

    Content type: Research article

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  10. The main challenge in the context of health care reforms and priority setting is the establishment and/or maintenance of fairness and standard of care. For the political process and interdisciplinary discussio...

    Authors: Kathrin Damm, Anne Prenzler and Andy Zuchandke

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2014 14:166

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Communication and swallowing disorders are a common consequence of stroke. Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) have been created to assist health professionals to put research evidence into clinical practice a...

    Authors: Kathleen A Hadely, Emma Power and Robyn O’Halloran

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2014 14:110

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Clinical practice guidelines are important for transmitting research findings into practice and facilitating the application of evidence-based practice (EBP). There is a paucity of knowledge about the impact o...

    Authors: Susanne Bernhardsson, Maria EH Larsson, Robert Eggertsen, Monika Fagevik Olsén, Kajsa Johansson, Per Nilsen, Lena Nordeman, Maurits van Tulder and Birgitta Öberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2014 14:105

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Organized screening programs are more effective and equitable than opportunistic screening, yet governments face challenges to implement evidence-based programs. The objective of this study was to identify rea...

    Authors: Cecilia S Fabrizio and Christopher M Shea

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2014 14:85

    Content type: Research article

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  14. There is a need to increase flu vaccination rates in England particularly among those under 65 years of age and at risk because of other conditions and treatments. Patients in at risk groups are eligible for f...

    Authors: Claire Anderson and Tracey Thornley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2014 14:35

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Since 2003, Turkey has implemented major health care reforms to develop easily accessible, high-quality, efficient, and effective healthcare services for the population. The purpose of this study was to bring ...

    Authors: Saad Ahmed Ali Jadoo, Syed Mohamed Aljunid, Seher Nur Sulku and Amrizal Muhammad Nur

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2014 14:30

    Content type: Research article

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  16. As in many countries around the world, there are high expectations on academic health science centres and networks in England to provide high-quality care, innovative research, and world-class education, while...

    Authors: Pavel V Ovseiko, Axel Heitmueller, Pauline Allen, Stephen M Davies, Glenn Wells, Gary A Ford, Ara Darzi and Alastair M Buchan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2014 14:24

    Content type: Debate

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  17. The gap between research and practice or policy is often described as a problem. To identify new barriers of and facilitators to the use of evidence by policymakers, and assess the state of research in this ar...

    Authors: Kathryn Oliver, Simon Innvar, Theo Lorenc, Jenny Woodman and James Thomas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2014 14:2

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Internationally, key health care reform elements rely on improved integration of care between the primary and secondary sectors. The objective of this systematic review is to synthesise the existing published ...

    Authors: Caroline Nicholson, Claire Jackson and John Marley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:528

    Content type: Research article

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:569

  19. Vending machines and shops located within health care facilities are a source of food and drinks for staff, visitors and outpatients and they have the potential to promote healthy food and drink choices. This ...

    Authors: Colin Bell, Nicole Pond, Lynda Davies, Jeryl Lynn Francis, Elizabeth Campbell and John Wiggers

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:492

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Ergonomic and work stress interventions rarely show long-term positive effect. The municipality participating in this study received orders from the Norwegian Labour Inspectorate due to an identified unhealthy...

    Authors: Gunn Robstad Andersen and Rolf H Westgaard

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:477

    Content type: Research article

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  21. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  22. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  23. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  24. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  25. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  26. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  27. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  28. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  29. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  30. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  31. 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

    Content type: Correspondence

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  32. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  33. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  34. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  35. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  36. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  37. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  38. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  39. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  40. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  41. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  42. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  43. 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

    Content type: Correspondence

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  44. 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

    Content type: Research article

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