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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. 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

    Content type: Study protocol

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  2. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  3. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  4. 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

    Content type: Case report

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  5. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  6. 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

    Content type: Correspondence

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  7. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  8. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  9. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  10. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  11. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  12. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  13. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  14. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  15. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  16. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  17. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  18. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  19. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  20. In a manner similar to the television action hero MacGyver, health services researchers need to respond to the pressure of unpredictable demands and constrained time frames. The results are often both innovati...

    Authors: Roshan Perera and Helen J Moriarty

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:226

    Content type: Debate

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  21. Health reforms in Bulgaria have introduced major changes to the financing, delivery and regulation of health care. As in many other countries of Central and Eastern Europe, these included introducing general p...

    Authors: Boika Rechel, Clare M Blackburn, Nick J Spencer and Bernd Rechel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:219

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Health insurance claims data are increasingly used for health services research in Germany. Hospital diagnoses in these data are coded according to the International Classification of Diseases, German modifica...

    Authors: Ingo Langner, Rafael Mikolajczyk and Edeltraut Garbe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:193

    Content type: Research article

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  23. The concept of knowledge management has been prevalent in the business sector for decades. Only recently has knowledge management been receiving attention by the health care sector, in part due to the ever gro...

    Authors: Anita Kothari, Nina Hovanec, Robyn Hastie and Shannon Sibbald

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:173

    Content type: Research article

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  24. The cesarean section rate has been steadily rising from 35% in 2000 to 40% in 2005 in Iran. The objective of this study was to identify barriers of reduce the cesarean section rate in Iran, as perceived by obs...

    Authors: Bahareh Yazdizadeh, Saharnaz Nedjat, Kazem Mohammad, Arash Rashidian, Nasrin Changizi and Reza Majdzadeh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:159

    Content type: Research article

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  25. In 2006, a number of changes in the Dutch health insurance system came into effect. In this new system mobility of insured is important. The idea is that insured switch insurers because they are not satisfied ...

    Authors: Margreet Reitsma-van Rooijen, Judith D de Jong and Mieke Rijken

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:95

    Content type: Research article

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  26. As in other societies, pharmaceutical expenditures in the Netherlands are rising every year. As a consequence, needs for cost control are often expressed. One possible solution for cost control could come thro...

    Authors: Petros Pechlivanoglou, Willem Jan van der Veen, Jens H Bos and Maarten J Postma

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:89

    Content type: Research article

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  27. In the Thai Universal Coverage health insurance scheme, hospital providers are paid for their inpatient care using Diagnosis Related Group-based retrospective payment, for which quality of the diagnosis and pr...

    Authors: Krit Pongpirul, Damian G Walker, Peter J Winch and Courtland Robinson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:71

    Content type: Research article

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  28. New methods for prevention and health promotion and are constantly evolving; however, positive outcomes will only emerge if these methods are fully adopted and sustainable in practice. To date, limited attenti...

    Authors: Kristina Edvardsson, Rickard Garvare, Anneli Ivarsson, Eva Eurenius, Ingrid Mogren and Monica E Nyström

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:61

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Several states in the US have passed laws mandating coverage of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening tests by health insurance plans. The impact of these state mandates on the use of colorectal cancer screening h...

    Authors: Vilma Cokkinides, Priti Bandi, Mona Shah, Katherine Virgo and Elizabeth Ward

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:19

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Since generic drugs have the same therapeutic effect as the original formulation but at generally lower costs, their use should be more heavily promoted. However, a considerable number of barriers to their wid...

    Authors: Anne Decollogny, Yves Eggli, Patricia Halfon and Thomas M Lufkin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:17

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Out-of-pocket payments make up about 80% of medical care spending at hospitals in Laos, thereby putting poor households at risk of catastrophic health expenditure. Social security schemes in the form of commun...

    Authors: Lamphone Syhakhang, Douangdao Soukaloun, Göran Tomson, Max Petzold, Clas Rehnberg and Rolf Wahlström

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:3

    Content type: Research article

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  32. This population-based retrospective cohort study aimed to clarify the impact of home and community-based services on the hospitalisation and institutionalisation of individuals certified as eligible for long-t...

    Authors: Naoki Tomita, Kimio Yoshimura and Naoki Ikegami

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:345

    Content type: Research article

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  33. In 2006, researchers and decision-makers launched a five-year project - Response to Accountable Priority Setting for Trust in Health Systems (REACT) - to improve planning and priority-setting through implement...

    Authors: Stephen Maluka, Peter Kamuzora, Miguel San Sebastián, Jens Byskov, Benedict Ndawi and Anna-Karin Hurtig

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:322

    Content type: Research article

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