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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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Content type: Debate

    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

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  7. Content type: Research article

    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

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  8. Content type: Research article

    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

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  9. Content type: Research article

    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

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  10. Content type: Research article

    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

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  11. Content type: Research article

    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

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  12. Content type: Research article

    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

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  13. Content type: Research article

    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

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  14. Content type: Research article

    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

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  15. Content type: Research article

    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

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  16. Content type: Research article

    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

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  17. Content type: Research article

    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

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  18. Content type: Research article

    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

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  19. Content type: Research article

    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

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