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BMC Health Services Research

Health systems and services in low and middle income settings

Section edited by Dina Balabanova, Hengjin Dong, David Hotchkiss and Kaspar Wyss 

This section aims to publish research on health systems and services with a focus on research relevant to low and middle income settings as defined by The World Bank.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Understanding the knowledge, attitudes and practices of physicians towards antibiotic resistance is key to developing interventions aimed at behavior change. The survey aimed to investigate physicians’ knowled...

    Authors: Appiah-Korang Labi, Noah Obeng-Nkrumah, Stephanie Bjerrum, Nii Armah Adu Aryee, Yaw Adjei Ofori-Adjei, Alfred E. Yawson and Mercy J. Newman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:126

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    Effective implementation of rapid point of care tests (POCTs) for antenatal syphilis screening especially in settings where antenatal care attendance is high, can significantly increase screening coverage and ...

    Authors: Edward Tieru Dassah, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie and Philippe Mayaud

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:130

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    Throughput might be partially responsible for sub-optimum organisational and medical outcomes. The present study examined throughput and the challenges to ensuring optimum throughput in hospitals, and determin...

    Authors: Mandreker Bahall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:129

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Length measurements are important in growth, monitoring and promotion (GMP) for the surveillance of a child’s weight-for-length and length-for-age. These two indices provide an indication of a child’s risk of ...

    Authors: Matilda E. Laar, Grace S. Marquis, Anna Lartey and Katherine Gray-Donald

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:118

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Adolescents’ sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH) needs have been prioritized globally, and they have the rights to access and utilize SRH services for their needs. However, adolescents under-utilize SRH s...

    Authors: Kim Jonas, Rik Crutzen, Anja Krumeich, Nicolette Roman, Bart van den Borne and Priscilla Reddy

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:109

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Maternal mortality rates vary significantly from region to region. Interventions such as early and planned antenatal care attendance and facility delivery with skilled health workers can potentially reduce mat...

    Authors: Stephen M. Kibusi, Bruno Fokas Sunguya, Eunice Kimunai and Courtney S. Hines

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:112

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Poor quality of health services and socio-cultural dynamics may severely limit utilization of health services. Facility health committees were established in several states in northern Nigeria to reduce these ...

    Authors: Olugbenga Oguntunde, Isa M. Surajo, Dauda Sulaiman Dauda, Abdulsamad Salihu, Salma Anas-Kolo and Irit Sinai

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:104

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  8. Content type: Research article

    One of the most successful modes of record-keeping and data collection is the use of health management information systems, where patient information and management plans are uniformly entered into a database ...

    Authors: Lily Kpobi, Leslie Swartz and Angela L. Ofori-Atta

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:98

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Availability and accessibility of sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents are very crucial for prevention and control of sexual and reproductive health problems. These services also play vital ...

    Authors: Amelia Ngozi ODO, Efiong Sunday SAMUEL, Evelyn N. NWAGU, Petra Obioma NNAMANI and Chiemezie S. ATAMA

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:92

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Malawi, Uganda, and Zimbabwe have recently adopted a universal ‘test-and-treat’ approach to the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (Option B+). Amongst a largely asymptomatic population of women...

    Authors: Fabian Cataldo, Janet Seeley, Misheck J. Nkhata, Zivai Mupambireyi, Edward Tumwesige and Diana M. Gibb

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:76

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Ghana introduced a National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in 2003 applying fee-for-service method for paying NHIS-credentialed health care providers. The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) later intro...

    Authors: Francis-Xavier Andoh-Adjei, Renske van der Wal, Eric Nsiah-Boateng, Felix Ankomah Asante, Koos van der Velden and Ernst Spaan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:52

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Engagement with HIV medical care is critical to successful HIV treatment and prevention efforts. However, in Ukraine, delays in the timely initiation of HIV treatment hamper viral suppression. By January 01, 2...

    Authors: Tetiana Kiriazova, Oleksandr Postnov, Trista Bingham, Janet Myers, Timothy Flanigan, Charles Vitek and Oleksandr Neduzhko

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:58

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Increased availability of maternal health services alone does not lead to better outcomes for maternal health.The services need to be utilized first.One way to increase service utilization is to plan responsiv...

    Authors: Prosper Niyongabo, Renate Douwes, Marjolein Dieleman, Frédéric Irambona, Jimmy Mategeko, Georges Nsengiyumva and Tjard De Cock Buning

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:46

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Good quality clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are a vehicle to implementing evidence into allied health (AH) care. This paper reports on the current ‘state of play’ of CPGs in a lower-to-middle-income count...

    Authors: J. M. Dizon, K. A. Grimmer, S. Machingaidze, Q. A. Louw and H. Parker

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:48

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    Where access to facilities for childhood diarrhea and pneumonia is inadequate, community case management (CCM) is an effective way of improving access to care. In Pakistan, utilization of CCM for these disease...

    Authors: Wafa Aftab, Leah Shipton, Fauziah Rabbani, Kashif Sangrasi, Shagufta Perveen, Aysha Zahidie, Imran Naeem and Shamim Qazi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:44

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Under the National Health Mission (NHM) of India, Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) offers conditional cash transfer and support services to pregnant women to use institutional delivery care facilities. This study ...

    Authors: Adyya Gupta, Jasmine Fledderjohann, Hanimi Reddy, V. R. Raman, David Stuckler and Sukumar Vellakkal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:40

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Service readiness of health facilities is an integral part of providing comprehensive quality healthcare to the community. Comprehensive assessment of general and service-specific (i.e. child immunization) rea...

    Authors: Md. Shajedur Rahman Shawon, Gourab Adhikary, Md. Wazed Ali, Md. Shamsuzzaman, Shahabuddin Ahmed, Nurul Alam, Katya A. Shackelford, Alexander Woldeab, Stephen S. Lim, Aubrey Levine, Emmanuela Gakidou and Md. Jasim Uddin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:39

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  18. Content type: Research article

    This paper aims to identify factors that influence the capacity of women to voice their concerns regarding maternal health services at the local level.

    Authors: Eric M. Mafuta, Tjard De Cock Buning, Didier L. Lolobi, Papy M. Mayala, Thérèse N. M. Mambu, Patrick K. Kayembe and Marjolein A. Dieleman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:37

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    Several frameworks now exist to guide intervention development but there remains only limited evidence of their application to health interventions based around use of mobile phones or devices, particularly in...

    Authors: Kirsten Bobrow, Andrew Farmer, Nomazizi Cishe, Ntobeko Nwagi, Mosedi Namane, Thomas P. Brennan, David Springer, Lionel Tarassenko and Naomi Levitt

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:33

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The recent scale-up of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services has rapidly accelerated antiretroviral therapy (ART) uptake among pregnant and postpartum women in sub-Saharan Africa. ...

    Authors: Abby DiCarlo, Ruby Fayorsey, Masila Syengo, Duncan Chege, Martin Sirengo, William Reidy, Juliana Otieno, Jackton Omoto, Mark P. Hawken and Elaine J. Abrams

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:17

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