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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

    Severe underutilization of healthcare facilities and lack of timely, affordable and effective access to healthcare services in resource-constrained, bottom of pyramid (BoP) settings are well-known issues, whic...

    Authors: Vilius Černauskas, Federica Angeli, Anand Kumar Jaiswal and Milena Pavlova

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:473

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    Hypertension is a major risk factor for the global burden of disease, particularly in countries that are not economically developed. This study aimed to evaluate risk factors associated with self-reported hype...

    Authors: Maolin Du, Shaohua Yin, Peiyu Wang, Xuemei Wang, Jing Wu, Mingming Xue, Huiqiu Zheng, Yajun Zhang, Danyan Liang, Ruiqi Wang, Dan Liu, Wei Shu, Xiaoqian Xu, Ruiqi Hao and Shiyuan Li

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:475

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Successful pre-referral treatment with rectal artesunate (RA) for suspected severe malaria requires operational linkages between community health workers (CHWs) and referral facilities, acceptance of pre-refer...

    Authors: C. E. Strachan, A. Nuwa, D. Muhangi, A. P. Okui, M. E. H. Helinski and J. K. Tibenderana

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:470

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Healthcare-associated infections are a major global public health agenda. Health care workers are front line of protecting themselves and clients from infection. This study examined the knowledge and practice ...

    Authors: Melaku Desta, Temesgen Ayenew, Nega Sitotaw, Nibretie Tegegne, Muluken Dires and Mulualem Getie

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:465

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  5. Content type: Research Article

    Employing malaria operational research (MOR) findings in planning national malaria control programmes is gaining increased attention. The malaria control foci are diverse, resources are limited; therefore, agr...

    Authors: Olufemi Ajumobi, Perpetua Uhomoibhi, Pamela Onyiah, Obafemi Babalola, Salami Sharafadeen, Maduka D. Ughasoro, Al-Mukhtar Y. Adamu, Oluwaseun Odeyinka, Taiwo Orimogunje, Ibrahim Maikore, Emmanuel Shekarau, Akintayo Ogunwale, Rotimi Afolabi, Sylvester Udeh, Akpuh Ndubuisi, Ntiense Umoette…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:459

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Many hospitals in China experience large volumes of emergency department (ED) radiology patients, thereby lengthening the wait times for non-emergency radiology patients. We examine whether an emergency reserv...

    Authors: Li Luo, Yumeng Zhang, Fang Qing, Hongwei Ding, Yingkang Shi and Huili Guo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:452

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  7. Content type: Research article

    HIV-related stigma among people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) has been associated with many negative consequences, including poor adherence to therapy and undue psychological stress. However, the relative influ...

    Authors: Zhen Li, Jamie P. Morano, Kaveh Khoshnood, Evelyn Hsieh and Yu Sheng

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:453

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    Postpartum family planning (PPFP) information and services can prevent maternal and child morbidity and mortality in low-resource countries, where high unmet need for PPFP remains despite opportunities offered...

    Authors: Nguyen Toan Tran, Mary Eluned Gaffield, Armando Seuc, Sihem Landoulsi, Wambi Maurice E. Yamaego, Asa Cuzin-Kihl, Seni Kouanda, Blandine Thieba, Désiré Mashinda, Rachel Yodi, James Kiarie and Suzanne Reier

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:439

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Poor communication of medicines information to patients may cause medication errors. We assessed the completeness and readability of dosing instructions provided by pharmacists on dispensing labels and knowled...

    Authors: M. G. C. A. Manchanayake, G. R. W. S. K. Bandara and N. R. Samaranayake

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:425

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  10. Content type: Research article

    There is a paucity of data on the pattern of oral and maxillofacial surgeries done in Nigeria. Despite the rising prominence of oral and maxillofacial surgery as a specialty in our immediate environment, no pu...

    Authors: Adebayo Aremu Ibikunle, Abdurrazaq Olanrewaju Taiwo and Ramat Oyebunmi Braimah

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:416

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  11. Content type: Research article

    While focused antenatal care (ANC) has served as an entry point in the continuum of care for both mothers and children, fewer than a third of pregnant women in the most remote and poorest communities of Zambia...

    Authors: Choolwe Jacobs, Charles Michelo and Mosa Moshabela

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:409

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The African Health Professions Regulatory Collaborative (ARC) was launched in 2011 to support countries in East, Central, and Southern Africa to safely and sustainably expand HIV service delivery by nurses and...

    Authors: Jessica M. Gross, Carey F. McCarthy, Andre R. Verani, Jill Iliffe, Maureen A. Kelley, Kenneth W. Hepburn, Melinda K. Higgins, Alphonce T. Kalula, Agnes N. Waudo and Patricia L. Riley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:406

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Primary health care plays an important role in addressing the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries. In light of the rapid urbanization of Vietnam, this study aims to e...

    Authors: Vu Duy Kien, Hoang Van Minh, Kim Bao Giang, Nawi Ng, Viet Nguyen, Le Thanh Tuan and Malin Eriksson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:392

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Unmet need for contraception results in several health challenges such as unintended pregnancies, unwanted births and unsafe abortions. Most interventions have been unable to successfully address this unmet ne...

    Authors: Adam Silumbwe, Theresa Nkole, Margarate Nzala Munakampe, Cecilia Milford, Joanna Paula Cordero, Yolandie Kriel, Joseph Mumba Zulu and Petrus S. Steyn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:390

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The World Health Organization (WHO) called for new clinical diagnostic for settings with limited access to laboratory services. Access to diagnostic testing may not be uniform in rural settings, which may resu...

    Authors: T. P. Mashamba-Thompson, B. Sartorius and P. K. Drain

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:380

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  16. Content type: Research article

    While health needs and expenditure in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) are growing, the international donations are declining and the economic situation is worsening. The purpose of this paper is two...

    Authors: Wasim I. M. Sultan and José Crispim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:381

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