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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

    Most previous studies on healthcare service utilization in low-income countries have not used a multilevel study design to address the importance of community-level women’s autonomy. We assessed whether women’...

    Authors: Fentanesh Nibret Tiruneh, Kun-Yang Chuang and Ying-Chih Chuang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:718

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  2. Content type: Research article

    With the decline in funding for Viet Nam’s response to the HIV epidemic, there is a need for evidence on the criteria to guide the prioritization of HIV programs. There is a gap in the research on the relative...

    Authors: Ali Safarnejad, Milena Pavlova, Vo Hai Son, Huynh Lan Phuong and Wim Groot

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:719

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Our study aimed to design a tool of evaluating intersectional collaboration on Non-communicable Chronic Disease (NCD) prevention and control, and further to understand the current status of intersectional coll...

    Authors: Xing-ming Li, Alon Rasooly, Bo Peng, JianWang and Shu-yu Xiong

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:711

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Understanding individuals’ experience of accessing care and tending to various other needs during chronic illness in a rural context is important for health systems aiming to increase access to healthcare and ...

    Authors: Jovita Amurwon, Flora Hajdu, Dominic Bukenya Yiga and Janet Seeley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:705

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  5. Content type: Research article

    This study centered on differences in medical costs, using the Taiwan diagnosis-related groups (Tw-DRGs) on medical resource utilization in inguinal hernia repair (IHR) in hospitals with different ownership to...

    Authors: Yu-Hua Yan, Chih-Ming Kung and Yi Chen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:708

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  6. Content type: Research article

    From 1990 to 2015, the number of maternal deaths globally has dropped by 43%. Despite this, progress in attaining MDG 5 is not remarkable in LMICs. Only 52% of pregnant women in LMICs obtain WHO recommended mi...

    Authors: Anam Feroz, Shagufta Perveen and Wafa Aftab

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:704

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Accurate and timely data on cause of death are critically important for guiding health programs and policies. Deaths certified by doctors are implicitly considered to be reliable and accurate, yet the quality ...

    Authors: Riley H. Hazard, Hafizur Rahman Chowdhury, Tim Adair, Adnan Ansar, A. M. Quaiyum Rahman, Saidul Alam, Nurul Alam, Rasika Rampatige, Peter Kim Streatfield, Ian Douglas Riley and Alan D. Lopez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:688

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Leprosy has a wide range of clinical and socio-economic consequences. India, Indonesia and Nepal contribute significantly to the global leprosy burden. After integration, the health systems are pivotal in lepr...

    Authors: A. Tiwari, L. Mieras, K. Dhakal, M. Arif, S. Dandel and J. H. Richardus

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:684

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  9. Content type: Debate

    During the last years, randomized designs have been promoted as the cornerstone of evidence-based policymaking. Also in the field of community participation, Random Control Trials (RCTs) have been the dominant...

    Authors: Sara Van Belle, Susan Rifkin and Bruno Marchal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:687

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Many children in low and middle-income countries remain unvaccinated, and vaccines do not always produce immunity. Extensive research has sought to understand why, but most studies have been limited in breadth...

    Authors: David E. Phillips, Joseph L. Dieleman, Stephen S. Lim and Jessica Shearer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:681

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Globally, cervical cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer in women, with an estimated 530,000 new cases in 2012, representing 7.5% of all female cancer deaths. Of the estimated more than 270,000 deaths from...

    Authors: Edwin Onyango Ochomo, Harrysone Atieli, Sussy Gumo and Collins Ouma

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:675

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Patients in isolated rural communities typically lack access to surgical care. It is not feasible for most rural first-level hospitals to provide a full suite of surgical specialty services. Comprehensive surg...

    Authors: Matthew Fleming, Caroline King, Sindhya Rajeev, Ashma Baruwal, Dan Schwarz, Ryan Schwarz, Nirajan Khadka, Sami Pande, Sumesh Khanal, Bibhav Acharya, Adia Benton, Selwyn O. Rogers, Maria Panizales, David Gyorki, Heather McGee, David Shaye…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:676

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Pharmaceutical companies in Africa need to invest in both facilities and quality management systems to achieve good manufacturing practice (GMP) compliance. Compliance to international GMP standards is importa...

    Authors: Chimezie Anyakora, Obinna Ekwunife, Faith Alozie, Mopa Esuga, Jonathan Ukwuru, Steve Onya and Jude Nwokike

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:665

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Aboriginal Australians have worse cancer survival rates than other Australians. Reasons include fear of a cancer diagnosis, reluctance to attend mainstream health services and discrimination from health profes...

    Authors: Angela Durey, Georgia Halkett, Melissa Berg, Leanne Lester and Marion Kickett

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:660

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The quality of pediatric emergency care has been a major concern in health care. Following a series of health system reforms in China, it is important to do this assessment of pediatric emergency care, and to ...

    Authors: I-Anne Huang, Tang-Her Jaing, Chang-Teng Wu, Chee-Jen Chang, Shan-Hsuan Hsia and Nicole Huang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:642

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Poor access to essential medicines is common in many low- and middle-income countries, partly due to an insufficient and inadequately trained workforce to manage the medicines supply chain. We conducted a pros...

    Authors: Joseph B. Babigumira, Solomon J. Lubinga, Alisa M. Jenny, Erin Larsen-Cooper, Jessica Crawford, Charles Matemba and Andy Stergachis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:638

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  17. Content type: Research article

    In resource-poor settings, the provision of basic maternity care within health centres is often a challenge. Despite the difficulties, Nepal reduced its maternal mortality ratio by 80% from 850 to an estimated...

    Authors: Sarita Panday, Paul Bissell, Edwin van Teijlingen and Padam Simkhada

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:623

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are common tools in policy and clinical practice informing clinical decisions at the bedside, governance of health facilities, health insurer and government spending, and pa...

    Authors: Tamara Kredo, Amber Abrams, Taryn Young, Quinette Louw, Jimmy Volmink and Karen Daniels

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:608

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