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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

    Cervical cancer is the most frequent neoplasm among Kenyan women, with 4800 diagnoses and 2400 deaths per year. One reason is an extremely low rate of screening through pap smears, at 13.8% in 2014. Knowing th...

    Authors: Jennifer Shen, Easter Olwanda, James G. Kahn and Megan J. Huchko

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:378

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    Since the late 1990s, contracting has been employed in Cambodia in an attempt to accelerate rural health system recovery and improve health service delivery. Special Operating Agencies (SOA), a form of ‘intern...

    Authors: Sreytouch Vong, Joanna Raven and David Newlands

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:375

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    In order to tackle the considerable treatment gap for epilepsy in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), a task sharing model is recommended whereby care is integrated into primary health services. How...

    Authors: Raquel Catalao, Tigist Eshetu, Ruth Tsigebrhan, Girmay Medhin, Abebaw Fekadu and Charlotte Hanlon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:372

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    Low use of maternal health services, as well as poor quality care, contribute to the high maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). In particular, poor person-centered maternity care (PCMC), which captur...

    Authors: Patience A. Afulani, Takudzwa S. Sayi and Dominic Montagu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:360

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    Workplace violence is worrisome in the mental health sector. Little is understood about it in sub-Saharan Africa. Consequently, we decided to investigate the prevalence, related factors, and the available sour...

    Authors: Anthony A. Olashore, Oluyemi O. Akanni and Radiance M. Ogundipe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:362

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    Women with a prior gestational diabetes have an increased lifetime risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Although post-partum follow-up for GDM women is essential to prevent progression to type 2 diabetes, it is...

    Authors: Lorrein Shamiso Muhwava, Katherine Murphy, Christina Zarowsky and Naomi Levitt

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:349

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    To explore the nature of the relationship between and factors associated with productivity and performance among the community health volunteer (CHV) cadre (Village Health Teams, VHT) in Busia District, Easter...

    Authors: Naoko Kozuki and Tana Wuliji

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:340

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Chronic disease management (CDM) is an approach to health care that keeps people as healthy as possible through the prevention, early detection and management of chronic diseases. The aim of this study was to ...

    Authors: Eric Maimela, Marianne Alberts, Hilde Bastiaens, Jesicca Fraeyman, Herman Meulemans, Johan Wens and Jeane Pierre Van Geertruyden

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:331

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    This project aims to study the use of antibiotics in three clinical wards in the largest tertiary teaching hospital in Ethiopia for a period of 1 year. The specific aims were to assess the prevalence of patien...

    Authors: Girma Gutema, Helle Håkonsen, Ephrem Engidawork and Else-Lydia Toverud

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:326

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    Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, a leading cause of premature death and disability in India. Since access to health services is poor in rural India and Accredited Social Health A...

    Authors: Marwa Abdel-All, Amanda Gay Thrift, Michaela Riddell, Kavumpurathu Raman Thankappan Thankappan, Gomathyamma Krishnakurup Mini, Clara K. Chow, Pallab Kumar Maulik, Ajay Mahal, Rama Guggilla, Kartik Kalyanram, Kamakshi Kartik, Oduru Suresh, Roger George Evans, Brian Oldenburg, Nihal Thomas and Rohina Joshi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:320

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    In contexts with severe physician shortages, the World Health Organization advocates task shifting to cadres with shorter training. To investigate the effects of task shifting at scale in primary health care, ...

    Authors: Manuela Villar Uribe, Olakunle O. Alonge, David M. Bishai and Sara Bennett

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:308

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    Zambia is experiencing high prevalence of childhood cancer. However, very few children access and complete treatment for cancer. This study aimed to document the challenges for health care providers, parents a...

    Authors: Mulima Walubita, Bornwell Sikateyo and Joseph M. Zulu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:314

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  13. Content type: Research article

    There is a paucity of evidence on access to services for mental health and psychosocial support for conflict-affected populations in low- and middle-income countries. In the Republic of Georgia, rates of utili...

    Authors: Adrianna Murphy, Ivdity Chikovani, Maia Uchaneishvili, Nino Makhashvili and Bayard Roberts

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:306

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    Patient reported outcomes (PRO) measure the quality of care from the patient’s perspective. PROs are an important measure of surgical outcome and can be used to calculate health gains after surgical treatment....

    Authors: Michelle C. White, Kirsten Randall, Dennis Alcorn, Rachel Greenland, Christine Glasgo and Mark G. Shrime

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:305

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    The intertwined relation between public and private care in Brazil is reshaping the medical profession, possibly affecting the distribution and profile of the country’s medical workforce. Physicians’ simultane...

    Authors: Bruno Alonso Miotto, Aline Gil Alves Guilloux, Alex Jones Flores Cassenote, Giulia Marcelino Mainardi, Giuliano Russo and Mário César Scheffer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:299

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    The Missed Opportunities in Maternal and Infant Health (MOMI) project aimed at reducing maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity within the year after childbirth in four sub-Saharan African countries. MOMI in...

    Authors: Danielle Yugbaré Belemsaga, Anne Goujon, Halima Tougri, Abou Coulibaly, Olivier Degomme, Els Duysburgh, Marleen Temmerman and Seni Kouanda

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:298

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    The Nigerian Midwives Service Scheme (MSS) increased use of antenatal services at rural public sector clinics. However, it is unclear if women who would not have otherwise sought care, or those who would have ...

    Authors: Daniel O. Erim, Harrison E. Offiong, Christine Kim, Folasade A. Bello, Jeremy Moulton, Stephanie B. Wheeler and Harsha Thirumurthy

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:295

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    Out-of-hospital emergency care (OHEC), also known as prehospital care, has been shown to reduce morbidity and mortality from serious illness. We sought to summarize literature for low and low-middle income cou...

    Authors: Antony Gatebe Kironji, Peter Hodkinson, Sarah Stewart de Ramirez, Trisha Anest, Lee Wallis, Junaid Razzak, Alexander Jenson and Bhakti Hansoti

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:291

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    Maternal anaemia prevalence in Bihar, India remains high despite government mandated iron supplementation targeting pregnant women. Inadequate supply has been identified as a potential barrier to iron and foli...

    Authors: Amanda S. Wendt, Rob Stephenson, Melissa F. Young, Pankaj Verma, Sridhar Srikantiah, Amy Webb-Girard, Carol J. Hogue, Usha Ramakrishnan and Reynaldo Martorell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:281

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