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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

    Private practitioners are the preferred first point of care in a majority of low and middle-income countries and in this position, best placed for the surveillance of diseases. However their contribution to ro...

    Authors: Revati K. Phalkey, Carsten Butsch, Kristine Belesova, Marieke Kroll and Frauke Kraas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:599

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    Poor access to affordable insulin results in serious and needless complications and premature deaths for those with diabetes who need this essential medicine. To help address this issue, we assessed insulin av...

    Authors: Chenxi Liu, Xinping Zhang, Chaojie Liu, Margaret Ewen, Zinan Zhang and Guoqin Liu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:597

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    This study presents a descriptive synthesis of Kurdistan Region of Iraq’s (KRI) primary care system, which is undergoing comprehensive primary care reforms within the context of a cross-cutting structural econ...

    Authors: Ali R. Shukor, Niek S. Klazinga and Dionne S. Kringos

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:592

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    The South African Triage Scale (SATS) was developed to facilitate patient triage in emergency departments (EDs) and is used by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in low-resource environments. The aim was to determ...

    Authors: Jacques Massaut, Pola Valles, Arnold Ghismonde, Claudinette Jn Jacques, Liseberth Pierre Louis, Abdulmutalib Zakir, Rafael Van den Bergh, Lunick Santiague, Rose Berly Massenat and Nathalie Edema

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:594

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Psychiatric comorbidities are common among patients treated for physical disorders. Attitudes of non-psychiatric doctors toward psychological/psychiatric problems have significant implications for care provisi...

    Authors: Jun Wang, Qun Wang, Inoka Wimalaratne, David Benjamin Menkes and Xiaoping Wang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:576

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Diabetes is a significant global public health concern. Poor knowledge of disease and healthcare utilization is associated with worse health outcomes, leading to increasing burden of diabetes in many developin...

    Authors: Md. Kaoser Bin Siddique, Sheikh Mohammed Shariful Islam, Palash Chandra Banik and Lal B. Rawal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:586

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  7. Content type: Research article

    While health care needs assessments have been conducted among juveniles or adolescents by researchers in developed countries, assessments using an ethics framework particularly in developing countries are lack...

    Authors: Maureen Kumwenda, Selestine Nzala and Joseph M. Zulu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:581

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  8. Content type: Research article

    There has been a rapid scale up of HIV services and access to anti-retroviral therapy in Africa over the last 10 years as a result of multilateral donor funding mechanisms. However, in order to continue to exp...

    Authors: Adelline Twimukye, Rachel King, Walter Schlech, Faridah Mayanja Zawedde, Tom Kakaire and Rosalind Parkes-Ratanshi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:580

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Over the last decade, the availability and use of mobile phones have grown exponentially globally and in Cambodia. In the Sihanouk Hospital Centre of Hope(SHCH) in Cambodia about half of all tuberculosis patie...

    Authors: Kimcheng Choun, Shanta Achanta, Balaji Naik, Jaya Prasad Tripathy, Sopheak Thai, Natalie Lorent, Kim Eam Khun, Johan van Griensven, Ajay M. V. Kumar and Rony Zachariah

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:575

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Traditional gender roles result in women lagging behind men in the use of modern technologies, especially in developing countries. Although there is rapid uptake of mobile phone use in Bangladesh, investigatio...

    Authors: Fatema Khatun, Anita E. Heywood, Syed Manzoor Ahmed Hanifi, M. Shafiqur Rahman, Pradeep K. Ray, Siaw-Teng Liaw and Abbas Bhuiya

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:573

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Improving quality of care and patient safety practices can strengthen health care delivery systems, improve health sector performance, and accelerate attainment of health-related Sustainability Development Goa...

    Authors: Fadi El-Jardali and Racha Fadlallah

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:568

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Considerable debate exists concerning the effects of antiretroviral therapy (ART) service scale-up on non-HIV services and overall health system performance in sub-Saharan Africa. In this study, we examined wh...

    Authors: Alexandra Wollum, Emily Dansereau, Nancy Fullman, Jane Achan, Kelsey A. Bannon, Roy Burstein, Ruben O. Conner, Brendan DeCenso, Anne Gasasira, Annie Haakenstad, Michael Hanlon, Gloria Ikilezi, Caroline Kisia, Aubrey J. Levine, Samuel H. Masters, Pamela Njuguna…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:564

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The impact of untreated syphilis during pregnancy on neonatal health remains a major public health threat worldwide. Given the high prevalence of syphilis during pregnancy in Zambia and Democratic Republic of ...

    Authors: Dalau Nkamba, Musaku Mwenechanya, Arlette Mavila Kilonga, Maria Luisa Cafferata, Amanda Mabel Berrueta, Agustina Mazzoni, Fernando Althabe, Ezequiel Garcia-Elorrio, Antoniette K. Tshefu, Elwyn Chomba, Pierre M. Buekens and Maria Belizan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:556

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The improvement of maternal health has been one of the aims of the health financing reforms in Georgia. Public-private relationships are the most notable part of the reform. This study aimed to assess the stre...

    Authors: Lela Shengelia, Milena Pavlova and Wim Groot

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:544

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Maternal health remains a persisting public health challenge in Indonesia. Postnatal complications, in particular, are considered as maternal health problems priority that should be addressed. Conducting adequ...

    Authors: Ari Probandari, Akhda Arcita, Kothijah Kothijah and Eti Poncorini Pamungkasari

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:541

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    QUALMAT project aimed at improving quality of maternal and newborn care in selected health care facilities in three African countries. An electronic clinical decision support system was implemented to support ...

    Authors: Happiness Pius Saronga, Els Duysburgh, Siriel Massawe, Maxwell Ayindenaba Dalaba, Peter Wangwe, Felix Sukums, Melkizedeck Leshabari, Antje Blank, Rainer Sauerborn and Svetla Loukanova

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:537

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  17. Content type: Research article

    This study compares a combination of processes of care and clinical targets among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) between specialist diabetes clinics (SDCs) and general medical clinics (GMCs), an...

    Authors: Sokha Sieng and Cameron Hurst

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:533

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Persistent low membership is observed in many community-based health insurance (CBHI) schemes in Africa. Causes for low membership have been identified and solutions suggested, but this did not result in incre...

    Authors: Maria-Pia Waelkens, Yves Coppieters, Samia Laokri and Bart Criel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:535

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Improving child survival for HIV-infected children remains an important health agenda. We present progress regarding care and treatment services to HIV infected children in Tanzania.

    Authors: G Somi, M Majigo, J Manyahi, J Nondi, J Agricola, V Sambu, J Todd, A Rwebembera, N Makyao, A Ramadhani and MIN Matee

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:540

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have high rates of gestational and pre-existing type 2 diabetes in pregnancy. The Northern Territory (NT) Diabetes in Pregnancy Partnership was establishe...

    Authors: R. Kirkham, J. A. Boyle, C. Whitbread, M. Dowden, C. Connors, S. Corpus, L. McCarthy, J. Oats, H. D. McIntyre, E. Moore, K. O’Dea, A. Brown and L. Maple-Brown

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:524

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