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Healthcare needs and demand

Section edited by Onyebuchi Arah and Michael Donnelly

This section aims to publish studies looking at the health care requirements of a population or community and research recommending ways in which to make changes to meet these needs. The section also accepts studies on the health services for which a population or community is able and willing to pay.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    In England, people of Black Caribbean (BC) ethnicity are disproportionately affected by sexually transmitted infections (STI). We examined whether differences in sexual healthcare behaviours contribute to thes...

    Authors: Catherine R. H. Aicken, Sonali Wayal, Paula B. Blomquist, Stella M. Fabiane, Makeda Gerressu, Gwenda Hughes and Catherine H. Mercer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:668

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  2. Content type: Study protocol

    Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a highly prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure. Early identification can improve functioning for individuals and reduce costs...

    Authors: Dianne C. Shanley, Erinn Hawkins, Marjad Page, Doug Shelton, Wei Liu, Heidi Webster, Karen M. Moritz, Linda Barry, Jenny Ziviani, Shirley Morrissey, Frances O’Callaghan, Andrew Wood, Mary Katsikitis and Natasha Reid

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:649

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  3. Content type: Research article

    We examine the implications of reducing the average length of stay (ALOS) for a delivery on the required capacity in terms of service volume and maternity beds in Belgium, using administrative data covering al...

    Authors: Mélanie Lefèvre, Koen Van den Heede, Cécile Camberlin, Nicolas Bouckaert, Claire Beguin, Carl Devos and Carine Van de Voorde

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:637

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Dementia is a cause of disability and dependency associated with high demands for health services and expected to have a significant impact on resources. Care policies worldwide increasingly rely on family car...

    Authors: Kristin Häikiö, Mette Sagbakken and Jorun Rugkåsa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:635

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Overdose deaths can be prevented by distributing take home naloxone (THN) kits. The emergency department (ED) is an opportune setting for overdose prevention, as people who use opioids frequently present for e...

    Authors: Daniel C. O’Brien, Daniel Dabbs, Kathryn Dong, Paul J. Veugelers and Elaine Hyshka

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:632

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Long stay in forensic psychiatric hospitals is common in patients who are defined as “not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder”. However, little is known about how these patients experience and...

    Authors: Shaoling Zhong, Huijuan Guo, Yuanyuan Wang, Stephanie Cook, Yanan Chen, Chenyuli Luo, Ke Peng, Fanglan Wang, Xiaoxi Liang, Hui Chen, Qiguang Li, Jiansong Zhou, Xiaoping Wang and Runsen Chen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:617

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  7. Content type: Research article

    In Germany, antenatal influenza vaccination is recommended since 2010, but uptake remains low. Several countries recently introduced antenatal pertussis vaccination, which is currently under consideration in G...

    Authors: Stefanie Böhm, Marianne Röbl-Mathieu, Burkhard Scheele, Michael Wojcinski, Ole Wichmann and Wiebke Hellenbrand

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:616

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  8. Content type: Research article

    There is a disparity in the burden of gynaecological cancer for Indigenous women compared with non-Indigenous women in Australia. Understanding how Indigenous women currently experience gynaecological cancer c...

    Authors: Beverley Marcusson-Rababi, Kate Anderson, Lisa J. Whop, Tamara Butler, Nicole Whitson and Gail Garvey

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:606

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Language barriers in doctor-patient interactions are still an understudied phenomenon. This is particularly true concerning interactions with immigrant physicians who are learners of the patient’s language; th...

    Authors: Damaris Borowski, Uwe Koreik, Udo Ohm, Claudia Riemer and Niels Rahe-Meyer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:597

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The ‘Surviving Crying’ study was designed to develop and provisionally evaluate a support service for parents of excessively crying babies, including its suitability for use in the United Kingdom (UK) National...

    Authors: Deborah Bamber, Charlotte Powell, Jaqui Long, Rosie Garratt, Jayne Brown, Sally Rudge, Tom Morris, Nishal Bhupendra Jaicim, Rachel Plachcinski, Sue Dyson, Elaine M. Boyle, Nicole Turney, Joanne Chessman and Ian St. James-Roberts

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:592

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The first aim was to present descriptive data on the frequency of dental visits among older adults in Germany. The second aim was to identify the determinants of the number of dental visits using a longitudina...

    Authors: K. Spinler, G. Aarabi, R. Valdez, C. Kofahl, G. Heydecke, H.-H. König and A. Hajek

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:590

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Despite a growing number of adolescents and adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), little is known about service needs and barriers to services in this population. Existing research shows that y...

    Authors: Mateusz Płatos and Ewa Pisula

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:587

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Care-seeking behavior is widely acknowledged to have strong influences on health outcomes among individuals with chronic conditions including diabetes. Despite its dynamic nature, care seeking behavior are oft...

    Authors: Tzu-Ho Tsai, Nicole Huang, I-Feng Lin and Yiing-Jenq Chou

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:580

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Celiac disease (CD) is an autoimmune chronic enteropathy of the small intestine caused by exposure to gluten in genetically predisposed individuals. CD is not easy to diagnose due to its unspecific symptomatol...

    Authors: Ricardo Fueyo-Díaz, Rosa Magallón-Botaya, Barbara Masluk, Guillermo Palacios-Navarro, Angela Asensio-Martínez, Santiago Gascón-Santos, Bárbara Olivan-Blázquez and Juan José Sebastián-Domingo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:578

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Recently, there has been growing interest in providing more tailored, patient-centered care for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Yet it remains unclear which patient characteristics should be ...

    Authors: Dorijn F. L. Hertroijs, Martijn C. G. J. Brouwers, Arianne M. J. Elissen, Nicolaas C. Schaper and Dirk Ruwaard

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:575

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Families play an important role meeting the care needs of individuals who require assistance due to illness and/or disability. Yet, without adequate support their own health and wellbeing can be compromised. T...

    Authors: Kristina M. Kokorelias, Monique A. M. Gignac, Gary Naglie and Jill I. Cameron

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:564

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  17. Content type: Research article

    During pregnancy, childbirth and puerperium, women receive care from a range of health professionals, particularly midwives. To assess the current situation of maternity care for women with physical disabiliti...

    Authors: Martina König-Bachmann, Christoph Zenzmaier and Barbara Schildberger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:551

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The raising of disability and chronic illness burden among European population is calling for a new paradigm of care, focused on primary health care interventions. Engage-In-Caring is a novel multicomponent in...

    Authors: E. Guida, S. Barello, A. Corsaro, M. C. Galizi, F. Giuffrida, G. Graffigna and G. Damiani

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:541

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Aphasia is a communication disorder affecting participation. Although there are evidence-based practice recommendations about participation and aphasia rehabilitation, it may be challenging for speech-language...

    Authors: Christine Alary Gauvreau, Guylaine Le Dorze, Dahlia Kairy and Claire Croteau

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:530

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Health literacy is strongly associated with health outcomes and is important for health policy and service delivery. Low health literacy was reported in 59% of Australian adults, however, there is no national ...

    Authors: Haunnah Rheault, Fiona Coyer, Lee Jones and Ann Bonner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:523

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:566

  21. Content type: Research article

    Validated instruments are needed to assess the delivery of patient-centred care (PCC) to people with intellectual disabilities (PWIDs) needing 24-h care in residential settings. Eight dimensions of PCC have be...

    Authors: Jane Murray Cramm and Anna Petra Nieboer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:518

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  22. Content type: Research article

    In 2015 the increased migratory pressure in Europe posed additional challenges for healthcare providers. The aim of this study was to inform the development of a “Resource Package” to support European Union (E...

    Authors: Antonio Chiarenza, Marie Dauvrin, Valentina Chiesa, Sonia Baatout and Hans Verrept

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:513

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  23. Content type: Research article

    There is an increase in studies investigating the use of healthcare services prior to suicide. Although studies generally report high usage, there are no previous studies comparing immigrants’ use of primary h...

    Authors: Carine Øien-Ødegaard, Anne Reneflot and Lars Johan Hauge

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:508

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Osteopaths are an integral member of the health care team, playing a pivotal role in the provision of care for patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Osteopaths, like other health care providers, are under i...

    Authors: Matthew J. Leach, Tobias Sundberg, Gary Fryer, Philip Austin, Oliver P. Thomson and Jon Adams

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:498

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Australia provides health care services for Indigenous peoples as part of its effort to enhance Indigenous peoples’ wellbeing. However, biomedical frameworks shape Australia’s health care system, often without...

    Authors: Rosalie Schultz, Stephen Quinn, Byron Wilson, Tammy Abbott and Sheree Cairney

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:488

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  26. Content type: Study protocol

    At the end of life, about 85–90% of patients can be treated within primary palliative care (PC) provided by general practitioners (GPs). In Germany, there is no structured approach for the provision of PC by G...

    Authors: Kambiz Afshar, Gabriele Müller-Mundt, Katharina van Baal, Sophie Schrader, Birgitt Wiese, Jutta Bleidorn, Stephanie Stiel and Nils Schneider

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:486

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Despite the high burden of pneumococcal disease, pneumococcal vaccine coverage continues to fall short of Healthy People 2020 goals. A quasi-experimental design was used to investigate the impact of pneumococc...

    Authors: Carrie McAdam-Marx, Casey Tak, Tanaz Petigara, Nathan W. Jones, Minkyoung Yoo, Melissa Struwe Briley, Karen Gunning and Lisa Gren

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:474

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Mortality rates and causes of death among individuals in opioid agonist treatment (OAT) vary according to several factors such as geographical region, age, gender, subpopulations, drug culture and OAT status. ...

    Authors: Anne Berit Bech, Thomas Clausen, Helge Waal, Jūratė Šaltytė Benth and Ivar Skeie

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:440

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Primary and secondary healthcare service usage is assessed in the year before and following a cancer diagnosis, in cancer cases versus matched non-cancer controls in New South Wales (NSW), Australia over 2006–...

    Authors: Stephen Morrell, Jane Young and David Roder

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:431

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  30. Content type: Study protocol

    Depressive disorders are the third leading cause of consultation in primary care, mainly in patients with chronic physical illnesses. Studies have shown the effectiveness of group psychoeducation in reducing s...

    Authors: Rocío Casañas, Jaume Martín Royo, Maria Isabel Fernandez-San-Martín, Antonia Raya Tena, Jacobo Mendioroz, Glòria Sauch Valmaña, Roser Masa-Font, Marc Casajuana-Closas, Eva María Fernandez Linares, Cèlia Cols-Sagarra, Susana Gonzalez Tejón, Quintí Foguet-Boreu and Luis Miguel Martín Lopez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:427

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Patient activation refers to patients’ knowledge, skills, and confidence in self-managing health conditions. In large cross-sectional studies, individuals with higher patient activation are observed to have be...

    Authors: Jie Gao, Madelynne Arden, Zhe Hui Hoo and Martin Wildman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:420

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Optimizing the organization of care for community-dwelling frail older people is an important issue in many Western countries. In Belgium, a series of complex, innovative, bottom-up interventions was recently ...

    Authors: Anne-Sophie Lambert, Sophie Ces, Espoir Bwenge Malembaka, Thérèse Van Durme, Anja Declercq and Jean Macq

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:416

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Clinical practice guidelines recommend further testing for people with tetraplegia and signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), followed by treatment with positive airway pressure therapy. Little ...

    Authors: Marnie Graco, David J. Berlowitz and Sally E. Green

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:405

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Population segmentation of patients into parsimonious and relatively homogenous subgroups or segments based on healthcare requirements can aid healthcare resource planning and the development of targeted inter...

    Authors: Lian Leng Low, Yu Heng Kwan, Cheryl Ann Ma, Shi Yan, Elian Hui San Chia and Julian Thumboo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:401

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Transition to adult care represents a vulnerable period for young people with special health care needs as they navigate multiple life transitions and developmental issues. Patient navigators are a promising i...

    Authors: Gina Dimitropoulos, Elizabeth Morgan-Maver, Brooke Allemang, Kyleigh Schraeder, Shannon D. Scott, Jorge Pinzon, Gail Andrew, Gregory Guilcher, Lorraine Hamiwka, Eddy Lang, Kerry McBrien, Alberto Nettel-Aguirre, Daniele Pacaud, Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, Andrew Mackie and Susan Samuel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:390

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The quality of the care relationship between a client and a professional is important in long-term care, as most clients depend on support for a lengthy period. The three largest client groups who receive long...

    Authors: Aukelien Scheffelaar, Michelle Hendriks, Nanne Bos, Katrien Luijkx and Sandra van Dulmen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:389

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  37. Content type: Research article

    There is an increasing number of pediatric urgent care centers that are largely staffed by pediatric residency graduates. It is unclear if pediatric residency adequately prepares a physician to fully and succe...

    Authors: Xian Zhao, Ioannis Koutroulis, Joanna Cohen and Deena Berkowitz

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:388

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have poorer survival and twice the disease burden from breast cancer compared to other Australian women. These disparities are influenced, but not fully ...

    Authors: David Banham, David Roder, Dorothy Keefe, Gelareh Farshid, Marion Eckert, Natasha Howard, Karla Canuto and Alex Brown

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:387

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  39. Content type: Research article

    To explore the inadequacies of health service and its impact on clinical outcomes of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in China.

    Authors: Le Zhang, Wei Luan, Shikai Geng, Shuang Ye, Xiaodong Wang, Liping Qian, Yang Ding, Ting Li and Anli Jiang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:378

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The levels of knowledge, attitude and practice among primary physicians concerning both diabetic retinopathy screening and treatment of sight threatening diabetic retinopathy have been studied by different gro...

    Authors: Talal Bassam Abu-Amara, Waleed Abdulaziz Al Rashed, Rajiv Khandekar, Hamad Mohammed Qabha, Faris Mohammad Alosaimi, Abdulrahman Abdullah Alshuwayrikh, Mansour Khalid Almadi and Alanoud Alfaris

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:375

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Waiting times for elective treatments, including elective surgery, are a source of public concern and therefore are on policy makers’ agenda. The long waiting times have often been tackled through the allocati...

    Authors: Daniel Adrian Lungu, Tommaso Grillo Ruggieri and Sabina Nuti

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:369

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Lifestyle interventions regularly rely on study staff to implement the intervention and collect outcomes data directly from study participants. This study describes the experiences of project staff in two rand...

    Authors: Aline Gubrium, Denise Leckenby, Megan Ward Harvey, Bess H. Marcus, Milagros C. Rosal and Lisa Chasan-Taber

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:357

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  43. Content type: Research article

    To describe the process of patient engagement to co-design a patient experience survey for people with arthritis referred to central intake.

    Authors: Eloise C. J. Carr, Jatin N. Patel, Mia M. Ortiz, Jean L. Miller, Sylvia R. Teare, Claire E. H. Barber and Deborah A. Marshall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:355

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Australians living in rural and remote areas have access to considerably fewer doctors compared with populations in major cities. Despite plentiful, descriptive data about what attracts and retains doctors to ...

    Authors: Louise Young, Raquel Peel, Belinda O’Sullivan and Carole Reeve

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:338

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Networks are a vehicle for mobilizing knowledge, but there is little research about evidence-informed decision-making in community settings. Breastfeeding is a powerful intervention for population health; comb...

    Authors: Sionnach Lukeman, Barbara Davies, Charmaine McPherson and Josephine Etowa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:337

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  46. Content type: Research article

    An estimated 20–30% of end-stage lung disease patients awaiting lung transplant die whilst on the waiting list due to a shortage of suitable donor lungs. Ex-Vivo Lung Perfusion is a technique that reconditions...

    Authors: N. McMeekin, A. E. Chrysos, L. Vale and A. J. Fisher

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:326

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Regular asthma reviews are recommended by international guidelines to improve the quality of life of asthma patients. To facilitate these reviews in primary care practice, there is a need for structured asthma...

    Authors: Chris Livadiotis, Ekaterini Lambrinou, Vasilios Raftopoulos and Nicos Middleton

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:322

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