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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. Present demographic trends show a considerable rise in elderly populations with aging disorders, such as dementia. The current article focused on the exploitation of e-learning as an informal support for careg...

    Authors: Blanka Klimova, Martin Valis, Kamil Kuca and Jiri Masopust

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:781

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  2. Stroke is a health problem with serious consequences, both in terms of mortality, and after-effects affecting patient quality of life. Stroke requires both urgent and chronic management involving the entire he...

    Authors: S. Broussy, F. Rouanet, E. Lesaine, S. Domecq, M. Kret, M. Maugeais, F. Aly, P. Dehail, A. Bénard, J. Wittwer, R. Salamon, I. Sibon and F. Saillour-Glenisson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:770

    Content type: Study protocol

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  3. Accessing HIV-related care is challenging for formerly incarcerated people with HIV. Interventions informed by the perspectives of these individuals could facilitate engagement with care and address competing ...

    Authors: Tony Antoniou, Sharmistha Mishra, Flora Matheson, Diane Smith-Merrill, Laurel Challacombe, Janet Rowe, Anne Marie DiCenso, Fiona G. Kouyoumdjian, Wendy Wobeser, Claire Kendall, Mona Loutfy, Jenkin Tsang, Lauren Kanee and Carol Strike

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:761

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  4. Despite the growing evidence base supporting intensive lifestyle and medical treatments for severe obesity, patient engagement in specialist obesity services is difficult to achieve and poorly understood. To a...

    Authors: Evan Atlantis, Fang Lin, Sulak Anandabaskaran, Paul Fahey and Nic Kormas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:748

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  5. Many relatives of close family members suffering from dementia have taken on the caregiver role. While intervention studies have revealed promising results on caregiver burden, distress, and depression, there ...

    Authors: Heidi Bjørge, Kari Kvaal and Ingun Ulstein

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:744

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  6. Despite many recent studies on burn-out and dissatisfaction among American medical doctors, less is known about doctors in the Scandinavian public health service. The aims of this study were to analyse long-te...

    Authors: Javed Iqbal Mahmood, Kjersti Støen Grotmol, Martin Tesli, Torbjørn Moum, Ole Andreassen and Reidar Tyssen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:729

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  7. Thai massage is a highly gendered and culturally specific occupation. Many female Thai masseuses migrate to Norway as marriage migrants and as such are entitled to the same public healthcare as Norwegian citiz...

    Authors: Naomi Tschirhart, Esperanza Diaz and Trygve Ottersen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:722

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Domestic violence and abuse (DVA) damages the health of survivors and increases use of healthcare services. We report findings from a multi-site evaluation of hospital-based advocacy services, designed to supp...

    Authors: Gemma Halliwell, Sandi Dheensa, Elisabetta Fenu, Sue K. Jones, Jessica Asato, Suzanne Jacob and Gene Feder

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:718

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  9. Patients with cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are treated over a long period of time by physicians and therapists from various institutions collaborating within a multidisciplinary team. Usually, medical records...

    Authors: Sabine Stamm-Balderjahn, Rebecca Faliniski, Susanne Rossek and Karla Spyra

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:716

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  10. Despite people living with dementia representing a significant proportion of health and social care users, until recently in the United Kingdom (UK) there were no prescribed standards for dementia education an...

    Authors: S. J. Smith, S. Parveen, C. Sass, M. Drury, J. R. Oyebode and C. A. Surr

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:711

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  11. Multimorbidity is associated with higher healthcare resource utilization, but we lack data on the association of specific combinations of comorbidities with healthcare resource utilization. We aimed to identif...

    Authors: Carole E. Aubert, Niklaus Fankhauser, Pedro Marques-Vidal, Jérôme Stirnemann, Drahomir Aujesky, Andreas Limacher and Jacques Donzé

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:708

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Stroke incidence rates have fallen in high-income countries over the last several decades, but findings regarding the trend over recent years have been mixed. The aim of the study was to describe and model tem...

    Authors: Kim Rand, Fredrik Andreas Dahl, Joe Viana, Ole Morten Rønning, Kashif Waqar Faiz and Mathias Barra

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:705

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  13. Trajectories of Rehabilitation across Complex Environments (TRaCE), a consented prospective cohort study, addresses a critical need to better understand access to the healthcare system after acute treatment an...

    Authors: Melissa Legg, Michele Foster, Sanjoti Parekh, Mandy Nielsen, Rachel Jones, Elizabeth Kendall, Jennifer Fleming and Timothy Geraghty

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:700

    Content type: Study protocol

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  14. The reason for doctor visits associated with bad working conditions (and workplace bullying) remains unknown. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the association between perceived working condition...

    Authors: André Hajek and Hans-Helmut König

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:697

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  15. 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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  16. 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

    Content type: Study protocol

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  17. 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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  18. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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

  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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