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. Research article

    Understanding clinician attitudes towards implementation of guided self-help cognitive behaviour therapy for those who hear distressing voices: using factor analysis to test normalisation process theory

    The Normalisation Process Theory (NPT) has been used to understand the implementation of physical health care interventions. The current study aims to apply the NPT model to a secondary mental health context, ...

    Cassie M. Hazell, Clara Strauss, Mark Hayward and Kate Cavanagh

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:507

    Published on: 24 July 2017

  2. Research article

    Medical condition and care of undocumented migrants in ambulatory clinics in Tel Aviv, Israel: assessing unmet needs

    Approximately 150,000 undocumented migrants (UM) who are medically uninsured reside in Israel, including ~50,000 originating from the horn of Africa (MHA). Free medical-care is provided by two walk-in clinics ...

    Zohar Mor, Yuval Raveh, Ido Lurie, Alex Leventhal, Roni Gamzu, Nadav Davidovitch, Orel Benari and Itamar Grotto

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:484

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  3. Research article

    Deregulation of sale of over-the-counter drugs outside of pharmacies in the Republic of Korea: interrupted-time-series analysis of outpatient visits before and after the policy

    We evaluated the effectiveness of a policy allowing for the sale of over-the-counter drugs outside of pharmacies by examining its effect on number of monthly outpatient visits for acute upper respiratory infec...

    Sung-Youn Chun, Hye-Ki Park, Kyu-Tae Han, Woorim Kim, Hyo-Jung Lee and Eun-Cheol Park

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:478

    Published on: 12 July 2017

  4. Research article

    Who is responsible for providing care? Investigating the role of care tasks and past experiences in a cross-sectional survey in the Netherlands

    Many countries face substitution from formal to informal care. It is essential that a sufficient number of caregivers, such as family, friends or neighbors, are willing and able to lend care to address the nee...

    R. J. Hoefman, T. M. Meulenkamp and J. D. De Jong

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:477

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  5. Research article

    A qualitative analysis of the effectiveness of telehealthcare devices (ii) barriers to uptake of telehealthcare devices

    Monitoring health and care needs through the use of telehealthcare devices has been proposed to help alleviate funding concerns in a climate of limited budgets. As well as improving cost effectiveness, such an...

    Natasha C. Campling, David G. Pitts, Paul V. Knight and Richard Aspinall

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:466

    Published on: 6 July 2017

  6. Research article

    Potential accessibility scores for hospital care in a province of Japan: GIS-based ecological study of the two-step floating catchment area method and the number of neighborhood hospitals

    For achieving equity of the accessibility to primary healthcare, measuring potential geographical accessibility is essential. The provider-to-population ratio is the most frequently used measure. However, it i...

    Takashi Nakamura, Akihisa Nakamura, Kengo Mukuda, Masanori Harada and Kazuhiko Kotani

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:438

    Published on: 26 June 2017

  7. Research article

    The development and appraisal of a tool designed to find patients harmed by falsely labelled, falsified (counterfeit) medicines

    Falsely labelled, falsified (counterfeit) medicines (FFCm’s) are produced or distributed illegally and can harm patients. Although the occurrence of FFCm’s is increasing in Europe, harm is rarely reported. The...

    Marija Anđelković, Einar Björnsson, Virgilio De Bono, Nenad Dikić, Katleen Devue, Daniel Ferlin, Miroslav Hanževački, Freyja Jónsdóttir, Mkrtich Shakaryan and Sabine Walser

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:419

    Published on: 20 June 2017

  8. Research article

    Understanding consumer and clinician preferences and decision making for rehabilitation following arthroplasty in the private sector

    To understand private consumer and clinician preferences towards different rehabilitation modes following knee or hip arthroplasty, and identify factors which influence the chosen rehabilitation pathway.

    Mark A. Buhagiar, Justine M. Naylor, Grahame Simpson, Ian A. Harris and Friedbert Kohler

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:415

    Published on: 19 June 2017

  9. Research article

    Resource Use and Disease Course in dementia - Nursing Home (REDIC-NH), a longitudinal cohort study; design and patient characteristics at admission to Norwegian nursing homes

    Earlier studies of nursing home patients show a high prevalence of dementia, neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS), pain, and dependency in activities of daily living. The REDIC-NH cohort was set up to study the dis...

    Irene Røen, Geir Selbæk, Øyvind Kirkevold, Knut Engedal, Ingelin Testad and Sverre Bergh

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:365

    Published on: 22 May 2017

  10. Research article

    Worlds apart? A scoping review addressing different stakeholder perspectives on barriers to family involvement in the care for persons with severe mental illness

    Empirical evidence shows that family involvement (FI) can play a pivotal role in the coping and recovery of persons with severe mental illness (SMI). Nevertheless, various studies demonstrate that FI in mental...

    Elleke Landeweer, Bert Molewijk, Marit Helene Hem and Reidar Pedersen

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:349

    Published on: 15 May 2017

  11. Research article

    Staff ratings of occupational engagement among people with severe mental illness – psychometric properties of a screening tool in the day center context

    Staff who plan and organize day center activities may need to observe the attendees’ performance and progression. This led us to develop a tool for that purpose, termed General Occupational Engagement in peopl...

    Mona Eklund and Ulrika Bejerholm

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:338

    Published on: 8 May 2017

  12. Research article

    Performance of claims-based algorithms for identifying incident thyroid cancer in commercial health plan enrollees receiving antidiabetic drug therapies

    Thyroid cancer incidence is increasing in the United States (US) and many other countries. The objective of this study was to develop and evaluate algorithms using administrative medical claims data for identi...

    Donnie Funch, Douglas Ross, Betsey M. Gardstein, Heather S. Norman, Lauren A. Sanders, Atheline Major-Pedersen, Helge Gydesen and David D. Dore

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:330

    Published on: 5 May 2017

  13. Research article

    ‘Waiting for’ and ‘waiting in’ public and private hospitals: a qualitative study of patient trust in South Australia

    Waiting times for hospital appointments, treatment and/or surgery have become a major political and health service problem, leading to national maximum waiting times and policies to reduce waiting times. Quant...

    Paul R. Ward, Philippa Rokkas, Clinton Cenko, Mariastella Pulvirenti, Nicola Dean, A. Simon Carney and Samantha Meyer

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:333

    Published on: 5 May 2017

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