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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

    With a large population of internal migrants from all over the world, China has the largest number of internal floating migrants, and most of them (up to 169 million in 2016) are rural-to-urban migrants. Those...

    Authors: Lingling Zheng, Ruwei Hu, Zichuan Dong and Yuantao Hao

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:717

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    Demand-side barriers are as important as supply factors in deterring patients from obtaining treatment. Developing countries including Ethiopia have been focusing on promoting health care utilization as an imp...

    Authors: Tsegay Wellay, Measho Gebreslassie, Molla Mesele, Hailay Gebretinsae, Brhane Ayele, Alemtsehay Tewelde and Yodit Zewedie

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:697

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  3. Content type: Research article

    CoNSENSo is a project funded by the European Union, which is aimed at developing an innovative care model based on community nurses to support active ageing in mountain areas. The planned sustainability of thi...

    Authors: Roberto Ippoliti, Greta Falavigna, Floriana Montani and Silvia Rizzi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:689

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:771

  4. Content type: Research article

    The evaluation of respiratory system health status in hospitalized patients is usually based on many laboratory examinations and imaging examinations. Medical examinations require a lot of manpower, material r...

    Authors: Hongzhe Dou, Yuejia Zhao, Yanhong Chen, Qingchun Zhao, Bo Xiao, Yan Wang, Yonghe Zhang, Zhiguo Chen, Jie Guo and Lingwei Tao

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:683

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Despite only constituting a small percentage of the population, frequent attenders place a tremendous burden on the healthcare system in Germany. Whilst there are some cross-sectional studies that examine the ...

    Authors: André Hajek and Hans-Helmut König

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:673

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  6. Content type: Study protocol

    Despite numerous reports of significant distress and burden for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) patients and caregivers (CGs), HSCT-specific coping interventions remain rare. The few in use lack...

    Authors: Tammy Son, Sylvie Lambert, Ann Jakubowski, Barbara DiCicco-Bloom and Carmen G. Loiselle

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:669

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  7. Content type: Research article

    People with spinal cord injury (SCI) suffer from complex secondary health conditions and rely on specialized health care services, which are often centralized and difficult to reach for individuals living in r...

    Authors: Elias Ronca, Thekla Brunkert, Hans Georg Koch, Xavier Jordan and Armin Gemperli

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:657

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    Australia’s only island state, Tasmania, experiences one of the nation’s highest incidences of non-urgent emergency department (ED) presentations in a healthcare system regularly faced with service demands tha...

    Authors: Maria Unwin, Elaine Crisp, Scott Rigby and Leigh Kinsman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:647

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  9. Content type: Study protocol

    BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations confer a substantial breast risk of developing breast cancer to those who carry them. For this reason, the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recommended that al...

    Authors: Thomas B. Silverman, Alejandro Vanegas, Awilda Marte, Jennie Mata, Margaret Sin, Juan Carlos Rodriguez Ramirez, Wei-Yann Tsai, Katherine D. Crew and Rita Kukafka

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:633

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Foster children have a high risk of mental disorders. This has contributed to increased international attention to service utilization for youth in foster care. The aim of this study is to examine whether yout...

    Authors: Marit Larsen, Valborg Baste, Ragnhild Bjørknes, Trine Myrvold and Stine Lehmann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:634

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:708

  11. Content type: Research article

    Studies report high rates of contact with general practitioners (GPs) in primary care in the time leading up to suicide, particularly among individuals with a history of mental health contact. However, the nea...

    Authors: Lars Johan Hauge, Kim Stene-Larsen, Tine Kristin Grimholt, Carine Øien-Ødegaard and Anne Reneflot

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:619

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Evidence of the effectiveness of social prescribing is inconclusive causing commissioning challenges. This research focusses on a social prescribing scheme in Northern England which deploys ‘Wellbeing Coordina...

    Authors: James Woodall, Joanne Trigwell, Ann-Marie Bunyan, Gary Raine, Victoria Eaton, Joanne Davis, Lucy Hancock, Mary Cunningham and Sue Wilkinson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:604

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  13. Content type: Research article

    To describe the demographic and clinical characteristics of Type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients affiliated with the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) and ascertain the socio-demographic and clinical risk ...

    Authors: Svetlana V. Doubova, Aldo Ferreira-Hermosillo, Ricardo Pérez-Cuevas, Casper Barsoe, Erick Gryzbowski-Gainza and Juan E. Valencia

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:602

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  14. Content type: Research article

    To improve and support medication adherence among patients with chronic diseases, especially for long-term medication, it is important to consider both their relationship with healthcare providers and their li...

    Authors: Haruka Ueno, Yoshihiko Yamazaki, Yuki Yonekura, MJ Park, Hirono Ishikawa and Takahiro Kiuchi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:592

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  15. Content type: Research article

    University students are within the age group at highest risk for acquiring sexually transmitted infections and other negative health outcomes. Despite the availability of sexual health services at university h...

    Authors: Christine Cassidy, Andrea Bishop, Audrey Steenbeek, Donald Langille, Ruth Martin-Misener and Janet Curran

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:581

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a deeply-rooted tradition in 30 Sub-Saharan and Middle-East countries which affects approximately 200 million women and girls worldwide. The practice leads to...

    Authors: Alba González-Timoneda, Vicente Ruiz Ros, Marta González-Timoneda and Antonio Cano Sánchez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:579

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  17. Content type: Study protocol

    In 2012, approximately 14 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed. As a result of advances in treatment, screening and prevention programmes the number of people surviving cancer globally is also increasing.

    Authors: Lucy Johnston and Karen Campbell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:563

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  18. Content type: Study protocol

    Chronic diseases are generating a major health and societal burden worldwide. Healthy lifestyles, including physical activity (PA), have proven efficacy in the prevention and treatment of many chronic conditio...

    Authors: Anael Barberan-Garcia, Elena Gimeno-Santos, Isabel Blanco, Isaac Cano, Graciela Martínez-Pallí, Felip Burgos, Felip Miralles, Miquel Coca, Serafín Murillo, María Sanz, Alexander Steblin, Marta Ubré, Jaume Benavent, Josep Vidal, Marta Sitges and Josep Roca

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:560

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  19. Content type: Study protocol

    Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM) in Canada continue to experience high rates of incident HIV. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP, the regular use of anti-HIV medication) reduces HIV acquis...

    Authors: Malika Sharma, Allison Chris, Arlene Chan, David C. Knox, James Wilton, Owen McEwen, Sharmistha Mishra, Daniel Grace, Tim Rogers, Ahmed M. Bayoumi, John Maxwell, Rita Shahin, Isaac Bogoch, Mark Gilbert and Darrell H. S. Tan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:513

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Psychiatric re-hospitalisation is considered costly and disruptive to individuals. The perspective of the mental health service user is largely unexplored in literature.

    Authors: M. Ådnanes, L. Melby, J. Cresswell-Smith, H. Westerlund, L. Rabbi, M. Z. Dernovšek, L. Šprah, R. Sfetcu, C. Straßmayr and V. Donisi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:516

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  21. Content type: Study protocol

    A nested process evaluation, within a randomised controlled trial, will explore relationships between program outcomes and quality of intervention implementation of the Lifestyle-Integrated Functional Exercise...

    Authors: Lisa Dillon, Lindy Clemson, Kristy Coxon and Lisa Keay

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:512

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  22. Content type: Study protocol

    After hospitalization for cardiac disease, older patients are at high risk of readmission and death. Although geriatric conditions increase this risk, treatment of older cardiac patients is limited to the mana...

    Authors: L. Verweij, P. Jepma, B. M. Buurman, C. H. M. Latour, R. H. H. Engelbert, G. ter Riet, F. Karapinar-Çarkit, S. Daliri, R. J. G. Peters and W. J. M. Scholte op Reimer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:508

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  23. Content type: Study protocol

    There are an increasing number of patients of working age undergoing hip and knee replacements. Currently there is variation in the advice and support given about sickness absence, recovery to usual activities...

    Authors: Paul Baker, Carol Coole, Avril Drummond, Catriona McDaid, Sayeed Khan, Louise Thomson, Catherine Hewitt, Iain McNamara, David McDonald, Judith Fitch and Amar Rangan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:504

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  24. Content type: Research article

    There is a growing body of evidence to support the use of telehealth in monitoring HbA1c levels in people living with type 2 diabetes. However, the overall magnitude of effect is yet unclear due to variable re...

    Authors: Puikwan A. Lee, Geva Greenfield and Yannis Pappas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:495

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Access, particularly timely access, to care is the Canadian public’s most important healthcare concern. The drivers of perceived appropriateness of access to care among patients with at least one chronic healt...

    Authors: Catherine W. T. Chan, Amédé Gogovor, Marie-France Valois and Sara Ahmed

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:471

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Migrants are the unique production of China’s urbanization process. They are often excluded from social welfare and security systems of cities, and often exposed to high health risk related closely to their he...

    Authors: Shuang Shao, Meirong Wang, Guanghui Jin, Yali Zhao, Xiaoqin Lu and Juan Du

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:462

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Burns can be the most devastating injuries in the world, they constitute a global public health problem and cause widespread public health concern. Every year in Bangladesh more than 365,000 people are injured...

    Authors: Animesh Biswas, Abu Sayeed Md Abdullah, Koustuv Dalal, Toity Deave, Fazlur Rahman and Saidur Rahman Mashreky

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:467

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The Mexican health system segments access and right to healthcare according to worker position in the labour market. In this contribution we analyse how access and continuity of healthcare gets interrupted by ...

    Authors: Germán Guerra, Emilio Gutiérrez-Calderón, Nelly Salgado de Snyder, Víctor Hugo Borja-Aburto, Adolfo Martínez-Valle and Miguel Ángel González-Block

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:457

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Emergency Department (ED) are challenged by the increasing number of visits made by the heterogeneous population of elderly persons. This study aims to 1) compare chief complaints (triage categories) and level...

    Authors: Sarah Vilpert, Stéfanie Monod, Hélène Jaccard Ruedin, Jürgen Maurer, Lionel Trueb, Bertrand Yersin and Christophe Büla

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:456

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The assessment and evaluation of practical and sustainable development of health care has become a major focus of investigation in health services research. A key challenge for researchers as well as decision-...

    Authors: Febe Friberg, Catarina Wallengren, Cecilia Håkanson, Eva Carlsson, Frida Smith, Monica Pettersson, Elisabeth Kenne Sarenmalm, Richard Sawatzky and Joakim Öhlén

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:441

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  31. Content type: Research article

    For pregnant women and their partners, the decision to undergo Down syndrome prenatal screening is difficult. Patient decision aids (PtDA) can help them make an informed decision. We aimed to identify behaviou...

    Authors: Titilayo Tatiana Agbadjé, Matthew Menear, Michèle Dugas, Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Samira Abbasgholizadeh Rahimi, Hubert Robitaille, Anik M. C. Giguère, François Rousseau, Brenda J. Wilson and France Légaré

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:434

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Over the last decade, active surveillance has proven to be a safe approach for patients with low-risk prostate cancer. Although active surveillance presents several advantages for both patients and the health ...

    Authors: Kittie Pang, Margaret Fitch, Veronique Ouellet, Simone Chevalier, Darrel E. Drachenberg, Antonio Finelli, Jean-Baptiste Lattouf, Alan So, Simon Sutcliffe, Simon Tanguay, Fred Saad and Anne-Marie Mes-Masson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:430

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Although a fifth of the German population has a migration background, health research regarding this population is scarce. The few existing studies on migrant health show that migrants are faced with restricti...

    Authors: Marja Leonhardt, Katja Aschenbrenner, Martin E. Kreis and Johannes C. Lauscher

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:423

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Young adults (18–39 years) with type 2 diabetes are at risk of early development and rapid progression of diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in working-age adults. Retinal scree...

    Authors: Amelia J. Lake, Jessica L. Browne, Charles Abraham, Dee Tumino, Carolyn Hines, Gwyneth Rees and Jane Speight

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:396

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Low socioeconomic status (SES) is persistently associated with poor health and suboptimal use of healthcare services, and more unplanned healthcare use. Suboptimal use of emergency and acute healthcare service...

    Authors: Tessa Jansen, Jany Rademakers, Geeke Waverijn, Robert Verheij, Richard Osborne and Monique Heijmans

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:394

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Over 24 million international visitors came to Japan in 2016 and the number is expected to increase. Visitors could be at a risk of illness or injury that may result in hospitalization in Japan. We assessed th...

    Authors: Mariko Nishikawa, Masaaki Yamanaka, Junko Kiriya and Masamine Jimba

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:373

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Sweden has a largely tax-funded health care system that aims at providing equal access for everyone. However, the individual’s perception and experience of the health care system remains a relevant topic for r...

    Authors: Roland Koch, Stefanie Joos and Elsa-Lena Ryding

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:361

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Few people with limited English proficiency are provided with the services of a healthcare interpreter when admitted to hospital. This retrospective study utilised health administrative data to explore which p...

    Authors: Nicole Blay, Sharelle Ioannou, Marika Seremetkoska, Jenny Morris, Gael Holters, Verily Thomas and Everett Bronwyn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:348

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  39. Content type: Research article

    South Carolina is considered a “new destination” state for Latino immigrants. Language barriers, transportation difficulties, low socioeconomic status, inflexible work schedules, different cultural norms, and ...

    Authors: John S. Luque, Grace Soulen, Caroline B. Davila and Kathleen Cartmell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:310

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  40. Content type: Study protocol

    In a previous RCT we established the efficacy of the psychodynamic online aftercare programme ‘GSA-Online’ (‘Health Training Stress Management at the Workplace’) for rehabilitants with work-related stress facing ...

    Authors: Rüdiger Zwerenz, Katja Böhme, Astrid Wirth, Nicole Labitzke, Sergei Pachtchenko and Manfred E. Beutel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:312

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  41. Content type: Research article

    The SOS-doctors are a network of physicians who perform house-call visits in the areas of Attica and Thessaloniki, Greece.

    Authors: George Theocharis, Spyridon G. Barbas, Theodore Spiropoulos, Petroula E. Stamouli, Dimitrios N. Perdikis and Matthew E. Falagas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:304

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  42. Content type: Research article

    South Korean government is currently in progress of expanding the coverage of telemedicine projects as part of an attempt to vitalize service industry, but is facing fierce opposition from KMA. Practice of tel...

    Authors: Seo-Joon Lee, Tae-Young Jung, Tae-Ro Lee and Jae-Hoon Han

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:293

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Melbourne, Australia is experiencing rapid population growth, with much of this occurring in metropolitan outer suburban areas, also known as urban growth areas. Currently little is known about differences in ...

    Authors: Rebecca Madill, Hannah Badland, Suzanne Mavoa and Billie Giles-Corti

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:286

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Outcomes for patients in UK with locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (LA NSCLC) are amongst the worst in Europe. Assessing outcomes is important for analysing the effectiveness of current practice. How...

    Authors: Swee-Ling Wong, Kate Ricketts, Gary Royle, Matt Williams and Ruheena Mendes

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:278

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Pediatric admissions to intensive care outside children’s hospitals are generally excluded from registry-based studies. This study compares pediatric admission to specialist pediatric intensive care units (PIC...

    Authors: Ibinabo Ibiebele, Charles S. Algert, Jennifer R. Bowen and Christine L. Roberts

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:264

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