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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

    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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  2. 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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  3. Content type: Research article

    Qualitative research studies are becoming increasingly necessary to understand the complex challenges in the healthcare setting. Successfully integrating interdisciplinary teams of investigators can be challen...

    Authors: Charissa Fritzen-Pedicini, Susan C. Bleasdale, Lisa M. Brosseau, Donna Moritz, Monica Sikka, Emily Stiehl and Rachael M. Jones

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:306

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Extensive research documents that child abuse is widespread and that it has detrimental effects on victims’ physical, psychological and social well-being. Efforts to help abused children by removing stressors ...

    Authors: Ane Ugland Albaek, Per-Einar Binder and Anne Marita Milde

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:302

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening is underutilized by Medicaid enrollees and the uninsured. Multiple national and state policies were enacted from 2010 to 2014 to increase access to Medicaid and to promote CRC...

    Authors: Meghan C. O’Leary, Kristen Hassmiller Lich, Yifan Gu, Stephanie B. Wheeler, Gloria D. Coronado, Sarah E. Bartelmann, Bonnie K. Lind, Maria E. Mayorga and Melinda M. Davis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:298

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Neurological disorders may negatively impact community integration and/or quality of life. Peer support has emerged as a potential strategy to enhance patients’ efficacy in managing their own health. This revi...

    Authors: Ben B. Levy, Dorothy Luong, Laure Perrier, Mark T. Bayley and Sarah E. P. Munce

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:288

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  7. Content type: Study protocol

    In the UK, type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) is largely managed in primary care. Delay in the intensification to injectable therapy, a form of clinical inertia, is associated with worse glycaemic control. UK gene...

    Authors: Simon de Lusignan, William Hinton, Emmanouela Konstantara, Neil Munro, Martin Whyte, Julie Mount and Michael Feher

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:284

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Cerebral palsy (CP) is a serious neurodevelopmental disorder that occurs in childhood and requires a range of treatments over a person’s lifetime. The aims of this study were to investigate the nature of the r...

    Authors: Seong Woo Kim, Ha Ra Jeon, Taemi Youk and Jiyong Kim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:277

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The study objectives were to identify differences in HIV sexual risk behavior of men who had sex with other men (MSM) resident in urban and rural Nigeria, their perspectives on need for HIV prevention services...

    Authors: Godwin Emmanuel, Morenike Oluwatoyin Folayan, Bartholomew Ochonye, Paul Umoh, Bashiru Wasiu, Mercy Nkom, Apera Iorwa and James Anenih

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:261

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Nearly 1% of the population is currently treated with long-term corticosteroid therapy. When corticosteroids are introduced, information concerning potential adverse effects and recommendations for lifestyle c...

    Authors: Muriel Nogué, Jacques Rambaud, Sylvie Fabre, Nathalie Filippi, Christian Jorgensen and Yves-Marie Pers

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:255

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Health systems are complex and continually changing across a variety of contexts and health service levels. The capacities needed by health managers and leaders to respond to current and emerging issues are no...

    Authors: Carah Alyssa Figueroa, Reema Harrison, Ashfaq Chauhan and Lois Meyer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:239

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Tuberculosis (TB) is still a major global health problem. The increasing number of cases observed among foreign-born populations contrasts with the decreasing trends observed in later years in some high-income...

    Authors: Ana Maria Tavares, Ana Cristina Garcia, Ana Gama, Ana B. Abecasis, Miguel Viveiros and Sónia Dias

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:233

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Researchers have shown that hospitalisation can decrease older persons’ ability to manage life at home after hospital discharge. Inadequate practices of discharge can be associated with adverse outcomes and an...

    Authors: Christine Hillestad Hestevik, Marianne Molin, Jonas Debesay, Astrid Bergland and Asta Bye

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:224

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The ageing global population has seen increasing numbers of older people living with chronic health problems, declining function, and frailty. As older people seek to live out their years at home, family membe...

    Authors: Susan Slatyer, Samar M. Aoun, Keith D. Hill, Debbie Walsh, Dee Whitty and Christine Toye

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:220

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Post-acute care hospitals are often subject to patient flow pressures because of their intermediary position along the continuum of care between acute care hospitals and community care or residential long-term...

    Authors: Luke A. Turcotte, Chris M. Perlman, Brant E. Fries and John P. Hirdes

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:218

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Delay in healthcare seeking and loss to diagnostic follow-up (LDFU) contribute to substantial increase in tuberculosis (TB) morbidity and mortality. We examined factors, including perceived causes and prior he...

    Authors: Grace Mhalu, Mitchell G. Weiss, Jerry Hella, Francis Mhimbira, Enos Mahongo, Christian Schindler, Klaus Reither, Lukas Fenner, Elisabeth Zemp and Sonja Merten

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:217

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  17. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to validate the psychometric properties of the World Health Organization Quality of Life Instrument, Short Form (WHOQOL-BREF) questionnaire for use in a rural district of Bangladesh.

    Authors: Mohammed Nazim Uddin and Fakir M Amirul Islam

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:216

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  18. Content type: Research article

    During transitions from hospital to home, up to half of all patients experience medication-related problems, such as adverse drug events. To reduce these problems, knowledge of patient experiences with medicat...

    Authors: Sara Daliri, Charlotte L. Bekker, Bianca M. Buurman, Wilma J. M. Scholte op Reimer, Bart J. F. van den Bemt and Fatma Karapinar – Çarkit

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:204

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  19. Content type: Research article

    HIV testing is one of the key strategies in the HIV/AIDS prevention and control programmes. However, studies examining utilization of this service by men in Malawi are limited. The aim of this study was to ass...

    Authors: Chrispin Mandiwa and Bernadetta Namondwe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:203

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Demand for Physiotherapy is on the rise due to increasing ageing population and consequent disability and morbidity. However, the costs of healthcare in developing countries are rising, and healthcare resources a...

    Authors: Chidozie Mbada, Abraham Olawuyi, Olufemi O. Oyewole, Adesola C. Odole, Abiola O. Ogundele and Francis Fatoye

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:168

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about whether patients’ socioeconomic status influences their access to elective general surgery in Canada. The purpose of this study was to assess the association between socioeconomic status ...

    Authors: Jason M. Sutherland, Zuzanna Kurzawa, Ahmer Karimuddin, Katrina Duncan, Guiping Liu and Trafford Crump

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:161

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  22. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to analyse the patient predictors of health-seeking behaviour for persons coughing for more than 2 weeks to better understand this vulnerable and important population.

    Authors: Carmen Christian, Cobus Burger, Mareli Claassens, Virginia Bond and Ronelle Burger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:160

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The concept of complexity is used in palliative care (PC) to describe the nature of patients’ situations and the extent of resulting needs and care demands. However, the term or concept is not clearly defined ...

    Authors: Farina Hodiamont, Saskia Jünger, Reiner Leidl, Bernd Oliver Maier, Eva Schildmann and Claudia Bausewein

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:157

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  24. Content type: Research article

    In 2014, a large metropolitan mental health service in Australia developed a senior role (Lead Research Occupational Therapist) to address an identified need for greater research and knowledge translation, and...

    Authors: Danielle Hitch, Kate Lhuede, Lindsay Vernon, Genevieve Pepin and Karen Stagnitti

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:154

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Prisons represent a unique opportunity to diagnose blood-borne viruses. Opt-out testing is receiving increasing interest, as a result of mounting evidence to suggest that the manner in which a test offer is de...

    Authors: Seth Francis-Graham, Nnenna Adaniya Ekeke, Corey Andrew Nelson, Tin Yan Lee, Sulaima El Haj, Tim Rhodes, Cecilia Vindrola, Tim Colbourn and William Rosenberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:152

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  26. Content type: Research article

    The study aims were: to estimate the proportion of patients with an indication for admission to a new high acuity Medical Psychiatric Unit (MPU), to explore the reasons for MPU-admission according to different...

    Authors: P. J. Caarls, M. A. van Schijndel, M. Kromkamp, A. I. Wierdsma, R. J. Osse, G. van der Hoeven, W. J. G. Hoogendijk and J. J. van Busschbach

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:139

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  27. Content type: Research article

    In England emergency hospital admissions among children are increasing and the under 25s are the most frequent attenders of A&E departments. Children of lower socio-economic status (SES) have poorer health out...

    Authors: Leigh Johnson, Rosie Cornish, Andy Boyd and John Macleod

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:134

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Health risk assessment (HRAs) are commonly used by occupational health services (OHS) to aid workplaces in keeping their employees healthy, but for unknown reasons, many employees choose not to participate in ...

    Authors: Wilhelmus Johannes Andreas Grooten, Amanda Hansson, Mikael Forsman, Katarina Kjellberg, Allan Toomingas, Mira Müller, Magnus Svartengren and Björn Olov Äng

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:130

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Translating research into clinical practice is challenging for health services. Emerging approaches in implementation science recognise the need for a theory–driven approach to identify and overcome barriers t...

    Authors: Shelley A. Wilkinson, Maxine O’Brien, Sally McCray and Desley Harvey

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:122

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Men surviving prostate cancer report a wide range of unmet needs. Holistic needs assessments (HNA) are designed to capture these, but are traditionally paper-based, generic, and only carried out in secondary c...

    Authors: Amy L. Clarke, Julia Roscoe, Rebecca Appleton, Jeremy Dale and Veronica Nanton

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:115

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Although there has been growing attention to the measurement of unmet need, which is the overall epidemiological burden of disease, current measures ignore the burden that could be eliminated from technologica...

    Authors: Devin Incerti, John Browne, Caroline Huber, Christine L. Baker, Geoff Makinson, Amir Goren, Richard Willke and Warren Stevens

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:113

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Managing demand for urgent and unscheduled care is a major problem for health services globally. A particular issue is that some patients appear to make heavy use of services, including primary care out of hou...

    Authors: Sarah Stegink, Alison M. Elliott and Christopher Burton

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:108

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  33. Content type: Research article

    A small percentage of patients relies extensively on hospital-based care and account for a disproportionately high share of health care spending in the United States. Evidence shows that behavioral health cond...

    Authors: Karen G. Rentas, Laura Buckley, Dawn Wiest and Cortney A. Bruno

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:81

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  34. Content type: Research article

    A body of knowledge continues to grow regarding Aboriginal perspectives on current challenges and barriers to health literacy and access to health services. However, less is known from the perspectives of heal...

    Authors: Jordan Stanford, Karen Charlton, Anne-Therese McMahon and Scott Winch

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:106

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Cancer patients of reproductive age are at risk of infertility as a result of their treatment. Oncofertility decision support resources can assist patients with fertility decision-making before treatment yet a...

    Authors: Brittany Speller, Amanda Sissons, Corinne Daly, Marcia Facey, Erin Kennedy, Kelly Metcalfe and Nancy N. Baxter

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:101

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  36. Content type: Research article

    In French Guiana, health inequalities are patent for a broad range of pathologies for all age groups. The objective of the present study was to quantify the proportion of the population that had renounced care...

    Authors: Astrid Van Melle, Claire Cropet, Marie-Claire Parriault, Leila Adriouch, Hélène Lamaison, Francine Sasson, Hélène Duplan, Jean-Baptiste Richard and Mathieu Nacher

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:99

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Continuity of care (COC) has become a primary point of concern for care providers in both developed and developing countries, which is regarded as the “cornerstone of care” and an “essential element” of good h...

    Authors: Chen Qiu, Shixiang Chen, Ying Yao, Yue Zhao, Yi Xin and Xiaoying Zang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:79

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  38. Content type: Research article

    The Patient Assessment of Chronic Illness Care (PACIC-5A) was developed to assess the satisfaction with patient-provider interaction based on the Chronic Care Model. The additional 5A approach (assess, advise,...

    Authors: Maria Schwenke, Franziska D. Welzel, Claudia Luck-Sikorski, Alexander Pabst, Anette Kersting, Matthias Blüher, Hans-Helmut König, Steffi G. Riedel-Heller and Janine Stein

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:61

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  39. Content type: Research article

    This study analyzed the reasons why physicians migrated from the Program to Value Primary Healthcare Professionals (PROVAB) to the Mais Médicos (More doctors) Program in 2015, opting to become physicians of the P...

    Authors: Lyane Ramalho Cortez, Eliana Costa Guerra, Natércia Janine Dantas da Silveira and Luiz Roberto Augusto Noro

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:57

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Patients and users experiences are useful for monitoring the quality of the hospital provisions and to improve health care delivery. Research results on associations between parental satisfaction and their soc...

    Authors: Inger Hilde Hagen, Valentina Cabral Iversen, Erik Nesset, Roderick Orner and Marit Følsvik Svindseth

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:37

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  41. Content type: Research article

    In England, there is an ongoing national pilot to expand pharmacists’ presence in general practice. Evaluation of the pilot includes numerical and survey-based Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and requires ph...

    Authors: Georgios Dimitrios Karampatakis, Kath Ryan, Nilesh Patel, Wing Man Lau and Graham Stretch

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:34

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  42. Content type: Correspondence

    Today, one of the most important global public health challenges is represented by hepatitis C virus (HCV), which imposes relevant costs. Globally speaking, the median cost of HCV-related complications ranges ...

    Authors: Masoud Behzadifar, Hasan Abolghasem Gorji, Aziz Rezapour, Meysam Behzadifar and Nicola Luigi Bragazzi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:25

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  43. Content type: Research article

    To date, there has been a dearth of scientifically tested, established intervention concepts focussed on supporting informal caregivers and embedded in routine health care structures. The aim of this study was...

    Authors: Elisa-Marie Behrndt, Melanie Straubmeier, Hildegard Seidl, Chiara Vetter, Katharina Luttenberger and Elmar Graessel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:20

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Relatively little is known about which characteristics of smokers are related to choosing a specific type of smoking cessation service. The user characteristics of different smoking cessation services were com...

    Authors: Bo Yoon Jeong, Min Kyung Lim, E. Hwa Yun and Jin-Kyoung Oh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:14

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  45. Content type: Research article

    The number of older adults with different ethnic and socioeconomic background is steadily increasing. There is a need for community-based health promotion interventions for older adults that are responsive to ...

    Authors: Abirami Srivarathan, Andrea Nedergaard Jensen and Maria Kristiansen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:7

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  46. Content type: Research article

    The symptoms related to neurocognitive disorders (NCD) may lead to caregiver burden increase. Involving caregivers in research may be an effective way of improving the practicalities and relevance of intervent...

    Authors: Teddy Novais, Christelle Mouchoux, Michel Kossovsky, Lucie Winterstein, Floriane Delphin-Combe, Pierre Krolak-Salmon and V. Dauphinot

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:1016

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  47. Content type: Research article

    China ranks first amongst the countries for the abuse of antibacterials. Essential antibacterials could help solve the problem. The aim of the work is to evaluate the availability, price and affordability of e...

    Authors: Guangjie Wu, Shiwei Gong, Hongbing Cai and Yufeng Ding

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:1013

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