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

    Public and patient involvement in needs assessment and social innovation: a people-centred approach to care and research for congenital disorders of glycosylation

    Public and patient involvement in the design of people-centred care and research is vital for communities whose needs are underserved, as are people with rare diseases. Innovations devised collectively by pati...

    Cláudia de Freitas, Vanessa dos Reis, Susana Silva, Paula A. Videira, Eva Morava and Jaak Jaeken

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:682

    Published on: 26 September 2017

  2. Research article

    Impact of basic life-support training on the attitudes of health-care workers toward cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation

    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) increases the probability of survival of a person with cardiac arrest. Repeating training helps staff retain knowledge in CPR and in use of automated external defibrillators...

    Mostafa A. Abolfotouh, Manal A. Alnasser, Alamin N. Berhanu, Deema A. Al-Turaif and Abdulrhman I. Alfayez

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:674

    Published on: 22 September 2017

  3. Research article

    Uptake of health services among truck drivers in South Africa: analysis of routine data from nine roadside wellness centres

    Long-distance truck drivers are occupationally susceptible to poor health outcomes. Their patterns of healthcare utilisation and the suitability of healthcare services available to them are not well documented...

    Samanta Tresha Lalla-Edward, Sydney Ncube, Paul Matthew, Catherine A. Hankins, W.D. Francois Venter and Gabriela B. Gomez

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:649

    Published on: 13 September 2017

  4. Research article

    Care beyond the hospital ward: understanding the socio-medical trajectory of herpes simplex virus encephalitis

    Herpes simplex virus (HSV) encephalitis is a life-threatening infection of the brain, which has significant physical, cognitive and social consequences for survivors. Despite increasing recognition of the long...

    Jessie Cooper, Ciara Kierans, Sylviane Defres, Ava Easton, Rachel Kneen and Tom Solomon

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:646

    Published on: 12 September 2017

  5. Research article

    What do we know about the needs and challenges of health systems? A scoping review of the international literature

    While there is an extensive literature on Health System (HS) strengthening and on the performance of specific HSs, there are few exhaustive syntheses of the challenges HSs are facing worldwide. This paper repo...

    Federico Roncarolo, Antoine Boivin, Jean-Louis Denis, Rejean Hébert and Pascale Lehoux

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:636

    Published on: 8 September 2017

  6. Research article

    Migrant’s access to preventive health services in five EU countries

    Preventive health services (PHSs) form part of primary healthcare with the aim of screening to prevent disease. Migrants show significant differences in lifestyle, health beliefs and risk factors compared with...

    Aldo Rosano, Marie Dauvrin, Sandra C. Buttigieg, Elena Ronda, Jean Tafforeau and Sonia Dias

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:588

    Published on: 23 August 2017

  7. Research article

    Trends in substance use admissions among older adults

    Substance abuse is a growing, but mostly silent, epidemic among older adults. We sought to analyze the trends in admissions for substance abuse treatment among older adults (aged 55 and older).

    Sumedha Chhatre, Ratna Cook, Eshita Mallik and Ravishankar Jayadevappa

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:584

    Published on: 22 August 2017

  8. Research article

    Development and evaluation of the content validity, practicability and feasibility of the Innovative dementia-oriented Assessment system for challenging behaviour in residents with dementia

    One of the most difficult issues for care staff is the manifestation of challenging behaviour among residents with dementia. The first step in managing this type of behaviour is analysing its triggers. A struc...

    Margareta Halek, Daniela Holle and Sabine Bartholomeyczik

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:554

    Published on: 14 August 2017

  9. Research article

    Perceptions of patients and providers on myocardial perfusion imaging for asymptomatic patients, choosing wisely, and professional liability

    Despite efforts by professional societies to reduce low value care, many reports indicate that unnecessary tests, such as nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), are commonly used in contemporary practice....

    Kristopher P. Kline, Leslee Shaw, Rebecca J. Beyth, Jared Plumb, Linda Nguyen, Tianyao Huo and David E. Winchester

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:553

    Published on: 11 August 2017

  10. Debate

    Moving towards a more inclusive patient and public involvement in health research paradigm: the incorporation of a trauma-informed intersectional analysis

    The concept of patient engagement in health research has received growing international recognition over recent years. Yet despite some critical advancements, we argue that the concept remains problematic as i...

    Carolyn Shimmin, Kristy D. M. Wittmeier, Josée G. Lavoie, Evan D. Wicklund and Kathryn M. Sibley

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:539

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  11. Research article

    “I want to know everything”: a qualitative study of perspectives from patients with chronic diseases on sharing health information during hospitalization

    Patient-centered care promotes the inclusion of the most prominent and important member of the health care team, the patient, as an active participant in information exchange and decision making. Patient self-...

    Marge Benham-Hutchins, Nancy Staggers, Michael Mackert, Alisha H. Johnson and Dave deBronkart

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:529

    Published on: 4 August 2017

  12. Research article

    Development of the Korean framework for senior-friendly hospitals: a Delphi study

    Aging is an inevitable part of life. One can maintain well-being and wellness even after discharge and/or transition if his or her functional decline is minimized, sudden decline is prevented, and functioning ...

    Yoon-Sook Kim, Seol-Heui Han, Jeong-Hae Hwang, Jae-Min Park, Jongmin Lee, Jaekyung Choi, Yeonsil Moon, Hee Joung Kim, Grace Jung Eun Shin, Ji-Sun Lee, Ye Ji Choi, Kyeong Eun Uhm, In Ae Kim and Ji-Won Nam

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:528

    Published on: 4 August 2017

  13. Research article

    Perspectives of policy and political decision makers on access to formal dementia care: expert interviews in eight European countries

    As part of the ActifCare (ACcess to Timely Formal Care) project, we conducted expert interviews in eight European countries with policy and political decision makers, or representatives of relevant institution...

    Anja Broda, Anja Bieber, Gabriele Meyer, Louise Hopper, Rachael Joyce, Kate Irving, Orazio Zanetti, Elisa Portolani, Liselot Kerpershoek, Frans Verhey, Marjolein de Vugt, Claire Wolfs, Siren Eriksen, Janne Røsvik, Maria J. Marques, Manuel Gonçalves-Pereira…

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:518

    Published on: 3 August 2017

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

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