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Healthcare needs and demand

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. Continuous professional development (CPD) has been reported to enhance healthcare workers’ knowledge and skills, improve retention and recruitment, improve the quality of patient care, and reduce patient morta...

    Authors: Tumbwene Mwansisya, Columba Mbekenga, Kahabi Isangula, Loveluck Mwasha, Eunice Pallangyo, Grace Edwards, James Orwa, Michaela Mantel, Micheal Mugerwa, Leonard Subi, Secilia Mrema, David Siso, Edna Selestine and Marleen Temmerman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:735

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  2. Studies revealed the importance to assess dementia care dyads, composed of persons with dementia and their primary informal caregivers, in a differentiated way and to tailor support services to particular livi...

    Authors: Henrik Wiegelmann, Karin Wolf-Ostermann, Werner Brannath, Farhad Arzideh, Jan Dreyer, Rene Thyrian, Liane Schirra-Weirich and Lisa Verhaert

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:727

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  3. Childhood morbidities such as diarrhea and pneumonia are the leading causes of death in Ethiopia. Appropriate healthcare-seeking behavior of mothers for common childhood illnesses could prevent a significant n...

    Authors: Nigatu Regassa Geda, Cindy Xin Feng, Susan J. Whiting, Rein Lepnurm, Carol J. Henry and Bonnie Janzen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:670

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  4. Worldwide, socioeconomic differences in health and use of healthcare resources have been reported, even in countries providing universal healthcare coverage. However, it is unclear how large these socioeconomi...

    Authors: Bette Loef, Iris Meulman, Gerrie-Cor M. Herber, Geert Jan Kommer, Marc A. Koopmanschap, Anton E. Kunst, Johan J. Polder, Albert Wong and Ellen Uiters

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:643

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  5. Appropriate help-seeking behavior (HSB) that involves lay and professional care may moderate the usage of medical resources and promote good health, especially among the rural elderly. However, there is little...

    Authors: Ryuichi Ohta, Mikiya Sato, Yoshinori Ryu, Jun Kitayuguchi, Tetsuhiro Maeno and Chiaki Sano

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:640

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  6. Predicting bed occupancy for hospitalised patients with COVID-19 requires understanding of length of stay (LoS) in particular bed types. LoS can vary depending on the patient’s “bed pathway” - the sequence of ...

    Authors: Quentin J. Leclerc, Naomi M. Fuller, Ruth H. Keogh, Karla Diaz-Ordaz, Richard Sekula, Malcolm G. Semple, Katherine E. Atkins, Simon R. Procter and Gwenan M. Knight

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:566

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  7. The role of healthcare workers (HCWs) during the COVID-19 pandemic may make them more susceptible to anxiety than the general population. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of anxiety and evaluate th...

    Authors: Anthony A. Olashore, Oluyemi O. Akanni and Kehinde O. Oderinde

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:398

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  8. A chronic state of imbalance between effort and reward can affect sleep quality. However, few studies have explored the relationship between variables in the work-related stress (the effort-reward imbalance mo...

    Authors: Xuexue Deng, Ronghua Fang and Yaoting Cai

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:490

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  9. Prediction of the necessary capacity of beds by ward type (e.g. ICU) is essential for planning purposes during epidemics, such as the COVID− 19 pandemic. The COVID− 19 taskforce within the Ghent University hos...

    Authors: Mieke Deschepper, Kristof Eeckloo, Simon Malfait, Dominique Benoit, Steven Callens and Stijn Vansteelandt

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:468

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  10. Annually 1.5 million Americans face housing insecurity, and compared to their domiciled counterparts are three times more likely to utilize the Emergency Department (ED). Community Based Participatory Research...

    Authors: Andrew Franco, Jonathan Meldrum and Christine Ngaruiya

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:428

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  11. Several emergent circumstances require healthcare providers to recognize the unusual and dangerous and pathogenic agents. An in-depth literature review showed that studies about bioterrorism preparedness among...

    Authors: Abdullah Nofal, Isamme AlFayyad, Nawfal AlJerian, Jalal Alowais, Meshal AlMarshady, Anas Khan, Humariya Heena, Ayah Sulaiman AlSarheed and Amani Abu-Shaheen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:426

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  12. Being diagnosed with dementia is a confronting experience for any individual and their caregiver. However, a diagnosis provides opportunity for future preparation for management of the condition. This study in...

    Authors: Hikaru Oba, Teruyuki Matsuoka, Yuka Kato, Rochelle Watson, Elise Mansfield, Rob Sanson-Fisher and Jin Narumoto

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:411

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  13. The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused unprecedented challenges within medical centers, revealing inequities embedded in the medical community and exposing fragile social support systems. While faculty...

    Authors: Emily Gottenborg, Amy Yu, Roxana Naderi, Angela Keniston, Lauren McBeth, Katherine Morrison, David Schwartz and Marisha Burden

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:395

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  14. In an era of an increasingly ageing society, part of healthcare for older adults can be provided in patients’ homes, and the need for home health care services (HHCSs) is increasing. This study sought to deter...

    Authors: Xiaojingyuan Xu, Chunyan Zhao, Meirong Wang, Xiaolei Chen, Shuang Shao and Juan Du

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:389

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  15. Novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been the subject of a numerous research projects over the past year. In cases with a severe disease course or threatening long-term impairment due to disease, the ...

    Authors: Mercedes Rutsch, Jördis Frommhold, Heike Buhr-Schinner, Levan Djeiranachvili, Thomas Gross, Per Otto Schüller, Alexander Katalinic and Ruth Deck

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:373

    Content type: Study protocol

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  16. Informal family caregivers constitute an important and increasingly demanding role in the cancer healthcare system. This is especially true for caregivers of patients with primary malignant brain tumors based ...

    Authors: Maija Reblin, Dana Ketcher, Rachael McCormick, Veronica Barrios-Monroy, Steven K. Sutton, Bradley Zebrack, Kristen J. Wells, Solmaz Sahebjam, Peter Forsyth and Margaret M. Byrne

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:360

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  17. During the COVID-19 pandemic, youth mental health and substance use services rapidly moved to virtual modalities to meet social distancing requirements. It is important to understand youth attitudes toward and...

    Authors: Lisa D. Hawke, Natasha Y. Sheikhan, Karen MacCon and Joanna Henderson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:340

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  18. Recent research has indicated a seemingly increased propensity for both falls and accelerated bone loss in people living with HIV (PLWH). Physiotherapists play a crucial role in optimising function and quality...

    Authors: Maria Y. Charumbira, Karina Berner and Quinette Louw

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:333

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  19. Transportation barriers limit access to cancer care services and contribute to suboptimal clinical outcomes. Our objectives were to describe the frequency of Veterans reporting and the factors associated with ...

    Authors: Shelley A. Jazowski, Isabelle P. Sico, Jennifer H. Lindquist, Valerie A. Smith, Hayden B. Bosworth, Susanne Danus, Dawn Provenzale, Michael J. Kelley and Leah L. Zullig

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:332

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  20. Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a public health problem in the Democratic Republic of Congo. While reference sickle cell centers have been implemented in capital cities of African countries and have proven to be ...

    Authors: Benoît Mukinayi Mbiya, Didier Kalenda Kalombo, Yannick Nkesu Mukendi, Valery Daubie, John Kalenda Mpoyi, Parola Mukendi Biboyi, Ghislain Tumba Disashi and Béatrice Gulbis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:294

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  21. Incorporation of patient religious and spiritual beliefs in medical care has been shown to improve the efficacy of medical interventions and health outcomes. While previous study has highlighted differences in...

    Authors: Joseph R. Fuchs, Jeffrey W. Fuchs, Joshua M. Hauser and Marilyn E. Coors

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:289

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  22. In this methodological paper, we use a novel, predictive approach to examine how demographics, substance use, mental and other health indicators predict multiple visits (≥3) to emergency departments (ED) withi...

    Authors: Georgiy Bobashev, Lauren Warren and Li-Tzy Wu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:280

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  23. Chronic pain constitutes a significant burden for the individuals affected, and is a frequent reason why patients seek health care services. While in-person psychosocial interventions can be of support to peop...

    Authors: Cecilie Varsi, Ingrid Konstanse Ledel Solem, Hilde Eide, Elin Børøsund, Olöf B. Kristjansdottir, Karina Heldal, Lori B. Waxenberg, Karen E. Weiss, Karlein M. G. Schreurs, Eleshia J. Morrison, Audun Stubhaug and Lise Solberg Nes

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:275

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  24. A patient-centred approach is increasingly the mandate for healthcare delivery, especially with the growing emergence of chronic conditions. A relevant but often overlooked obstacle to delivering person-centre...

    Authors: Mathias WAELLI, Etienne Minvielle, Maria Ximena Acero, Khouloud Ba and Benoit Lalloué

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:256

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  25. Medication-related errors are one of the most frequently reported incidents in hospitals. With the aim of reducing the medication error rate, a Partnered Pharmacist Medication Charting (PPMC) model was trialle...

    Authors: Hannah Beks, Kevin Mc Namara, Elizabeth Manias, Andrew Dalton, Erica Tong and Michael Dooley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:251

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  26. Healthcare is funded and delivered separately from income support programs such as unemployment and disability benefits. Greater understanding of the health service use (HSU) of benefit recipients would suppor...

    Authors: Alex Collie, Luke Sheehan and Ashley McAllister

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:249

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  27. Diabetes is one of the most important chronic diseases and affects 9% of the world’s population. To support these people in the day-to-day management of their treatments, pharmacies can offer professional phar...

    Authors: Noura Bawab, Emilie Zuercher, Tania Carron, Léonie Chinet, Olivier Bugnon, Jérôme Berger and Isabelle Peytremann-Bridevaux

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:216

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  28. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative condition with a mean life expectancy of 3 years from first symptom. Understanding the factors that are important to both patients and the...

    Authors: Katy Tobin, Sinead Maguire, Bernie Corr, Charles Normand, Orla Hardiman and Miriam Galvin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:213

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  29. Surgical Tray Rationalization (STR) consists of a systematic reduction in the number of surgical instruments to perform specific procedures without compromising patient safety while reducing losses in the ster...

    Authors: Bruno Miranda dos Santos, Flavio Sanson Fogliatto, Carolina Melecardi Zani and Fernanda Araujo Pimentel Peres

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:163

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  30. Managed care programs in the US are becoming a preferred alternative among low-income individuals in the US. Every year during open enrollment, seniors can enroll in Medicare Advantage (MA) or switch MA plans....

    Authors: Maricruz Rivera-Hernandez, Kristy L. Blackwood, Marquisele Mercedes and Kyle A. Moody

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:146

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  31. Antenatal care utilization is one of the means for reducing the high maternal mortality rates in sub-Saharan Africa. This study examined the association between barriers to healthcare access and implementation...

    Authors: Bright Opoku Ahinkorah, Edward Kwabena Ameyaw, Abdul-Aziz Seidu, Emmanuel Kolawole Odusina, Mpho Keetile and Sanni Yaya

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:125

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  32. Psychological interventions (PIs) are good practice treatment for both subthreshold and diagnosed mental disorders. Australia has implemented major reforms to expand the provision of subsidised psychological s...

    Authors: Imogen S. Page, Claudia Sparti, Damian Santomauro and Meredith G. Harris

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:98

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  33. Poorer cancer outcomes of Indigenous Australians in Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) compared with their non-Indigenous counterparts are partially due to diminished access to cancer treatment services (CTS)...

    Authors: Kate Anderson, Abbey Diaz, Darshit Rajeshkumar Parikh and Gail Garvey

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:95

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  34. Effective implementation of nutrition and dietetics interventions necessitates professionals in these fields to possess the requisite competencies for health systems performance. This study explored the stakeh...

    Authors: Peterson Kato Kikomeko, Sophie Ochola, Archileo N. Kaaya, Irene Ogada, Tracy Lukiya Birungi and Peace Nakitto

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:92

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  35. Urinary incontinence is widely accepted to be among the most important issues in the global health system. However, only a limited number of women are referred for treatment because different factors complicat...

    Authors: Fahimeh Rashidi Fakari, Sepideh Hajian, Soodabeh Darvish and Hamid Alavi Majd

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:60

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  36. The purpose of this study was to assess pediatric hematology clinic staff’s perspectives regarding barriers and facilitators in addressing unmet basic needs for children with sickle cell disease (SCD).

    Authors: Stephanie Loo, Annelise Brochier, Mikayla Gordon Wexler, Kristin Long, Patricia L. Kavanagh, Arvin Garg and Mari-Lynn Drainoni

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:55

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  37. Screening programs for colorectal cancer (CRC) exist in many countries, and with varying participation rates. The present study aimed at identifying socio-demographic factors for accepting a cost-free screenin...

    Authors: Jesper Bo Nielsen, Gabriele Berg-Beckhoff and Anja Leppin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:43

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  38. The Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP) is as a community-based cardiovascular disease prevention program recently adapted to target older adults living in 14 social housing buildings in Ontario (7)...

    Authors: Nadia Deville-Stoetzel, Janusz Kaczorowski, Gina Agarwal, Marie-Thérèse Lussier and Magali Girard

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:37

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  39. The uptake and adherence of daily oral PrEP has been poor in high-risk populations in South Africa including young people. We used qualitative research methods to explore user preferences for daily and on-dema...

    Authors: Janan J. Dietrich, Millicent Atujuna, Gugulethu Tshabalala, Stefanie Hornschuh, Mamakiri Mulaudzi, Michelle Koh, Nadia Ahmed, Richard Muhumuza, Andrew S. Ssemata, Kennedy Otwombe, Linda-Gail Bekker, Janet Seeley, Neil A. Martinson, Fern Terris-Prestholt and Julie Fox

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:17

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  40. Approximately 10% of patients with Covid-19 experience symptoms beyond 3–4 weeks. Patients call this “long Covid”. We sought to document such patients’ lived experience, including accessing and receiving healt...

    Authors: Emma Ladds, Alex Rushforth, Sietse Wieringa, Sharon Taylor, Clare Rayner, Laiba Husain and Trisha Greenhalgh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1144

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  41. Monitoring patient’s clinical attendance is a crucial means of improving retention in care and treatment programmes. Sickle cell patients’ outcomes are improved by participation in comprehensive care programme...

    Authors: Upendo Masamu, Raphael Z. Sangeda, Daniel Kandonga, Jesca Ondengo, Flora Ndobho, Bruno Mmbando, Siana Nkya, Khadija Msami and Julie Makani

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1141

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  42. The transition process from the family home to independent living for young adults with profound intellectual disability (PID) becomes delayed. Those families face challenges that exceed those of typical famil...

    Authors: Eirik Roos and Erik Søndenaa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1133

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  43. Medicines are one of the most common healthcare interventions, yet evidence shows patients often do not receive the information they want about their medicines. This affects their adherence and healthcare enga...

    Authors: Amy Hai Yan Chan, Trudi Aspden, Kim Brackley, Hannah Ashmore-Price and Michelle Honey

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1131

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  44. To increase bed capacity and resources, hospitals have postponed elective surgeries, although the financial impact of this decision is unknown. We sought to report elective surgical case distribution, associat...

    Authors: Joseph E. Tonna, Heidi A. Hanson, Jessica N. Cohan, Marta L. McCrum, Joshua J. Horns, Benjamin S. Brooke, Rupam Das, Brenna C. Kelly, Alexander John Campbell and James Hotaling

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1119

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  45. Individuals with diabetes are using mobile health (mHealth) to track their self-management. However, individuals can understand even more about their diabetes by sharing these patient-gathered data (PGD) with ...

    Authors: Meghan Bradway, Rebecca L. Morris, Alain Giordanengo and Eirik Årsand

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1104

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  46. Although Japan has a decentralized public health system, local governments have considered expert opinions over those of the community in decisions about public health programs. Differences in communities’ int...

    Authors: Marinda Asiah Nuril Haya, Shuhei Ichikawa, Yukino Shibagaki, Hideki Wakabayashi and Yousuke Takemura

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1100

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  47. Despite international treatment guidelines currently advocating oral anticoagulants (OACs) as the only appropriate stroke prevention therapy for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and evidence that OACs ca...

    Authors: Vanessa W. S. Ng, Chung-Wah Siu, Patrick K. C. Chiu, Carolyn P. L. Kng, Elizabeth Jamieson, Ian C. K. Wong and May P. S. Lam

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1084

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  48. Arthritis is a highly prevalent disease and leading cause of disability in the Indigenous population. A novel model of care consisting of a rheumatology outreach clinic in an on-reserve primary healthcare cent...

    Authors: Adalberto Loyola-Sanchez, Ingris Pelaez-Ballestas, Lynden Crowshoe, Diane Lacaille, Rita Henderson, Ana Rame, Tessa Linkert, Tyler White and Cheryl Barnabe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1076

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