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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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. Content type: Research article

    To investigate the effects after twelve months related to patient activation and a range of secondary outcomes on persons with chronic pain of a chronic pain self-management course compared to a low-impact out...

    Authors: Torunn Hatlen Nøst, Aslak Steinsbekk, Ola Bratås and Kjersti Grønning

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:1012

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Improving access to specialty care has been identified as a critical issue in the delivery of health services, especially given an increasing burden of chronic disease. Identifying and addressing problems that...

    Authors: James Greenwood-Lee, Lauren Jewett, Linda Woodhouse and Deborah A. Marshall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:986

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  31. Content type: Research article

    To investigate the potential barriers to optimal diabetes control by evaluating the different perspectives of physicians and patients on such matters in China.

    Authors: Chun Liu, Shaoyong Xu, Jie Ming, Aihua Jia, Yingji Wei, Hui Li, Yang Jiao, Mingxi Song, Yadong Zhao, Yafang Du, Wenjuan Yang, Xiaoqiang Lu, Shengqi Shi, Hui Tong, Guangtang Jia, Guohua Zhao…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:961

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Poor health literacy affects over 90 million Americans. The primary aim of the study was to evaluate a possible association between health literacy and decision conflict in surgical patients.

    Authors: Gildasio S. De Oliveira Jr, Martin Errea, Jane Bialek, Mark C. Kendall and Robert J. McCarthy

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:958

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Previous research has demonstrated the importance of search engines, websites, online discussion groups and social media groups for women in developed countries looking for health and medical information, but ...

    Authors: Sarah Maslen and Deborah Lupton

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:916

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  34. 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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  35. Content type: Research article

    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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  36. 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

  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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

  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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