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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. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals often juggle the challenges of working and living in the same community in ways that are positive for both themselves and their clients. Th...

    Authors: Michelle Dickson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:972

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  2. The use of mental health supports by populations exposed to terrorist attacks is rarely studied despite their need for psychotrauma care. This article focuses on civilians exposed to the November 2015 terroris...

    Authors: Philippe Pirard, Thierry Baubet, Yvon Motreff, Gabrielle Rabet, Maude Marillier, Stéphanie Vandentorren, Cécile Vuillermoz, Lise Eilin Stene and Antoine Messiah

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:959

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  3. This study aimed to translate the English version of the supportive care needs scale of head and neck cancer patients (SCNS-HNC) questionnaire into Mandarin and to test the reliability and validity of the SCNS...

    Authors: Jianxia Lyu, Li Yin, Ping Cheng, Bin Li, Shanshan Peng, Chunlian Yang, Jing Yang, Haixin Liang and Qinghua Jiang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:956

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  4. Dementia is one of the greatest health challenges in the contemporary world. Due to several barriers to accessing health care services, elderly immigrants constitute a group that poses special challenges in de...

    Authors: Elżbieta Anna Czapka and Mette Sagbakken

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:954

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  5. Among the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), three were devoted to health. Two amongst which MDG4 in relation to the reduction of infant mortality has not been achieved in Least Developed Countries (LD...

    Authors: Rodrigue Nda’chi Deffo and Benjamin Fomba Kamga

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:953

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  6. Specific medical guidelines for health surveillance exist for people with Down syndrome (DS) since 25 years but knowledge of adherence to the guidelines is lacking. The guidelines were developed to avoid unnec...

    Authors: G. Ahlström, A. Axmon, M. Sandberg and E. Flygare Wallén

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:949

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  7. Awareness of domestic violence and abuse (DVA) as a problem among military personnel (serving and veterans) has grown in recent years, and there is a need for research to inform improvements in the identificat...

    Authors: Katherine Sparrow, Filipa Alves-Costa, Ana Alves, Neil Greenberg, Louise M. Howard, Nicola T. Fear and Deirdre MacManus

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:947

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  8. This paper describes and compares patient flow characteristics of adult high system users (HSUs) and control groups in Alberta and Ontario emergency departments (EDs), Canada.

    Authors: Anqi Chen, Scott Fielding, X. Joan Hu, Patrick McLane, Andrew McRae, Maria Ospina and Rhonda J. Rosychuk

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:938

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  9. Family involvement for persons with psychotic disorders is under-implemented in mental health care, despite its firm scientific, economic, legal and moral basis. This appears to be the case in Norway, despite ...

    Authors: Lars Hestmark, Maria Romøren, Kristin Sverdvik Heiervang, Bente Weimand, Torleif Ruud, Reidun Norvoll, Kristiane Myckland Hansson, Irene Norheim, Eline Aas, Elisabeth Geke Marjan Landeweer and Reidar Pedersen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:934

    Content type: Study protocol

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  10. Evidence-based healthcare (EBHC) principles are essential knowledge for patient and consumer (“consumer”) engagement as research and research implementation stakeholders. The aim of this study was to assess wh...

    Authors: Genie Han, Musa Mayer, Joseph Canner, Kristina Lindsley, Reva Datar, Jimmy Le, Annette Bar-Cohen, Janice Bowie and Kay Dickersin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:928

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  11. Across Europe, young carers (YCs) and their need for support receive limited attention in the media, policy and empirical research, even though, similar to adult carers, they also provide care to ill family me...

    Authors: Henk Herman Nap, Renske Hoefman, Nynke de Jong, Lieke Lovink, Ludo Glimmerveen, Feylyn Lewis, Sara Santini, Barbara D’Amen, Marco Socci, Licia Boccaletti, Giulia Casu, Alessandra Manattini, Rosita Brolin, Karina Sirk, Valentina Hlebec, Tatjana Rakar…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:921

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  12. In-hospital medication reviews are regularly performed. However, discontinuity in care could occur because secondary care providers lack insight into the outpatient history. Furthermore, for the implementation...

    Authors: Bregje Walraven, Godelieve Ponjee, Wieke Heideman and Fatma Karapinar Çarkit

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:902

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  13. Tackling childhood obesity is complex and requires a community-based approach implemented in multiple environments. It is known from literature that knowledgeable and skilled professionals are essential to imp...

    Authors: Jorien J. Slot-Heijs, Dorine C. M. Collard, Simone Pettigrew, Jan Vinck, Dennis Edell, Armando Barriguete and Tommy L. S. Visscher

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:870

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  14. Emergency department (ED) consultations are on the rise, and frequently consultations by non-urgent patients have been held accountable. Self-referred walk-in (SRW) consulters supposedly represent a predominan...

    Authors: Felix Holzinger, Sarah Oslislo, Martin Möckel, Liane Schenk, Mareen Pigorsch and Christoph Heintze

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:848

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  15. Almost half of the estimated 5.3 million deaths of under-five children in 2018 occurred in sub-Saharan Africa with morbidity contributing substantially to these deaths. Seeking medical care for children has be...

    Authors: Sulaimon T. Adedokun and Sanni Yaya

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:842

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  16. There may be less primary health care engagement among people who use drugs (PWUD) than among the general population, even though the former have greater comorbidity and more frequent use of emergency departme...

    Authors: Claire E. Kendall, Lisa M. Boucher, Jessy Donelle, Alana Martin, Zack Marshall, Rob Boyd, Pam Oickle, Nicola Diliso, Dave Pineau, Brad Renaud, Sean LeBlanc, Mark Tyndall and Ahmed M. Bayoumi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:837

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  17. India contributes the highest share of under-five and neonatal deaths and stillbirths globally. Diagnostic autopsy, although useful for cause of death identification, have limited acceptance. Minimally invasiv...

    Authors: Manoja Kumar Das, Narendra Kumar Arora, Reeta Rasaily, Gurkirat Kaur, Prikanksha Malik, Mahisha Kumari, Shipra Joshi, Harish Chellani, Harsha Gaekwad, Pradeep Debata and K. R. Meena

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:833

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  18. Falls in community-dwelling older people have been recognised as a significant public health issue in China given the rapidly growing aged population. Although there are several reviews documenting falls preve...

    Authors: Pengpeng Ye, Yishu Liu, Jing Zhang, Ke Peng, Xuru Pan, Yang Shen, Shaoming Xiao, Elizabeth Armstrong, Yuliang Er, Leilei Duan, Rebecca Ivers, Lisa Keay and Maoyi Tian

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:808

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  19. Visits to the primary diabetes care provider play a central role in diabetes care. Therefore, patients should attend their primary diabetes care providers whenever a visit is necessary. Parameters that might a...

    Authors: Uwe Konerding, Tom Bowen, Sylvia G. Elkhuizen, Raquel Faubel, Paul Forte, Eleftheria Karampli, Tomi Malmström, Elpida Pavi and Paulus Torkki

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:800

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  20. There is a growing interest among healthcare providers (HCPs) to use Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in clinical care. PROMs can help improve patient-care provider communication and may be used to in...

    Authors: Owis Eilayyan, Regina Visca, Diana Zidarov, Patrick Ware, André Bussières and Sara Ahmed

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:789

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  21. Caring for people with dementia at home requires considerable time, organization and commitment. Therefore, informal caregivers of people with dementia are often overburdened. This study examined the effects o...

    Authors: Martin Nikolaus Dichter, Bernd Albers, Diana Trutschel, Armin Michael Ströbel, Swantje Seismann-Petersen, Katharina Wermke, Margareta Halek and Martin Berwig

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:788

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  22. As healthcare becomes increasingly complex, new methods are needed to identify weaknesses in the system that could lead to increased risk. Traditionally, the focus for patient safety is to study incident repor...

    Authors: Jakob Svensson and Johan Bergström

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:787

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  23. Individuals with acute cervical spinal cord injury require specialised interventions to ensure optimal clinical outcomes especially for respiratory, swallowing and communication impairments. This study explore...

    Authors: Jackie McRae, Christina Smith, Anton Emmanuel and Suzanne Beeke

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:783

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  24. Given system-level focus on avoidance of unnecessary hospitalizations, better understanding admission decision-making is of utility. Our study sought to identify factors associated with hospital admission vers...

    Authors: Noushyar Panahpour Eslami, Jefferson Nguyen, Luis Navarro, Madison Douglas and Maralyssa Bann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:775

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  25. Sexually transmissible infection (STI) and blood-borne virus (BBV) diagnoses data are a core component of the Australian National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS). However, the NNDSS data alone ...

    Authors: Clare Bradley, Belinda Hengel, Katy Crawford, Salenna Elliott, Basil Donovan, Donna B. Mak, Barbara Nattabi, David Johnson, Rebecca Guy, Christopher K. Fairley, Handan Wand and James Ward

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:769

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  26. Japan faces the most elderly society in the world, and the Japanese government has launched an unprecedented health plan to reinforce home care medicine and increase the number of home care physicians, which m...

    Authors: Hiroyoshi Iwata, Masato Matsushima, Takamasa Watanabe, Yoshifumi Sugiyama, Kenichi Yokobayashi, Daisuke Son, Yoshinao Satoi, Eriko Yoshida, Sumiko Satake, Yuki Hinata and Yasuki Fujinuma

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:752

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  27. The substantial prevalence and consequences of intimate partner violence (IPV) underscore the need for effective healthcare response in the way of screening and follow up care.

    Authors: Galina A. Portnoy, Richard Colon, Georgina M. Gross, Lynette J. Adams, Lori A. Bastian and Katherine M. Iverson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:746

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  28. Healthcare systems are facing many changes. Particularly, patients are more engaged in the care process. The medical perspective of the process is insufficient to provide patients with high quality care and se...

    Authors: Emna Cherif, Elisabeth Martin-Verdier and Corinne Rochette

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:735

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  29. There is an observable, growing trend toward tailoring support programs – in addition to medical treatment – more closely to individuals to help improve patients’ health status. The segmentation model develope...

    Authors: Sjaak Bloem, Joost Stalpers, Edward A. G. Groenland, Kees van Montfort, W. Fred van Raaij and Karla de Rooij

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:726

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  30. Research aiming to improve the hospital experience for patients with dementia and their informal carers is strongly recommended. The present review aimed to describe the research on interventions to meet the n...

    Authors: Janne Røsvik and Anne Marie Mork Rokstad

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:723

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  31. Provision of ambulatory care by medical specialists for nursing home residents (NHR) is discussed to be inadequate in Germany, however with only incomplete evidence on this topic. We wanted to know whether the...

    Authors: Ove Spreckelsen, Guido Schmiemann, Michael H. Freitag, Alexander M. Fassmer, Bettina Engel and Falk Hoffmann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:716

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  32. Prolonged diagnosis intervals occur more often in rare cancers, such as sarcoma. Patients with a delayed diagnosis may require more radical surgery and have a reduced chance of survival. Previous research has ...

    Authors: Rhys Weaver, Moira O’Connor, Richard Carey Smith and Georgia KB Halkett

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:711

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  33. Most older people, and especially those in need of long-term care, suffer from one or more chronic diseases. Consequently, older people have an increased need of medical care, including specialist care. There ...

    Authors: Maike Schulz, Chrysanthi Tsiasioti, Jonas Czwikla, Antje Schwinger, Daniel Gand, Annika Schmidt, Guido Schmiemann, Karin Wolf-Ostermann and Heinz Rothgang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:690

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  34. Transfer of residential aged-care facility (RACF) residents to Emergency Departments (ED) is common, risky and expensive. RACF residents who present to ED are more likely to have hospital readmissions, longer ...

    Authors: Carla Sunner, Michelle Therese Giles, Vicki Parker, Sophie Dilworth, Kamana Bantawa, Ashley Kable, Chris Oldmeadow and Maralyn Foureur

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:672

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  35. Health systems offer access to unscheduled care through numerous routes; however, it is typically provided by general practitioners (GPs), by emergency medicine doctors in in emergency departments (EDs) and by...

    Authors: E. Nicholson, T. McDonnell, A. De Brún, M. Barrett, G. Bury, C. Collins, C. Hensey and E. McAuliffe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:663

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  36. Support is pivotal for patients in managing colorectal cancer treatment, as they might be overwhelmed by the burden of treatment. There is scarce knowledge regarding health professionals’ perceptions of colore...

    Authors: Anne Marie Lunde Husebø, Bjørg Karlsen and Sissel Eikeland Husebø

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:661

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  37. Provision of care and support for people with dementia and family carers is complex, given variation in how dementia manifests, progresses and affects people, co-morbidities associated with ageing, as well as ...

    Authors: Chiara De Poli, Jan Oyebode, Mara Airoldi and Richard Glover

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:657

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  38. Despite caesarean section (CS) being a lifesaving intervention, there is a noticeable gap in providing this service, when necessary, between different population groups within a country. In Burundi, there is l...

    Authors: Sanni Yaya, Betregiorgis Zegeye, Dina Idriss-Wheeler and Gebretsadik Shibre

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:652

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  39. Immigrants are more likely than the majority population to have unmet needs for public mental health services. This study aims to understand potential ethnic differences in preferred help-seeking sources for d...

    Authors: Valeria Markova, Gro M. Sandal and Ståle Pallesen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:648

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  40. Mental healthcare is an important component in societies’ response to mental health problems. Although the World Health Organization highlights availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of healthc...

    Authors: Malin Axelsson, Viktor Schønning, Claudi Bockting, Ann Buysse, Mattias Desmet, Alexis Dewaele, Theodoros Giovazolias, Dewi Hannon, Konstantinos Kafetsios, Reitske Meganck, Spyridoula Ntani, Kris Rutten, Sofia Triliva, Laura Van Beveren, Joke Vandamme, Simon Øverland…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:605

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  41. Chronic pain is a widespread problem that is usually approached by focusing on its psychological aspects or on trying to reduce the pain from the pain generator. Patients report that they feel responsible for ...

    Authors: Johan Hambraeus, Kjerstin S. Hambraeus and Klas-Göran Sahlen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:604

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  42. The aging of Pakistani immigrants in Norway raises questions related to their increased need for care and help from relatives, as well as those concerning what future formal and informal care and healthcare ac...

    Authors: Sanjana Arora, Bernd Rechel, Astrid Bergland, Melanie Straiton and Jonas Debesay

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:603

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  43. An increasing number of patients undergoing hip or knee replacement have chronic diseases. It has been suggested that the presence of chronic diseases may affect access to this type of surgery in the English N...

    Authors: Bélène Podmore, Andrew Hutchings, Sujith Konan, John Robson and Jan van der Meulen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:602

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  44. Domestic violence and abuse (DVA) is experienced by about 1/3 of women globally and remains a major health concern worldwide. IRIS (Identification and Referral to Improve Safety of women affected by DVA) is a com...

    Authors: Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths, Alex Hardip Sohal, Peter Martin, Estela Barbosa Capelas, Medina Johnson, Annie Howell, Natalia V Lewis, Gene Feder, Chris Griffiths and Sandra Eldridge

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:569

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  45. Technical applications can promote home-based exercise and physical activity of community-dwelling stroke survivors. Caregivers are often able and willing to assist with home-based exercise and physical activi...

    Authors: Steinunn A. Olafsdottir, Helga Jonsdottir, Ingibjörg Bjartmarz, Charlotte Magnusson, Héctor Caltenco, Mikko Kytö, Laura Maye, David McGookin, Solveig Asa Arnadottir, Ingibjörg Hjaltadottir and Thora B. Hafsteinsdottir

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:562

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  46. Access to ongoing multidisciplinary healthcare services for children who have sustained a burn injury is critical for optimal recovery. This paper reports on barriers and facilitators to culturally safe and ap...

    Authors: Julieann Coombes, Kate Hunter, Tamara Mackean and Rebecca Ivers

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:536

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  47. Numerous programs exist to support veterans in their transitions to civilian life. Programs are offered by a host of governmental and non-governmental stakeholders. Veterans report encountering many barriers t...

    Authors: Nicole R. Morgan, Keith R. Aronson, Daniel F. Perkins, Julia A. Bleser, Katie Davenport, Dawne Vogt, Laurel A. Copeland, Erin P. Finley and Cynthia L. Gilman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:525

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  48. There are increasing numbers of total hip replacements (THR) and total knee replacements (TKR) being performed in patients of working age. Providing patients undergoing TKR and THR with return to work advice m...

    Authors: Carol Coole, Paul Baker, Catriona McDaid and Avril Drummond

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:523

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