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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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

    Content type: Study protocol

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. The French healthcare system is evolving to meet the challenges of an aging population, the growing prevalence of chronic diseases, the development of new technologies and the increasing involvement of patient...

    Authors: Apolline Adé, Frédérique Debroucker, Laura Delporte, Cécile De Monclin, Emmanuel Fayet, Pierre Legendre, Lise Radoszycki and Michael Chekroun

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:511

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  22. Patient-centered healthcare in the context of a medical home (PCMH) is an important pathway to reducing healthcare inequities. To date, no work has examined the prevalence of care experiences associated with P...

    Authors: Jamie A. Mitchell, Ed-Dee G. Williams, Yuyi Li and Wassim Tarraf

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:495

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  23. Psychological interventions have been proved to be effective in chronic headache (CH) in adults. Nevertheless, no data exist about their actual implementation into standard clinical settings. We aimed at criti...

    Authors: Cinzia Perlini, Valeria Donisi and Lidia Del Piccolo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:459

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  24. Implementing clinical guidelines is challenging. To facilitate uptake, we developed a model of care (BetterBack Model of Care) and an implementation strategy to support management of low back pain in primary c...

    Authors: Karin Schröder, Birgitta Öberg, Paul Enthoven, Alice Kongsted and Allan Abbott

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:443

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  25. This study aimed to examine the healthcare-seeking (hospital, primary and preventive care) and healthcare utilisation behaviour of patients with private health insurance (PHI) in Australia. It also aimed to ex...

    Authors: Rezwanul Hasan Rana, Khorshed Alam and Jeff Gow

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:380

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  26. Approaches that move beyond individuals and target couples may be an effective strategy for reducing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) disparities among adolescents and young adults (AYA). However, few rese...

    Authors: Yzette Lanier, Alena Campo, Claudine Lavarin, Ashley Toussaint, Marya Gwadz and Vincent Guilamo-Ramos

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:375

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  27. Because the healthcare sector is shifting to a customer-oriented approach, it is important to understand experiences of children as users of healthcare services. So far, studies that measure the influence of m...

    Authors: Nina Karisalmi, Katja Mäenpää, Johanna Kaipio and Pekka Lahdenne

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:360

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  28. Sweden has nearly 300 youth clinics that have been offering services since the 1970s. However, no evaluation has been done to assess their youth-friendliness. This study aims to assess: i) to what extent youth...

    Authors: Anna-Karin Waenerlund, Miguel San Sebastian, Anna-Karin Hurtig, Maria Wiklund, Monica Christianson and Isabel Goicolea

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:346

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  29. The medical care for nursing home residents is estimated to be partly inadequate in Germany. The aim of this study is to investigate the needs and utilization of general practitioners (GPs), medical specialist...

    Authors: Ann-Kristin Schröder, Alexander Maximilian Fassmer, Katharina Allers and Falk Hoffmann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:332

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  30. A research project, which aims to improve the situation of children of parents with a mental illness (COPMI) is currently underway in the Austrian region of Tyrol. The project aims to strengthen formal and inf...

    Authors: Ingrid Zechmeister-Koss, Melinda Goodyear, Heinz Tüchler and Jean Lillian Paul

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:326

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  31. In Canada’s increasing immigrant population, a phenomenon called the “healthy immigrant effect” has arisen in which health declines after four years of settling. Access to healthcare is an important considerat...

    Authors: Setareh Ghahari, Shawna Burnett and Libby Alexander

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:321

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  32. Recently arrived culturally and linguistically diverse migrant mothers in Western Industrialised Nations are less likely to access health care and are more likely to report negative healthcare experiences than...

    Authors: Louise Dougherty, Jane Lloyd, Elizabeth Harris, Paula Caffrey and Mark Harris

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:309

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  33. Visual impairments (VIs) have a negative impact on life and affect up to 60% of stroke survivors. Despite this, VIs are often overlooked. This paper explores how persons with VIs experience vision care within ...

    Authors: Helle K. Falkenberg, Torgeir S. Mathisen, Heidi Ormstad and Grethe Eilertsen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:302

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  34. The result from the Life After Stroke (LAST) study showed that an 18-month follow up program as part of the primary health care, did not improve maintenance of motor function for stroke survivors. In this stud...

    Authors: Øystein Døhl, Vidar Halsteinli, Torunn Askim, Mari Gunnes, Hege Ihle-Hansen, Bent Indredavik, Birgitta Langhammer, Ailan Phan and Jon Magnussen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:288

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  35. Individuals with whiplash associated disorder (WAD) frequently experience neck pain in addition to other physical, psychological and social symptoms. Consequently, treatment is sought from a variety of health ...

    Authors: Carrie Ritchie, Ashley Smith and Michele Sterling

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:260

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  36. In 2016, WHO passed the Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis (GHSS), calling for its elimination by 2030. Two years later, Turkey approved a strategy to reach the WHO targets. This study reports ne...

    Authors: Ramazan Idilman, Homie Razavi, Sarah Robbins-Scott, Ulus Salih Akarca, Necati Örmeci, Sabahattin Kaymakoglu, Bilgehan Aygen, Nurdan Tozun, Rahmet Güner, Hurrem Bodur and Jeffrey V. Lazarus

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:249

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  37. Community-based care services refers to the professional services provided at home to the elderly with formally assessed demands. The growth of the elderly population has increased the demand for these service...

    Authors: Tiantian Gu, Jingfeng Yuan, Lingzhi Li, Qiuhu Shao and Chuanjun Zheng

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:241

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  38. Musculoskeletal disorders are common in the general population and a leading cause for care seeking. Despite the large number of patients with musculoskeletal disorders seeking care, little is known of the cli...

    Authors: Cecilie Rud Budtz, Søren Mose and David Høyrup Christiansen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:239

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  39. It is essential for medical treatment that patients and medical staff can communicate about acute complaints, pre-existing conditions, and the treatment procedure. Misunderstandings can have far-reaching conse...

    Authors: Eva Maria Noack, Evelyn Kleinert and Frank Müller

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:223

    Content type: Study protocol

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  40. Multimodal prehabilitation is a preoperative intervention with the objective to enhance cancer patients’ functional status which has been showed to reduce both postoperative morbidity and hospital length of st...

    Authors: Anael Barberan-Garcia, Ricard Navarro-Ripoll, David Sánchez-Lorente, Jorge Moisés-Lafuente, Marc Boada, Monique Messaggi-Sartor, Laura González-Vallespí, Mar Montané-Muntané, Xavier Alsina-Restoy, Betina Campero, Manuel Lopez-Baamonde, Barbara Romano-Andrioni, Rudith Guzmán, Antonio López, Maria Jose Arguis, Josep Roca…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:207

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  41. Chronic disease is a leading cause of death globally, where inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption and inadequate physical activity are consistently implicated as key contributing risk factors for such dis...

    Authors: Jacqueline M. Bailey, Tara L. Clinton-McHarg, Paula M. Wye, John H. Wiggers, Kate M. Bartlem and Jennifer A. Bowman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:201

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  42. Many health professions learners report feeling uncomfortable and underprepared for professional interactions with inner city populations. These learners may hold preconceptions which affect therapeutic relati...

    Authors: Mark McKinney, Katherine E. Smith, Kathryn A. Dong, Oksana Babenko, Shelley Ross, Martina A. Kelly and Ginetta Salvalaggio

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:174

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  43. In Canada, access to palliative care is a growing concern, particularly in rural communities. These communities have constrained health care services and accessing local palliative care can be challenging. The...

    Authors: Nadine Schuurman, Michael E. Martin, Valorie A. Crooks and Ellen Randall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:168

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  44. Some patients admitted to acute care hospital require supportive services after discharge. The objective of our review was to identify models and variables that predict the need for supportive services after d...

    Authors: Daniel M. Kobewka, Sunita Mulpuru, Michaël Chassé, Kednapa Thavorn, Luke T. Lavallée, Shane W. English, Benjamin Neilipovitz, Jonathan Neilipovitz, Alan J. Forster and Daniel I. McIsaac

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:161

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  45. Transplant recipients are chronically ill patients, who require lifelong follow-up to manage co-morbidities and prevent graft loss. This necessitates a system of care that is congruent with the Chronic Care Mo...

    Authors: Katia Iglesias, Sabina De Geest, Lut Berben, Fabienne Dobbels, Kris Denhaerynk, L. Cynthia Russell, Remon Helmy and Isabelle Peytremann-Bridevaux

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:160

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  46. Electrolyte imbalances (EI) are common among patients. Many patients have repeated hospitalizations with the same EI without being investigated and treated. We established an electrolyte outpatient clinic (EOC...

    Authors: Kiarash Tazmini and Anette Hylen Ranhoff

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:154

    Content type: Research article

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