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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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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

  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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

  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. Content type: Research article

    To describe the demographic and clinical characteristics of Type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients affiliated with the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) and ascertain the socio-demographic and clinical risk ...

    Authors: Svetlana V. Doubova, Aldo Ferreira-Hermosillo, Ricardo Pérez-Cuevas, Casper Barsoe, Erick Gryzbowski-Gainza and Juan E. Valencia

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:602

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  27. Content type: Research article

    To improve and support medication adherence among patients with chronic diseases, especially for long-term medication, it is important to consider both their relationship with healthcare providers and their li...

    Authors: Haruka Ueno, Yoshihiko Yamazaki, Yuki Yonekura, MJ Park, Hirono Ishikawa and Takahiro Kiuchi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:592

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  28. Content type: Research article

    University students are within the age group at highest risk for acquiring sexually transmitted infections and other negative health outcomes. Despite the availability of sexual health services at university h...

    Authors: Christine Cassidy, Andrea Bishop, Audrey Steenbeek, Donald Langille, Ruth Martin-Misener and Janet Curran

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:581

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a deeply-rooted tradition in 30 Sub-Saharan and Middle-East countries which affects approximately 200 million women and girls worldwide. The practice leads to...

    Authors: Alba González-Timoneda, Vicente Ruiz Ros, Marta González-Timoneda and Antonio Cano Sánchez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:579

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  30. Content type: Study protocol

    In 2012, approximately 14 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed. As a result of advances in treatment, screening and prevention programmes the number of people surviving cancer globally is also increasing.

    Authors: Lucy Johnston and Karen Campbell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:563

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  31. Content type: Study protocol

    Chronic diseases are generating a major health and societal burden worldwide. Healthy lifestyles, including physical activity (PA), have proven efficacy in the prevention and treatment of many chronic conditio...

    Authors: Anael Barberan-Garcia, Elena Gimeno-Santos, Isabel Blanco, Isaac Cano, Graciela Martínez-Pallí, Felip Burgos, Felip Miralles, Miquel Coca, Serafín Murillo, María Sanz, Alexander Steblin, Marta Ubré, Jaume Benavent, Josep Vidal, Marta Sitges and Josep Roca

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:560

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  32. Content type: Study protocol

    Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM) in Canada continue to experience high rates of incident HIV. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP, the regular use of anti-HIV medication) reduces HIV acquis...

    Authors: Malika Sharma, Allison Chris, Arlene Chan, David C. Knox, James Wilton, Owen McEwen, Sharmistha Mishra, Daniel Grace, Tim Rogers, Ahmed M. Bayoumi, John Maxwell, Rita Shahin, Isaac Bogoch, Mark Gilbert and Darrell H. S. Tan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:513

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Psychiatric re-hospitalisation is considered costly and disruptive to individuals. The perspective of the mental health service user is largely unexplored in literature.

    Authors: M. Ådnanes, L. Melby, J. Cresswell-Smith, H. Westerlund, L. Rabbi, M. Z. Dernovšek, L. Šprah, R. Sfetcu, C. Straßmayr and V. Donisi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:516

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  34. Content type: Study protocol

    A nested process evaluation, within a randomised controlled trial, will explore relationships between program outcomes and quality of intervention implementation of the Lifestyle-Integrated Functional Exercise...

    Authors: Lisa Dillon, Lindy Clemson, Kristy Coxon and Lisa Keay

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:512

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  35. Content type: Study protocol

    After hospitalization for cardiac disease, older patients are at high risk of readmission and death. Although geriatric conditions increase this risk, treatment of older cardiac patients is limited to the mana...

    Authors: L. Verweij, P. Jepma, B. M. Buurman, C. H. M. Latour, R. H. H. Engelbert, G. ter Riet, F. Karapinar-Çarkit, S. Daliri, R. J. G. Peters and W. J. M. Scholte op Reimer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:508

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  36. Content type: Study protocol

    There are an increasing number of patients of working age undergoing hip and knee replacements. Currently there is variation in the advice and support given about sickness absence, recovery to usual activities...

    Authors: Paul Baker, Carol Coole, Avril Drummond, Catriona McDaid, Sayeed Khan, Louise Thomson, Catherine Hewitt, Iain McNamara, David McDonald, Judith Fitch and Amar Rangan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:504

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  37. Content type: Research article

    There is a growing body of evidence to support the use of telehealth in monitoring HbA1c levels in people living with type 2 diabetes. However, the overall magnitude of effect is yet unclear due to variable re...

    Authors: Puikwan A. Lee, Geva Greenfield and Yannis Pappas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:495

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Access, particularly timely access, to care is the Canadian public’s most important healthcare concern. The drivers of perceived appropriateness of access to care among patients with at least one chronic healt...

    Authors: Catherine W. T. Chan, Amédé Gogovor, Marie-France Valois and Sara Ahmed

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:471

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Migrants are the unique production of China’s urbanization process. They are often excluded from social welfare and security systems of cities, and often exposed to high health risk related closely to their he...

    Authors: Shuang Shao, Meirong Wang, Guanghui Jin, Yali Zhao, Xiaoqin Lu and Juan Du

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:462

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Burns can be the most devastating injuries in the world, they constitute a global public health problem and cause widespread public health concern. Every year in Bangladesh more than 365,000 people are injured...

    Authors: Animesh Biswas, Abu Sayeed Md Abdullah, Koustuv Dalal, Toity Deave, Fazlur Rahman and Saidur Rahman Mashreky

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:467

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  41. Content type: Research article

    The Mexican health system segments access and right to healthcare according to worker position in the labour market. In this contribution we analyse how access and continuity of healthcare gets interrupted by ...

    Authors: Germán Guerra, Emilio Gutiérrez-Calderón, Nelly Salgado de Snyder, Víctor Hugo Borja-Aburto, Adolfo Martínez-Valle and Miguel Ángel González-Block

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:457

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Emergency Department (ED) are challenged by the increasing number of visits made by the heterogeneous population of elderly persons. This study aims to 1) compare chief complaints (triage categories) and level...

    Authors: Sarah Vilpert, Stéfanie Monod, Hélène Jaccard Ruedin, Jürgen Maurer, Lionel Trueb, Bertrand Yersin and Christophe Büla

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:456

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  43. Content type: Research article

    The assessment and evaluation of practical and sustainable development of health care has become a major focus of investigation in health services research. A key challenge for researchers as well as decision-...

    Authors: Febe Friberg, Catarina Wallengren, Cecilia Håkanson, Eva Carlsson, Frida Smith, Monica Pettersson, Elisabeth Kenne Sarenmalm, Richard Sawatzky and Joakim Öhlén

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:441

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Over the last decade, active surveillance has proven to be a safe approach for patients with low-risk prostate cancer. Although active surveillance presents several advantages for both patients and the health ...

    Authors: Kittie Pang, Margaret Fitch, Veronique Ouellet, Simone Chevalier, Darrel E. Drachenberg, Antonio Finelli, Jean-Baptiste Lattouf, Alan So, Simon Sutcliffe, Simon Tanguay, Fred Saad and Anne-Marie Mes-Masson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:430

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