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BMC Health Services Research

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

    There is an important need to evaluate whether rehabilitation services effectively address the needs of minority culture populations with North America’s increasingly diverse population. The objective of this ...

    Authors: Viviane Grandpierre, Victoria Milloy, Lindsey Sikora, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Roanne Thomas and Beth Potter

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:23

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Although patient engagement is internationally recognized as a core quality indicator of healthcare systems, no report has yet explored patient engagement in Saudi Arabia. Thus, we explored patients’ experienc...

    Authors: Mohamad Al-Tannir, Fahad AlGahtani, Amani Abu-Shaheen, Sawsan Al-Tannir and Isamme AlFayyad

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:853

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Polypharmacy is a frequent condition, but its prevalence and determinants in the Swiss mid-aged population are unknown. We aimed to evaluate the prevalence and determinants of polypharmacy in a large Swiss mid...

    Authors: Julien Castioni, Pedro Marques-Vidal, Nazanin Abolhassani, Peter Vollenweider and Gérard Waeber

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:840

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Admission into an intensive care unit (ICU) may result in long-term physical, cognitive, and emotional consequences for patients and their relatives. The care of the critically ill patient does not end upon IC...

    Authors: Margo van Mol, Marjan Nijkamp, Christine Markham and Erwin Ista

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:837

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of diabetes mellitus is a growing public health concern in Japan. We developed a simulation model to predict the number of people with diabetes and those on dialysis due to diabetic nephropathy....

    Authors: Takehiro Sugiyama, Sayuri Goryoda, Kaori Inoue, Noriko Sugiyama-Ihana and Nobuo Nishi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:833

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Need for help is perceived as an important first step towards weight related health-care use among overweight and obese individuals and several studies have reported gender as an important predisposing charact...

    Authors: S. N. W. Bunt, S. Y. M. Mérelle, I. H. M. Steenhuis and W. Kroeze

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:819

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The health status of refugees is a significant factor in determining their success in resettlement and relies heavily on self-rated measures of refugee health. The selection of robust and appropriate self-rate...

    Authors: Alison Dowling, Joanne Enticott and Grant Russell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:817

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Many people with a mental illness are parents caring for dependent children. These children are at greater risk of developing their own mental health concerns compared to other children. Mental health services...

    Authors: Patraporn Tungpunkom, Darryl Maybery, Andrea Reupert, Nick Kowalenko and Kim Foster

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:818

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  9. Content type: Research article

    International studies have shown a contribution of psychiatric comorbidity to high utilization rates in out-of-hour primary care (OOHC). Up to now, the impact of psychiatric comorbidity in German OOHC remains ...

    Authors: Constanze Storr, Lucia Marieke Gahbler, Klaus Linde and Antonius Schneider

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:783

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Segmenting the population into groups that are relatively homogeneous in healthcare characteristics or needs is crucial to facilitate integrated care and resource planning. We aimed to evaluate the feasibility...

    Authors: Lian Leng Low, Yu Heng Kwan, Nan Liu, Xuan Jing, Edwin Cheng Tee Low and Julian Thumboo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:771

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of Americans have been enrolling in the health insurance marketplaces. Nearly 20% of them are tobacco users. As part of the ACA, tobacco users may face up to 50% h...

    Authors: Robert T. Braun, Yaniv Hanoch and Andrew J. Barnes

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:729

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Hospitalizations for ambulatory care sensitive (ACS) conditions are established indicators for the availability and quality of ambulatory care. We aimed to assess the differences between asylum-seeking childre...

    Authors: Célina Lichtl, Thomas Lutz, Joachim Szecsenyi and Kayvan Bozorgmehr

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:731

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Chlamydia trachomatis testing is offered to youth in Sweden, through a network of Youth Health Clinics, free at the point of care, in an attempt to bring down the prevalence and incide...

    Authors: Anna Nielsen, Ayesha De Costa, Kristina Gemzell Danielsson and Mariano Salazar

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:730

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  14. Content type: Study protocol

    While previous research establishes an association between social relations, health and use of healthcare services among older people, how to implement this knowledge in real-life settings has received much le...

    Authors: Anne Sophie Bech Mikkelsen, Rikke Lund and Maria Kristiansen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:728

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Interventions aiming to coordinate services for the community-based dementia population vary in components, organisation and implementation. In this review we aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of community-b...

    Authors: Amy Backhouse, Obioha C. Ukoumunne, David A. Richards, Rose McCabe, Ross Watkins and Chris Dickens

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:717

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of atrial fibrillation is increasing rapidly; however, to date, population-based data are lacking on the attributable cost of illness of atrial fibrillation from a societal perspective, includin...

    Authors: Søren Paaske Johnsen, Lene Worsaae Dalby, Tomas Täckström, Jens Olsen and Anina Fraschke

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:714

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The unpaid care provided by informal caregivers allows care recipients to live longer in their homes, which often results in fewer unnecessary long term care home (LTCH) admissions. Although the relationship b...

    Authors: Raquel S. D. Betini, John P. Hirdes, Donna S. Lero, Susan Cadell, Jeff Poss and George Heckman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:709

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  18. Content type: Research article

    According to the self-control model, self-control works as a protective factor and a psychological resource. Although an understanding of the effect(s) of peripheral neuropathy on quality of life is important ...

    Authors: Yu-Ri Park, Eun-Young Park and Jung-Hee Kim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:710

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Communication between patients with limited English proficiency (LEP) and telephone triage services has not been previously explored. The purpose of this study was to determine the utilization characteristics ...

    Authors: Jane W. Njeru, Swathi Damodaran, Frederick North, Debra J. Jacobson, Patrick M. Wilson, Jennifer L. St Sauver, Carmen Radecki Breitkopf and Mark L. Wieland

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:706

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