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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

    Melbourne, Australia is experiencing rapid population growth, with much of this occurring in metropolitan outer suburban areas, also known as urban growth areas. Currently little is known about differences in ...

    Authors: Rebecca Madill, Hannah Badland, Suzanne Mavoa and Billie Giles-Corti

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:286

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Outcomes for patients in UK with locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (LA NSCLC) are amongst the worst in Europe. Assessing outcomes is important for analysing the effectiveness of current practice. How...

    Authors: Swee-Ling Wong, Kate Ricketts, Gary Royle, Matt Williams and Ruheena Mendes

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:278

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Pediatric admissions to intensive care outside children’s hospitals are generally excluded from registry-based studies. This study compares pediatric admission to specialist pediatric intensive care units (PIC...

    Authors: Ibinabo Ibiebele, Charles S. Algert, Jennifer R. Bowen and Christine L. Roberts

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:264

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Pediatrician and pediatric subspecialist density varies substantially among the various Canadian provinces, as well as among various states in the US. It is unknown whether this variability impacts health outc...

    Authors: Guido Filler, Tom Kovesi, Erik Bourdon, Sarah Ann Jones, Laurentiu Givelichian, Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg, Jason Gilliland, Marion Williams, Elaine Orrbine and Bruno Piedboeuf

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:247

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Pain assessment and management in advanced and end-stage dementia are challenging; patients are at risk of under-diagnosis, under-assessment and under-treatment. Previous research has highlighted the importanc...

    Authors: Bannin De Witt Jansen, Kevin Brazil, Peter Passmore, Hilary Buchanan, Doreen Maxwell, Sonja J. McIlfatrick, Sharon M. Morgan, Max Watson and Carole Parsons

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:228

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about the contextual factors affecting the uptake of evidence-based chronic disease interventions in the United States and in other countries. This study sought to better understand the context...

    Authors: Elizabeth L. Budd, Anna J. deRuyter, Zhaoxin Wang, Pauline Sung-Chan, Xiangji Ying, Karishma S. Furtado, Tahna Pettman, Rebecca Armstrong, Rodrigo S. Reis, Jianwei Shi, Tabitha Mui, Tahnee Saunders, Leonardo Becker and Ross C. Brownson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:233

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  7. Content type: Research article

    This study examined access to digital technologies, skills and experience, and preferences for using web-based and other digital technologies to obtain health information and advice among older adults in a lar...

    Authors: Nancy P. Gordon and Mark C. Hornbrook

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:220

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to develop a tool to support health workers’ ability to identify patients’ multidimensional health literacy strengths and challenges. The tool was intended to be suitable for administ...

    Authors: Jonathan O’Hara, Melanie Hawkins, Roy Batterham, Sarity Dodson, Richard H. Osborne and Alison Beauchamp

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:199

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  9. Content type: Study protocol

    In Switzerland, the issue of young carers and young adult carers - young people under the age of 18 and 24 respectively, who take on significant or substantial caring tasks and levels of responsibility that wo...

    Authors: Agnes Leu, Corinna Jung, Marianne Frech, Joe Sempik, Urs Moser, Martin Verner and Saul Becker

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:183

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US. CRC survivors may have complex healthcare needs requiring care from both specialists and primary care. Our objective was to unders...

    Authors: Leah L. Zullig, Karen M. Goldstein, Hayden B. Bosworth, Sara M. Andrews, Susanne Danus, George L. Jackson, Dawn Provenzale, Morris Weinberger, Michael J. Kelley and Corrine I. Voils

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:171

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Navigating complex health care systems during the multiple phases of recovery following major trauma entails many challenges for injured patients. Patients’ experiences communicating with health professionals ...

    Authors: Sandra Braaf, Shanthi Ameratunga, Andrew Nunn, Nicola Christie, Warwick Teague, Rodney Judson and Belinda J. Gabbe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:163

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  12. Content type: Research article

    This paper presents the findings of a rapid needs assessment conducted at the request of the local health authority responsible for health care services, the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (O...

    Authors: Alisa J. Velonis, Agnes Molnar, Nakia Lee-Foon, Ashnoor Rahim, Mary Boushel and Patricia O’Campo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:150

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  13. Content type: Research article

    As part of the NHS desire to move services closer to where people live, and provide greater accessibility and convenience to patients, Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) underwent a review of...

    Authors: Samantha J. Ingram, Charlotte L. Kirkdale, Sian Williams, Elaine Hartley, Susan Wintle, Valerie Sefton and Tracey Thornley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:91

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  14. Content type: Research article

    While governments are urging adult mental health services to support consumers in the context of their family, there is little information about what family focused practice is, nor how it might be enacted.

    Authors: Andrea Reupert, Bernadette Ward, Francis McCormick, Cathy Ward, Susan Waller and Susan Kidd

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:66

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. Content type: Research article

    Public and patient involvement in the design of people-centred care and research is vital for communities whose needs are underserved, as are people with rare diseases. Innovations devised collectively by pati...

    Authors: Cláudia de Freitas, Vanessa dos Reis, Susana Silva, Paula A. Videira, Eva Morava and Jaak Jaeken

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:682

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) increases the probability of survival of a person with cardiac arrest. Repeating training helps staff retain knowledge in CPR and in use of automated external defibrillators...

    Authors: Mostafa A. Abolfotouh, Manal A. Alnasser, Alamin N. Berhanu, Deema A. Al-Turaif and Abdulrhman I. Alfayez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:674

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Technological innovations are strongly promoted to meet the demands posed by increased pressure on home care services and to assist ageing in place in western societies. Although heavily advocated as plug and ...

    Authors: Randi Stokke

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:657

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Long-distance truck drivers are occupationally susceptible to poor health outcomes. Their patterns of healthcare utilisation and the suitability of healthcare services available to them are not well documented...

    Authors: Samanta Tresha Lalla-Edward, Sydney Ncube, Paul Matthew, Catherine A. Hankins, W.D. Francois Venter and Gabriela B. Gomez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:649

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Herpes simplex virus (HSV) encephalitis is a life-threatening infection of the brain, which has significant physical, cognitive and social consequences for survivors. Despite increasing recognition of the long...

    Authors: Jessie Cooper, Ciara Kierans, Sylviane Defres, Ava Easton, Rachel Kneen and Tom Solomon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:646

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  39. Content type: Research article

    While there is an extensive literature on Health System (HS) strengthening and on the performance of specific HSs, there are few exhaustive syntheses of the challenges HSs are facing worldwide. This paper repo...

    Authors: Federico Roncarolo, Antoine Boivin, Jean-Louis Denis, Rejean Hébert and Pascale Lehoux

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:636

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Patient participation and goal setting appear to be difficult in daily physiotherapy practice, and practical methods are lacking. An existing patient-specific instrument, Patient-Specific Complaints (PSC), was...

    Authors: Anita Stevens, Albère Köke, Trudy van der Weijden and Anna Beurskens

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:618

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Preventive health services (PHSs) form part of primary healthcare with the aim of screening to prevent disease. Migrants show significant differences in lifestyle, health beliefs and risk factors compared with...

    Authors: Aldo Rosano, Marie Dauvrin, Sandra C. Buttigieg, Elena Ronda, Jean Tafforeau and Sonia Dias

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:588

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Substance abuse is a growing, but mostly silent, epidemic among older adults. We sought to analyze the trends in admissions for substance abuse treatment among older adults (aged 55 and older).

    Authors: Sumedha Chhatre, Ratna Cook, Eshita Mallik and Ravishankar Jayadevappa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:584

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  43. Content type: Research article

    One of the most difficult issues for care staff is the manifestation of challenging behaviour among residents with dementia. The first step in managing this type of behaviour is analysing its triggers. A struc...

    Authors: Margareta Halek, Daniela Holle and Sabine Bartholomeyczik

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:554

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Despite efforts by professional societies to reduce low value care, many reports indicate that unnecessary tests, such as nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), are commonly used in contemporary practice....

    Authors: Kristopher P. Kline, Leslee Shaw, Rebecca J. Beyth, Jared Plumb, Linda Nguyen, Tianyao Huo and David E. Winchester

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:553

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  45. Content type: Debate

    The concept of patient engagement in health research has received growing international recognition over recent years. Yet despite some critical advancements, we argue that the concept remains problematic as i...

    Authors: Carolyn Shimmin, Kristy D. M. Wittmeier, Josée G. Lavoie, Evan D. Wicklund and Kathryn M. Sibley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:539

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Aging is an inevitable part of life. One can maintain well-being and wellness even after discharge and/or transition if his or her functional decline is minimized, sudden decline is prevented, and functioning ...

    Authors: Yoon-Sook Kim, Seol-Heui Han, Jeong-Hae Hwang, Jae-Min Park, Jongmin Lee, Jaekyung Choi, Yeonsil Moon, Hee Joung Kim, Grace Jung Eun Shin, Ji-Sun Lee, Ye Ji Choi, Kyeong Eun Uhm, In Ae Kim and Ji-Won Nam

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:528

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