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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

    Approximately 150,000 undocumented migrants (UM) who are medically uninsured reside in Israel, including ~50,000 originating from the horn of Africa (MHA). Free medical-care is provided by two walk-in clinics ...

    Authors: Zohar Mor, Yuval Raveh, Ido Lurie, Alex Leventhal, Roni Gamzu, Nadav Davidovitch, Orel Benari and Itamar Grotto

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:484

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  2. Content type: Research article

    We evaluated the effectiveness of a policy allowing for the sale of over-the-counter drugs outside of pharmacies by examining its effect on number of monthly outpatient visits for acute upper respiratory infec...

    Authors: Sung-Youn Chun, Hye-Ki Park, Kyu-Tae Han, Woorim Kim, Hyo-Jung Lee and Eun-Cheol Park

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:478

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Many countries face substitution from formal to informal care. It is essential that a sufficient number of caregivers, such as family, friends or neighbors, are willing and able to lend care to address the nee...

    Authors: R. J. Hoefman, T. M. Meulenkamp and J. D. De Jong

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:477

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  4. Content type: Debate

    Despite effective and accessible treatments, many sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in high-income countries go untreated, causing poor sexual health for individuals and their partners. Research into STI ...

    Authors: Fiona Mapp, Kaye Wellings, Ford Hickson and Catherine H. Mercer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:462

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Monitoring health and care needs through the use of telehealthcare devices has been proposed to help alleviate funding concerns in a climate of limited budgets. As well as improving cost effectiveness, such an...

    Authors: Natasha C. Campling, David G. Pitts, Paul V. Knight and Richard Aspinall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:466

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Hepatitis C is an important public health problem about which there is currently scarce epidemiological information. The objective of this study is to describe and analyse the demographic and epidemiological c...

    Authors: R. Boix, R. Cano, P. Gallego, F. Vallejo, R. Fernández-Cuenca, I. Noguer and A. Larrauri

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:461

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  7. Content type: Research article

    There are many telehealthcare devices currently available ranging from personal alarms, automated pill dispensers and fall detectors through to monitoring devices for blood sugar, blood pressure and heart rate...

    Authors: Natasha C. Campling, David G. Pitts, Paul V. Knight and Richard Aspinall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:455

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  8. Content type: Research article

    For achieving equity of the accessibility to primary healthcare, measuring potential geographical accessibility is essential. The provider-to-population ratio is the most frequently used measure. However, it i...

    Authors: Takashi Nakamura, Akihisa Nakamura, Kengo Mukuda, Masanori Harada and Kazuhiko Kotani

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:438

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Falsely labelled, falsified (counterfeit) medicines (FFCm’s) are produced or distributed illegally and can harm patients. Although the occurrence of FFCm’s is increasing in Europe, harm is rarely reported. The...

    Authors: Marija Anđelković, Einar Björnsson, Virgilio De Bono, Nenad Dikić, Katleen Devue, Daniel Ferlin, Miroslav Hanževački, Freyja Jónsdóttir, Mkrtich Shakaryan and Sabine Walser

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:419

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  10. Content type: Research article

    To understand private consumer and clinician preferences towards different rehabilitation modes following knee or hip arthroplasty, and identify factors which influence the chosen rehabilitation pathway.

    Authors: Mark A. Buhagiar, Justine M. Naylor, Grahame Simpson, Ian A. Harris and Friedbert Kohler

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:415

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The progress in coverage of maternal health services in Ethiopia has been rather slow over the past decade and consequently the maternal mortality ratio was very high (673 per 100,000 live births) among the co...

    Authors: Markos Mezmur, Kannan Navaneetham, Gobopamang Letamo and Hadgu Bariagaber

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:367

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Earlier studies of nursing home patients show a high prevalence of dementia, neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS), pain, and dependency in activities of daily living. The REDIC-NH cohort was set up to study the dis...

    Authors: Irene Røen, Geir Selbæk, Øyvind Kirkevold, Knut Engedal, Ingelin Testad and Sverre Bergh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:365

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Empirical evidence shows that family involvement (FI) can play a pivotal role in the coping and recovery of persons with severe mental illness (SMI). Nevertheless, various studies demonstrate that FI in mental...

    Authors: Elleke Landeweer, Bert Molewijk, Marit Helene Hem and Reidar Pedersen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:349

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Japan has the highest rate of aging. To contain Long-Term Care (LTC) Insurance costs, the Japanese government is attempting to increase the proportion of individuals receiving home care services. However, dema...

    Authors: Kentaro Sugimoto, Masayo Kashiwagi and Nanako Tamiya

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:352

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Staff who plan and organize day center activities may need to observe the attendees’ performance and progression. This led us to develop a tool for that purpose, termed General Occupational Engagement in peopl...

    Authors: Mona Eklund and Ulrika Bejerholm

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:338

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Waiting times for hospital appointments, treatment and/or surgery have become a major political and health service problem, leading to national maximum waiting times and policies to reduce waiting times. Quant...

    Authors: Paul R. Ward, Philippa Rokkas, Clinton Cenko, Mariastella Pulvirenti, Nicola Dean, A. Simon Carney and Samantha Meyer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:333

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Thyroid cancer incidence is increasing in the United States (US) and many other countries. The objective of this study was to develop and evaluate algorithms using administrative medical claims data for identi...

    Authors: Donnie Funch, Douglas Ross, Betsey M. Gardstein, Heather S. Norman, Lauren A. Sanders, Atheline Major-Pedersen, Helge Gydesen and David D. Dore

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:330

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The success of ‘treatment as prevention’ (TasP) to control HIV relies on the uptake of testing across priority population groups. Innovative strategies including; rapid HIV testing (RHT) in community and outre...

    Authors: Allyson J. Mutch, Chi-Wai Lui, Judith Dean, Limin Mao, Jime Lemoire, Joseph Debattista, Chris Howard, Andrea Whittaker and Lisa Fitzgerald

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:310

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  19. Content type: Study protocol

    Malnutrition is highly prevalent in hospitalized patients and results in a worsened clinical course as well as an increased length of stay, mortality, and costs. Therefore, simple nutrition screening systems, ...

    Authors: José Pablo Suárez-Llanos, Néstor Benítez-Brito, Laura Vallejo-Torres, Irina Delgado-Brito, Adriá Rosat-Rodrigo, Carolina Hernández-Carballo, Yolanda Ramallo-Fariña, Francisca Pereyra-García-Castro, Juan Carlos-Romero, Nieves Felipe-Pérez, Jennifer García-Niebla, Eduardo Mauricio Calderón-Ledezma, Teresa de Jesús González-Melián, Ignacio Llorente-Gómez de Segura and Manuel Ángel Barrera-Gómez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:292

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Personalized medicine has the potential to allow patients to receive drugs specific to their individual disease, and to increase the efficiency of the healthcare system. There is currently no comprehensive ove...

    Authors: Antonello Di Paolo, François Sarkozy, Bettina Ryll and Uwe Siebert

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:289

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) are traditionally used as fall alert systems for older adults, a population that contributes an overwhelming proportion of healthcare costs in the United States. Prev...

    Authors: Stephen Agboola, Sara Golas, Nils Fischer, Mariana Nikolova-Simons, Jorn op den Buijs, Linda Schertzer, Joseph Kvedar and Kamal Jethwani

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:282

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Evidence suggests that transgender (trans) individuals in Canada are a medically underserved population; barriers range from lack of provider knowledge on trans issues to refusal of care. This paper provides t...

    Authors: Rachel Giblon and Greta R. Bauer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:283

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Falls are major adverse events in hospitals. The appropriateness of using risk assessment instruments for falls in hospitals has recently been questioned, although the research performed in this respect presen...

    Authors: Marta Aranda-Gallardo, Margarita Enriquez de Luna-Rodriguez, Maria J. Vazquez-Blanco, Jose C. Canca-Sanchez, Ana B. Moya-Suarez and Jose M. Morales-Asencio

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:277

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  24. Content type: Study protocol

    Caring for people with dementia at home requires a significant amount of time, organization, and commitment. Therefore, informal caregivers, mainly relatives, of people with dementia often feel a high burden. ...

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

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:280

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  25. Content type: Case report

    Although the prescribing information for Venlafaxine extended release includes a discussion about possible increases in total cholesterol and triglycerides (TG) seen in healthier adult patients during premarke...

    Authors: Hsiang-Wen Lin, Cory A. Simonavice, Chiung-Ray Lu, Wen-Ling Lin, Po-Lun Wu, Che-Yi Chou, Chun-Hui Liao and Hsieh-Yuan Lane

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:272

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Health service providers can restrict access to contraceptives through their own imposed biases about method appropriateness. In this study, provider biases toward contraceptive service provision among urban N...

    Authors: Hilary M. Schwandt, Ilene S. Speizer and Meghan Corroon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:268

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  27. Content type: Study protocol

    Experts recommend that clinicians assess motivational factors before initiating care for pediatric obesity. Currently, there are no well-established clinical tools available for assessing motivation in youth w...

    Authors: Geoff D. C. Ball, Nicholas D. Spence, Nadia E. Browne, Kathleen O’Connor, Suja Srikameswaran, Joanna Zelichowska, Josephine Ho, Rebecca Gokiert, Louise C. Mâsse, Valerie Carson, Katherine M. Morrison, Jennifer L. Kuk, Nicholas L. Holt, Maryam Kebbe, Nicole D. Gehring, Melody Cesar…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:261

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Although health disparities have been documented between Medicare beneficiaries based on age (<65 years vs. older age groups), underuse of recommended medical care in younger beneficiaries has not been thoroug...

    Authors: Ling Na, Joel E. Streim, Liliana E. Pezzin, Jibby E. Kurichi, Dawei Xie, Hillary R. Bogner, Pui L. Kwong, Steven M. Asch and Sean Hennessy

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:241

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Regular health visits for parents with young children provide an opportunity for developmental surveillance and anticipatory guidance regarding common childhood problems and help to achieve optimal development...

    Authors: Pankaj Garg, My Trinh Ha, John Eastwood, Susan Harvey, Sue Woolfenden, Elisabeth Murphy, Cheryl Dissanayake, Bin Jalaludin, Katrina Williams, Anne McKenzie, Stewart Einfeld, Natalie Silove, Kate Short and Valsamma Eapen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:228

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  30. Content type: Research article

    A growing body of research assesses population need for substance use services. However, the extent to which survey research incorporates expert versus consumer perspectives on service need is unknown. We cond...

    Authors: Elaine Hyshka, Kamagaju Karekezi, Benjamin Tan, Linda G. Slater, Jesse Jahrig and T. Cameron Wild

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:217

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Establishing a stroke unit (SU) in every hospital may be infeasible because of limited resources. In Australia, it is recommended that hospitals that admit ≥100 strokes per year should have a SU. We aimed to d...

    Authors: Dominique A. Cadilhac, Monique F. Kilkenny, Nadine E. Andrew, Elizabeth Ritchie, Kelvin Hill and Erin Lalor

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:212

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Telenursing triage and advice services are increasingly being used to deliver health advice. Medication-related queries are common, however little research has explored the medication-related calls made to the...

    Authors: Ling Li, Rebecca Lake, Magdalena Z. Raban, Mary Byrne, Maureen Robinson, Johanna Westbrook and Melissa T. Baysari

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:197

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  33. Content type: Research article

    One aspect to consider when reporting results of observational studies in epidemiology is how quantitative risk factors are analysed. The STROBE (Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemi...

    Authors: Onkabetse V. Mabikwa, Darren C. Greenwood, Paul D. Baxter and Sarah J. Fleming

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:201

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:307

  34. Content type: Research article

    The vision of Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research is that patients be actively engaged as partners in health research. Support units have been created across Canada to build capacity in patient-ori...

    Authors: Holly Etchegary, Lisa Bishop, Catherine Street, Kris Aubrey-Bassler, Dale Humphries, Lidewij Eva Vat and Brendan Barrett

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:192

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Alcohol Brief Intervention (ABI) uses a motivational counselling approach to support individuals to reduce excessive alcohol consumption. There is growing evidence on ABI’s use within various health care setti...

    Authors: Jean M. McQueen, Claire Ballinger and Tracey E. Howe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:181

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Recruiting patients to health promotion programmes who will benefit is crucial to success. A key policy driver for health promotion in older people is to reduce health and social care use. Our aim was to descr...

    Authors: John A. Ford, Kalpa Kharicha, Caroline S. Clarke, Allan Clark, Steve Iliffe, Claire Goodman, Jill Manthorpe, Nick Steel and Kate Walters

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:176

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Lung cancer patients are often diagnosed in an advanced stage of disease. In a situation of palliative treatment, both patients and their relatives experience existential burden. Evidence suggests that multi-p...

    Authors: Anika Sparla, Sebastian Flach-Vorgang, Matthias Villalobos, Katja Krug, Martina Kamradt, Kadiatou Coulibaly, Joachim Szecsenyi, Michael Thomas, Sinikka Gusset-Bährer and Dominik Ose

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:173

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Australia has a universal health care system and a comprehensive safety net. Despite this, outcomes for Australians living in rural and remote areas are worse than those living in cities. This study will exami...

    Authors: Margaret I Rolfe, Deborah Anne Donoghue, Jo M Longman, Jennifer Pilcher, Sue Kildea, Sue Kruske, Jude Kornelsen, Stefan Grzybowski, Lesley Barclay and Geoffrey Gerard Morgan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:163

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Long-term care is one of the most pressing health policy issues in Germany. It is expected that the need for long-term care will increase markedly in the next decades due to demographic shifts. The purpose of ...

    Authors: André Hajek, Thomas Lehnert, Annemarie Wegener, Steffi G. Riedel-Heller and Hans-Helmut König

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:156

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  40. Content type: Study Protocol

    Hospitals are frequently faced with high levels of emergency department presentations and demand for inpatient care. An important contributing factor is the subset of patients with complex chronic diseases who...

    Authors: Gabrielle Diplock, James Ward, Simon Stewart, Paul Scuffham, Penny Stewart, Carole Reeve, Lea Davidson and Graeme Maguire

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:153

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Patient education is crucial in improving the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of patients. At the same, understanding the concerns and needs of patients is essential in providing appropriate education. ...

    Authors: Ming-Chuan Chen, Hung-Chang Hung, Hsiu-Ju Chang, Sheng-Shun Yang, Wen-Chen Tsai and Shu-Chuan Chang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:148

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  42. Content type: Research article

    There is an urgent need to establish effective strategies for suicide prevention. Stigma against depression may be a potential anti-protective factor for suicide. Thus, we investigated baseline levels of aware...

    Authors: Takashi Yakushi, Teizo Kuba, Yuzuru Nakamoto, Hiroshi Fukuhara, Munenaga Koda, Osamu Tanaka and Tsuyoshi Kondo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:126

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  43. Content type: Research article

    An estimated 50% of patients do not take their medication as prescribed, with medication adherence associated with adverse outcomes and higher costs of care. The Necessity-Concerns Framework identified individ...

    Authors: Rachael J. Thorneloe, Christopher E.M. Griffiths, Darren M. Ashcroft and Lis Cordingley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:119

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Shared medical appointments (SMAs) are doctor-patient visits in which groups of patients are seen by one or more health care providers in a concurrent session. There is a growing interest in understanding the ...

    Authors: Susan R. Kirsh, David C. Aron, Kimberly D. Johnson, Laura E. Santurri, Lauren D. Stevenson, Katherine R. Jones and Justin Jagosh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:113

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Persons with dementia have described life in nursing home as difficult and lonely. Persons with dementia often reside in nursing homes for several years; therefore, knowledge is needed about how quality of lif...

    Authors: Marit Mjørud, Knut Engedal, Janne Røsvik and Marit Kirkevold

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:93

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  46. Content type: Research article

    There is little research regarding the ability of Black men who have sex with men and women (BMSMW) to access and maintain HIV-related health care and treatment adherence. This population, who often insist on ...

    Authors: Emily A. Arnold, John Weeks, Michael Benjamin, William R. Stewart, Lance M. Pollack, Susan M. Kegeles and Don Operario

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:90

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  47. Content type: Study protocol

    In spite of a well-developed welfare system in Sweden, there are important health divides between residential areas in Stockholm county, with shorter life expectancy in disadvantaged areas. These socioeconomic...

    Authors: Bo Burström, Anneli Marttila, Asli Kulane, Lene Lindberg and Kristina Burström

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:91

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  48. Content type: Research article

    While current debates on how to deliver sustainable health care recognise socio-economic dimensions to health service use, attention has focussed on how to reduce demand for services. However, the measures of ...

    Authors: Elizabeth Hoon, Clarabelle Pham, Justin Beilby and Jonathan Karnon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:80

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