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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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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