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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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Content type: Research article

    Patient-centered care promotes the inclusion of the most prominent and important member of the health care team, the patient, as an active participant in information exchange and decision making. Patient self-...

    Authors: Marge Benham-Hutchins, Nancy Staggers, Michael Mackert, Alisha H. Johnson and Dave deBronkart

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:529

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  11. 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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  12. Content type: Research article

    As part of the ActifCare (ACcess to Timely Formal Care) project, we conducted expert interviews in eight European countries with policy and political decision makers, or representatives of relevant institution...

    Authors: Anja Broda, Anja Bieber, Gabriele Meyer, Louise Hopper, Rachael Joyce, Kate Irving, Orazio Zanetti, Elisa Portolani, Liselot Kerpershoek, Frans Verhey, Marjolein de Vugt, Claire Wolfs, Siren Eriksen, Janne Røsvik, Maria J. Marques, Manuel Gonçalves-Pereira…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:518

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The Normalisation Process Theory (NPT) has been used to understand the implementation of physical health care interventions. The current study aims to apply the NPT model to a secondary mental health context, ...

    Authors: Cassie M. Hazell, Clara Strauss, Mark Hayward and Kate Cavanagh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:507

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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