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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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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