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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

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

  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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