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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

    Adolescent mothers are at a much higher risk for maternal mortality compared to mothers aged 20 years and above. Newborns born to adolescent mothers are also more likely to have low birth weight, with the risk...

    Authors: Kim Jonas, Priscilla Reddy, Bart van den Borne, Ronel Sewpaul, Anam Nyembezi, Pamela Naidoo and Rik Crutzen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:658

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Perceived coercion is a sense of pressure related to the experience of being referred to treatment. The sense of pressure arises from the patient’s internal perception of coercion. The sources of coercion may ...

    Authors: Anne Opsal, Øistein Kristensen, John Kåre Vederhus and Thomas Clausen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:656

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  3. Content type: Technical advance

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is prevalent in adulthood, resulting in serious impairment across multiple domains of living. Despite clinical guidance recommendations, the relative infancy of researc...

    Authors: Marios Adamou, Katharine Graham, Joy MacKeith, Sara Burns and Lisa-Marie Emerson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:632

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD), is one of the most burdensome medical conditions. In order to better understand the epidemiology of dementia in Italy, we conducted a systematic search of studies ...

    Authors: Gianluca Bruti, Elisabetta Cavallucci, Michele Mancini, Alessandro Bitossi, Marzia Baldereschi and Sandro Sorbi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:615

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners are advanced practicing pharmacists in North Carolina that provide disease-specific management. The purpose of this retrospective cohort study was to compare the efficacy and ...

    Authors: Michèle M. Kislan, Adam T. Bernstein, Loretta R. Fearrington and Timothy J. Ives

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:607

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:673

  6. Content type: Research article

    Transfers of money and help with daily activities by family and friends are important sources of support for older people and contribute to their well being. On the other hand, older adults are not only recipi...

    Authors: Florian Tomini, Wim Groot and Sonila M. Tomini

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:603

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  7. Content type: Research article

    A small proportion of patients use an excessively large amount of emergency care resources which often results in emergency department (ED) overcrowding, decreased quality of care and efficiency. There is a ne...

    Authors: Cynthia Krieg, Catherine Hudon, Maud-Christine Chouinard and Isabelle Dufour

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:594

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Healthcare in China has significantly improved, meanwhile many  socio-economic risk factors and health conditions factors affect accessibility and utilization of health services in rural areas. Inequity of hea...

    Authors: Yan-Ning Li, Dong-xiao Nong, Bo Wei, Qi-Ming Feng and Hong-ye Luo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:592

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The accessibility of medical care facilities in sparsely populated rural regions is relevant especially for elderly people which often represent a large segment of the population in such regions. Elderly peopl...

    Authors: Ulrike Stentzel, Jens Piegsa, Daniel Fredrich, Wolfgang Hoffmann and Neeltje van den Berg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:587

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Patient Activation is defined as the knowledge, skill, and confidence a patient has in managing their health. Higher levels of patient activation are associated with better self-management, better health outco...

    Authors: Amy Blakemore, Mark Hann, Kelly Howells, Maria Panagioti, Mark Sidaway, David Reeves and Peter Bower

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:582

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Higher dose of vitamin D supplementation 50000 IU is required for those whose serum 25(OH)D levels are 50 nmol/L and below. The increment in serum 25(OH)D though not significantly affected by race, sex or age ...

    Authors: Usha Gowda, Thilanga Ruwanpathirana, David P. S. Fong, Ambika Kaur and Andre M. N. Renzaho

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:579

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  12. Content type: Research article

    To allow better assessment of patients’ individual competencies for self-management, the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) has been developed in the USA. Because the American studies have shown the PAM to be a ...

    Authors: Jany Rademakers, Helle Terkildsen Maindal, Aslak Steinsbekk, Jochen Gensichen, Katja Brenk-Franz and Michelle Hendriks

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:570

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  13. Content type: Research article

    To address the impact of using multiple sources of data in the United States Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) compared to using only one source of data to identify those with neuropsychiatric diagnoses.

    Authors: Sophia Miryam Schüssler-Fiorenza Rose, Dawei Xie, Joel E. Streim, Qiang Pan, Pui L. Kwong and Margaret G. Stineman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:537

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The needs of the growing population of complex patients with multiple chronic conditions calls for a different approach to care. Clinical teams need to acknowledge, respect, and support the work that patients ...

    Authors: Kasey R. Boehmer, Ian G. Hargraves, Summer V. Allen, Marc R. Matthews, Christina Maher and Victor M. Montori

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:514

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The development of the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ), reported in 2013, attracted widespread international interest. While the original study samples were drawn from clinical and home-based aged-care set...

    Authors: Gerald R. Elsworth, Alison Beauchamp and Richard H. Osborne

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:508

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Comprehensive epidemiological data to describe the burden of heart failure (HF) in Australia remain lacking despite its importance as a major health issue. Herewith, we estimate the current and future burden o...

    Authors: Yih-Kai Chan, Camilla Tuttle, Jocasta Ball, Tiew-Hwa Katherine Teng, Yasmin Ahamed, Melinda Jane Carrington and Simon Stewart

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:501

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD), is one of the most burdensome medical conditions. In order to better understand the epidemiology of dementia in Italy, we conducted a systematic search of studies ...

    Authors: Gianluca Bruti, Elisabetta Cavallucci, Michele Mancini, Alessandro Bitossi, Marzia Baldereschi and Sandro Sorbi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:507

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Moral hazard or utilization hazard refers to the phenomenon during which patients overuse medical services under national health insurance (NHI) because the services are free or the patients are required to pa...

    Authors: Minsung Sohn and Minsoo Jung

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:503

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The current study examined help-seeking behavior for mental health problems of employees in the mining industry.

    Authors: Ross J. Tynan, Robyn Considine, Jane L. Rich, Jaelea Skehan, John Wiggers, Terry J. Lewin, Carole James, Kerry Inder, Amanda L. Baker, Frances Kay-Lambkin, David Perkins and Brian J. Kelly

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:498

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Healthcare systems increasingly engage interprofessional healthcare team members such as case managers, social workers, and community health workers to work directly with patients and improve population health...

    Authors: Rhea E. Powell, Amanda Doty, Robin J. Casten, Barry W. Rovner and Kristin L. Rising

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:493

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  21. Content type: Study protocol

    Group-based early parenting interventions delivered through community-based services may be a potentially effective means of promoting infant and family health and wellbeing. Process evaluations of these compl...

    Authors: Grainne Hickey, Sinead McGilloway, Mairead Furlong, Yvonne Leckey, Tracey Bywater and Michael Donnelly

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:490

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Proxy respondents are frequently used in health surveys, and the proxy is most often the spouse. Longstanding concerns linger, however, about the validity of using spousal proxies, especially for older adults....

    Authors: Fredric D. Wolinsky, Lioness Ayres, Michael P. Jones, Yiyue Lou, George L. Wehby and Fred A. Ullrich

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:485

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Numerous drugs used in the treatment of psychiatric disorders are substrates of cytochrome P450 enzymes and are potential candidates for drug-drug interactions (DDIs).

    Authors: Julia K. Ostermann, Anne Berghöfer, Frank Andersohn and Felix Fischer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:482

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Patient’s satisfaction with hospital services is one of the most important indicators of efficiency and quality of services of different hospital wards.

    Authors: Fereshteh Farzianpour, Abbas Rahimi Foroushani, Niusha Shahidi Sadeghi and Saeede Ansari Nosrati

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:476

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Many patients with chronic physical illnesses have co-morbid psychological illnesses, which may respond to interprofessional collaborative care. Continuing education programs frequently focus on skills and kno...

    Authors: Christine B. Phillips, Sally Hall and Michelle Irving

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:465

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Understanding immigrants’ interactions with the United States (US) healthcare system will likely make it possible to meet their healthcare needs and improve their quality of life in the US. Although challenges...

    Authors: Ana C. Lindsay, Mariana Gonçalves de Oliveira, Sherrie F. Wallington, Mary L. Greaney, Marcia Maria Tavares Machado, Lorita M. Freitag Pagliuca and Carlos Andre Moura Arruda

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:467

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  27. Content type: Research article

    In contrast to individual preferences, most people in developed countries die in health care institutions, with a considerable impact on health care resource use and costs. However, evidence about determinants...

    Authors: Damian Hedinger, Julia Braun, Vladimir Kaplan and Matthias Bopp

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:463

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The acquisition of needle-stick injuries (NSI) in a healthcare setting poses an occupational hazard of transmitting blood-borne pathogens from patients to healthcare workers (HCWs). The objective of this study...

    Authors: Rami A. Ballout, Batoul Diab, Alain C. Harb, Rami Tarabay, Selma Khamassi and Elie A. Akl

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:458

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  29. Content type: Study protocol

    Excessive gestational weight gain can result in poor maternal and child health outcomes. Estimates from single studies indicate the prevalence of excessive gestational weight gain in Australia could lie betwee...

    Authors: Vanessa Clements, Kit Leung, Santosh Khanal, Jane Raymond, Michelle Maxwell and Chris Rissel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:454

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Despite today’s heightened concern over opioid overdose, the lack of population-based data examining clinical and contextual factors associated with opioid use represents a knowledge gap with relevance to prev...

    Authors: Jing Feng, Joseph P. Iser and Wei Yang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:438

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  31. Content type: Study protocol

    Previous findings indicate that people with dementia and their informal carers experience difficulties accessing and using formal care services due to a mismatch between needs and service use. This mismatch ca...

    Authors: Liselot Kerpershoek, Marjolein de Vugt, Claire Wolfs, Hannah Jelley, Martin Orrel, Bob Woods, Astrid Stephan, Anja Bieber, Gabriele Meyer, Knut Engedal, Geir Selbaek, Ron Handels, Anders Wimo, Louise Hopper, Kate Irving, Maria Marques…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:423

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:620

  32. Content type: Research article

    Coverage is used as one indicator of needle and syringe program (NSP) effectiveness. At the individual level, coverage is typically defined as an estimate of the proportion of a person who injects drugs’ (PWID...

    Authors: Daniel O’Keefe, Nick Scott, Campbell Aitken and Paul Dietze

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:411

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Studies on healthcare providers’ awareness, knowledge and attitudes regarding female genital mutilation (FGM) have shown a lack of awareness of the prevalence, diagnosis, and management of FGM. Our objective w...

    Authors: Julie Balfour, Jasmine Abdulcadir, Lale Say and Michelle J. Hindin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:409

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  34. Content type: Research article

    During postgraduate training, general practitioners and other specialists must learn how to deliver shared care to patients; however, the development of formal intraprofessional education is often hampered by cur...

    Authors: Loes J. Meijer, Esther de Groot, Mirjam Blaauw-Westerlaken and Roger A. M. J. Damoiseaux

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:376

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  35. Content type: Study protocol

    There is an urgent need for the development of simple communication tools that convey the strengths, assets, and healthcare needs of people living with dementia. A Healthcare Passport may improve communication...

    Authors: Gerard Leavey, Aine Abbott, Max Watson, Stephen Todd, Vivien Coates, Sonja McIlfactrick, Brendan McCormack, Bethany Waterhouse-Bradley and Emma Curran

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:363

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The high financial burden of avoidable hospitalizations has led to an increase of the study of hospitalizations for ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSC). There is limited information on the impact of se...

    Authors: Inês Dantas, Rui Santana, João Sarmento and Pedro Aguiar

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:348

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  37. Content type: Study protocol

    The intersection of HIV-related health outcomes and problem substance use has been well documented. New York City continues to be a focal point of the U.S. HIV epidemic. In 2011, the NYC Department of Health a...

    Authors: Aimee N. C. Campbell, Don Des Jarlais, Cooper Hannah, Sarah Braunstein, Susan Tross, Laura Kersanske, Christine Borges, Martina Pavlicova, Kevin Jefferson, Howard Newville, Laurel Weaver and Margaret Wolff

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:341

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Problem gambling and homelessness are recognized as important public health concerns that significantly impact individuals, their friends and families, communities and broader society. We aimed to explore the ...

    Authors: Sara J. T. Guilcher, Sarah Hamilton-Wright, Wayne Skinner, Julia Woodhall-Melnik, Peter Ferentzy, Aklilu Wendaferew, Stephen W. Hwang and Flora I. Matheson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:340

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Several countries have increased patients’ abilities to choose their health care providers, frequently under the assumption that patients are themselves the best agents to make such decisions. In parallel, nat...

    Authors: Emma Wahlstedt and Björn Ekman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:325

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Despite the multiple physical and psychological health consequences associated with human trafficking, there is little evidence-based guidance available for health providers on assessing and meeting the health...

    Authors: Stacey Hemmings, Sharon Jakobowitz, Melanie Abas, Debra Bick, Louise M. Howard, Nicky Stanley, Cathy Zimmerman and Sian Oram

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:320

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Social support has been identified as a significant factor in the recovery of individuals with musculoskeletal injury (MSI). However, relatively limited research has examined the mechanisms through which socia...

    Authors: Khic-Houy Prang, Janneke Berecki-Gisolf and Sharon Newnam

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:310

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Data regarding comorbidities of hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) are lacking. The present study aimed to determine the prevalence and risk factors of HCV among Saudi patie...

    Authors: Ebtesam M. Ba-Essa, Eman I. Mobarak and Nasser M. Al-Daghri

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:313

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  43. Content type: Research article

    The programme for fiscal consolidation in Greece has led to income decrease and several changes in health policy. In this context, this study aims to assess how economic crisis affected unmet healthcare needs ...

    Authors: Dimitris Zavras, Athanasios I. Zavras, Ilias-Ioannis Kyriopoulos and John Kyriopoulos

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:309

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  44. Content type: Research article

    As part of an electronic dashboard operated by Public Health Wales, senior managers at hospitals in Wales report daily “escalation” scores which reflect management opinion on the pressure a hospital is experie...

    Authors: NJ Walker, HC Van Woerden, V Kiparoglou and Y Yang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:307

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