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BMC Health Services Research

Organization, structure and delivery of healthcare

Section edited by  Stefano Bonacina, Marie Pierre Gagnon and Holly Lanham

This section aims to publish studies looking at how health care is planned, organized and structured, including in terms of relationships among personnel or departments, as well as research on the provision of healthcare to an individual, group, population or community.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Participation in regular physical activity holds key benefits for cancer survivors, yet few cancer survivors meet physical activity recommendations. This study aimed to develop and pilot test a mHealth app ref...

    Authors: Camille E. Short, Amy Finlay, Ilea Sanders and Carol Maher

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:27

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Although digital technologies can mitigate the burdens of home healthcare services caused by an ageing population that lives at home longer with complex health problems, research on the impacts and consequence...

    Authors: Sigrid Nakrem, Marit Solbjør, Ida Nilstad Pettersen and Hanne Hestvik Kleiven

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:26

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  3. Content type: Research article

    In childcare centres, temporary exclusion of ill children, if their illness poses a risk of spread of harmful diseases to others, is a central approach to fight disease transmission. However, not all ill child...

    Authors: Benjamin Sticher, Julia Bielicki and Christoph Berger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:25

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The amount of time spent living with disease greatly influences elderly people’s wellbeing, disability and healthcare costs, but differs by disease, age and sex.

    Authors: Riaan Botes, Karin M. Vermeulen, Janine Correia, Erik Buskens and Fanny Janssen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:24

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The length of stay (LOS) strongly influences anorexia nervosa (AN) inpatient weight outcomes. Hence, understanding the predictors of LOS is highly relevant. However, the existing evidence is inconsistent and t...

    Authors: D. Kästner, B. Löwe, A. Weigel, B. Osen, U. Voderholzer and A. Gumz

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:22

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Training health professionals in culturally sensitive medical interviewing has been widely promoted as a strategy for improving intercultural communication and for helping clinicians to consider patients’ soci...

    Authors: Melissa Dominicé Dao, Sophie Inglin, Sarah Vilpert and Patricia Hudelson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:19

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  7. Content type: Research article

    To reduce unnecessary ambulatory gastroenterology (GI) visits and increase access to GI care, San Francisco Health Network gastroenterologists and primary care providers implemented guidelines in 2013 that dis...

    Authors: Daniel Selvig, Justin L. Sewell, Delphine S. Tuot and Lukejohn W. Day

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:16

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Drug markets are very complex and, while many new drugs are registered each year, little is known about what drives the prescription of these new drugs. This study attempts to lift the veil from this important...

    Authors: Anne Decollogny, Romain Piaget-Rossel, Patrick Taffé and Yves Eggli

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:9

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Organizational context plays a critical role in the implementation of evidence-based interventions. Implementation research to date has focused largely on internal, rather than external, context. This paper pr...

    Authors: Alison B. Hamilton, Brian S. Mittman, Danielle Campbell, Craig Hutchinson, Honghu Liu, Nicholas J. Moss and Gail E. Wyatt

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:11

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Patients with prolonged length of hospital stay (LOS) not only increase their risks of nosocomial infections but also deny other patients access to inpatient care. Hepatobiliary (HPB) malignancies have some of...

    Authors: Siu Yin Lee, Soo-Hoon Lee, Jenny H. H. Tan, Howard S. L. Foo, Phillip H. Phan, Alfred W. C. Kow, Sein Lwin, Penelope M. Y. Seah and Siti Zubaidah Mordiffi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:5

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  11. Content type: Research article

    To investigate the relationship between hospital volume activities and the survival for Epithelial Ovarian Carcinoma (EOC) patients in France.

    Authors: Marius Huguet, Lionel Perrier, Olivia Bally, David Benayoun, Pierre De Saint Hilaire, Dominique Beal Ardisson, Magali Morelle, Nathalie Havet, Xavier Joutard, Pierre Meeus, Philippe Gabelle, Jocelyne Provençal, Céline Chauleur, Olivier Glehen, Amandine Charreton, Fadila Farsi…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:3

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Partnerships in public health form an important component of commissioning and implementing services, in England and internationally. In this research, we examine the views of staff involved in a City-wide hea...

    Authors: Rebecca Johnson, Amy Grove and Aileen Clarke

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:1

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Indigenous Australians experience high rates of chronic conditions. It is often asserted Indigenous Australians have low adherence to medication; however there has not been a comprehensive examination of the e...

    Authors: Jessica Langloh de Dassel, Anna P. Ralph and Alan Cass

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:845

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  14. Content type: Study protocol

    Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) is estimated to affect 41%–50% of women aged over 40. Findings from the multi-centre randomised controlled “Pelvic Organ Prolapse PhysiotherapY” (POPPY) trial showed that individual...

    Authors: Margaret Maxwell, Karen Semple, Sarah Wane, Andrew Elders, Edward Duncan, Purva Abhyankar, Joyce Wilkinson, Douglas Tincello, Eileen Calveley, Mary MacFarlane, Doreen McClurg, Karen Guerrero, Helen Mason and Suzanne Hagen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:843

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  15. Content type: Research article

    International evidence suggests that a key to improving health and attaining more equitable health outcomes for disadvantaged populations is a health system with a strong primary care sector. Longstanding prob...

    Authors: Yuejen Zhao, Deborah J. Russell, Steven Guthridge, Mark Ramjan, Michael P. Jones, John S. Humphreys, Timothy A. Carey and John Wakerman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:836

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Social prescribing is targeted at isolated and lonely patients. Practitioners and patients jointly develop bespoke well-being plans to promote social integration and or social reactivation. Our aim was to inve...

    Authors: Dawn Carnes, Ratna Sohanpal, Caroline Frostick, Sally Hull, Rohini Mathur, Gopalakrishnan Netuveli, Jin Tong, Patrick Hutt and Marcello Bertotti

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:835

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The discharge process from hospital to home for patients with severe mental illness (SMI) is often complex, and most are in need of tailored and coordinated community services at home. One solution is to disch...

    Authors: Eirik Roos, Ottar Bjerkeset, Margrét Hrönn Svavarsdóttir and Aslak Steinsbekk

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:832

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  18. Content type: Study protocol

    Cancer is now viewed as a chronic disease, presenting challenges to follow-up and survivorship care. Models to shift from haphazard, suboptimal and fragmented episodes of care to an integrated cancer care cont...

    Authors: Dominique Tremblay, Catherine Prady, Karine Bilodeau, Nassera Touati, Maud-Christine Chouinard, Martin Fortin, Isabelle Gaboury, Jean Rodrigue and Marie-France L’Italien

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:834

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Nurses leaving their jobs and the profession are an issue of international concern, with supply-demand gaps for nurses reported to be widening. There is a large body of existing literature, much of which is al...

    Authors: Mary Halter, Olga Boiko, Ferruccio Pelone, Carole Beighton, Ruth Harris, Julia Gale, Stephen Gourlay and Vari Drennan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:824

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