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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: Study protocol

    Primary care is the principal clinical setting for the management of depression. However, significant shortcomings have been detected in its diagnosis and clinical management, as well as in patient outcomes. W...

    Authors: Enric Aragonès, Diego Palao, Germán López-Cortacans, Antonia Caballero, Narcís Cardoner, Pilar Casaus, Myriam Cavero, José Antonio Monreal, Víctor Pérez-Sola, Miquel Cirera, Maite Loren, Eva Bellerino, Catarina Tomé-Pires and Laura Palacios

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:821

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  2. Content type: Study protocol

    The Million Hearts® initiative aims to prevent heart disease and stroke in the United States by mobilizing public and private sectors around a core set of objectives, with particular attention on improving blo...

    Authors: Priscilla M. Lopez, Jennifer Zanowiak, Keith Goldfeld, Katarzyna Wyka, Ahmad Masoud, Susan Beane, Rashi Kumar, Phoebe Laughlin, Chau Trinh-Shevrin, Lorna Thorpe and Nadia Islam

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:810

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Purposefully building stronger collaborations between primary care (PC) and public health (PH) is one approach to strengthening primary health care. The purpose of this paper is to report: 1) what systemic fac...

    Authors: Sabrina T. Wong, Marjorie MacDonald, Ruth Martin-Misener, Donna Meagher-Stewart, Linda O’Mara and Ruta K. Valaitis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:796

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Despite several countrywide attempts to strengthen and standardise the primary healthcare (PHC) system, Greece is still lacking a sustainable, policy-based model of integrated services. The aim of our study wa...

    Authors: Dimitra Sifaki-Pistolla, Vasiliki-Eirini Chatzea, Adelais Markaki, Kyriakos Kritikos, Elena Petelos and Christos Lionis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:788

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Care integration has been the focus of recent health system reforms. Given their functions at all levels of the care continuum, nurses have a substantial and primordial role to play in such integration process...

    Authors: Caroline Longpré and Carl-Ardy Dubois

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:790

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The Swiss health system is customer-driven with fee-for-service paiement scheme and universal coverage. It is highly performing but expensive and health information systems are scarcely implemented. The Swiss ...

    Authors: Sonja T. Ebert, Valérie Pittet, Jacques Cornuz and Nicolas Senn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:789

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  7. Content type: Review

    Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a chronic cardiac condition with an infectious aetiology, causing high disease burden in low-income settings. Affected individuals are young and associated morbidity is high. H...

    Authors: Judith M Katzenellenbogen, Anna P Ralph, Rosemary Wyber and Jonathan R Carapetis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:793

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Direct-to-consumer (DTC) telemedicine providers has the potential to change the traditional patient-physician relationship. Professional medical organizations recommend that telemedicine exist within the medic...

    Authors: Brandon M. Welch, Jillian Harvey, Nathaniel S. O’Connell and James T. McElligott

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:784

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Personal support services enable many individuals to stay in their homes, but there are no standard ways to classify need for functional support in home and community care settings. The goal of this project wa...

    Authors: Chi-Ling Joanna Sinn, Aaron Jones, Janet Legge McMullan, Nancy Ackerman, Nancy Curtin-Telegdi, Leslie Eckel and John P. Hirdes

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:775

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Interventions aiming to coordinate services for the community-based dementia population vary in components, organisation and implementation. In this review we aimed to investigate the views of stakeholders on ...

    Authors: Amy Backhouse, David A. Richards, Rose McCabe, Ross Watkins and Chris Dickens

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:767

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Quality of working life includes elements such as autonomy, trust, ergonomics, participation, job complexity, and work-life balance. The overarching aim of this study was to investigate if and how quality of w...

    Authors: Gaia Cetrano, Federico Tedeschi, Laura Rabbi, Giorgio Gosetti, Antonio Lora, Dario Lamonaca, Jill Manthorpe and Francesco Amaddeo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:755

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  12. Content type: Research article

    eHealth has potential for supporting interdisciplinary care in contemporary traumatic brain injury (TBI) rehabilitation practice, yet little is known about whether this potential is being realised, or what nee...

    Authors: M. Hines, M. Brunner, S. Poon, M. Lam, V. Tran, D. Yu, L. Togher, T. Shaw and E. Power

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:757

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Primary care has a key role to play in the prevention and management of obesity, but there remain barriers to engagement in weight management by primary care practitioners. The aim of this study was to explore...

    Authors: David N. Blane, Sara Macdonald, David Morrison and Catherine A. O’Donnell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:764

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  14. Content type: Research article

    This study is based on competitive dynamics theory, and discusses competitive actions (including their implementation requirements, strategic orientation, and action complexity) that influence hospitals’ perfo...

    Authors: Chuan-Hui Chang, Yu-Ching Chiao and Yafang Tsai

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:756

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Stroke telemedicine can reduce healthcare inequities by increasing access to specialists. Successful telemedicine networks require specialists adapting clinical practice to provide remote consultations. Variat...

    Authors: Kathleen L. Bagot, Dominique A. Cadilhac, Christopher F. Bladin, Caroline L. Watkins, Michelle Vu, Geoffrey A. Donnan, Helen M. Dewey, Hedley C. A. Emsley, D. Paul Davies, Elaine Day, Gary A. Ford, Christopher I. Price, Carl R. May, Alison S. R. McLoughlin, Josephine M. E. Gibson and Catherine E. Lightbody

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:751

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The objective of this study was to explore occupational rehabilitation clinicians’ experiences on how to approach their participants on long-term sick leave in order to facilitate return to work (RTW).

    Authors: M. Eftedal, A. M. Kvaal, E. Ree, I. Øyeflaten and S. Maeland

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:744

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The organisation of health assessments by preventive health services focusing on children’s health and educational performance needs to be improved due to evolving health priorities such as mental health probl...

    Authors: Janine Bezem, Debbie Heinen, Ria Reis, Simone E. Buitendijk, Mattijs E. Numans and Paul L. Kocken

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:743

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