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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: Debate

    This is the final paper in a thematic series reporting a program of Sustainability in Health care by Allocating Resources Effectively (SHARE) in a local healthcare setting. The SHARE Program was established to...

    Authors: Claire Harris, Kelly Allen, Wayne Ramsey, Richard King and Sally Green

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:386

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  2. Content type: Research article

    The chronic care model (CCM) is an established framework for the management of patients with chronic illness at the individual and population level. Its application has been previously shown to improve clinica...

    Authors: Piercarlo Ballo, Francesco Profili, Laura Policardo, Lorenzo Roti, Paolo Francesconi and Alfredo Zuppiroli

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:388

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  3. Content type: Study protocol

    Prenatal education is a core component of perinatal care and services provided by health institutions. Whereas group prenatal education is the most common educational model, some health institutions have opted...

    Authors: Geneviève Roch, Roxane Borgès Da Silva, Francine de Montigny, Holly O. Witteman, Tamarha Pierce, Sonia Semenic, Julie Poissant, André-Anne Parent, Deena White, Nils Chaillet, Carl-Ardy Dubois, Mathieu Ouimet, Geneviève Lapointe, Stéphane Turcotte, Alexandre Prud’homme, Geneviève Painchaud Guérard…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:382

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Military Veterans in the United States are more likely than the general population to live in rural areas, and often have limited geographic access to Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities. In an eff...

    Authors: Michael E. Ohl, Margaret Carrell, Andrew Thurman, Mark Vander Weg, Teresa Hudson Pharm, Michelle Mengeling and Mary Vaughan-Sarrazin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:315

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The South Eastern Health Region in Norway serves approximately 2.8 million people, which is more than half of Norway’s population. Physical medicine and rehabilitation services are provided by 9 public hospita...

    Authors: Jennifer L. Moore, Svein Friis, Ian D. Graham, Elisabeth Troøyen Gundersen and Jan E. Nordvik

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:379

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  6. Content type: Study protocol

    Significant health inequities exist around maternal and infant health for Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand – and in particular around a premature (preterm) delivery. Māori babies are more l...

    Authors: Sara Filoche, Fiona Cram, Angela Beard, Dalice Sim, Stacie Geller, Liza Edmonds, Bridget Robson and Beverley Lawton

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:374

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Type 2 diabetes presents a major morbidity and mortality burden in the United States. Diabetes self-management education (DSME) is an intervention associated with improved hemoglobin A1c(HbA1c) and quality of ...

    Authors: Amy T. Cunningham, Denine R. Crittendon, Neva White, Geoffrey D. Mills, Victor Diaz and Marianna D. LaNoue

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:367

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Accelerating the implementation of new technology in healthcare is typically complex and multi-faceted. One strategy is to charge a national agency with the responsibility for facilitating implementation. This...

    Authors: Gill Harvey, Sue Llewellyn, Gregory Maniatopoulos, Alan Boyd and Rob Procter

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:347

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:438

  9. Content type: Research article

    In 2003 the Uganda Ministry of Health (MoH) introduced the District League Table (DLT) to track district performance. This review of the DLT is intended to add to the evidence base on Health Systems Performanc...

    Authors: Christine KirungaTashobya, Freddie Ssengooba, Juliet Nabyonga-Orem, Juliet Bataringaya, Jean Macq, Bruno Marchal, Timothy Musila and Bart Criel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:355

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Physician migration has been gaining attention worldwide. In Germany, physician migration became a topic of interest in the context of the discussion about a shortage of physicians, for which one contributing ...

    Authors: Birte Pantenburg, Katharina Kitze, Melanie Luppa, Hans-Helmut König and Steffi G. Riedel-Heller

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:341

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Poor retention in care and suboptimal adherence to antiretroviral treatment (ART) undermine its successful rollout in South Africa. The adherence club intervention was designed as an adherence-enhancing interv...

    Authors: Ferdinand C. Mukumbang, Bruno Marchal, Sara Van Belle and Brian van Wyk

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:343

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Shenzhen has rapidly grown into a megacity in the recent decades. It is a challenging task for the Shenzhen government to provide sufficient healthcare services. The spatial configuration of healthcare service...

    Authors: Zhuolin Tao, Zaoxing Yao, Hui Kong, Fei Duan and Guicai Li

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:345

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Despite an extensive body of knowledge exists on network outcomes and on how hospital network structures may contribute to the creation of outcomes at different levels of analysis, less attention has been paid...

    Authors: Fausto Di Vincenzo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:334

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  14. Content type: Research article

    We describe the way psychiatric issues are addressed by inpatient medical teams through analysis of discussions of patients with behavioral health concerns and examination of teams’ subsequent consultation pra...

    Authors: Carla Pezzia, Jacqueline A. Pugh, Holly J. Lanham and Luci K. Leykum

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:336

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  15. Content type: Study protocol

    There is wide variation in the overall one-year relative cancer survival rates across Europe, and this is thought to indicate national variations in stage of disease at diagnosis. However, there is little evid...

    Authors: Michael Harris and Gordon Taylor

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:338

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Evidence-based treatment for co-occurring disorders is needed within programs that serve homeless Veterans to assist with increasing engagement in care and to prevent future housing loss. A specialized co-occu...

    Authors: David A. Smelson, Matthew Chinman, Gordon Hannah, Thomas Byrne and Sharon McCarthy

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:332

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Hospitals are confronted with increasing safety demands from a diverse set of stakeholders, including governmental organisations, professional associations, health insurance companies, patient associations and...

    Authors: Carien W. Alingh, Jeroen D. H. van Wijngaarden, Robbert Huijsman and Jaap Paauwe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:313

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Recently, New Zealand has taken a system wide approach providing the biggest reform to New Zealand community pharmacy for 70 years with the aim of providing more clinically orientated patient centred services ...

    Authors: Alesha J. Smith, Shane L. Scahill, Jeff Harrison, Tilley Carroll and Natalie J. Medlicott

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:307

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The value of neuraminidase inhibitors (NAIs) in reducing severe clinical outcomes from influenza is debated. A clinical trial to generate better evidence is desirable. However, it is unknown whether UK clinici...

    Authors: Naomi Bradbury, Jonathan Nguyen-Van-Tam and Wei Shen Lim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:311

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Accurate TNM stage information is essential for cancer health services research, but is often impractical and expensive to collect at the population-level. We evaluated algorithms using administrative healthca...

    Authors: Alyson L. Mahar, Yunni Jeong, Brandon Zagorski and Natalie Coburn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:309

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The perspectives of nursing professionals might differ from those of older adults when it comes to care for older people. This cross-sectional study compares the views of older adults with the views of nursing...

    Authors: Lisanne Marlieke Verweij, Rik Wehrens, Lieke Oldenhof, Roland Bal and Anneke L. Francke

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:321

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Facilitating return to work can be challenging due to the complexity of work disability. Few studies have examined rehabilitation programs based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy that intend to support retu...

    Authors: Nina E. Klevanger, Marius S. Fimland, Roar Johnsen and Marit B. Rise

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:303

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  23. Content type: Research article

    In order to meet the future challenges posed by ageing populations, new technology, telemedicine and a more personalized healthcare system are needed. Earlier research has shown mobile radiography services to ...

    Authors: Elin Kjelle, Kristin Bakke Lysdahl, Hilde Merete Olerud and Aud Mette Myklebust

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:301

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Based on a growing body of epidemiological and biomedical studies, physical activity (PA) is considered a cornerstone in type 2 diabetes treatment. However, it is also a practice embedded in daily life and, as...

    Authors: Mirjam Stuij

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:297

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Community engagement is increasingly seen as crucial to achieving high quality, efficient and collaborative care. However, organisations are still searching for the best and most effective ways to engage citiz...

    Authors: E. De Weger, N. Van Vooren, K. G. Luijkx, C. A. Baan and H. W. Drewes

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:285

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Among the important stress factors for physicians nowadays are poorly functioning, time consuming and inadequate information systems. The present study examined the predictors of physicians’ stress related to ...

    Authors: Tarja Heponiemi, Hannele Hyppönen, Sari Kujala, Anna-Mari Aalto, Tuulikki Vehko, Jukka Vänskä and Marko Elovainio

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:284

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  27. Content type: Research article

    To improve care, planners require accurate information about nursing home (NH) residents and their healthcare use. We evaluated how accurately measures of resident user status and healthcare use were captured ...

    Authors: Malcolm B. Doupe, Jeff Poss, Peter G. Norton, Allan Garland, Natalia Dik, Shauna Zinnick and Lisa M. Lix

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:279

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  28. Content type: Research article

    In the current context of increasingly fragmented healthcare systems where patients are seen by multiple doctors in different settings, patients’ relational continuity with one doctor is regaining relevance; h...

    Authors: Sina Waibel, Ingrid Vargas, Jordi Coderch and María-Luisa Vázquez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:257

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:436

  29. Content type: Research article

    Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in children is the most serious form of malnutrition and is associated with very high rates of morbidity and mortality. For sustainable SAM management, United Nations recommends...

    Authors: Santhia Ireen, Mohammad Jyoti Raihan, Nuzhat Choudhury, M. Munirul Islam, Md Iqbal Hossain, Ziaul Islam, S. M. Mustafizur Rahman and Tahmeed Ahmed

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:256

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  30. Content type: Research article

    This paper explores Norwegian doctors’ use of and experiences with a national tool for sharing core patient health information. The summary care record (SCR; the Kjernejournal in Norwegian) is the first national ...

    Authors: Kari Dyb and Line Lundvoll Warth

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:252

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Involuntary psychiatric care remains controversial. Geographic disparities in its use can challenge the appropriateness of the care provided when they do not result from different health needs of the populatio...

    Authors: Coralie Gandré, Jeanne Gervaix, Julien Thillard, Jean-Marc Macé, Jean-Luc Roelandt and Karine Chevreul

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:253

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Case review and discussion at multidisciplinary team meetings (MDTMs) have evolved into standard practice in cancer care with the aim to provide evidence-based treatment recommendations. As a basis for work to...

    Authors: Linn Rosell, Nathalie Alexandersson, Oskar Hagberg and Mef Nilbert

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:249

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  33. Content type: Research article

    During the process of implementation of clinical pharmacy services, internal and external factors may favor or hinder the incorporation of care into the hospital routine. This study aimed to understand the per...

    Authors: Thaciana dos S. Alcântara, Thelma Onozato, Fernando de C. Araújo Neto, Aline S. Dosea, Luiza C. Cunha, Dyego C. S. A. de Araújo, Déborah Pimentel and Divaldo P. Lyra Junior

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:242

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The National Health Checks programme aims to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular diseases and health inequalities in England. We assessed equity of uptake and outcomes from NHS Health Checks in general prac...

    Authors: N. Coghill, L. Garside, A. A. Montgomery, G. Feder and J. Horwood

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:238

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Implementation of interventions concerning prevention and health promotion in health care has faced particular challenges resulting in a low frequency and quality of these services. In November 2011, the Swedi...

    Authors: Therese Kardakis, Lars Jerdén, Monica E. Nyström, Lars Weinehall and Helene Johansson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:227

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Increased patient demand for healthcare services coupled with a shortage of general practitioners necessitates changes in professional roles and service delivery. In 2016, NHS England began a 3-year- pilot stu...

    Authors: Kath Ryan, Nilesh Patel, Wing Man Lau, Hamza Abu-Elmagd, Graham Stretch and Helen Pinney

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:234

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  37. Content type: Research article

    In 2009, the European Medicines Agency recommended withdrawal of dextropropoxyphene (DXP); in March 2011 it was withdrawn from the market in France. Up until that time the combination dextropropoxyphene-parace...

    Authors: E. Van Ganse, M. Belhassen, M. Ginoux, E. Chrétien, C. Cornu, C. Ecoffey and F. Aubrun

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:231

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Patient satisfaction is associated with both individual (patients and health workers) and organizational (health facilities) characteristics. This study aimed to establish a link between patient satisfaction a...

    Authors: Change Xiong, Xiao Chen, Xinyuan Zhao and Chaojie Liu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:217

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Proper implementation of evidence-based interventions is necessary for their full impact to be realized. However, the majority of research to date has overlooked facilitators and barriers existing outside the ...

    Authors: Dennis P. Watson, Erin L. Adams, Sarah Shue, Heather Coates, Alan McGuire, Jeremy Chesher, Joanna Jackson and Ogbonnaya I. Omenka

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:209

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The STarT-Back-Approach (STarT: Subgroups for Targeted Treatment) was developed in the UK and has demonstrated clinical and cost effectiveness. Based on the results of a brief questionnaire, patients with low bac...

    Authors: Sven Karstens, Pauline Kuithan, Stefanie Joos, Jonathan C. Hill, Michel Wensing, Jost Steinhäuser, Katja Krug and Joachim Szecsenyi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:214

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  41. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this randomized controlled trial was to evaluate the effect of a ‘supply on demand’-distribution strategy, compared to an ‘unsolicited supply’-distribution strategy, on the use of a care booklet and...

    Authors: Aniek A. O. M. Claassen, Cornelia H. M. van den Ende, Jorit J. L. Meesters, Sanne Pellegrom, Brigitte M. Kaarls-Ohms, Jacoba Vooijs, Gerardine E. M. P. Willemsen-de Mey and Thea P. M. Vliet Vlieland

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:211

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Home-based care is used in many countries to increase quality of life and limit hospital stay, particularly where public health services are overburdened. Home-based care objectives for HIV/AIDS can include me...

    Authors: Elizabeth M. Wood, Babalwa Zani, Tonya M. Esterhuizen and Taryn Young

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:219

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  43. Content type: Research article

    When a patient in a provider network seeks services outside of their community, the community experiences a leakage. Leakage is undesirable as it typically leads to higher out-of-network cost for patient and i...

    Authors: Yuchen Zheng, Kun Lin, Thomas White, Jeremy Pickreign and Gigi Yuen-Reed

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:213

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  44. Content type: Research article

    In special circumstances, establishing public private partnerships for malaria elimination may achieve targets faster than the state sector acting by itself. Following the end of the separatist war in Sri Lank...

    Authors: Deepika Fernando, Pandu Wijeyaratne, Rajitha Wickremasinghe, Rabindra R. Abeyasinghe, Gawrie N. L. Galappaththy, Renu Wickremasinghe, M. Hapugoda, W. A. Abeywickrema and Chaturaka Rodrigo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:202

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Children and young people (CYP) with learning disabilities (LD) are a vulnerable population with increased risk of abuse and accidental injury and whose parents have reported concerns about the quality, safety...

    Authors: Kate Oulton, Faith Gibson, Lucinda Carr, Angela Hassiotis, Carey Jewitt, Charlotte Kenten, Jessica Russell, Mark Whiting, Irene Tuffrey-Wijne and Jo Wray

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:203

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  46. Content type: Research article

    A growing number of Local Authorities (LAs) have introduced integrated wellness services as part of efforts to deliver cost effective, preventive services that address the social determinants of health. This s...

    Authors: M. Cheetham, P. Van der Graaf, B. Khazaeli, E. Gibson, A. Wiseman and R. Rushmer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:200

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