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Quality, performance, safety and outcomes

Section edited by Koustuv Dalal and Howard Degenholtz

This section aims to publish studies on healthcare quality practice and improving patient care and its safety. The section also accepts articles on changes in the health status of an individual, group or population resulting from interventions of the health care team.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Previous research into improving patient safety has emphasised the importance of responding to and learning from concerns raised by service users and carers. Expertise gained by the experiences of service user...

    Authors: Kathryn Berzins, Gemma Louch, Mark Brown, Jane K. O’Hara and John Baker

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:644

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Urinary catheters are a common medical intervention, yet they can also be associated with harmful adverse events such as infection, urinary tract trauma, delirium and patient discomfort. The purpose of this st...

    Authors: Krista R. Wooller, Chantal Backman, Shipa Gupta, Alison Jennings, Delvina Hasimja-Saraqini and Alan J. Forster

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:642

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Pay-for-Performance programs have shown improvement in indicators monitoring adequacy and target achievement in diabetic care. However, less is known regarding the impact of this program on the occurrence and ...

    Authors: Shwu-Jiuan Sheu, Wen-Liang Lin, Yea-Huei Kao Yang, Chi-Min Hwu and Ching-Lan Cheng

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:638

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Effective communication between family physicians and their patients is crucial to improving healthcare outcomes and patients’ satisfaction. However, the barriers to effective communication have been weakly st...

    Authors: Abdulaziz H. Albahri, Alya S. Abushibs and Noura S. Abushibs

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:637

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Involving consumers in producing health services is mandated in many countries. Evidence indicates consumer partnerships lead to improved service design, quality and innovation. Involving participants from min...

    Authors: Jane Farmer, Christine Bigby, Hilary Davis, Karen Carlisle, Amanda Kenny and Richard Huysmans

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:628

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Veterans’ Medicines Advice and Therapeutics Education Services (Veterans’ MATES) programme conducted two intervention (March 2009, follow-up inte...

    Authors: Lisa M. Kalisch Ellett, Renly Lim, Nicole L. Pratt, Mhairi Kerr, Emmae N. Ramsay, Tammy V. LeBlanc, John D. Barratt and Elizabeth E. Roughead

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:626

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Drug use among the elderly population is generally extensive and the use of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) is common, which increases the risk for drug-related problems (DRP). Medication reviews ...

    Authors: Cecilia Lenander, Åsa Bondesson, Nina Viberg, Anders Beckman and Patrik Midlöv

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:616

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Recently the dementia field has shifted focus away from the early diagnosis debate in favour of ‘timely’ diagnosis. ‘Timely’ diagnosis disclosure takes into consideration the preferences and unique circumstanc...

    Authors: Rochelle Watson, Jamie Bryant, Robert Sanson-Fisher, Elise Mansfield and Tiffany-Jane Evans

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:612

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The General Health Questionnaire-12 (GHQ-12) is one of the most unique and extensively used self-report instruments for evaluating psychological disorders and strains. However, the factor structure of GHQ-12 h...

    Authors: Ashraf El-Metwally, Sundas Javed, Hira Abdul Razzak, Khaled K. Aldossari, Abdurrahman Aldiab, Sameer H. Al-Ghamdi, Mowafa Househ, Mamdouh M. Shubair and Jamaan M. Al-Zahrani

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:595

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  10. Content type: Research article

    A model for statewide dissemination of evidence-based treatment (EBT) for traumatized youth was piloted and taken to scale across North Carolina (NC). This article describes the implementation platform develop...

    Authors: Lisa Amaya-Jackson, Dana Hagele, John Sideris, Donna Potter, Ernestine C. Briggs, Leila Keen, Robert A. Murphy, Shannon Dorsey, Vanessa Patchett, George S. Ake and Rebecca Socolar

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:589

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The importance of contextual factors in influencing quality improvement and implementation (QI&I) initiatives is broadly acknowledged. Existing treatments of context have primarily viewed it as static and dist...

    Authors: Julie E. Reed, Heather C. Kaplan and Sharif A. Ismail

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:584

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Evaluation of integrated care programmes for individuals with multi-morbidity requires a broader evaluation framework and a broader definition of added value than is common in cost-utility analysis. This is po...

    Authors: Maureen Rutten-van Mölken, Fenna Leijten, Maaike Hoedemakers, Apostolos Tsiachristas, Nick Verbeek, Milad Karimi, Roland Bal, Antoinette de Bont, Kamrul Islam, Jan Erik Askildsen, Thomas Czypionka, Markus Kraus, Mirjana Huic, János György Pitter, Verena Vogt, Jonathan Stokes…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:576

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The first phase of an enterprise risk management (ERM) program is the identification of risks. Accurate identification is essential to a proactive and effective ERM function. The authors identified a lack of s...

    Authors: Ana Paula Beck da Silva Etges, Veronique Grenon, Ming Lu, Ricardo Bertoglio Cardoso, Joana Siqueira de Souza, Francisco José Kliemann Neto and Elaine Aparecida Felix

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:578

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Measuring quality in healthcare is vital in evaluating patient outcomes and system performance. The availability of reliable and valid information about the quality of care for patients presenting with rotator...

    Authors: Breda H.F. Eubank, Mark R. Lafave, J. Preston Wiley, David M. Sheps, Aaron J. Bois and Nicholas G. Mohtadi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:569

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Anxiety disorders are common, yet treatment options in general practice are often limited to medication or CBT. There is a lack of evidence for the effectiveness of exercise in the treatment of anxiety in pati...

    Authors: Elizabeth Aylett, Nicola Small and Peter Bower

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:559

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  16. Content type: Study protocol

    Pain is a common and distressing symptom in people with cancer, but is under-recognised and under-treated. Australian guidelines for ‘Cancer Pain Management in Adults’ are available on the Cancer Council Austr...

    Authors: Tim Luckett, Jane Phillips, Meera Agar, Lawrence Lam, Patricia M. Davidson, Nicola McCaffrey, Frances Boyle, Tim Shaw, David C. Currow, Alison Read, Annmarie Hosie and Melanie Lovell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:558

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Diagnostic imaging has been a part of medicine for the last century. It has been difficult to implement guidelines in this field, and unwarranted imaging has been a frequent problem. Some work has been done to...

    Authors: Ann Mari Gransjøen, Siri Wiig, Kristin Bakke Lysdahl and Bjørn Morten Hofmann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:556

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Delirium is a well-known complication in cardiac surgery and intensive care unit (ICU) patients. However, in many other settings its prevalence and clinical consequences are understudied. The aims of this stud...

    Authors: Maria Schubert, Roger Schürch, Soenke Boettger, David Garcia Nuñez, Urs Schwarz, Dominique Bettex, Josef Jenewein, Jasmina Bogdanovic, Marina Lynne Staehli, Rebecca Spirig and Alain Rudiger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:550

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Patient safety culture, i.e. a subset of an organization’s culture, has become an important focus of patient safety research. An organization’s culture consists of many cultures, underscoring the importance of...

    Authors: Marita Danielsson, Per Nilsen, Hans Rutberg and Siw Carlfjord

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:543

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) programs have been taken up widely by Indigenous primary health care (PHC) services in Australia and there has been national policy commitment to support this. However, int...

    Authors: Karen Gardner, Beverly Sibthorpe, Mier Chan, Ginny Sargent, Michelle Dowden and Daniel McAullay

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:541

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  21. Content type: Research article

    There are dearth of literature on the capacity of the health system to diagnose and treat HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia. In this study we evaluated the capacity of health facilities for HIV/AIDS care, its spatial distr...

    Authors: Amare Deribew, Sibhatu Biadgilign, Della Berhanu, Atkure Defar, Kebede Deribe, Ephrem Tekle, Kassahun Asheber and Tariku Dejene

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:535

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Achieving sustainable practice changes to ensure best-practice nursing care in acute hospital environments can be challenging and is not well understood. A multi-faceted practice change intervention was implem...

    Authors: Catherine Travers, Amanda Henderson, Frederick Graham and Elizabeth Beattie

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:534

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  23. Content type: Debate

    While we have made gains in understanding cultures in hospitals and their effects on outcomes of care, little work has investigated how the pace of work in hospitals is associated with staff satisfaction and p...

    Authors: Jeffrey Braithwaite, Louise A. Ellis, Kate Churruca and Janet C. Long

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:529

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Poor sleep is known to adversely affect hospital patients’ recovery and rehabilitation. The aim of the study was to investigate the perceived duration and quality of patient sleep and identify any environmenta...

    Authors: Lori J. Delaney, Marian J. Currie, Hsin-Chia Carol Huang, Violeta Lopez and Frank Van Haren

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:524

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Although public reporting of hospital performance is becoming common, it remains uncertain whether public reporting leads to improvement in clinical outcomes. This study was conducted to evaluate whether enrol...

    Authors: Hayato Yamana, Mariko Kodan, Sachiko Ono, Kojiro Morita, Hiroki Matsui, Kiyohide Fushimi, Tomoaki Imamura and Hideo Yasunaga

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:523

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Limited studies have evaluated the effectiveness of pharmacist interventions on outpatient prescription. The goal of this study was to evaluate the clinical and economic impacts of pharmacist interventions on ...

    Authors: Zhiwei Bao, Chunmei Ji, Jing Hu, Can Luo and Wentong Fang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:519

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  27. Content type: Research article

    How non-verbal data may influence observer-administered ratings of shared decision making is unknown. Our objective for this exploratory analysis was to determine the effect of mode of data collection (audio+v...

    Authors: Michael R. Gionfriddo, Megan E. Branda, Cara Fernandez, Aaron Leppin, Kathleen J. Yost, Brittany Kimball, Gabriela Spencer-Bonilla, Laura Larrea, Katherine E. Nowakowski, Victor M. Montori and Jon Tilburt

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:522

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Inadequate non-technical skills (NTSs) among employees in the Norwegian prehospital emergency medical services (EMSs) are a risk for patient and operational safety. Simulation-based training and assessment is ...

    Authors: Henrik Langdalen, Eirik B. Abrahamsen, Stephen J. M. Sollid, Leif Inge K. Sørskår and Håkon B. Abrahamsen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:509

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Several bone-targeted agents (BTAs) are available for preventing skeletal-related events (SREs), but they vary in terms of efficacy, safety and mode of administration. This study assessed data on European phys...

    Authors: Yi Qian, Jorge Arellano, Francesca Gatta, Guy Hechmati, A. Brett Hauber, Ateesha F. Mohamed, Amit Bahl, Roger von Moos and Jean-Jacques Body

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:518

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Primary caesarean section (PCS) rate is one of the main indicators of quality of care suggested by the Italian Government. Hospital rankings are usually based on it, therefore lower rates reflect more appropri...

    Authors: Pamela Di Giovanni, Tonia Garzarella, Giuseppe Di Martino, Francesco Saverio Schioppa, Ferdinando Romano and Tommaso Staniscia

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:514

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Individuals with severe disability often require personal assistance and help from informal caregivers, in addition to conventional health care. The utilization of assistance dogs may decrease the need for hea...

    Authors: Martina Lundqvist, Lars-Åke Levin, Kerstin Roback and Jenny Alwin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:497

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Knowledge translation (KT) is the broad range of activities aimed at supporting the use of research findings leading to evidence-based practice (EBP) and policy. Recommendations have been made that capacity bu...

    Authors: Anastasia A. Mallidou, Pat Atherton, Liza Chan, Noreen Frisch, Stephanie Glegg and Gayle Scarrow

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:502

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Depression constitutes a significant part of the global burden of diseases. General practice plays a central role in diagnosing and monitoring depression. A telemedicine solution comprising a web-based psychom...

    Authors: Mette Daugbjerg Krog, Marie Germund Nielsen, Jette Videbæk Le, Flemming Bro, Kaj Sparle Christensen and Anna Mygind

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:503

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Job satisfaction is a predictor of intention to stay and turnover among allied healthcare providers. However, there is limited research examining job satisfaction among allied health professionals, specificall...

    Authors: Laura D. Aloisio, Wendy A. Gifford, Katherine S. McGilton, Michelle Lalonde, Carole A. Estabrooks and Janet E. Squires

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:491

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  35. Content type: Study protocol

    Neonatal mortality is a major health burden in Bungoma County with the rate estimated at 31 per 1000 live births and is above the national average of 22 per 1000. Nonetheless, out of the nine sub county hospit...

    Authors: Jesse Gitaka, Alice Natecho, Humphrey M. Mwambeo, Daniel Maina Gatungu, David Githanga and Timothy Abuya

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:493

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  36. Content type: Technical advance

    A discrete choice experiment (DCE) is a method used to elicit participants’ preferences and the relative importance of different attributes and levels within a decision-making process. DCEs have become popular...

    Authors: Aoife De Brún, Darren Flynn, Laura Ternent, Christopher I. Price, Helen Rodgers, Gary A. Ford, Matthew Rudd, Emily Lancsar, Stephen Simpson, John Teah and Richard G. Thomson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:483

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Despite continued policy and research emphasis to deliver culturally competent mental healthcare, there is: (1) limited evidence about what frontline practitioners consider to be culturally competent care and;...

    Authors: Tooba Noor Mollah, Josefine Antoniades, Fathima Ijaza Lafeer and Bianca Brijnath

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:480

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Person-Centered Integrated Care (PC-IC) is believed to improve outcomes and experience for persons with multiple long-term and complex conditions. No broad consensus exists regarding how to capture the patient...

    Authors: Gro Berntsen, Audhild Høyem, Idar Lettrem, Cornelia Ruland, Markus Rumpsfeld and Deede Gammon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:479

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Although death certificates (DCs) provide valuable health information which may help to guide local health policies and priorities, there is little information concerning their validity in Thailand. First-year...

    Authors: Chaiwat Washirasaksiri, Prateep Raksasagulwong, Charoen Chouriyagune, Pochamana Phisalprapa and Weerachai Srivanichakorn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:478

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  40. Content type: Research article

    In the past decade, the Republic of Ireland has undertaken significant reconfiguration programmes to improve emergency services. During this time the public healthcare system experienced a large real decrease ...

    Authors: Brenda Lynch, Anthony P. Fitzgerald, Paul Corcoran, Orla Healy, Claire Buckley, Conor Foley and John Browne

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:474

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  41. Content type: Research article

    The patient experience is a crucial part of the measurement of service quality. However, instruments to evaluate experiential quality in the community mental health care of older adults are lacking. Before des...

    Authors: Mark Wilberforce, Eric Batten, David Challis, Linda Davies, Michael P. Kelly and Chris Roberts

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:461

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  42. Content type: Study protocol

    Capacity development of health volunteers and text messaging to pregnant women through mobile phones have shown improved maternal and child health (MCH) outcomes and is associated with increased utilisation of...

    Authors: Jitendra Kumar Singh, Rajendra Kadel, Dilaram Acharya, Daniel Lombard, Saval Khanal and Shri Prakash Singh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:447

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Interventions to improve patient-centered care for persons with multimorbidity are in constant growth. To date, the emphasis has been on two separate kinds of interventions, those based on a patient-centered c...

    Authors: Marie-Eve Poitras, Marie-Eve Maltais, Louisa Bestard-Denommé, Moira Stewart and Martin Fortin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:446

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Psychosocial rehabilitation is a service that supports recovery from mental illness by providing opportunities for skill development, self-determination, and social interaction. One type of psychosocial rehabi...

    Authors: Christina Mutschler, Jen Rouse, Kelly McShane and Criss Habal-Brosek

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:442

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  45. Content type: Study protocol

    Access to integrated services for individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders is a long-standing public health issue. Receiving integrated treatment services are both more effective...

    Authors: James H. Ford II, Eric L Osborne, Mehret T. Assefa, Amy M McIlvaine, Ahney M King, Kevin Campbell and Mark P McGovern

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:431

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  46. Content type: Research article

    The objective of this systematic review was to summarize and evaluate evidence about the effectiveness of knowledge translation (KT) interventions to improve the uptake and application of clinical practice gui...

    Authors: Fadi M. AL Zoubi, Anita Menon, Nancy E. Mayo and André E. Bussières

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:435

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Children born in families with non-medical risk factors, such as deprivation, have higher odds of preterm birth (< 37 weeks of gestation) or being born small for gestational age (birth weight < 10th percentile...

    Authors: M. R. C. van Minde, S. M. Hulst, H. Raat, E. A. P. Steegers and M. L. A. de Kroon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:432

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