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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

    Eldercare and care of people with functional impairments is organized by the municipalities in Sweden. Improving care in these areas is complex, with multiple stakeholders and organizations. Appropriate strate...

    Authors: M. E. Nyström, E. Höög, R. Garvare, M. Andersson Bäck, D. D. Terris and J. Hansson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:376

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  2. Content type: Study protocol

    The shortage of organs for kidney transplantation for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is magnified in Hispanics/Latin Americans in the United States. Living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT) is ...

    Authors: Elisa J. Gordon, Jungwha Lee, Raymond H. Kang, Juan Carlos Caicedo, Jane L. Holl, Daniela P. Ladner and Michelle D. Shumate

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:368

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is a common high-risk disease with inpatient mortality of 5% nationally. But little is known about this outcome among Asian Americans (Asians), a fast growing racial/ethnic mi...

    Authors: Eun Ji Kim, Nancy R. Kressin, Michael K. Paasche-Orlow, Lenny Lopez, Jennifer E. Rosen, Mengyun Lin and Amresh D. Hanchate

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:370

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  4. Content type: Study protocol

    There are many descriptive studies regarding the needs of the family, as well as those regarding nursing care aimed directly at family members. However, there is no widespread application of such evidence in c...

    Authors: Laura de-la-Cueva-Ariza, Pilar Delgado-Hito, Gemma Martínez-Estalella, Gemma Via-Clavero, Teresa Lluch-Canut and Marta Romero-García

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:357

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Healthcare systems around the world have been responding to the demand for better integrated models of service delivery. However, there is a need for further clarity regarding the effects of these new models o...

    Authors: Susan Baxter, Maxine Johnson, Duncan Chambers, Anthea Sutton, Elizabeth Goyder and Andrew Booth

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:350

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Self-administration of medicines by patients whilst in hospital is being increasingly promoted despite little evidence to show the risks and benefits. Pain control after total knee replacement (TKR) is known t...

    Authors: Katherine H. O. Deane, Richard Gray, Paula Balls, Clare Darrah, Louise Swift, Alan B. Clark, Garry R. Barton, Sophie Morris, Sue Butters, Angela Bullough, Helen Flaherty, Barbara Talbot, Mark Sanders and Simon T. Donell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:346

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The perceived importance of safety culture in improving patient safety and its impact on patient outcomes has led to a growing interest in the assessment of safety climate in healthcare organizations; however,...

    Authors: Gheed Alsalem, Paul Bowie and Jillian Morrison

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:353

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  8. Content type: Research article

    For young people with long-term conditions, transition from child to adult-oriented health services is a critical period which, if not managed well, may lead to poor outcomes. There are features of transition ...

    Authors: A. Colver, R. Pearse, R. M. Watson, M. Fay, T. Rapley, K. D. Mann, A. Le Couteur, J. R. Parr and H. McConachie

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:337

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  9. Content type: Research article

    In contrast to other countries, the appearance of locum physicians as independent contractors constitutes a rather new phenomenon in the German health care system and emerged out of a growing economization and...

    Authors: Sabine Salloch, Birgit Apitzsch, Maximiliane Wilkesmann and Caroline Ruiner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:333

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  10. Content type: Research article

    A multitude of different rehabilitation interventions and other specific health care services are offered for individuals with disorders of consciousness in long-term care settings. To investigate the associat...

    Authors: Hanna Klingshirn, Rene Mittrach, Kathrin Braitmayer, Ralf Strobl, Andreas Bender, Eva Grill and Martin Müller

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:329

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Next-of-kin are an extension of healthcare professionals in all stages of cancer care. They offer care activities such as interpretations of symptoms, and reporting of negative or adverse effects of treatment,...

    Authors: Inger Johanne Bergerød, Bjørnar Gilje, Geir S. Braut and Siri Wiig

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:324

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Several malaria endemic countries have implemented community health worker (CHW) programmes to increase access to populations underserved by health care. There is considerable evidence on CHW adherence to case...

    Authors: Sham Lal, Richard Ndyomugenyi, Lucy Paintain, Neal D. Alexander, Kristian S. Hansen, Pascal Magnussen, Daniel Chandramohan and Siân E. Clarke

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:317

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Health care data allow for the study and surveillance of chronic diseases such as diabetes. The objective of this study was to identify and validate optimal algorithms for diabetes cases within health care adm...

    Authors: Lorraine L. Lipscombe, Jeremiah Hwee, Lauren Webster, Baiju R. Shah, Gillian L. Booth and Karen Tu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:316

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Every year, 14 % of patients in Norwegian hospitals experience adverse events, which often have health-damaging consequences. The government, hospital management and health personnel attempt to minimize such e...

    Authors: Gunn Hågensen, Gudrun Nilsen, Grete Mehus and Nils Henriksen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:302

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  15. Content type: Study protocol

    In Ontario, Canada, approximately $2.5 billion is spent yearly on occupational injuries in the healthcare sector. The healthcare sector has been ranked second highest for lost-time injury rates among 16 Ontari...

    Authors: Joan M Almost, Elizabeth G VanDenKerkhof, Peter Strahlendorf, Louise Caicco Tett, Joanna Noonan, Thomas Hayes, Henrietta Van hulle, Ryan Adam, Jeremy Holden, Tracy Kent-Hillis, Mike McDonald, Geneviève C. Paré, Karanjit Lachhar and Vanessa Silva e Silva

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:296

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Patients with severe mental illness may be subjected to Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) in order to secure that the patients adhere to treatment. Few studies have investigated the use of CTOs within an Asser...

    Authors: Hanne Kilen Stuen, Anne Landheim, Jorun Rugkåsa and Rolf Wynn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:290

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of mortality among people living with HIV (PLHIV), despite the availability of effective preventive therapy. The TEKO trial is assessing the impact of using a blood test,...

    Authors: Deanna Kerrigan, Carrie Tudor, Katlego Motlhaoleng, Limakatso Lebina, Cokiswa Qomfu, Ebrahim Variava, Sandy Chon, Neil Martinson and Jonathan E. Golub

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:288

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