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. Research article

    Data collection of patients with diabetes in family medicine: a study in north-eastern Italy

    Studies on data collection and quality of care in Italian family medicine are lacking. The aim of this study was to assess the completeness of data collection of patients with diabetes in a large sample of fam...

    Alberto Vaona, Franco Del Zotti, Sandro Girotto, Claudio Marafetti, Giulio Rigon and Alessandro Marcon

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:565

    Published on: 16 August 2017

  2. Study protocol

    A falls prevention programme to improve quality of life, physical function and falls efficacy in older people receiving home help services: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

    Falls and fall-related injuries in older adults are associated with great burdens, both for the individuals, the health care system and the society. Previous research has shown evidence for the efficiency of e...

    Maria Bjerk, Therese Brovold, Dawn A. Skelton and Astrid Bergland

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:559

    Published on: 14 August 2017

  3. Research article

    Work stress associated cool down reactions among nurses and hospital physicians and their relation to burnout symptoms

    Hospital staff experience high level of work stress and they have to find strategies to adapt and react to it. When they perceive emotional exhaustion and job dissatisfaction in response to constant work stres...

    Arndt Büssing, Zarah Falkenberg, Carina Schoppe, Daniela Rodrigues Recchia and Désirée Poier

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:551

    Published on: 10 August 2017

  4. Research article

    Measuring patient outcomes in chronic heart failure: psychometric properties of the Care-Related Quality of Life survey for Chronic Heart Failure (CaReQoL CHF)

    The Care-Related Quality of Life survey for Chronic Heart Failure (CaReQoL CHF) is a newly developed patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) that measures care-related quality of life in patients diagnosed wit...

    Paul van Kessel, Dolf de Boer, Michelle Hendriks and Anne Marie Plass

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:536

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  5. Research article

    A qualitative study describing nursing home nurses sensemaking to detect medication order discrepancies

    Medication reconciliation is a safety practice to identify medication order discrepancies when patients’ transitions between settings. In nursing homes, registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (L...

    Amy Vogelsmeier, Ruth A. Anderson, Allison Anbari, Lawrence Ganong, Amany Farag and MaryAnn Niemeyer

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:531

    Published on: 4 August 2017

  6. Research article

    Improving patient safety culture in Saudi Arabia (2012–2015): trending, improvement and benchmarking

    Measuring patient safety culture can provide insight into areas for improvement and help monitor changes over time. This study details the findings of a re-assessment of patient safety culture in a multi-site ...

    Khalid Alswat, Rawia Ahmad Mustafa Abdalla, Maher Abdelraheim Titi, Maram Bakash, Faiza Mehmood, Beena Zubairi, Diana Jamal and Fadi El-Jardali

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:516

    Published on: 2 August 2017

  7. Research article

    Healthcare Quality Improvement and ‘work engagement’; concluding results from a national, longitudinal, cross-sectional study of the ‘Productive Ward-Releasing Time to Care’ Programme

    Concerns about patient safety and reducing harm have led to a particular focus on initiatives that improve healthcare quality. However Quality Improvement (QI) initiatives have in the past typically faltered b...

    Mark White, Tony Butterworth and John SG Wells

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:510

    Published on: 1 August 2017

  8. Research article

    Benchmarked performance charts using principal components analysis to improve the effectiveness of feedback for audit data in HIV care

    Feedback tools for clinical audit data that compare site-specific results to average performance over all sites can be useful for quality improvement. Proposed tools should be simple and clearly benchmark the ...

    Skevi Michael, Mark Gompels, Caroline Sabin, Hilary Curtis and Margaret T. May

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:506

    Published on: 24 July 2017

  9. Research article

    Linking clinical quality indicators to research evidence - a case study in asthma management for children

    Clinical quality indicators are used to monitor the performance of healthcare services and should wherever possible be based on research evidence. Little is known however about the extent to which indicators i...

    Miew Keen Choong, Guy Tsafnat, Peter Hibbert, William B. Runciman and Enrico Coiera

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:502

    Published on: 21 July 2017

  10. Research article

    Cancer related fatigue: implementing guidelines for optimal management

    Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is a key concern for people living with cancer and can impair physical functioning and activities of daily living. Evidence-based guidelines for CRF are available, yet inconsistent...

    Elizabeth J. M. Pearson, Meg E. Morris and Carol E. McKinstry

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:496

    Published on: 18 July 2017

  11. Research article

    A qualitative study of clinic and community member perspectives on intervention toolkits: “Unless the toolkit is used it won’t help solve the problem”

    Intervention toolkits are common products of grant-funded research in public health and primary care settings. Toolkits are designed to address the knowledge translation gap by speeding implementation and diss...

    Melinda M. Davis, Sonya Howk, Margaret Spurlock, Paul B McGinnis, Deborah J. Cohen and Lyle J. Fagnan

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:497

    Published on: 18 July 2017

  12. Research article

    Psychometric properties and relations with coping and family strain of the Health Services and Caregiver Experience questionnaire (HSCE): an outcome measure of informal caregivers’ experience for inpatient care in Italy

    In the last decade, the number of patients supported by informal caregivers has substantially increased. In the Italian healthcare context, informal caregivers’ experience of care is a new under-recognized con...

    Anna Coluccia, Fabio Ferretti, Andrea Fagiolini and Andrea Pozza

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:494

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  13. Research article

    Satisfaction, discomfort, obligations, and concerns in population-based breast cancer screening: cross-sectional study in a Danish population

    Potential barriers to breast cancer screening adherence include patient satisfaction, as well as pain, feeling obliged to participate, and other concerns that might compromise the level of satisfaction.

    Pernille Gabel, Mette Bach Larsen, Pernille Bjørnholt Nielsen, Dorte Brandt Svendstrup and Berit Andersen

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:489

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  14. Research article

    How well do ICD-9 physician claim diagnostic codes identify confirmed pertussis cases in Alberta, Canada? A Canadian Immunization Research Network (CIRN) Study

    Rates of Bordetella pertussis have been increasing in Alberta, Canada despite vaccination programs. Waning immunity from existing acellular component vaccines may be contributing to this. Vaccine effectiveness ca...

    Sumana Fathima, Kimberley A. Simmonds, Steven J. Drews, Lawrence W. Svenson, Jeffrey C. Kwong, Salaheddin M. Mahmud, Susan Quach, Caitlin Johnson, Kevin L. Schwartz, Natasha S. Crowcroft and Margaret L. Russell

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:479

    Published on: 12 July 2017

  15. Research article

    Validation of an instrument to assess the delivery of patient-centred care to people with intellectual disabilities as perceived by professionals

    Patient/Person Centred Care (PCC) has achieved widespread attention which resulted in the identification of eight dimensions of PCC: Respect for the patients’ values, preferences and expressed needs; informati...

    Jane Murray Cramm and Anna Petra Nieboer

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:472

    Published on: 11 July 2017

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