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BMC Health Services Research

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

    Despite strong evidence for beta-blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) in chronic heart failure (CHF), they have been under-utilised especially in ...

    Authors: Chong Chyn Chua, Anastasia Hutchinson, Mark Tacey, Sumit Parikh, Wen Kwang Lim and Craig Aboltins

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:206

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Population-based patterns of care studies are important for trauma care but conducting them is expensive and resource-intensive. Linkage of routinely collected administrative health data may provide an efficie...

    Authors: Jane Wu, Steven G. Faux, Christopher J. Poulos and Ian Harris

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:204

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  3. Content type: Debate

    Research in criminology and social-psychology supports the idea that visible signs of disorder, both physical and social, may perpetuate further disorder, leading to neighborhood incivilities, petty violations...

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

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:201

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The method, Swedish Physical Activity on Prescription (SPAP), has been launched in Swedish healthcare to promote physical activity for prevention and treatment of lifestyle related health disorders. Despite sc...

    Authors: Catharina Gustavsson, Maria Nordqvist, Kristina Bröms, Lars Jerdén, Lena V. Kallings and Lars Wallin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:196

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Quality systems are believed to be positively related to quality and safety in healthcare. However, there is no convincing evidence for this relationship in the literature. This study aims to examine the assoc...

    Authors: Steffie M. van Schoten, Janneke Hoogervorst-Schilp, Peter P. Groenewegen, Peter Spreeuwenberg and Cordula Wagner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:189

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Interventions to improve quality of care for residents of long-term care facilities, and to examine the sustainability and spread of such initiatives, remain a top research priority. The purpose of this explor...

    Authors: Lisa A. Cranley, Matthias Hoben, Jasper Yeung, Carole A. Estabrooks, Peter G. Norton and Adrian Wagg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:174

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Involving patients in decisions about their pharmacotherapy is crucial for a satisfactory treatment outcome. Information and opinions about medicines are available from a variety of sources. The Wise List is t...

    Authors: Pia Bastholm-Rahmner, Lars L. Gustafsson, Kristina Aggefors, Kristina Ateva, Susanne Elfving, Jaran Eriksen, Malena Jirlow, Maria Juhasz-Haverinen, Rickard E. Malmström, Mahan Nikpour-Ardaly, Magnus Röjvall, Martina Vallin, Eva Andersén-Karlsson and Marie-Louise Ovesjö

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:176

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The surgical Safety Checklist (SSC) was introduced in 2008 to improve teamwork and reduce the mortality and morbidity associated with surgery. Although mandated in many health care institutions around the worl...

    Authors: Brigid M. Gillespie, Emma Harbeck, Joanne Lavin, Therese Gardiner, Teresa K. Withers and Andrea P. Marshall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:170

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  9. Content type: Study protocol

    Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a cognitive-behavioral intervention aimed at reducing risk for criminal recidivism by restructuring antisocial attitudes and cognitions (i.e., “criminogenic thinking”). MRT ha...

    Authors: Daniel M. Blonigen, Michael A. Cucciare, Christine Timko, Jennifer S. Smith, Autumn Harnish, Lakiesha Kemp, Joel Rosenthal and David Smelson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:164

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Conducting patient safety culture assessments can provide hospitals with information on how structures and processes within their system can impact patient outcomes. This study used the Hospital Survey on Pati...

    Authors: Hayfaa Ali, Samaa Zenhom Ibrahem, Buthaina Al Mudaf, Talal Al Fadalah, Diana Jamal and Fadi El-Jardali

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:158

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Readmission of a patient to a hospital is typically associated with significant clinical changes in the patient’s condition, but it is unknown how healthcare workers modify their provision of care when conside...

    Authors: Priyadarshini R. Pennathur and Brennan S. Ayres

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:138

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The AGREE II instrument is the most commonly used guideline appraisal tool. It includes 23 appraisal criteria (items) organized within six domains. AGREE II also includes two overall assessments (overall guide...

    Authors: Wiebke Hoffmann-Eßer, Ulrich Siering, Edmund A. M. Neugebauer, Anne Catharina Brockhaus, Natalie McGauran and Michaela Eikermann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:143

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  13. Content type: Research article

    To evaluate the performance of a novel triage system for Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) units built upon an existent clinical prediction rule (CPR) to reduce time to unit arrival, relative to the time of symp...

    Authors: Maximilian B. Bibok, Kristine Votova, Robert F. Balshaw, Mary L. Lesperance, Nicole S. Croteau, Anurag Trivedi, Jaclyn Morrison, Colin Sedgwick and Andrew M. Penn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:142

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Written Medicine Information (WMI) is one of the sources that patients use to obtain information concerning medicine. This paper aims to assess the readability of two types of WMIs in Arabic language based on ...

    Authors: Sinaa Al Aqeel, Norah Abanmy, Abeer Aldayel, Hend Al-Khalifa, Maha Al-Yahya and Mona Diab

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:139

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Health literacy refers to an individual’s ability to find, understand and use health information in order to promote and maintain health. An individual’s health literacy may also be influenced by the way healt...

    Authors: Rebecca L. Jessup, Richard H. Osborne, Alison Beauchamp, Allison Bourne and Rachelle Buchbinder

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:134

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  16. Content type: Research article

    There are many challenges in delivering and evaluating knowledge for healthcare, but the lack of clear routes from knowledge to practice is a root cause of failures in safety within healthcare. Various types a...

    Authors: Sarah Morton, Suzanne Wilson, Sheila Inglis, Karen Ritchie and Ann Wales

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:133

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  17. Content type: Research article

    To assess the construct validity and responsiveness of the PROMIS Physical Function v1.2 short form 8b (PROMIS-PF), and the PROMIS Ability to Participate in Social Roles and Activities v2.0 short form 8a (PROM...

    Authors: Eva van der Meij, Johannes R. Anema, Judith A. F. Huirne and Caroline B. Terwee

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:128

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  18. Content type: Research article

    High experienced continuity is known to be associated with lower needs for supportive care and most likely higher quality of life. On this background, the aim of this study was to investigate if patient-experi...

    Authors: Susann Plate, Louise Emilsson, Martin Söderberg, Yvonne Brandberg and Fredrik Wärnberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:127

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Double-checking medications is a widely used strategy to enhance safe medication administration in oncology, but there is little evidence to support its effectiveness. The proliferated use of double-checking m...

    Authors: D. L. B. Schwappach, Katja Taxis and Yvonne Pfeiffer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:123

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Due to an increasing demand in health care services plans to substitute selective physician-conducted medical activities have become attractive. Because administration of a blood transfusion is a highly standa...

    Authors: Jan A. Graw, Katja Eymann, Felix Kork, Martin Zoremba and Rene Burchard

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:122

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