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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

    Falls are a major socio-economic problem among residential aged care (RAC) populations resulting in high rates of injury including hip fracture. Guidelines recommend that multifactorial prevention strategies a...

    Authors: Jacqueline Francis-Coad, Christopher Etherton-Beer, Caroline Bulsara, Nicole Blackburn, Paola Chivers and Anne-Marie Hill

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:21

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Falls are a common adverse event in both elderly inpatients and patients admitted to rehabilitation units. The Hendrich Fall Risk Model II (HIIFRM) has been already tested in all hospital wards with high fall ...

    Authors: Isabella Campanini, Stefano Mastrangelo, Annalisa Bargellini, Agnese Bassoli, Gabriele Bosi, Francesco Lombardi, Stefano Tolomelli, Mirco Lusuardi and Andrea Merlo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:18

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  3. Content type: Research article

    More than 1 in 7 patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in the United States are unaware of their serostatus despite recommendations of US agencies that all adults through age 65 be screene...

    Authors: Colleen Kershaw, Jessica L. Taylor, Gary Horowitz, Diane Brockmeyer, Howard Libman, Gila Kriegel and Long Ngo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:14

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Hospital Quality Alliance began collecting and reporting United States hospital performance in the treatment of pneumonia and heart failure in 2008. ...

    Authors: Soowhan Lah, Emily L. Wilson, Sarah Beesley, Iftach Sagy, James Orme, Victor Novack and Samuel M. Brown

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:12

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Mortality data are essential for many aspects of everyday public health practices at both national and international levels. Despite the current developments in various aspects of the medical field, the appare...

    Authors: Jamal A. S. Qaddumi, Zaher Nazzal, Allam Yacoub and Mahmoud Mansour

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:8

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  6. Content type: Study protocol

    Too-low body mass index (BMI), HbA1c% or cholesterol levels predicts poor survival. This study investigates whether e-mails about these low values, improve health of people older than 75 years.

    Authors: Nir Tsabar, Yan Press, Johanna Rotman, Bracha Klein, Yonatan Grossman, Maya Vainshtein-Tal and Sophia Eilat-Tsanani

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:4

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Quantitative studies have demonstrated several factors predictive of readmissions to intensive care. Clinical decision tools, derived from these factors have failed to reduce readmission rates. The purpose of ...

    Authors: Uchenna R. Ofoma, Yue Dong, Ognjen Gajic and Brian W. Pickering

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:6

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Hand hygiene and aseptic techniques are essential preventives in combating hospital-acquired infections. However, implementation of these strategies in the operating room remains suboptimal. There is a paucity...

    Authors: Annette Erichsen Andersson, Maria Frödin, Lisen Dellenborg, Lars Wallin, Jesper Hök, Brigid M. Gillespie and Ewa Wikström

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:2

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Clinical coordination is considered a health policy priority as its absence can lead to poor quality of care and inefficiency. A key challenge is to identify which strategies should be implemented to improve c...

    Authors: Marta-Beatriz Aller, Ingrid Vargas, Jordi Coderch and Maria-Luisa Vázquez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:842

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Continuous medical education strategies, including academic detailing (AD), have mixed effects on the quality of prescribing in general practice. Alongside a cluster-randomized controlled trial (cRCT) to asses...

    Authors: Sibyl Anthierens, Veronique Verhoeven, Olivier Schmitz and Samuel Coenen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:841

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Teamwork is an integrated part of today’s specialized and complex healthcare and essential to patient safety, and is considered as a core competency to improve twenty-first century healthcare. Teamwork measure...

    Authors: Randi Ballangrud, Sissel Eikeland Husebø and Marie Louise Hall-Lord

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:799

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Despite its popularity, the effectiveness of audit and feedback in support quality improvement efforts is mixed. While audit and feedback-related research efforts have investigated issues relating to feedback ...

    Authors: Daniel J. Wagner, Janet Durbin, Jan Barnsley and Noah M. Ivers

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:803

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Telephone triage is a core but vulnerable part of the care process at out-of-hours general practitioner (GP) cooperatives. In the Netherlands, different instruments have been used for assessing the quality of ...

    Authors: Marleen Smits, Ellen Keizer, Paul Ram and Paul Giesen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:798

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  14. Content type: Research article

    An increasing number of transitions due to substitution of care of more complex patients urges insight in and improvement of transitional medication safety. While lack of documentation of prescription changes ...

    Authors: Judith M. Poldervaart, Marije A. van Melle, Sanne Willemse, Niek J. de Wit and Dorien L.M. Zwart

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:792

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  15. Content type: Research article

    To ensure quality of care delivery clinical supervision has been implemented in health services. While clinical supervision of health professionals has been shown to improve patient safety, its effect on other...

    Authors: David A. Snowdon, Sandra G. Leggat and Nicholas F. Taylor

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:786

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) penalizes hospitals for high all-cause unplanned readmission rates. Many have expressed concern that hospitals serving patient populations with more comorbidit...

    Authors: Roger K. Khouri Jr, Hechuan Hou, Apoorv Dhir, Juan J. Andino, James M. Dupree, David C. Miller and Chad Ellimoottil

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:781

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  17. Content type: Study protocol

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has substantial economic and human costs; it is expected to be the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2030. To minimize these costs high quality guidelines h...

    Authors: Thomas Rotter, Christopher Plishka, Mohammed Rashaad Hansia, Donna Goodridge, Erika Penz, Leigh Kinsman, Adegboyega Lawal, Sheryl O’Quinn, Nancy Buchan, Patricia Comfort, Prakesh Patel, Sheila Anderson, Tanya Winkel, Rae Lynn Lang and Darcy D. Marciniuk

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:782

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The main objective of this study was to explore the relationships between inpatients’ social differentiation and satisfaction with the medical information delivered by caregivers.

    Authors: L. Moret, E. Anthoine, A. Pourreau, F. Beaudeau and B. Leclère

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:769

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Administrative health data are increasingly used for research and surveillance to inform decision-making because of its large sample sizes, geographic coverage, comprehensivity, and possibility for longitudina...

    Authors: Kelsey Lucyk, Karen Tang and Hude Quan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:766

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Many survey studies in health care adjust for demographic characteristics such as age, gender, educational attainment and general health when performing statistical analyses. Whether the effects of these demog...

    Authors: Dolf de Boer, Lucas van der Hoek, Jany Rademakers, Diana Delnoij and Michael van den Berg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:768

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