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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

    While there is increasing support for training youth-serving providers in trauma-informed care (TIC) as a means of addressing high prevalence of U.S. childhood trauma, we know little about the effects of TIC t...

    Authors: April Joy Damian, Joseph Gallo, Philip Leaf and Tamar Mendelson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:750

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    Recent emphasis on value based care and population management, such as Accountable Care Organizations in the United States, promote patient navigation to improve the quality of care and reduce costs. Evidence ...

    Authors: Michal Horný, Wiljeana Glover, Gouri Gupte, Aruna Saraswat, Varsha Vimalananda and James Rosenzweig

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:759

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  3. Content type: Research article

    In primary care, older patients with multimorbidity (two or more long-term conditions) are especially likely to experience patient safety incidents. Risks to safety in this setting arise as a result of patient...

    Authors: Rebecca Hays, Gavin Daker-White, Aneez Esmail, Wendy Barlow, Brian Minor, Benjamin Brown, Thomas Blakeman, Caroline Sanders and Peter Bower

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:754

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  4. Content type: Research article

    People who struggle with mental health problems can provide valuable insight into understanding and improving the coordination of mental health and welfare services. The aims of the study were to explore servi...

    Authors: Eva Biringer, Miriam Hartveit, Bengt Sundfør, Torleif Ruud and Marit Borg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:763

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The use of standardized outcome measures (SOMs) has been recommended in the physical therapy practice guidelines to improve the patient’s management and encourage the evidence based practice. However, the exte...

    Authors: Tahani N. Al-Muqiren, Einas S. Al-Eisa, Ahmad H. Alghadir and Shahnawaz Anwer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:748

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Continuity of care is regarded as a core quality element in healthcare. Continuity can be related to one or more specific caregivers but also applies to collaboration within a team or across boundaries of heal...

    Authors: Øystein Hetlevik, Merethe Hustoft, Annemarie Uijen, Jörg Aßmus and Sturla Gjesdal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:760

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Responsiveness of physicians is the social actions that physicians do to meet the legitimate expectations of service seekers. Since there is no such scale, this study aimed at developing one for measuring resp...

    Authors: Taufique Joarder, Ilias Mahmud, Malabika Sarker, Asha George and Krishna Dipankar Rao

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:753

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Multimorbidity is becoming increasingly prevalent and presents challenges for healthcare providers and systems. Studies examining the relationship between multimorbidity and quality of care report mixed findin...

    Authors: Michaela L. Schiøtz, Dorte Høst, Mikkel B. Christensen, Helena Domínguez, Yasmin Hamid, Merete Almind, Kim L. Sørensen, Thomas Saxild, Rikke Høgsbro Holm and Anne Frølich

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:745

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The study objectives were to determine: (1) how statistical outliers exhibiting low rates of diabetes overtreatment performed on a reciprocal measure – rates of diabetes undertreatment; and (2) the impact of d...

    Authors: Brigid Wilson, Chin-Lin Tseng, Orysya Soroka, Leonard M. Pogach and David C. Aron

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:738

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Hospital staff are interested in information on patient satisfaction and patient experience that can help them improve quality of care. Staff perceptions of quality of care have been identified as useful proxi...

    Authors: Sandra G. Leggat, Leila Karimi and Timothy Bartram

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:739

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Highly active antiretroviral therapy improves the longevity of patients living with HIV/AIDS. We conducted the study in order to assess health related quality of life of HIV/AIDS patients and the association o...

    Authors: Abdrrahman Shemsu Surur, Fitsum Sebsibe Teni, Wondwessen Wale, Yihenew Ayalew and Betel Tesfaye

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:737

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Documenting the indication on prescriptions and dispensed medicines labels is not standard practice in Australia. However, previous studies that have focused on the content and design of dispensed medicines la...

    Authors: Mona Garada, Andrew J. McLachlan, Gordon D. Schiff and Elin C. Lehnbom

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:734

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Most countries recommend that healthcare workers (HCWs) are vaccinated seasonally against influenza in order to protect themselves and patients. However, in many cases coverage remains low. A range of strategi...

    Authors: Theo Lorenc, David Marshall, Kath Wright, Katy Sutcliffe and Amanda Sowden

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:732

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Some studies have analyzed the association of health care systems variables, such as health service resources or expenditures, with amenable mortality, but the association of types of health care systems with ...

    Authors: Maria Michela Gianino, Jacopo Lenzi, Maria Pia Fantini, Walter Ricciardi and Gianfranco Damiani

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:735

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Falls during hospitalization harbor both clinical and financial outcomes. The modified Morse fall scale [MMFS] is widely used for an in-hospital risk-of-fall assessment. Nevertheless, the majority of patients ...

    Authors: Irina Gringauz, Yael Shemesh, Amir Dagan, Irina Israelov, Dana Feldman, Naama Pelz-Sinvani, Dan Justo and Gad Segal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:721

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  16. Content type: Research article

    People with chronic pain use a range of healthcare services, but they also report a high degree of dissatisfaction with treatments. One reason for dissatisfaction might be participants’ expectations towards tr...

    Authors: Torunn Hatlen Nøst, Aslak Steinsbekk, Liv Riseth, Ola Bratås and Kjersti Grønning

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:712

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Patient advisory councils are a way for healthcare organizations to promote patient engagement. Despite mandates to implement patient advisory councils through programs like the Patient-Centered Medical Home (...

    Authors: Anjana E. Sharma, Margae Knox, Victor L. Mleczko and J. Nwando Olayiwola

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:693

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Decentralised acute care services have, through the establishment of municipality acute wards (MAWs), been launched in Norway. The aim is to provide treatment for patients who otherwise would need hospitalisat...

    Authors: Ann-Chatrin Linqvist Leonardsen, Vigdis Abrahamsen Grøndahl, Waleed Ghanima, Espen Storeheier, Anders Schönbeck, Thor-Asbjørn Løken, Nina Carine Mikkelsen Bakken, Guro Steine Letting, Réné Holst and Lars-Petter Jelsness-Jørgensen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:685

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  19. Content type: Research article

    In 2009, the New Zealand government introduced a hospital emergency department (ED) target – 95% of patients seen, treated or discharged within 6 h - in order to alleviate crowding in public hospital EDs. Whil...

    Authors: Tim Tenbensel, Linda Chalmers, Peter Jones, Sarah Appleton-Dyer, Lisa Walton and Shanthi Ameratunga

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:678

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