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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

    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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  2. Content type: Research article

    Chronic diseases disproportionately burden Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia, with cardiovascular (CV) diseases being the greatest contributor. To improve quality of life and life expec...

    Authors: Kyly Mills, Michelle L. Gatton, Ray Mahoney and Alison Nelson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:680

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  3. 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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  4. Content type: Research article

    The social determinants of health include the health systems under which people live and utilize health services. One social determinant, for which pharmacists are responsible, is designing drug distribution s...

    Authors: John P. Rovers and Michelle D. Mages

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:677

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  5. Content type: Research article

    In the management of chronic disease, evidence suggests that satisfied patients exhibit more loyalty to treatment providers and greater adherence to treatment regimens. This is particularly so in the rehabilit...

    Authors: Ahmed Aboabat and Hazem Qannam

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:664

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Validation of administrative data case definitions is key for accurate passive surveillance of disease. Transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a condition primarily managed in the emergency department. However, pr...

    Authors: Amy Y. X. Yu, Hude Quan, Andrew McRae, Gabrielle O. Wagner, Michael D. Hill and Shelagh B. Coutts

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:666

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  7. Content type: Research article

    To examine whether medication related information processing defined as reading of over-the-counter drug labels, understanding prescription instructions, and information seeking—and medication adherence accoun...

    Authors: Sunmi Song, Seung-Mi Lee, Sunmee Jang, Yoon Jin Lee, Na-Hyun Kim, Hye-Ryoung Sohn and Dong-Churl Suh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:661

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Significant racial and ethnic health care disparities experienced by Hispanic children with special health care needs (CSHCN) create barriers to enacting culturally competent rehabilitation services. One way t...

    Authors: Kristen E. Arestad, David MacPhee, Chun Y. Lim and Mary A. Khetani

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:658

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Public Health evaluation is essential to understanding what does and does not work, and robust demonstration of effectiveness may be crucial to securing future funding. Despite this, programs are often impleme...

    Authors: Sarah Denford, Charles Abraham, Margaret Callaghan, Peter Aighton, Frank De Vocht and Steven Arris

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:643

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Implementing evidence-based chronic disease prevention with a practice-wide population is challenging in primary care.

    Authors: Mark Fort Harris, Sharon M. Parker, John Litt, Mieke van Driel, Grant Russell, Danielle Mazza, Upali W. Jayasinghe, Jane Smith, Chris Del Mar, Riki Lane and Elizabeth Denney-Wilson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:637

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are increasingly used in health care. To capture the patient’s perspective, patient involvement in PROM development is needed. As earlier research showed varying degre...

    Authors: Bianca Wiering, Dolf de Boer and Diana Delnoij

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:635

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Hospital discharge summaries are a key communication tool ensuring continuity of care between primary and secondary care. Incomplete or untimely communication of information increases risk of hospital readmiss...

    Authors: Rajnikant L. Mehta, Bryn Baxendale, Katie Roth, Victoria Caswell, Ivan Le Jeune, Jack Hawkins, Haya Zedan and Anthony J. Avery

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:624

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Emergency Department overcrowding has become a global problem and a growing safety and quality concern. Radiology and laboratory turnaround time, ED boarding and increased ED visits are some of the factors tha...

    Authors: Eveline A. Hitti, Ghada R. El-Eid, Hani Tamim, Rana Saleh, Miriam Saliba and Lena Naffaa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:625

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Telephone triage and advice services (TTAS) are increasingly being implemented around the world. These services allow people to speak to a nurse or general practitioner over the telephone and receive assessmen...

    Authors: Rebecca Lake, Andrew Georgiou, Julie Li, Ling Li, Mary Byrne, Maureen Robinson and Johanna I. Westbrook

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:614

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Psychosocial job stressors, such as low control and high demands, have been found to influence the health and wellbeing of doctors. However, past research in this area has relied on cross-sectional data, which...

    Authors: Allison Milner, Katrina Witt, Matthew J. Spittal, Marie Bismark, Melissa Graham and Anthony D. LaMontagne

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:609

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Health literacy is an important concept associated with participation in preventive health initiatives, such as falls prevention programs. A comprehensive health literacy measurement tool, appropriate for this...

    Authors: Rebecca L. Morris, Sze-Ee Soh, Keith D. Hill, Rachelle Buchbinder, Judy A. Lowthian, Julie Redfern, Christopher D. Etherton-Beer, Anne-Marie Hill, Richard H. Osborne, Glenn Arendts and Anna L. Barker

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:605

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Many register studies make use of information about permanent nursing home residents. Statistics Denmark (StatD) identifies nursing home residents by two different indirect methods, one based on reports from t...

    Authors: Anna Bebe, Anni Brit Sternhagen Nielsen, Tora Grauers Willadsen, Jens Søndergaard, Volkert Siersma, Dagný Rós Nicolaisdóttir, Jakob Kragstrup and Frans Boch Waldorff

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:607

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  18. Content type: Study protocol

    Follow-up care after kidney transplantation is performed in transplant centers as well as in local nephrologist’s practices in Germany. However, organized integrated care of these different sectors of the Germ...

    Authors: L Pape, M de Zwaan, U Tegtbur, F Feldhaus, JK Wolff, L Schiffer, C Lerch, N Hellrung, V Kliem, G Lonnemann, HD Nolting and M Schiffer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:587

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of this situation analysis was to explore the views of health and non-health professionals working with women of childbearing age on current and future delivery of preconception care in one Nationa...

    Authors: Ashley Goodfellow, John Frank, John McAteer and Jean Rankin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:595

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