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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

    High-quality care delivery for frail older persons, many of whom have multiple complex needs, is among the greatest challenges faced by healthcare systems today. The Chronic Care Model (CCM) may guide quality ...

    Authors: Lotte Vestjens, Jane M. Cramm and Anna P. Nieboer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:28

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  2. 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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    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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Content type: Research article

    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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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