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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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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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