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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

    In an attempt to redirect patients who are inappropriately attending hospital emergency departments (ED) and in doing so provide the right care at the right place, out-of-hours GP (General Practitioner) servic...

    Authors: Elisabeth Sybilla Johanna van Gils-van Rooij, Sjoerd Michael Broekman, Dingenus Herman de Bakker, Berthold Rudy Meijboom and Christoffel Joris Yzermans

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:121

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  2. Content type: Research article

    The study aims to validate a previously developed and published combined success criterion for patients after multimodal pain therapy (Donath et al., BMC Health Serv Res 15:272, 2015). The criterion classifies...

    Authors: Carolin Donath, Christa Geiß and Christoph Schön

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:117

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  3. Content type: Technical advance

    The main objective of this methodological manuscript was to illustrate the role of using qualitative research in emergency settings. We outline rigorous criteria applied to a qualitative study assessing percep...

    Authors: Roberto Forero, Shizar Nahidi, Josephine De Costa, Mohammed Mohsin, Gerry Fitzgerald, Nick Gibson, Sally McCarthy and Patrick Aboagye-Sarfo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:120

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Given that patient safety measures are increasingly used for public reporting and pay-for performance, it is important for stakeholders to understand how to use these measures for improvement. The Agency for H...

    Authors: Marlena H. Shin, Peter E. Rivard, Michael Shwartz, Ann Borzecki, Enzo Yaksic, Kelly Stolzmann, Lisa Zubkoff and Amy K. Rosen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:114

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Incident reporting (IR) in health care has been advocated as a means to improve patient safety. The purpose of IR is to identify safety hazards and develop interventions to mitigate these hazards in order to r...

    Authors: Siw Carlfjord, Annica Öhrn and Anna Gunnarsson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:113

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Hospital mortality, readmission and length of stay (LOS) are commonly used measures for quality of care. We aimed to disentangle the correlations between these interrelated measures and propose a new way of co...

    Authors: Hester F. Lingsma, Alex Bottle, Steve Middleton, Job Kievit, Ewout W. Steyerberg and Perla J. Marang-van de Mheen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:116

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Early identification of patients requiring transfer to post-acute care (PAC) facilities shortens hospital stays. With a focus on interprofessional assessment of biopsychosocial risk, this study’s aim was to as...

    Authors: Antoinette Conca, Angela Gabele, Barbara Reutlinger, Philipp Schuetz, Alexander Kutz, Sebastian Haubitz, Lukas Faessler, Marcus Batschwaroff, Ursula Schild, Zeljka Caldara, Katharina Regez, Susanne Schirlo, Gabi Vossler, Timo Kahles, Krassen Nedeltchev, Anja Keller…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:111

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Delirium is a frequent and detrimental complication of inpatient hospitalization. Multicomponent intervention in selected groups has been shown to prevent and treat delirium, though little data exists on the e...

    Authors: Ethan G. Brown, S. Andrew Josephson, Noriko Anderson, Mary Reid, Melissa Lee and Vanja C. Douglas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:106

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Hospital stay represents the opportunity for a change of therapy, about which patients may not know indications, contraindications, and mode of administration, which may lead to dosing errors, drug interaction...

    Authors: Claudia Pileggi, Emilia Caligiuri, Carmelo G. A. Nobile and Maria Pavia

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:105

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The quality of social and emotional wellbeing services for Indigenous families of young children is not known, in many settings especially services provided by primary care centers.

    Authors: Karen M. Edmond, Kimberley McAuley, Daniel McAullay, Veronica Matthews, Natalie Strobel, Rhonda Marriott and Ross Bailie

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:100

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Healthcare systems are complex networks where relationships affect outcomes. The importance of primary care increases while health care acknowledges multimorbidity, the impact of combinations of different dise...

    Authors: Karin Ranstad, Patrik Midlöv and Anders Halling

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:101

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Transitions to sub-acute care are regularly complicated by inadequate discharge communication, which is exacerbated by a lack of clarity regarding accountability for important follow-up care. Patients discharg...

    Authors: Andrea L. Gilmore-Bykovskyi, Korey A. Kennelty, Eva DuGoff and Amy J. H. Kind

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:103

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Increasing population-based evidence suggests that patients who receive breast conserving surgery (BCS) plus radiotherapy have superior survival than those who receive mastectomy. It is unclear, however, how B...

    Authors: Stacey Fisher, Yutaka Yasui, Kelly Dabbs and Marcy Winget

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:94

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Evaluations on different aspects of the performance of public hospitals in China have been conducted, usually based on indicators developed by literature review and expert suggestions. The patient perspective ...

    Authors: Xuanxuan Wang, Rongqin Jiang, Jingxian Li, Jiaying Chen, Bo Burström and Kristina Burström

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:97

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The implementation of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (CPG) can improve patients care. To date, the impact of implementation strategies has not been evaluated in our context. This study is aimed to...

    Authors: Arritxu Etxeberria, Idoia Alcorta, Itziar Pérez, Jose Ignacio Emparanza, Elena Ruiz de Velasco, Maria Teresa Iglesias and Rafael Rotaeche

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:93

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) have been integrated in national quality registries or specific national monitoring initiatives to inform the improvement of quality of care on a national scale. Howev...

    Authors: Birgit Prodinger and Paul Taylor

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:87

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Traditional Oriental medicine is used in many Asian countries and involves herbal medicines, acupuncture, moxibustion, and cupping. We investigated the incidence and causes of hospital-acquired fever (HAF) and...

    Authors: Soo-youn Moon, Ki-Ho Park, Mi Suk Lee and Jun Seong Son

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:88

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about the usefulness of online ratings when searching for a hospital. We therefore assess the association between quantitative and qualitative online ratings for US hospitals and clinical quali...

    Authors: Martin Emmert, Nina Meszmer and Mark Schlesinger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:82

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The Primary Care Outcomes Questionnaire (PCOQ) is a new patient-reported outcome measure designed specifically for primary care. This paper describes the developmental process of improving the item quality and...

    Authors: Mairead Murphy, Sandra Hollinghurst and Chris Salisbury

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:79

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Health care professionals (HCP) are known key elements of effective patient’s counselling and education. For patients taking warfarin, education about the dose, side effects, and toxicity is clearly identified...

    Authors: Nermine S. Choumane, Diana N. Malaeb, Bassem Malaeb and Souheil Hallit

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:80

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