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Utilization, expenditure, economics and financing systems

Section edited by Milena Pavlova and Evelina Pappa

This section aims to publish studies looking at a population's use of hospital services and their health and health-related expenditures. The section also accepts economic evaluations of health interventions and services and studies looking at recommendations for people to be able access needed services while avoiding catastrophic expenditure and impoverishment.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Acute otitis media (AOM) is the most common cause of pediatric medical visits and antibiotic prescriptions worldwide, but its current impact on the US healthcare system is not clear. The aim of this study was ...

    Authors: Sabine Tong, Caroline Amand, Alexia Kieffer and Moe H. Kyaw

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:318

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  2. Content type: Research article

    The burden of HCV among those living with HIV remains a major public health challenge. We aimed to characterize trends in healthcare-related visits (HRV) of people living with HIV (PLW-HIV) and those living with ...

    Authors: Huiting Ma, Conrado Franco Villalobos, Martin St-Jean, Oghenowede Eyawo, Miriam Ruth Lavergne, Lianping Ti, Mark W. Hull, Benita Yip, Lang Wu, Robert S. Hogg, Rolando Barrios, Jean A. Shoveller, Julio S. G. Montaner and Viviane D. Lima

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:319

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Pen needles are an important component of insulin delivery among patients with diabetes, but are not universally covered in China. We compared clinical and economic characteristics of insulin-dependent patient...

    Authors: Linong Ji, Arthi Chandran, Timothy J. Inocencio, Zilin Sun, Qifu Li, Guijun Qin, Zheng Wei, Stefan DiMario and Richard H. Chapman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:300

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Despite several studies that have estimated the economic impact of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in infants, limited data are available on healthcare resource use and costs attributable to RSV across age g...

    Authors: Caroline Amand, Sabine Tong, Alexia Kieffer and Moe H. Kyaw

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:294

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Hospitalization due to dengue illness is an important measure of dengue morbidity. However, limited studies are based on administrative database because the validity of the diagnosis codes is unknown. We valid...

    Authors: Yuan-Liang Woon, Keng-Yee Lee, Siti Fatimah Zahra Mohd Anuar, Pik-Pin Goh and Teck-Onn Lim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:292

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Community-oriented nursing care is an important model of nursing care. Counseling and Nursing Care Service Centers (CNCSCs) have been providing these private services to the Iranian community for nearly two de...

    Authors: Sefollah Alaei, Fatemeh Alhani and Hassan Navipour

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:282

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Rwanda has made tremendous progress in reduction of maternal mortality in the last twenty years. Antenatal care is believed to have played a role in that progress. In late 2016, the World Health Organization p...

    Authors: Regis Hitimana, Lars Lindholm, Gunilla Krantz, Manassé Nzayirambaho and Anni-Maria Pulkki-Brännström

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:262

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Telemedical programs for patients with chronic heart failure have shown inconsistent effects on survival and hospitalization. Few studies analyzed effects of telemedical interventions on health costs, although...

    Authors: Robert Herold, Wolfgang Hoffmann and Neeltje van den Berg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:271

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  9. Content type: Research article

    This study compared hospital admission rates among adult patients with schizophrenia who switched to antipsychotic monotherapy with lurasidone or quetiapine.

    Authors: John W. Newcomer, Daisy Ng-Mak, Krithika Rajagopalan and Antony Loebel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:243

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Like other sectors, the healthcare sector has to deal with the issue of users’ acceptance of IT. In healthcare, different factors affecting healthcare professionals’ acceptance of software applications have be...

    Authors: Claudio Vitari and Roxana Ologeanu-Taddei

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:194

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Housing First is an effective intervention to stably house and alter service use patterns in a large proportion of homeless people with mental illness. However, it is unknown whether there are differences in t...

    Authors: Nick Kerman, John Sylvestre, Tim Aubry and Jino Distasio

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:190

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Smoking cessation services provide support to smokers who desire to quit. Published studies to date have looked at the cost and benefit of service provision but typically focus on clinical trial data. Using ro...

    Authors: Neil Walker, Yaling Yang, Vasiliki Kiparoglou, Subhash Pokhrel, Hayley Robinson and Hugo van Woerden

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:182

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Lack of health insurance claims (HIC) in the last year of life might indicate suboptimal end-of-life care, but reasons for no HIC are not fully understood because information on causes of death is often missin...

    Authors: Radoslaw Panczak, Viktor von Wyl, Oliver Reich, Xhyljeta Luta, Maud Maessen, Andreas E. Stuck, Claudia Berlin, Kurt Schmidlin, David C. Goodman, Matthias Egger, Kerri Clough-Gorr and Marcel Zwahlen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:178

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  14. Content type: Research article

    In Togo, about half of health care costs are paid at the point of service, which reduces access to health care and exposes households to catastrophic health expenditure (CHE). To address this situation, the To...

    Authors: Esso-Hanam Atake and Djesika D. Amendah

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:175

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  15. Content type: Study protocol

    Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) is used to support the cardiorespiratory function in case of severe cardiac and/or respiratory failure in critically ill patients. According to the ELSO guidelines ECLS shoul...

    Authors: Annemieke Oude Lansink-Hartgring, Dinis Dos Reis Miranda, Dirk W. Donker, Jacinta J. Maas, Thijs Delnoij, Marijn Kuijpers, Judith van den Brule, Erik Scholten, Hendrik Endeman, Alexander P. J. Vlaar and Walter M. van den Bergh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:172

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Prison health systems are subject to increasing pressures given the specific health needs of a growing and aging prison population. Identifying the drivers of medical spending among incarcerated individuals is...

    Authors: Karine Moschetti, Véra Zabrodina, Tenzin Wangmo, Alberto Holly, Jean-Blaise Wasserfallen, Bernice S. Elger and Bruno Gravier

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:160

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  17. Content type: Research article

    In the United States, home-based primary care (HBPC) is increasingly proposed as a means of enabling frail elders to remain at home for as long as possible, while still receiving needed medical care. However, ...

    Authors: Stephen A. Stanhope, Mary C. Cooley, Linda F. Ellington, Gregory P. Gadbois, Andrew L. Richardson, Timothy C. Zeddes and Jay P. LaBine

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:161

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Korea’s rapidly aging population has led to a rise in the prevalence of knee osteoarthritis (which reached upwards of 21.3% in 2017) in elderly people aged 65 years and over. Most patients with knee osteoarthr...

    Authors: Boyoung Jung, Kyoung Hee Cho, Dong Hyun Lee and Soyoon Kim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:152

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