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  1. Research article

    The path from a volunteer initiative to an established institution: evaluating 15 years of the development and contribution of the Lighthouse trust to the Malawian HIV response

    The HIV epidemic has triggered the development of new health institutions with a special focus on HIV care. The role of these relatively new institutions within the health systems of low-income countries like ...

    Sam Phiri, Florian Neuhann, Nicola Glaser, Thomas Gass, Thom Chaweza and Hannock Tweya

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:548

    Published on: 9 August 2017

  2. Research article

    Hospitalisation costs of metastatic melanoma in France; the MELISSA study (MELanoma In hoSpital coSts Assessment)

    Management of metastatic melanoma is changing rapidly following the introduction of innovative effective therapies, with consequences for the allocation of healthcare resources. The objective of this study was...

    Jérôme Fernandes, Bruno Bregman, Patrick Combemale, Camille Amaz, Lucie de Léotoing, Alexandre Vainchtock and Anne-Françoise Gaudin

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:542

    Published on: 8 August 2017

  3. Research article

    Exploring the relationship between general practice characteristics and attendance at Walk-in Centres, Minor Injuries Units and Emergency Departments in England 2009/10–2012/2013: a longitudinal study

    The UK National Health Service Emergency Departments (ED) have recently faced increasing attendance rates. This study investigated associations of general practice and practice population characteristics with ...

    Peter Tammes, Richard W. Morris, Emer Brangan, Kath Checkland, Helen England, Alyson Huntley, Daniel Lasserson, Fiona MacKichan, Chris Salisbury, Lesley Wye and Sarah Purdy

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:546

    Published on: 8 August 2017

  4. Research article

    Factors associated with the effectiveness and reach of NHS stop smoking services for pregnant women in England

    The UK National Health Service provides Stop Smoking Services for pregnant women (SSSP) but there is a lack of evidence concerning how these are best organised. This study investigates influences on services’ ...

    L. R. Vaz, T. Coleman, S. J. Fahy, S. Cooper, L. Bauld, L. Szatkowski and J. Leonardi-Bee

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:545

    Published on: 8 August 2017

  5. Research article

    Barriers to utilization of postnatal care at village level in Klaten district, central Java Province, Indonesia

    Maternal health remains a persisting public health challenge in Indonesia. Postnatal complications, in particular, are considered as maternal health problems priority that should be addressed. Conducting adequ...

    Ari Probandari, Akhda Arcita, Kothijah Kothijah and Eti Poncorini Pamungkasari

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:541

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  6. Research article

    Cost-effectiveness of an electronic clinical decision support system for improving quality of antenatal and childbirth care in rural Tanzania: an intervention study

    QUALMAT project aimed at improving quality of maternal and newborn care in selected health care facilities in three African countries. An electronic clinical decision support system was implemented to support ...

    Happiness Pius Saronga, Els Duysburgh, Siriel Massawe, Maxwell Ayindenaba Dalaba, Peter Wangwe, Felix Sukums, Melkizedeck Leshabari, Antje Blank, Rainer Sauerborn and Svetla Loukanova

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:537

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  7. Research article

    A combination of process of care and clinical target among type 2 diabetes mellitus patients in general medical clinics and specialist diabetes clinics at hospital levels

    This study compares a combination of processes of care and clinical targets among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) between specialist diabetes clinics (SDCs) and general medical clinics (GMCs), an...

    Sokha Sieng and Cameron Hurst

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:533

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  8. Research article

    An in-depth investigation of the causes of persistent low membership of community-based health insurance: a case study of the mutual health organisation of Dar Naïm, Mauritania

    Persistent low membership is observed in many community-based health insurance (CBHI) schemes in Africa. Causes for low membership have been identified and solutions suggested, but this did not result in incre...

    Maria-Pia Waelkens, Yves Coppieters, Samia Laokri and Bart Criel

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:535

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  9. Research article

    Nationwide citizen access to their health data: analysing and comparing experiences in Denmark, Estonia and Australia

    Most countries face an ageing population, increasing chronic diseased, and constrictions on budget for providing health services. Involving patients in their own care by allowing them access to their patient d...

    Christian Nøhr, Liisa Parv, Pille Kink, Elizabeth Cummings, Helen Almond, Jens Rahbek Nørgaard and Paul Turner

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:534

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  10. Debate

    Moving towards a more inclusive patient and public involvement in health research paradigm: the incorporation of a trauma-informed intersectional analysis

    The concept of patient engagement in health research has received growing international recognition over recent years. Yet despite some critical advancements, we argue that the concept remains problematic as i...

    Carolyn Shimmin, Kristy D. M. Wittmeier, Josée G. Lavoie, Evan D. Wicklund and Kathryn M. Sibley

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:539

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  11. Research article

    Measuring patient outcomes in chronic heart failure: psychometric properties of the Care-Related Quality of Life survey for Chronic Heart Failure (CaReQoL CHF)

    The Care-Related Quality of Life survey for Chronic Heart Failure (CaReQoL CHF) is a newly developed patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) that measures care-related quality of life in patients diagnosed wit...

    Paul van Kessel, Dolf de Boer, Michelle Hendriks and Anne Marie Plass

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:536

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  12. Research article

    Willingness to pay and willingness to accept in a patient-centered blood pressure control study

    Elevated blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke but patients often discount recommended behavioral changes and prescribed medications. While effective interventions to prom...

    Julie Gleason-Comstock, Alicia Streater, Allen Goodman, James Janisse, Aaron Brody, LynnMarie Mango, Rachelle Dawood and Phillip Levy

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:538

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  13. Research article

    Pediatric HIV care and treatment services in Tanzania: implications for survival

    Improving child survival for HIV-infected children remains an important health agenda. We present progress regarding care and treatment services to HIV infected children in Tanzania.

    G Somi, M Majigo, J Manyahi, J Nondi, J Agricola, V Sambu, J Todd, A Rwebembera, N Makyao, A Ramadhani and MIN Matee

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:540

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  14. Research article

    “I want to know everything”: a qualitative study of perspectives from patients with chronic diseases on sharing health information during hospitalization

    Patient-centered care promotes the inclusion of the most prominent and important member of the health care team, the patient, as an active participant in information exchange and decision making. Patient self-...

    Marge Benham-Hutchins, Nancy Staggers, Michael Mackert, Alisha H. Johnson and Dave deBronkart

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:529

    Published on: 4 August 2017

  15. Research article

    (In-)formal caregivers’ and general practitioners’ views on hospitalizations of people with dementia - an exploratory qualitative interview study

    Dementia is an irreversible chronic disease with wide-ranging effects on patients’, caregivers’ and families’ lives. Hospitalizations are significant events for people with dementia. They tend to have poorer o...

    Nadine Janis Pohontsch, Martin Scherer and Marion Eisele

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:530

    Published on: 4 August 2017

  16. Research article

    For U.S. Black women, shift of hysterectomy to outpatient settings may have lagged behind White women: a claims-based analysis, 2011–2013

    Hysterectomy is among the most common surgeries performed on U.S. women. For benign conditions, minimally invasive hysterectomy is recommended, whenever permitted by clinical indication and previous surgery hi...

    Whitney R. Robinson, Mariah M. Cheng, Annie Green Howard, William R. Carpenter, Wendy R. Brewster and Kemi M. Doll

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:526

    Published on: 4 August 2017

  17. Research article

    Evaluation of the use of health care services for non-communicable disease and prevention by children and adolescents in south Italy

    The objectives of this investigation are to evaluate the use of health care services for non-communicable disease and prevention by children and adolescents and to identify the factors linked to the use of hea...

    Flora Ascione, Diana Cascone, Francesco Napolitano and Gabriella Di Giuseppe

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:532

    Published on: 4 August 2017

  18. Research article

    Development of the Korean framework for senior-friendly hospitals: a Delphi study

    Aging is an inevitable part of life. One can maintain well-being and wellness even after discharge and/or transition if his or her functional decline is minimized, sudden decline is prevented, and functioning ...

    Yoon-Sook Kim, Seol-Heui Han, Jeong-Hae Hwang, Jae-Min Park, Jongmin Lee, Jaekyung Choi, Yeonsil Moon, Hee Joung Kim, Grace Jung Eun Shin, Ji-Sun Lee, Ye Ji Choi, Kyeong Eun Uhm, In Ae Kim and Ji-Won Nam

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:528

    Published on: 4 August 2017

  19. Research article

    A qualitative study describing nursing home nurses sensemaking to detect medication order discrepancies

    Medication reconciliation is a safety practice to identify medication order discrepancies when patients’ transitions between settings. In nursing homes, registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (L...

    Amy Vogelsmeier, Ruth A. Anderson, Allison Anbari, Lawrence Ganong, Amany Farag and MaryAnn Niemeyer

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:531

    Published on: 4 August 2017

  20. Research article

    Deliberate and emergent strategies for implementing person-centred care: a qualitative interview study with researchers, professionals and patients

    The introduction of innovative models of healthcare does not necessarily mean that they become embedded in everyday clinical practice. This study has two aims: first, to analyse deliberate and emergent strateg...

    Öncel Naldemirci, Axel Wolf, Mark Elam, Doris Lydahl, Lucy Moore and Nicky Britten

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:527

    Published on: 4 August 2017

  21. Research article

    Factors associated with chronic frequent emergency department utilization in a population with diabetes living in metropolitan areas: a population-based retrospective cohort study

    A small proportion of patients utilizes a disproportionately large amount of emergency department (ED) resources. Being able to properly identify chronic frequent ED users, i.e. frequent ED users over a multip...

    Catherine Hudon, Josiane Courteau, Cynthia Krieg and Alain Vanasse

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:525

    Published on: 4 August 2017

  22. Research article

    Understanding health care provider barriers to hospital affiliated medical fitness center facility referral: a questionnaire survey and semi structured interviews

    The purpose of this study is to understand health care provider barriers to referring patients to Medical Fitness Center Facilities within an affiliated teaching hospital system using referral of diabetic serv...

    Carissa Smock and Sonia Alemagno

    BMC Health Services Research 2017 17:520

    Published on: 3 August 2017

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