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  1. Content type: Study protocol

    When dependent older persons (carees) experience a fall at home, their carers worry that they will fall again. This ongoing concern affects the carers’ wellbeing, perception of burden and can potentially chang...

    Authors: Seng Giap Marcus Ang, Anthony Paul O’Brien and Amanda Wilson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:819

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    Residents living in nursing homes usually have complex healthcare needs and require a comprehensive care approach to identifying and meeting their care needs. Suboptimal quality of care is reported in nursing ...

    Authors: Hui Feng, Hui Li, Lily Dongxia Xiao, Shahid Ullah, Pan Mao, Yunxia Yang, Hengyu Hu and Yinan Zhao

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:816

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  3. Content type: Research article

    A relational approach to autonomy refers to the way in which social conditions and relationships shape a person’s self-identity and capacity in decision-making. This article provides an empirical account of ho...

    Authors: Patti Shih, Frances Rapport, Anne Hogden, Mia Bierbaum, Jeremy Hsu, John Boyages and Jeffrey Braithwaite

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:818

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Health services research aimed at understanding service use and improving resource allocation often relies on collecting subjectively reported or proxy-reported healthcare service utilization (HSU) data. It is...

    Authors: Shilpa Tyagi, Gerald Choon-Huat Koh, Nan Luo, Kelvin Bryan Tan, Helen Hoenig, David B. Matchar, Joanne Yoong, Eric A. Finkelstein, Kim En Lee, N. Venketasubramanian, Edward Menon, Kin Ming Chan, Deidre Anne De Silva, Philip Yap, Boon Yeow Tan, Effie Chew…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:817

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Electronic consultation is an emerging mode of specialty care delivery that allows primary care providers and their patients to obtain specialist expertise without an in-person visit. While studies of individu...

    Authors: Delphine S. Tuot, Clare Liddy, Varsha G. Vimalananda, Jennifer Pecina, Elizabeth J. Murphy, Erin Keely, Steven R. Simon, Frederick North, Jay D. Orlander and Alice Hm Chen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:814

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Irrational drug use is a global health challenge in all healthcare settings, such as hospitals. This study evaluated the impact of an intervention by the pharmaceutical care unit on the use pattern of high-val...

    Authors: Afsaneh Vazin, Iman Karimzadeh, Razieh Karamikhah, Zahra Oveisi, Samaneh Mohseni, Maryam Keykhaee, Fatemeh Roshanfard, Elaheh Sabet and Asal Zargari-Samadnejad

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:815

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Changes in the national drug policy always have impact on the drug utilization. In the context of China health care reform, what changes had happened in the trend of drug utilization in public hospitals? Has t...

    Authors: Xuefeng Xie, Xu Jin, Ling Zhang, Huihui Sun, Aizong Shen, Xiaohui Huang and Yehuan Sun

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:812

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Almost three quarters of non-communicable disease (NCD) deaths, and 82% of premature NCD deaths, occur in low- and middle-income countries. Bangladesh has an estimated 7 million hypertensives and 10 million di...

    Authors: R Huque, S Nasreen, F Ahmed, J P Hicks, J Walley, J N Newell and H Elsey

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:811

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Health assessments (HAs) for newly arrived asylum seekers have become a regular practice in most EU countries, but what is performed, how they are organized, and whether it is mandatory or not to attend varies...

    Authors: Robert Jonzon, Pille Lindkvist and Anna-Karin Hurtig

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:813

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The use of measurement instruments in physiotherapy has been recommended in clinical practice guidelines to improve evidence-based practice. The aims of the study were (a) to describe the current use of measur...

    Authors: Tobias Braun, Alina Rieckmann, Franziska Weber and Christian Grüneberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:810

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Health services for adolescents are increasingly recognised as a priority in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The Adolescent and Youth Friendly Service (AYFS) approach has been promoted in South Afric...

    Authors: Shamagonam James, Pedro T. Pisa, John Imrie, Moira P. Beery, Catherine Martin, Catherine Skosana and Sinead Delany-Moretlwe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:809

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Traditional, hierarchical government structures have recently been challenged by increased complexity, fragmented services and heavy public demand. When healthcare services become fragmented and decentralised,...

    Authors: Elisabeth Holen-Rabbersvik, Tom Roar Eikebrokk, Rune Werner Fensli, Elin Thygesen and Åshild Slettebø

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:805

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The global scale-up of community health workers (CHWs) depends on supportive management and supervision of this expanding cadre. Existing tools fail to incorporate the perspective of the CHW (i.e. perceived su...

    Authors: Frédérique Vallières, Philip Hyland, Eilish McAuliffe, Ilias Mahmud, Olivia Tulloch, Polly Walker and Miriam Taegtmeyer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:806

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Having ratified the Convention of Istanbul, the Belgian federal government commits itself to the foundation of Sexual Assault Care Centres (SACC). In the light of researching the feasibility of these centres, ...

    Authors: Anke Vandenberghe, Bavo Hendriks, Laura Peeters, Kristien Roelens and Ines Keygnaert

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:807

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Drug therapy problem is any undesirable event experienced by a patient during drug therapy that interferes with achieving the desired goals of therapy. Drug therapy problems are common causes of patient morbid...

    Authors: Yaschilal Muche Belayneh, Gedefaye Amberbir and Asrat Agalu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:808

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is now recognized as a major threat to public health, and surveillance of AMR is essential for successful containment. In 2000, Japan Nosocomial Infections Surveillance (JANIS) C...

    Authors: Atsuko Tsutsui and Satowa Suzuki

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:799

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Ensuring that selection processes for Community Health Workers (CHWs) are effective is important due to the scale and scope of modern CHW programmes. However they are relatively understudied. While community i...

    Authors: Celia A. Taylor, Richard J. Lilford, Emily Wroe, Frances Griffiths and Ruth Ngechu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:803

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Swedish National Quality Registries (NQRs) are observational clinical registries that have long been seen as an underused resource for research and quality improvement (QI) in health care. In recent years, NQR...

    Authors: Vibeke Sparring, Emma Granström, Magna Andreen Sachs, Mats Brommels and Monica E. Nyström

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:802

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Older persons with cognitive impairment (CI) risk social isolation. Strong evidence shows that perceived loneliness, or inadequate social networks, triggers and increases health problems. How homecare systems ...

    Authors: Ingeborg Nilsson, Mark Luborsky, Lena Rosenberg, Linda Sandberg, Anne-Marie Boström and Lena Borell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:800

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Audits are increasingly used for patient safety governance purposes. However, there is little insight into the factors that hinder or stimulate effective governance based on auditing. The aim of this study is ...

    Authors: Saskia C. van Gelderen, Marieke Zegers, Paul B. Robben, Wilma Boeijen, Gert P. Westert and Hub C. Wollersheim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:798

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Regional population health management (PHM) initiatives need an understanding of regional patient experiences to improve their services. Websites that gather patient ratings have become common and could be a h...

    Authors: Roy J P Hendrikx, Marieke D Spreeuwenberg, Hanneke W Drewes, Jeroen N Struijs, Dirk Ruwaard and Caroline A Baan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:801

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Cost-sharing programs are often too complex to be easily understood by the average insured individual. Consequently, it is often difficult to determine the amount of expenses in advance. This may preclude well...

    Authors: Benjamin H. Salampessy, Maaike M. Alblas, France R. M. Portrait, Xander Koolman and Eric J. E. van der Hijden

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:797

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Orthopedic surgeries are usually associated with excessive blood loss which leads surgeons to overestimate need for blood transfusions and over ordering of blood. The cross matched blood, when not used, leads ...

    Authors: Obada Hasan, Eraj Khurshid Khan, Moiz Ali, Sadaf Sheikh, Anam Fatima and Haroon U. Rashid

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:804

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Millions of people in Southern Africa are deprived of basic human rights such as the right to education and work because of the large and growing unmet demand for assistive technologies (AT). Evidence is neede...

    Authors: Rebecca A. Matter and Arne H. Eide

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:792

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Burnout and the intention to leave the profession are frequently studied outcomes in healthcare settings that have not been investigated together and across different health professions before. This study aime...

    Authors: Oliver Hämmig

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:785

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Multifaceted interventions driven by the needs of patients and providers can help move evidence into practice more rapidly. This study engaged both patients and primary care providers (PCPs) to help design nov...

    Authors: Cristina Villa-Roel, Maria Ospina, Sumit R Majumdar, Stephanie Couperthwaite, Erin Rawe, Taylor Nikel and Brian H Rowe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:789

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Under the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s African Health Initiative, five Population Health Implementation and Training partnerships were established as long-term health system strengthening projects in five S...

    Authors: Wilbroad Mutale, Susan Cleary, Jill Olivier, Roma Chilengi and Lucy Gilson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:795

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  28. Content type: Research article

    When patients die in a hospital their quality of life is lower than when they die at home or in a hospice. Despite efforts to improve palliative care supply structures, still about 60% of lung cancer patients ...

    Authors: Karina Deckert, Julia Walter and Larissa Schwarzkopf

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:793

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Early diagnosis and treatment is vital for effective tuberculosis (TB) management especially among migrant populations who are a vulnerable group. We aimed to study factors associated with delay before registr...

    Authors: Tao Li, Hui Zhang, Hemant Deepak Shewade, Kyaw Thu Soe, Lixia Wang and Xin Du

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:786

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Results-based financing (RBF) describes health system approaches addressing both service quality and use. Effective coverage is a metric measuring progress towards universal health coverage (UHC). Although con...

    Authors: Stephan Brenner, Jacob Mazalale, Danielle Wilhelm, Robin C Nesbitt, Terhi J Lohela, Jobiba Chinkhumba, Julia Lohmann, Adamson S Muula and Manuela De Allegri

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:791

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Free access to essential medicines is a fundamental right. Governments should provide accessible and affordable medicines to people. The purpose of this study was to evaluate medicines’ prices, availability an...

    Authors: Qais Alefan, Rawan Amairi and Shoroq Tawalbeh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:787

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  32. Content type: Research article

    India has been at the forefront of innovations around social accountability mechanisms in improving the delivery of public services, including health and nutrition. Yet little is known about how such initiativ...

    Authors: Francesca Feruglio and Nicholas Nisbett

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:788

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The In-Center Hemodialysis Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (ICH CAHPS) Survey is the first patient reported outcome measure included in the U.S. Medicare End Stage Renal Disease Quality...

    Authors: Taimur Dad, Hocine Tighiouart, Joshua J. Fenton, Eduardo Lacson Jr, Klemens B. Meyer, Dana C. Miskulin, Daniel E. Weiner and Michelle M. Richardson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:790

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Evidence on how to implement new interventions into complex healthcare environments is often poorly reported and indexed, reducing its potential to inform initiatives to improve healthcare services. Using the ...

    Authors: Jamie Ross, Fiona Stevenson, Charlotte Dack, Kingshuk Pal, Carl May, Susan Michie, Maria Barnard and Elizabeth Murray

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:794

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  35. Content type: Research article

    In 2003, the Chinese government launched the New Rural Cooperative medical System(NRCMS) for its rural population. In 2007, the Urban Resident Basic Medical Insurance Scheme(URBMS) was inaugurated, which aimed...

    Authors: Pei Liu, Wei Guo, Hao Liu, Wei Hua and Linping Xiong

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:796

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  36. Content type: Research article

    While efforts have been made to bring about quality and safety improvement in healthcare, it remains by no means certain that an improvement project will succeed. This suggests a need to better understand the ...

    Authors: Denham L. Phipps, Christian E. L. Jones, Dianne Parker and Darren M. Ashcroft

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:783

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Colonoscopy has become a common medical procedure due to increased use of colonoscopy for evaluation of symptoms, colorectal cancer screening and surveillance of people with higher risks of developing colorect...

    Authors: Gayle Restall, John R Walker, Celeste Waldman, Kathleen Zawaly, Valerie Michaud, Dana Moffat and Harminder Singh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:782

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  38. Content type: Research article

    To develop a culture of patient safety in a regime that strongly focuses on saving patients from emergencies may seem counter-intuitive and challenging. Little research exists on patient safety culture in the ...

    Authors: Leif Inge K Sørskår, Eirik B Abrahamsen, Espen Olsen, Stephen J M Sollid and Håkon B Abrahamsen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:784

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Comorbidity is known to increase risk of death in cancer patients, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal. The means of measuring comorbidity to assess risk of death has not been studied in any depth in Aboriginal...

    Authors: Lettie Pule, Elizabeth Buckley, Theophile Niyonsenga, David Banham and David Roder

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:776

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  40. Content type: Research article

    In dementia care, it is crucial that the chain of care is adapted to the needs of people with dementia and their informal caregivers throughout the course of the disease. Assessing the existing dementia care s...

    Authors: Connie Lethin, Lottie Giertz, Emme-Li Vingare and Ingalill Rahm Hallberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:778

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  41. Content type: Study protocol

    The high prevalence of non-communicable diseases places significant demands on the healthcare system. As a result, hospitals are seeking to broaden their role to include more integrated health promotion. Stron...

    Authors: Stephen Barrett, Stephen Begg and Michael Kingsley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:780

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Adolescents living with HIV experience worse HIV care outcomes compared to adults, especially during transition from pediatric to adult care. However, data regarding adolescents are limited. This paper describ...

    Authors: Siyan Yi, Sovannary Tuot, Khuondyla Pal, Vohith Khol, Say Sok, Pheak Chhoun, Laura Ferguson and Gitau Mburu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:781

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Problems of irrational antibiotic use by prescribers are ongoing and have escalated following reductions in the cost of essential drugs policy. In an attempt to improve prescribing practices for village doctor...

    Authors: Li Zhen, Chenggang Jin and Hao-nan Xu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:777

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Managing medical professionals is challenging because professionals tend to adhere to a set of professional norms and enjoy autonomy from supervision. The aim of this paper is to study the interplay of physici...

    Authors: Domenico Salvatore, Dino Numerato and Giovanni Fattore

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:775

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Patient experiences are acknowledged as an important aspect of health care quality but no validated instruments have been identified for the measurement of either parent or patient experiences with outpatient ...

    Authors: Hilde Hestad Iversen, Ylva Helland, Oyvind Bjertnaes and Torild Skrivarhaug

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:774

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) provide services such as personal care, nursing, and home-delivered meals to aging adults and individuals with disabilities. HCBS are available to people acros...

    Authors: Chanee D Fabius, Kali S Thomas, Tingting Zhang, Jessica Ogarek and Theresa I Shireman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:773

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Initiatives such as “Choosing Wisely” in the USA and “Smarter Medicine” in Switzerland have published lists of widely overused health care services. The German initiative “Choosing Wisely Together (Gemeinsam K...

    Authors: Cathleen Muche-Borowski, Dorit Abiry, Hans-Otto Wagner, Anne Barzel, Dagmar Lühmann, Günther Egidi, Thomas Kühlein and Martin Scherer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:768

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Safety culture describes leader and staff interactions, attitudes, routines, awareness, and practices within an organisation. With this study, we aimed to determine the psychometric properties of the Slovenian...

    Authors: Zalika Klemenc-Ketis, Irena Makivić and Antonija Poplas-Susič

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:767

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  49. Content type: Correction

    Following publication of the original article [1], the author reported that their first names and last names were swapped. The original article has been corrected.

    Authors: Roberto Ippoliti, Greta Falavigna, Floriana Montani and Silvia Rizzi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:771

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    The original article was published in BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:689