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  1. Content type: Research article

    It is not clear which part of the variation in hospital readmissions can be attributed to the standard of care hospitals provide. This is in spite of their widespread use as an indicator of a lower quality of ...

    Authors: Karin Hekkert, Rudolf B. Kool, Ester Rake, Sezgin Cihangir, Ine Borghans, Femke Atsma and Gert Westert

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:999

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    Musculoskeletal problems substantially impact the demand for and the finances of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service. Some of this demand and cost could be alleviated if patients use self-directed-exe...

    Authors: Toby Gillman, Kelly Ann Schmidtke, Victoria Manning and Ivo Vlaev

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:998

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    Strategic purchasing of health care services has become a key policy measure on the path to achieving universal health coverage. National provider payment systems for health services are typically characterize...

    Authors: Isabelle Feldhaus and Inke Mathauer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:996

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    As part of its efforts to improve efficiency, accountability and overall performance, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) introduced annual Performance-based Management Agreements (PMAs) in the year 2013. However, ...

    Authors: Edmund Wedam Kanmiki, Ben Owusu Smith Bempah, John Koku Awoonor-Williams, Ayaga A. Bawah, Selassi Amah d’Almeida and Kassem M. Kassak

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:995

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Peer-review networks aim to help services to improve the quality of care they provide, however, there is very little evidence about their impact. We conducted a cluster randomized controlled trial of a peer-re...

    Authors: Lina Aimola, Sarah Jasim, Neeraj Tripathi, Paul Bassett, Alan Quirk, Adrian Worrall, Sarah Tucker, Samantha Holder and Mike J. Crawford

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:994

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Improving the health of rural populations requires developing a medical workforce with the right skills and a willingness to work in rural areas. A novel strategy for achieving this aim is to align medical tra...

    Authors: Matthew R. McGrail, Deborah J. Russell, Belinda G. O’Sullivan, Carole Reeve, Lee Gasser and David Campbell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:993

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Organizational Participatory Research (OPR) seeks organizational learning and/or practice improvement. Previous systematic literature reviews described some OPR processes and outcomes, but the link between the...

    Authors: Paula Louise Bush, Pierre Pluye, Christine Loignon, Vera Granikov, Michael T. Wright, Carol Repchinsky, Jeannie Haggerty, Gillian Bartlett, Sharon Parry, Jean-François Pelletier and Ann C. Macaulay

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:992

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The Chronic Disease Care System (CDCS) has been implemented in Korea to encourage treatment continuity in chronic disease patients. This study investigated the effect of the introduction of the CDCS on health ...

    Authors: Woorim Kim, Yoon Soo Choy, Sang Ah Lee and Eun-Cheol Park

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:991

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Single disease payment program based on clinical pathway (CP-based SDP) plays an increasingly important role in reducing health expenditure in china and there is a clear need to explore the scheme from differe...

    Authors: Jing Peng, Mengran Zhang, Pingfeng Yu and Nan Wang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:990

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Health literacy describes the cognitive and social skills which determine the motivation and ability of individuals to gain access to, understand and use information in ways which promote and maintain good hea...

    Authors: Rebecca L. Jessup, Richard H. Osborne, Rachelle Buchbinder and Alison Beauchamp

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:989

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Many European countries face challenges in long-term care for older people, such as the growing number of older people requiring care, the increasing complexity of their health care problems, and a decreasing ...

    Authors: L. Koopmans, N. Damen and C. Wagner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:988

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in Norway is increasing due to immigration from countries with high TB prevalence and few studies have been conducted on general practitioners’ (GPs) knowledge of TB in lo...

    Authors: Oddvar Aadnanes, Selina Wallis and Ingunn Harstad

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:987

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Improving access to specialty care has been identified as a critical issue in the delivery of health services, especially given an increasing burden of chronic disease. Identifying and addressing problems that...

    Authors: James Greenwood-Lee, Lauren Jewett, Linda Woodhouse and Deborah A. Marshall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:986

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Presenteeism is a behavior in which an employee is physically present at work with reduced performance due to illness or other reasons. Hospital doctors and nurses are more inclined to exhibit presenteeism tha...

    Authors: Juliana Nga Man Lui, Ellie Bostwick Andres and Janice Mary Johnston

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:985

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Severe malarial anaemia is one of the leading causes of paediatric hospital admissions in Malawi. Post-discharge malaria chemoprevention (PMC) is the intermittent administration of full treatment courses of an...

    Authors: Thandile Nkosi-Gondwe, Bjarne Robberstad, Björn Blomberg, Kamija S. Phiri and Siri Lange

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:984

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Disparities in cancer outcomes amongst Indigenous Australians reflect a pattern of reduced access to and engagement with health services. A growing emphasis on patient-centred care has increased efforts to mea...

    Authors: Monica Green, Kate Anderson, Kalinda Griffiths, Gail Garvey and Joan Cunningham

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:982

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  17. Content type: Research article

    New HIV infections in Tanzania have been decreasing, however some populations remain at higher risk. Despite of that, evidence on the magnitude of HIV infection and the associated factors and HIV/AIDS services...

    Authors: Anthony Kapesa, Namanya Basinda, Elias C. Nyanza, Martha F. Mushi, Ola Jahanpour and Sospatro E. Ngallaba

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:980

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  18. Content type: Research article

    General practice (GP) has historically been central to the prevention and treatment of childhood illnesses. In Ireland, this role has recently expanded with the introduction of free GP care for children aged u...

    Authors: Andrew O’Regan, Walter Cullen, Clodagh O’Gorman, Louise Hickey, Eimear O’Neill, Jane O’Doherty and Ailish Hannigan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:979

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Privacy and confidentiality are central components of patient care and are of particular importance in obstetrics and gynaecology, where clinical situations of a sensitive nature regularly occur. The layout of...

    Authors: Lucia Hartigan, Leanne Cussen, Sarah Meaney and Keelin O’Donoghue

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:978

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Home care providers struggle to manage their day-to-day work, which is increasing in volume and complexity. In general, they are expected to achieve more with the same planning methods, resources, and capacity...

    Authors: Berit Irene Helgheim, Birgithe E. Sandbaek and Line Slyngstad

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:977

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Competent managers are essential to the productivity of organisations and the sustainability of health systems. Effective workforce development strategies sensitive to the current competency development needs ...

    Authors: Zhanming Liang, Felicity C. Blackstock, Peter F Howard, David S Briggs, Sandra G Leggat, Dennis Wollersheim, David Edvardsson and Aziz Rahman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:976

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Quality improvement efforts are inextricably linked to the readiness of healthcare workers to take them on. The current study aims to clarify the nature and measurement of Improvement Readiness (IR) by 1) exam...

    Authors: Kathryn C. Adair, Krystina Quow, Allan Frankel, Paul J. Mosca, Jochen Profit, Allison Hadley, Michael Leonard and J. Bryan Sexton

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:975

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  23. Content type: Research article

    In July 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its Medicaid Managed Care (MMC) regulations that govern network and access standards for enrollees. There have been few published stud...

    Authors: Nathaniel Bell, Ana Lòpez-DeFede, Rebecca C. Wilkerson and Kathy Mayfield-Smith

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:974

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  24. Content type: Research article

    In 2011, South Africa improved its ability to test for rifampicin-resistant TB (RR-TB) by introducing GeneXpert MTB/RIF. At the same time, the South African National TB program adopted a policy decentralized, ...

    Authors: Denise Evans, Tembeka Sineke, Kathryn Schnippel, Rebecca Berhanu, Caroline Govathson, Andrew Black, Lawrence Long and Sydney Rosen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:973

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Diabetes is one of the world’s most prevalent and serious non-communicable diseases (NCDs). It is a leading cause of death, disability and financial loss; moreover, it is identified as a major threat to global...

    Authors: Afsana Afroz, Mohammed J. Alramadan, Md Nassif Hossain, Lorena Romero, Khurshid Alam, Dianna J. Magliano and Baki Billah

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:972

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  26. Content type: Research article

    State policy approaches designed to provide opioid treatment options have received significant attention in addressing the opioid epidemic in the United States. In particular, expanded availability of naloxone...

    Authors: Janice Blanchard, Audrey J. Weiss, Marguerite L. Barrett, Kimberly W. McDermott and Kevin C. Heslin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:971

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Chronic back disorders (CBD) are prevalent, costly, and among the most common reasons for seeking primary care; however, little is known regarding the comparative use of family physician, chiropractic, and phy...

    Authors: Brenna Bath, Josh Lawson, Dennis Ma and Catherine Trask

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:970

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  28. Content type: Research article

    A previous census of electronic prescribing (EP) systems in England showed that more than half of hospitals with EP reported more than one EP system within the same hospital. Our objectives were to describe th...

    Authors: Zamzam Ahmed, Yogini Jani and Bryony Dean Franklin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:969

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Medication discrepancies are seen frequently in hospital setting upon admission or discharge. Medication Reconciliation service is a practice designed to ensure that patients’ medications are ordered in a corr...

    Authors: Rana Abu Farha, Khawla Abu Hammour, Sayida Al-Jamei, Raja AlQudah and Mohammed Zawiah

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:966

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Clinical practice guidelines risk having little impact on healthcare if not effectively implemented. Theory informed, targeted implementation may maximise their impact. Our study explored barriers to and facil...

    Authors: Tamara Kredo, Sara Cooper, Amber Abrams, Jocelyn Muller, Jimmy Volmink and Salla Atkins

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:965

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  31. Content type: Debate

    Modern marketing thought heavily emphasizes the need for healthcare providers to possess a customer orientation, placing patients at the focal point of attention within health and medical establishments. This ...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18(Suppl 3):929

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 3

  32. Content type: Debate

    Given the importance of communicating effectively with current and prospective patients, healthcare institutions must direct considerable energies toward achieving associated excellence. Pursuits usually cente...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18(Suppl 3):928

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 3

  33. Content type: Debate

    Healthcare institutions deliver essential services that practically everyone needs at least periodically over the course of their lives. Hospital admissions, in particular, place patients in circumstances very...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18(Suppl 3):927

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 3

  34. Content type: Debate

    Healthcare establishments serve as key community resources, bringing into locales a wealth of resources aimed at enhancing and improving health and wellness. Without effective communications, current and prosp...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18(Suppl 3):926

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 3

  35. Content type: Debate

    Branding—the assignment of names, logos, slogans, and related elements of identity to institutions and their product offerings for the purpose of conveying desired images to target audiences—is of paramount im...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18(Suppl 3):924

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 3

  36. Content type: Debate

    Target marketing, a practice used to more effectively address the wants and needs of customers, involves three interrelated activities: market segmentation, targeting, and product positioning. The practice fol...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18(Suppl 3):923

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 3

  37. Content type: Debate

    Marketing arguably is the most critical administrative responsibility associated with the pursuit and realization of growth and prosperity, making prowess in the discipline essential for any healthcare institu...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18(Suppl 3):922

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 3

  38. Content type: Research article

    Men who have sex with men (MSM) are at high risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and sexually transmitted infection (STI) in China. Inadequate clinical services and poor clinical competency amo...

    Authors: Peipei Zhao, Bolin Cao, Cedric H. Bien-Gund, Weiming Tang, Jason J. Ong, Yi Ding, Weiying Chen, Joseph D. Tucker and Zhenzhou Luo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:964

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  39. Content type: Research article

    In publicly funded health care systems, governance models are developed to push public service providers to use tax payers’ money more efficiently and maintain a high quality of service. Although this implies ...

    Authors: Sara Korlén, Anne Richter, Isis Amer-Wåhlin, Peter Lindgren and Ulrica von Thiele Schwarz

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:963

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  40. Content type: Research article

    E-mental health holds promise for people with severe mental illness, but has a limited evidence base. This study explored the effect of e-health added to face-to-face delivery of the Illness Management and Rec...

    Authors: Titus A. A. Beentjes, Peter J. J. Goossens, Hester Vermeulen, Steven Teerenstra, Maria W. G. Nijhuis-van der Sanden and Betsie G. I. van Gaal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:962

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  41. Content type: Research article

    To investigate the potential barriers to optimal diabetes control by evaluating the different perspectives of physicians and patients on such matters in China.

    Authors: Chun Liu, Shaoyong Xu, Jie Ming, Aihua Jia, Yingji Wei, Hui Li, Yang Jiao, Mingxi Song, Yadong Zhao, Yafang Du, Wenjuan Yang, Xiaoqiang Lu, Shengqi Shi, Hui Tong, Guangtang Jia, Guohua Zhao…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:961

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Basic inputs and infrastructure including drugs, supplies, equipment, water and electricity are required for the provision of quality care. In the era of the free maternal health policy in Ghana, it is unclear...

    Authors: Philip Ayizem Dalinjong, Alex Y. Wang and Caroline S. E. Homer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:959

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Poor health literacy affects over 90 million Americans. The primary aim of the study was to evaluate a possible association between health literacy and decision conflict in surgical patients.

    Authors: Gildasio S. De Oliveira Jr, Martin Errea, Jane Bialek, Mark C. Kendall and Robert J. McCarthy

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:958

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Acute hospital services account for the largest proportion of health care system budgets, and older adults are the most frequent users. As a result, older people who have been recently discharged from hospital...

    Authors: Kathleen Finlayson, Anne M. Chang, Mary D. Courtney, Helen E. Edwards, Anthony W. Parker, Kyra Hamilton, Thu Dinh Xuan Pham and Jane O’Brien

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:956

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Strategies to identify and treat undiagnosed prevalent cases that have not sought diagnostic services on their own, are necessary to treat TB in patients earlier and interrupt transmission. Late presentation f...

    Authors: Esther Karamagi, Simon Sensalire, Martin Muhire, Herbert Kisamba, John Byabagambi, Mirwais Rahimzai, Frank Mugabe, Upenytho George, Jacqueline Calnan, Dejene Seyoum and Estella Birabwa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:954

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