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  1. 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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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Content type: Research article

    Discharge summary with medication report effectively counteracts drug-related problems among elderly patients due to insufficient information transfer in care transitions. However, this requires optimal transf...

    Authors: Gabriella Caleres, Åsa Bondesson, Patrik Midlöv and Sara Modig

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:770

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  13. Content type: Research article

    In the German rehabilitation system, primary care physicians (PCPs), occupational health physicians (OPs), and rehabilitation physicians (RPs) fulfill different distinct functions and roles. While effective co...

    Authors: Jan M. Stratil, Monika A. Rieger and Susanne Voelter-Mahlknecht

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:769

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Understanding the perceived importance of Patient-Centered Care (PCC) among Palestinian doctors and how the provider and other clinical characteristics may impact their views on PCC is essential to determine t...

    Authors: Wasim I M Sultan, Mutaz I M Sultan and José Crispim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:766

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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

  18. Content type: Research article

    Globally, having the ‘patient and /or family voice’ engaged when measuring quality of care for the dying is fundamentally important. This is particularly pertinent within the United Kingdom, where changes to n...

    Authors: Catriona Mayland, Tamsin McGlinchey, Maureen Gambles, Helen Mulholland and John Ellershaw

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:761

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Differences in cancer survival exist between countries in Europe. Benchmarking of good practices can assist cancer centers to improve their services aiming for reduced inequalities. The aim of the BENCH-CAN pr...

    Authors: Anke Wind, Joris van Dijk, Isabelle Nefkens, Wineke van Lent, Péter Nagy, Ernestas Janulionis, Tuula Helander, Francisco Rocha-Goncalves and Wim van Harten

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:764

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Medication problems among patients with long-term conditions (LTCs) are well documented. Measures to support LTC management include: medicine optimisation services by community pharmacists such as the Medicine...

    Authors: Reem Kayyali, Shereen Nabhani Gebara, Iman Hesso, Gill Funnell, Minal Naik, Thuy Mason, Mohammed Ahsan Uddin, Noor Al-Yaseri, Umar Khayyam, Teebah Al-Haddad, Roshan Siva and John Chang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:763

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Potential drug–drug interactions (pDDIs) are one of the preventable drug related problems having the risk of serious adverse events or therapeutic failure. In developing countries like Pakistan, this issue rem...

    Authors: Mohammad Ismail, Sidra Noor, Umme Harram, Inamul Haq, Iqbal Haider, Faiza Khadim, Qasim Khan, Zahid Ali, Tahir Muhammad and Muhammad Asif

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:762

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Obstetric units across the UK face resource pressures alongside a rising rate of Caesarean section (CS). It is assumed that this places a further burden in the form of postnatal bed demands. The number of inpa...

    Authors: Subhadeep Roy and L Montgomery Irvine

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:760

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Advances in the management of retinal diseases have been fast-paced as new treatments become available, resulting in increasing numbers of patients receiving treatment in hospital retinal services. These patie...

    Authors: Eren Demir, David Southern, Aimee Verner and Winfried Amoaku

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:759

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Uganda halved its maternal mortality to 343/100,000 live births between 1990 and 2015, but did not meet the Millennium Development Goal 5. Skilled, timely and good quality antenatal (ANC) and delivery care can...

    Authors: Lenka Benova, Mardieh L. Dennis, Isabelle L. Lange, Oona M. R. Campbell, Peter Waiswa, Manon Haemmerli, Yolanda Fernandez, Kate Kerber, Joy E. Lawn, Andreia Costa Santos, Fred Matovu, David Macleod, Catherine Goodman, Loveday Penn-Kekana, Freddie Ssengooba and Caroline A. Lynch

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:758

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Self-management of exacerbations in COPD patients is important to reduce exacerbation impact. There is a need for more comprehensive and individualized interventions to improve exacerbation-related self-manage...

    Authors: Y. J. G. Korpershoek, S. C. J. M. Vervoort, J. C. A. Trappenburg and M. J. Schuurmans

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:757

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Over a third of Australian children have long-term health conditions, often involving multiple organ systems and resulting in complex health care needs. Our healthcare system struggles to meet their needs beca...

    Authors: Christie Breen, Lisa Altman, Joanne Ging, Marie Deverell, Susan Woolfenden and Yvonne Zurynski

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:751

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Variation in access to joint replacement surgery has been widely reported but less attention has been given to the impact of comorbidities on the patient journey to joint replacement surgery. There is a lack o...

    Authors: Bélène Podmore, Andrew Hutchings, Mary-Alison Durand, John Robson, Sujith Konan, Jan van der Meulen and Rebecca Lynch

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:754

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  28. Content type: Research article

    A substantial number of studies linked aspects of a balanced, healthy and supportive nurse practice environment with quality and patient safety. To what extent balanced work characteristics such as social capi...

    Authors: Peter Van Bogaert, Danny Van heusden, Stijn Slootmans, Ingrid Roosen, Paul Van Aken, Guy H. Hans and Erik Franck

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:756

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Female sex workers (FSWs) in many settings have restricted access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. We therefore conducted an implementation study to test a ‘diagonal’ intervention which combin...

    Authors: Yves Lafort, Malica Sofia Ismael de Melo, Faustino Lessitala, Sally Griffin, Matthew Chersich and Wim Delva

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:752

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  30. Content type: Research article

    It is aspired in the German healthcare system that general practitioners (GPs) act as initial contact for patients and guide through at all steps of medical treatment. This study aims at identifying factors as...

    Authors: Judith Tillmann, Marie-Therese Puth, Laura Frank, Klaus Weckbecker, Manuela Klaschik and Eva Münster

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:755

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  31. Content type: Study protocol

    Mental health care lags behind other forms of medical care in its reliance on subjective clinician assessment. Although routine use of standardized patient-reported outcome measures, measurement-based care (MB...

    Authors: Laura O. Wray, Mona J. Ritchie, David W. Oslin and Gregory P. Beehler

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:753

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Long-term care (LTC) staffing practices are poorly understood as is their influence on quality of care. We examined the relationship between staffing characteristics and residents’ quality of care indicators a...

    Authors: Veronique M Boscart, Souraya Sidani, Jeffrey Poss, Meaghan Davey, Josie d’Avernas, Paul Brown, George Heckman, Jenny Ploeg and Andrew P Costa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:750

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Meeting psychosocial needs is a significant component of quality dementia care. To enable persons with dementia to live at home for as long as possible, a community healthcare service offering care where physi...

    Authors: Anette Hansen, Solveig Hauge, Ragnhild Hellesø and Ådel Bergland

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:746

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The importance of clinical leadership in ensuring high quality patient care is emphasized in health systems worldwide. Of particular concern are the high costs to health systems related to clinical litigation ...

    Authors: Solange Mianda and Anna Voce

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:747

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Current evidence to support cost effectiveness of doctor- pharmacist collaborative prescribing is limited. Our aim was to evaluate inpatient prescribing of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis by a pharmac...

    Authors: Andrew Hale, Greg Merlo, Lisa Nissen, Ian Coombes and Nicholas Graves

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:749

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Every family expect to have a healthy mother and new born baby after pregnancy. Especially for parents, pregnancy is a time of great anticipation. Access to maternal and child health care insures safer pregnan...

    Authors: Tegene Legese Dadi, Bayu Begashaw Bekele, Habtamu Kebebe Kasaye and Tadesse Nigussie

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:748

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Among all cancer patients in the palliative phase, ¾ have reached the age of 65. An aging population will increase the number of people afflicted with cancer, and create challenges for patients, family members...

    Authors: Marianne Fjose, Grethe Eilertsen, Marit Kirkevold and Ellen Karine Grov

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:745

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Mechanisms by which liaison mental health services (LMHS) may bring about improved patient and organisational outcomes are poorly understood. A small number of logic models have been developed, but they fail t...

    Authors: Allan House, Elspeth Guthrie, Andrew Walker, Jenny Hewsion, Peter Trigwell, Cathy Brennan, Mike Crawford, Carolyn Czoski Murray, Matt Fossey, Claire Hulme, Adam Martin, Alan Quirk and Sandy Tubeuf

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:742

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The level of quality of care of ambulatory services in Switzerland is almost completely unknown. By adapting existing instruments to the Swiss national context, the present project aimed to define quality indi...

    Authors: Eva Blozik, Oliver Reich, Roland Rapold and Martin Scherer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:743

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model is a coordinated-care model that has served as a means to improve several chronic disease outcomes and reduce management costs. However, access to PCMH has not be...

    Authors: Ziyad S Almalki, Nedaa A Karami, Imtinan A Almsoudi, Roaa K Alhasoun, Alaa T Mahdi, Entesar A Alabsi, Saad M Alshahrani, Nourah D Alkhdhran and Tahani M Alotaib

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:744

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Research findings should be disseminated appropriately to generate maximum impact. The development of research derived ‘actionable’ tools (RDAT) as research outputs may contribute to impact in health services ...

    Authors: Susan Hampshaw, Jo Cooke and Laurie Mott

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:740

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Few early intervention programs aimed at maternal and child health have been developed to be integrated in the existing Child Health Service in a country where the service is free, voluntary and used by the ma...

    Authors: Maria J. Leirbakk, Johan Torper, Eivind Engebretsen, Jorunn Neerland Opsahl, Paula Zeanah and Jeanette H. Magnus

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:741

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Ghana has been providing HIV and AIDS services since the identification of the first case in 1986 and added highly active antiretroviral therapy to its comprehensive care in 2003.This study aimed at assessing ...

    Authors: Stephen Ayisi Addo, Marijanatu Abdulai, Alfred Yawson, Akosua N. Baddoo, Jinkou Zhao, Nibretie Workneh, Ivy Okae and Ekow Wiah

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:739

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Antibiotic resistance is a challenge in the management of infectious diseases and can cause substantial cost. Even without the onset of infection, measures must be taken, as patients colonized with multi-drug ...

    Authors: Sabine Engler-Hüsch, Thomas Heister, Nico T Mutters, Jan Wolff and Klaus Kaier

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:737

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  45. Content type: Research article

    General Practitioners (GPs) in the Netherlands routinely register all patient contacts electronically. These records include longitudinally gathered clinical information of the patient contacts in coded data a...

    Authors: Hugo M. Smeets, Marlous F. Kortekaas, Frans H. Rutten, Michiel L. Bots, Willem van der Kraan, Gerard Daggelders, Hanneke Smits-Pelser, Charles W. Helsper, Arno W. Hoes and Niek J. de Wit

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:735

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  46. Content type: Research article

    A hospital culture that promotes and insures patient safety is a critical aspect for the effective delivery of hospital services and patient care. Yet there are significant patient health and safety issues in ...

    Authors: Naif Alzahrani, Russell Jones and Mohamed E. Abdel-Latif

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:736

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