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  1. To identify and rank the importance of key determinants of high medical expenses among breast cancer patients and to understand the underlying effects of these determinants.

    Authors: Liangyuan Hu, Lihua Li, Jiayi Ji and Mark Sanderson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1066

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  2. The number and severity of nonconformities generated during an audit of a medicine testing laboratory indicates its level of quality compliance. Quality standards are established and maintained to ensure the r...

    Authors: Mercy A. Okezue, Mojisola C. Adeyeye, Steve J. Byrn, Victor O. Abiola and Kari L. Clase

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1065

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  3. Patients’ competencies and resources to manage their own health, which is termed health literacy, is a necessity for better health outcomes. Thus, it is relevant to have a comprehensive health literacy measure...

    Authors: Millicent Addai Boateng, Peter Agyei-Baffour, Sanne Angel and Ulrika Enemark

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1064

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  4. Improving the quality of healthcare has proven to be a challenging task despite longstanding efforts. Approaches to improvements that consider the strong influence of local context as well as stakeholders’ dif...

    Authors: Hanna Augustsson, Kate Churruca and Jeffrey Braithwaite

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1063

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  5. Some sub-types of haematological cancers are acute and require intensive treatment soon after diagnosis. Other sub-types are chronic, relapse over many years and require life-long cycles of monitoring interspe...

    Authors: Anne Herrmann, Elise Mansfield, Flora Tzelepis, Marita Lynagh and Alix Hall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1062

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  6. The optimal method to collect accurate healthcare utilisation data in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is not well established. The aim of this study was to determine feasibility and co...

    Authors: Chantal L. Grimwood, Anne E. Holland, Christine F. McDonald, Ajay Mahal, Catherine J. Hill, Annemarie L. Lee, Narelle S. Cox, Rosemary Moore, Caroline Nicolson, Paul O’Halloran, Aroub Lahham, Rebecca Gillies and Angela T. Burge

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1061

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  7. People who use substances experience high levels of substance-related stigma, both within and outside of health care settings, which can prevent people from help-seeking and contribute further to health inequi...

    Authors: Karen Urbanoski, Bernadette Pauly, Dakota Inglis, Fred Cameron, Troy Haddad, Jack Phillips, Paige Phillips, Conor Rosen, Grant Schlotter, Elizabeth Hartney and Bruce Wallace

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1060

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  8. Healthcare organisations are complex social entities, comprising of multiple stakeholders with differing priorities, roles, and expectations about how care should be delivered. To reach agreement among these d...

    Authors: Lisa Rogers, Aoife De Brún, Sarah A. Birken, Carmel Davies and Eilish McAuliffe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1059

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  9. Since 2015, China has been rolling out the pricing reform for drugs and medical services (PRDMS) in the urban public hospitals in order to reduce drug expenditures and to relieve financial burdens of patients....

    Authors: Xiaoxi Zhang, Hongyu Lai, Lidan Zhang, Jiangjiang He, Bo Fu and Chunlin Jin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1058

    Content type: Research article

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  10. The growing demand for LTC (Long-term care) services for disabled elderly has become a daunting task for countries worldwide, especially China, where population aging is particularly severe. According to CSY (...

    Authors: Linhong Chen, Lu Zhang and Xiaocang Xu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1057

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Increasing mental health problems and scarce treatment resources put pressure on mental health services to make innovations in service provision, such as developing differentiated services adapted to different...

    Authors: Hilde V. Markussen, Lene Aasdahl and Marit B. Rise

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1056

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  12. In the light of “Internet plus”, hospitals are following the trend of using mobile internet and adopting a strategy of spreading public health knowledge through mobile terminals. WeChat is a social media with ...

    Authors: Jie Wang and Lanting Wu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1055

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  13. Task shifting and task sharing in health care are rapidly becoming more common as the shortage of physicians increases. However, research has not yet examined the changing roles of hospital administrative staf...

    Authors: Naomi Akiyama, Tomoya Akiyama, Kenshi Hayashida, Takeru Shiroiwa and Keisuke Koeda

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1054

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  14. The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has rapidly spread, causing million confirmed cases, thousands of deaths, and economic losses. The number of cases of COVID-19 in Jakarta is the largest in Indo...

    Authors: Florence Elfriede Sinthauli Silalahi, Fahrul Hidayat, Ratna Sari Dewi, Nugroho Purwono and Nadya Oktaviani

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1053

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  15. Physical activity (PA) is a well-established therapeutic modality for the maintenance and improvement of long-term health in cystic fibrosis (CF). Healthcare professionals (HCP) are considered credible and wel...

    Authors: Nicola Hurley, Bróna Kehoe, Noel McCaffrey, Karen Redmond, Lydia Cullen and Niall M. Moyna

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1052

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  16. Medical Financial Assistance (MFA) provides health insurance and financial support for millions of low income and disabled Chinese people, yet there has been little systematic analysis focused on this vulnerab...

    Authors: Yangling Ren, Zhongliang Zhou, Guanping Liu, Chi Shen, Dan Cao, Tiange Xu, Jane M. Fry, Rashed Nawaz, Dantong Zhao, Min Su, Tingshuai Ge, Yafei Si and Gang Chen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1051

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  17. A common challenge for free-access systems is that people may bypass primary care and seek secondary care through self-referral. Taiwan’s government has undertaken various initiatives to mitigate bypass; howev...

    Authors: Li-Lin Liang, Nicole Huang, Yi-Jung Shen, Annie Yu-An Chen and Yiing-Jenq Chou

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1050

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  18. Ischemic stroke patients with a good outcome in terms of motor functioning and communication are likely to be discharged home without further rehabilitation. A significant number of these patients experience c...

    Authors: J. P. L. Slenders, R. M. Van den Berg-Vos, C. M. van Heugten, J. M. A. Visser-Meily, S. M. A. A. Evers, R. J. de Haan, J. M. de Man-van Ginkel and V. I. H. Kwa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1049

    Content type: Study protocol

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  19. To assess the association between walking speed (WS) and its improvement on hospitalization rates and costs in outpatients with cardiovascular disease.

    Authors: Stefano Bonnini, Gianni Mazzoni, Michela Borghesi, Giorgio Chiaranda, Jonathan Myers, Simona Mandini, Andrea Raisi, Sabrina Masotti and Giovanni Grazzi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1048

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  20. Patients with B-cell neoplasms in remission are monitored with regular physician visits at the hospital. The current standard follow-up procedure is not evidence-based or individualized to patient needs. To im...

    Authors: Mia Sommer, Lone Frandsen, Paw Jensen, Søren Ramme Nielsen, Lars Børty Nielsen, Rasmus Froberg Brøndum, Martin Bøgsted, Jakob Madsen, Marianne Tang Severinsen, Erik Elgaard Sørensen, Mette Grønkjær and Tarec Christoffer El-Galaly

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1047

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  21. Hypertension (HT) requires patients to continuously monitor their blood pressure, strictly adhere to therapeutic recommendations, and self-manage their illness. A few studies indicate that physician–patient co...

    Authors: Natalia Świątoniowska-Lonc, Jacek Polański, Wojciech Tański and Beata Jankowska-Polańska

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1046

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  22. As the number of persons with dementia is increasing, there has been a call for establishing sustainable clinical pathways for coordinating care and support for this group. The LIVE@Home.Path trial is a multic...

    Authors: Stein Erik Fæø, Oscar Tranvåg, Rune Samdal, Bettina S. Husebo and Frøydis K. Bruvik

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1045

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  23. The aim of this paper is to analyze the differences in the coordination of chronic illness care between the different public hospital management models coexisting in the Spanish region of Madrid (25 hospitals)...

    Authors: José Luis Franco Miguel, Carmen Fullana Belda, José Manuel Cordero Ferrera, Cristina Polo and Roberto Nuño-Solinís

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1044

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  24. Type 2 diabetes represents an increasingly critical challenge for health policy worldwide. It absorbs massive resources from both patients and national economies to sustain direct costs of the treatment of typ...

    Authors: Constance Stegbauer, Camilla Falivena, Ariadna Moreno, Anna Hentschel, Magda Rosenmöller, Tim Heise, Joachim Szecsenyi and Freimut Schliess

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1043

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  25. Achievement of the elimination target for mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV in selected countries has increased hope to end the HIV epidemic in children across the world. However, MTCT rates remain we...

    Authors: Reuben Musarandega, Joanna Robinson, Priti Dave Sen, Anna Hakobyan, Angela Mushavi, Agnes Mahomva and Godfrey Woelk

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1042

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  26. A large proportion of admissions to psychiatric hospitals happen as emergency admissions and many of them occur out of core working hours (during the weekends, on public holidays and during night time). Howeve...

    Authors: Peter M. Kreuzer, Stefan Günther, Jorge Simoes, Michael Ziereis and Berthold Langguth

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1041

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  27. The August 2020 explosion in Lebanon resulted in casualties, injuries, and a great number of internally displaced persons. The blast occurred during an economically and politically complex time in the country....

    Authors: Michel D. Landry, Mohamad Alameddine, Tiago S. Jesus, Saydeh Sassine, Elie Koueik and Sudha R. Raman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1040

    Content type: Editorial

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  28. Providing care to cancer patients is associated with a substantial psychological and emotional load on oncology workers. The purpose of this project is to co-construct, implement and assess multidimensional in...

    Authors: Carl-Ardy Dubois, Roxane Borgès Da Silva, Mélanie Lavoie-Tremblay, Bernard Lespérance, Kathleen Bentein, Alain Marchand, Sara Soldera, Christine Maheu, Sébastien Grenier and Marie-Andrée Fortin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1039

    Content type: Study protocol

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  29. Patients’ increasing needs and expectations require an overall assessment of hospital performance. Several international agencies have defined performance indicators sets but there exists no unanimous classifi...

    Authors: Elettra Carini, Irene Gabutti, Emanuela Maria Frisicale, Andrea Di Pilla, Angelo Maria Pezzullo, Chiara de Waure, Americo Cicchetti, Stefania Boccia and Maria Lucia Specchia

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1038

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  30. To explore the perceptions of health workers on the risks of contracting tuberculosis at Namwala District Hospital. Tuberculosis literature indicates that health workers are at risk of contracting tuberculosis...

    Authors: Shadreck Mwenya and Salley Stapley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1037

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  31. Total hip and total knee arthroplasties are among the most common types of surgery performed in Australia today and are effective treatments for severe osteoarthritis. However, the increasing financial burden ...

    Authors: Emma Cheng, Adriane Lewin, Tim Churches, Ian A Harris and Justine Naylor

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1036

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  32. To cope with shortages of equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic, we established a nonprofit end-to-end system to identify, validate, regulate, manufacture, and distribute 3D-printed medical equipment. Here we...

    Authors: Ferran Fillat-Gomà, Sergi Coderch-Navarro, Laia Martínez-Carreres, Núria Monill-Raya, Toni Nadal-Mir, Cristina Lalmolda, Manel Luján, Candelaria de Haro and Lluís Blanch

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1035

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  33. In Kenya, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention is almost exclusively delivered at HIV clinics. Developing novel PrEP delivery models is important for increasing the reach of PrEP. Delivery of PrE...

    Authors: Katrina F. Ortblad, Peter Mogere, Stephanie Roche, Kevin Kamolloh, Josephine Odoyo, Elizabeth Irungu, Nelly R. Mugo, Jillian Pintye, Jared M. Baeten, Elizabeth Bukusi and Kenneth Ngure

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1034

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  34. Long-term acute care hospital (LTACH) use varies considerably across the U.S., which may reflect uncertainty about the effectiveness of LTACHs vs. skilled nursing facilities (SNF), the principal post-acute car...

    Authors: Anil N. Makam, Oanh Kieu Nguyen, Michael E. Miller, Sachin J. Shah, Kandice A. Kapinos and Ethan A. Halm

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1032

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  35. Extensive measures to reduce person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 are required to control the current outbreak. Special attention is directed at healthcare professionals as reducing the risk of infection ...

    Authors: Malene Missel, Camilla Bernild, Ilkay Dagyaran, Signe Westh Christensen and Selina Kikkenborg Berg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1031

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  36. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased insurance coverage for people with HIV (PWH) in the United States. To inform health policy, it is useful to investigate how enrollment through ACA Exchanges, deducti...

    Authors: Derek D. Satre, Sujaya Parthasarathy, Michael J. Silverberg, Michael Horberg, Kelly C. Young-Wolff, Emily C. Williams, Paul Volberding and Cynthia I. Campbell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1030

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  37. Patient experience surveys are increasingly conducted in cancer care as they provide important results to consider in future development of cancer care and health policymaking. These surveys usually include cl...

    Authors: Chantal Arditi, Diana Walther, Ingrid Gilles, Saphir Lesage, Anne-Claude Griesser, Christine Bienvenu, Manuela Eicher and Isabelle Peytremann-Bridevaux

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1029

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  38. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the 3rd leading cancer killer among men and women in the US. The Strategies and Opportunities to STOP Colon Cancer in Priority Populations (STOP CRC) project aimed to increase CRC sc...

    Authors: Amanda F. Petrik, Erin Keast, Eric S. Johnson, David H. Smith and Gloria D. Coronado

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1028

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  39. Mental health is linked to HIV outcomes, including linkage into care and adherence to medication. Integrated care for mental and physical health is recommended. HIV testing and counselling sessions represent a...

    Authors: Faith Martin, Winfred Nalukenge, Oucul Lazarus, Josephine Birungi and Janet Seeley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1027

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  40. This study estimated the economic cost of treating measles in children under-5 in Bangladesh from the caregiver, government, and societal perspectives.

    Authors: Gatien de Broucker, Sayem Ahmed, Md. Zahid Hasan, Gazi Golam Mehdi, Jorge Martin Del Campo, Md. Wazed Ali, Md. Jasim Uddin, Dagna Constenla and Bryan Patenaude

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1026

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  41. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common and deadliest chronic diseases worldwide. Since COPD is a chronic and progressive disease, treatment is necessary throughout life. For peo...

    Authors: Sara Lundell, Ulla-Maija Pesola, André Nyberg and Karin Wadell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1025

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  42. In the Netherlands, the for-profit sector has gained a substantial share of nursing home care within just a few years. The ethical question that arises from the growth of for-profit care is whether the market ...

    Authors: Florien M. Kruse, Wieke M. R. Ligtenberg, Anke J. M. Oerlemans, Stef Groenewoud and Patrick P. T. Jeurissen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1024

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  43. Despite a strong evidence base and policy recommendation supporting the implementation of psychoeducation interventions within the mental health system, equitable access for many service users and family membe...

    Authors: Agnes Higgins, Rebecca Murphy, Carmel Downes, Jennifer Barry, Mark Monahan, David Hevey, Thilo Kroll, Louise Doyle and Patrick Gibbons

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1023

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  44. Hypertension and diabetes are among the most common and deadly chronic conditions globally. In India, most adults with these conditions remain undiagnosed, untreated, or poorly treated and uncontrolled. Innova...

    Authors: Shivani A. Patel, Hanspria Sharma, Sailesh Mohan, Mary Beth Weber, Devraj Jindal, Prashant Jarhyan, Priti Gupta, Rakshit Sharma, Mumtaj Ali, Mohammed K. Ali, K. M. Venkat Narayan, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Yashdeep Gupta, Ambuj Roy and Nikhil Tandon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1022

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  45. Healthcare providers across all clinical practice settings are progressively relying and adapting information communication technologies to perform their professional activities. In this era of technology, hea...

    Authors: Kirubel Biruk Shiferaw, Binyam Chakilu Tilahun and Berhanu Fikadie Endehabtu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1021

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  46. The evidence regarding the safety and efficacy of nonoperative management is growing. However, the best treatment strategy for acute complicated appendicitis remains controversial. We aimed to evaluate the cos...

    Authors: Kiyoaki Sugiura, Keiichi Suzuki, Tomoshige Umeyama, Kenshi Omagari, Takeo Hashimoto and Akihiko Tamura

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1019

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  47. This study focuses on the application of Provan and Kenis’ modes of network governance to the specific field of public healthcare networks, extending the framework to an analysis of systems in which networks a...

    Authors: Anna Romiti, Mario Del Vecchio and Gino Sartor

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1018

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  48. The substantial increase in the use of expensive anticancer drugs has been accompanied by an increase in the amount of disposing residual liquid from drug preparations. Many Western countries, including the Un...

    Authors: Koichi Matsuo, Hisanaga Nomura, Masanobu Uchiyama, Motoyasu Miyazaki and Osamu Imakyure

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1017

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  49. Many childbearing women in sub-Saharan African countries like Guinea still face challenges accessing and utilizing health facility delivery services and opt to deliver at home. This study examined the non-util...

    Authors: Bright Opoku Ahinkorah

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:1016

    Content type: Research article

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