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  1. Content type: Research article

    Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) and Emergency Triage, Assessment and Treatment (ETAT) are guidelines developed by the World Health Organization to reach targets for reducing under-5 mortality...

    Authors: Sarah Kathryn Robertson, Kristina Manson and Evridiki Fioratou

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:1014

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    To investigate the effects after twelve months related to patient activation and a range of secondary outcomes on persons with chronic pain of a chronic pain self-management course compared to a low-impact out...

    Authors: Torunn Hatlen Nøst, Aslak Steinsbekk, Ola Bratås and Kjersti Grønning

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:1012

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  3. Content type: Technical advance

    Preventive care has gained increasing attention in health reforms around the world due to its ability to reduce the burden of disease and to save health costs. Nevertheless, there is a gap in terms of the deve...

    Authors: Federico Rotondo, Lucia Giovanelli, Nicoletta Fadda and Alberto Ezza

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:1002

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Rates of End-Stage Kidney Disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) Australians in remote areas are disproportionately high; however, haemodialysis is not currently offered in most remot...

    Authors: Jessica Conway, Sharon Lawn, Susan Crail and Stephen McDonald

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:1010

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    The increased mortality risk associated with weekend admission to hospital (the ‘weekend effect’) has been reported across many health systems. More recently research has focused on causal mechanisms. Variatio...

    Authors: Elizabeth Sutton, Julian Bion, Cassie Aldridge, Amunpreet Boyal, Janet Willars and Carolyn Tarrant

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:1015

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Off-patent pharmaceuticals (OPPs) hold vital importance in meeting public health objectives, especially in developing countries where resources are limited. OPPs are comprised of off-patent originals, branded ...

    Authors: Andras Inotai, Diana Brixner, Nikos Maniadakis, Iwan Dwiprahasto, Erna Kristin, Agus Prabowo, Alfi Yasmina, Sigit Priohutomo, Bertalan Németh, Kalman Wijaya and Zoltan Kalo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:1003

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The symptoms related to neurocognitive disorders (NCD) may lead to caregiver burden increase. Involving caregivers in research may be an effective way of improving the practicalities and relevance of intervent...

    Authors: Teddy Novais, Christelle Mouchoux, Michel Kossovsky, Lucie Winterstein, Floriane Delphin-Combe, Pierre Krolak-Salmon and V. Dauphinot

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:1016

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Whether the association between access to medical care and health outcomes differs by age and gender among older adults in China is unclear. We aimed to investigate the associations between self-reported inade...

    Authors: Xufan Zhang, Matthew E. Dupre, Li Qiu, Wei Zhou, Yuan Zhao and Danan Gu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:1004

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Return to work (RTW) is a key parameter of outcome quality that ensures social participation. Therefore, this study analyses the sociodemographic and disease-related determinants of RTW among newly diagnosed b...

    Authors: Christian Heuser, Sarah Halbach, Christoph Kowalski, Anna Enders, Holger Pfaff and Nicole Ernstmann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:1000

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Mental health among adolescents is an important public health challenge. School health services perform central public health functions in Norwegian municipalities, where school nurses are uniquely positioned ...

    Authors: Hanne Nissen Bjørnsen, Regine Ringdal, Geir Arild Espnes, Mary-Elizabeth Bradley Eilertsen and Unni Karin Moksnes

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:1001

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The scope of implementation research is often restricted to the analysis of organizations that participate voluntarily in implementation interventions. The recruitment of participants for a quality improvement...

    Authors: Jeanny J. A. de Groot, Maite Timmermans, José M. C. Maessen, Bjorn Winkens, Carmen D. Dirksen, Brigitte F. M. Slangen and Trudy van der Weijden

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:1011

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Using outcome measures to advance healthcare continues to be of widespread interest. The goal is to summarize the results of studies which use outcome measures from clinical registries to implement and monitor...

    Authors: Nynke A. Kampstra, Nina Zipfel, Paul B. van der Nat, Gert P. Westert, Philip J. van der Wees and A. Stef Groenewoud

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:1005

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  13. Content type: Debate

    Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is a perioperative management based on multimodality and multidisciplinary work. ERAS has been shown to have important clinical and economic benefits, but its spread rema...

    Authors: Gaëtan-Romain Joliat, Olle Ljungqvist, Tracy Wasylak, Oliver Peters and Nicolas Demartines

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:1008

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  14. Content type: Research article

    China ranks first amongst the countries for the abuse of antibacterials. Essential antibacterials could help solve the problem. The aim of the work is to evaluate the availability, price and affordability of e...

    Authors: Guangjie Wu, Shiwei Gong, Hongbing Cai and Yufeng Ding

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:1013

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The global Choosing Wisely campaign has identified the following psychotropic prescribing as low-value (harmful or wasteful): (1) benzodiazepine use in the elderly, (2) antipsychotic use in dementia and (3) presc...

    Authors: Jonathan Brett, Helga Zoega, Nicholas A. Buckley, Benjamin J. Daniels, Adam G. Elshaug and Sallie-Anne Pearson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:1009

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Comparing the mortality profiles of dialysis centres is important to ensure that high standards of care are maintained. We compare the performance of dialysis centres in Australia and New Zealand in their trea...

    Authors: Jessica Kasza, Kevan R. Polkinghorne, Rory Wolfe, Stephen P. McDonald and Mark R. Marshall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:1007

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  17. Content type: Research article

    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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  18. 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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  19. Content type: Research article

    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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  20. Content type: Research article

    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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  21. Content type: Research article

    Well organized and appropriately utilized pre-hospital emergency services play a critical role in augmenting emergency care systems. The primary objective of this study was to understand the demographic and cl...

    Authors: Menbeu Sultan, Yonas Abebe, Assefu Welde Tsadik, Catherine Ann Jennings and Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:997

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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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

  46. 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