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  1. Content type: Research article

    A major healthcare reform agenda in Ireland is underway which underpins the establishment of a series of National Clinical Programmes (NCPs), which aim to take an evidence based approach to improve quality, ac...

    Authors: Catherine D. Darker, Gail H. Nicolson, Aine Carroll and Joe M. Barry

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:733

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Imaging is overused in the management of low back pain (LBP). Interventions designed to decrease non-indicated imaging have predominantly targeted practitioner education alone; however, these are typically ine...

    Authors: Hazel J. Jenkins, Niamh A. Moloney, Simon D. French, Chris G. Maher, Blake F. Dear, John S. Magnussen and Mark J. Hancock

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:734

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Diabetes, a rising global health problem, requires continuous self-care practice to prevent acute and chronic complications. However, studies show that few diabetes patients practice the recommended self-care ...

    Authors: Yonas Gurmu, Debela Gela and Fekadu Aga

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:732

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Recent research has demonstrated that burnout is widespread among physicians, and impacts their wellbeing, and that of patients. Such data have prompted efforts to teach resilience among physicians, but effort...

    Authors: Emily O’Dowd, Paul O’Connor, Sinéad Lydon, Orla Mongan, Fergal Connolly, Catherine Diskin, Aoibheann McLoughlin, Louise Rabbitt, Lyle McVicker, Bronwyn Reid-McDermott and Dara Byrne

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:730

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    Cell-free fetal DNA sequencing based non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for Down syndrome (DS) has become widely available. In Hong Kong, obstetric providers in the public sector refer women identified at hi...

    Authors: Olivia Miu Yung Ngan, Huso Yi and Shenaz Ahmed

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:731

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Declining job satisfaction and concurrent reductions in Medicaid participation among primary care providers have been documented, but there is limited qualitative work detailing their first-hand experiences tr...

    Authors: Sarah H. Gordon, Emily A. Gadbois, Renee R. Shield, Patrick M. Vivier, Chima D. Ndumele and Amal N. Trivedi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:728

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has improved healthcare access in the community health centers that have played a critical role in enrolling low income and minority patients. This study examined the ACA enrollme...

    Authors: Omar Viramontes, Michael Hochman, Martin Lee Serota, Elvia Delgado and Gerardo Moreno

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:729

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Community services and supports are essential for children transitioning home to recover from the hospital after surgery. This study assessed the availability and geographic capacity of rehabilitation, assisti...

    Authors: Emily R. Smith, Brittney J. van de Water, Anna Martin, Sarah Jean Barton, Jasmine Seider, Christopher Fitzgibbon, Mathama Malakha Bility, Nelia Ekeji, Joao Ricardo Nickenig Vissoci, Michael M. Haglund and Janet Prvu Bettger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:727

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Warfarin is a drug with narrow therapeutic index used in the management of thromboembolic disorders. Several factors affect its plasma concentrations with a resultant risk of toxicity. We examined the database...

    Authors: Zipporah Kamuren, Gabriel Kigen, Alfred Keter and Alice Maritim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:723

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Equity is an important goal for countries in formulating relevant health policies, and research on the equity of health services is more important for China, where the gap between the rich and poor is widening...

    Authors: Jue Yan, Yangling Ren, Zhongliang Zhou, Tiange Xu, Xiao Wang, Leilei Du and Yafei Si

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:726

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Most implementation interventions in rehabilitation, including physiotherapy, have used passive, non-theoretical approaches without demonstrated effectiveness. The goal of this study was to improve an importan...

    Authors: Kathryn M. Sibley, Danielle C. Bentley, Nancy M. Salbach, Paula Gardner, Mandy McGlynn, Sachi O’Hoski, Jennifer Shaffer, Paula Shing, Sara McEwen, Marla K. Beauchamp, Saima Hossain, Sharon E. Straus and Susan B. Jaglal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:724

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Hospital readmissions is an increasingly serious international problem, associated with higher risks of adverse events, especially in elderly patients. There can be many causes and influential factors leading ...

    Authors: Malin Knutsen Glette, Tone Kringeland, Olav Røise and Siri Wiig

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:725

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Bronchiectasis is a worsening public health problem in New Zealand. This study aimed to explore the health care experiences of mothers of children with bronchiectasis in the Counties Manukau District Health Bo...

    Authors: Nicola Jepsen, Nadia A. Charania and Sarah Mooney

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:722

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The elicitation of contact information, notification and testing of sex partners of HIV infected patients (aPS), is an effective HIV testing strategy in low-income settings but may not necessarily be affordabl...

    Authors: Peter Cherutich, Carey Farquhar, Beatrice Wamuti, Felix A. Otieno, Ann Ng’ang’a, Peter Maingi Mutiti, Paul Macharia, Betsy Sambai, David Bukusi and Carol Levin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:721

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Rehabilitation services depend on competent professionals who collaborate effectively. Well-functioning interprofessional teams are expected to positively impact continuity of care. Key factors in continuity o...

    Authors: Merethe Hustoft, Eva Biringer, Sturla Gjesdal, Jörg Aβmus and Øystein Hetlevik

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:719

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  16. Content type: Research article

    With a large population of internal migrants from all over the world, China has the largest number of internal floating migrants, and most of them (up to 169 million in 2016) are rural-to-urban migrants. Those...

    Authors: Lingling Zheng, Ruwei Hu, Zichuan Dong and Yuantao Hao

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:717

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Community Health Worker (CHW) programmes are increasingly important in HIV service delivery. CHWs’ familiarity with the local context can improve intervention acceptability and sustainability but concerns have...

    Authors: Joanna Busza, Ethel Dauya, Memory Makamba and Rashida A. Ferrand

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:718

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Acute low back pain is one of the most common reasons for individuals to seek medical care in the United States. The US Military Health System provides medical care to approximately 9.4 million beneficiaries a...

    Authors: Erich J. Dietrich, Todd Leroux, Carla F. Santiago, Melvin D. Helgeson, Patrick Richard and Tracey P. Koehlmoos

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:720

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Building the capacity of allied health professionals to engage in research has been recognised as a priority due to the many benefits it brings for patients, healthcare professionals, healthcare organisations ...

    Authors: Janine Matus, Ashlea Walker and Sharon Mickan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:716

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Unplanned hospital readmissions are a quality and safety indicator. In Australian, 8% to 11.1% of unplanned readmissions occur ≤1 day of acute care discharge. The aim of this study was to explore the reasons f...

    Authors: Julie Considine, Debra Berry, Evan Newnham, Matthew Jiang, Karen Fox, David Plunkett, Melissa Mecner, Peteris Darzins and Mary O’Reilly

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:713

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Forced migration significantly endangers health. Women face numerous health risks, including sexual violence, lack of contraception, sexually transmitted disease, and adverse perinatal outcomes. Therefore, sex...

    Authors: Eva Cignacco, Friederike zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, Coline Sénac, Anja Hurni, Doris Wyssmüller, Jean Anthony Grand-Guillaume-Perrenoud and Anke Berger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:712

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  22. Content type: Research article

    South Africa’s tuberculosis burden is the third highest globally and is closely associated with the country’s devastating HIV epidemic. The separation of HIV and TB services in primary healthcare services in S...

    Authors: Irit Sinai, Farley Cleghorn and Hans Friedemann Kinkel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:711

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  23. Content type: Research article

    For children and adolescents with mental health problems, there is a lack of data as to whether the type of residential area (urban vs. rural) influences healthcare costs for affected individuals. The aim of t...

    Authors: Heike Gerhardt, Monika Heinzel-Gutenbrunner and Christian J. Bachmann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:714

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Pneumonia is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines have reduced the burden of pneumonia, but data on the current burden of pneumonia and its impact on the heal...

    Authors: Sabine Tong, Caroline Amand, Alexia Kieffer and Moe H. Kyaw

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:715

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Dementia has become a major public health issue worldwide due to its rapidly increasing prevalence and an increasing number of dementia-related deaths in long-term care facilities. The aim of this study was to...

    Authors: May Helen Midtbust, Rigmor Einang Alnes, Eva Gjengedal and Else Lykkeslet

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:709

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Elderly people tend to have greater healthcare utilization because of their health status. However, with the 4th largest population in the world, little is known concerning the use of services among the Indone...

    Authors: Ema Madyaningrum, Ying-Chih Chuang and Kun-Yang Chuang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:707

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Accurate patient expectations are important to optimise treatment success, especially for complex conditions such as chronic pain. Communication may be the key to managing patient expectations. This study aime...

    Authors: Bianca Wiering, Dolf de Boer, Maarten Krol, Hilda Wieberneit-Tolman and Diana Delnoij

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:706

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  28. Content type: Correction

    Following publication of the original article [1], the authors reported a misaligning of data in Table 3 (weekly results have been put in the column for monthly results).

    Authors: Marit Larsen, Valborg Baste, Ragnhild Bjørknes, Trine Myrvold and Stine Lehmann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:708

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    The original article was published in BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:634

  29. Content type: Research article

    Ensuring universal access to maternal and reproductive health services is critical to the success of global efforts to reduce poverty and inequality. Engaging private providers has been proposed as a strategy ...

    Authors: Mardieh L. Dennis, Lenka Benova, Onikepe O. Owolabi and Oona M. R. Campbell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:699

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Hip fracture in elderly patients is a rising global public health concern because of population ageing, and increasing frailty. Long-term morbidity related to poor management of hip fracture is associated with...

    Authors: Dario Tedesco, Dino Gibertoni, Paola Rucci, Tina Hernandez-Boussard, Simona Rosa, Luca Bianciardi, Maurizia Rolli and Maria Pia Fantini

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:701

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  31. Content type: Technical advance

    To address challenges related to medication management in underserved settings, we developed a system for Prescription Management And General Inventory Control, or RxMAGIC, in collaboration with the Birmingham...

    Authors: Arielle M. Fisher, Timothy M. Mtonga, Jeremy U. Espino, Lauren J. Jonkman, Sharon E. Connor, Nickie K. Cappella and Gerald P. Douglas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:703

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Assistant practitioners have knowledge and skills beyond the level of traditional support workers, and work in many clinical settings. However, some assistant practitioners lack a clearly defined role and may ...

    Authors: Catherine Henshall, Andrea Doherty, Helen Green, Liz Westcott and Helen Aveyard

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:695

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Non-government, not-for-profit community health centres (CHCs) play a crucial role within healthcare systems in fostering equity, acting both as direct providers of services and as sentinels of health and soci...

    Authors: Josée G. Lavoie, Colleen Varcoe, C. Nadine Wathen, Marilyn Ford-Gilboe and Annette J. Browne

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:705

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Demand-side barriers are as important as supply factors in deterring patients from obtaining treatment. Developing countries including Ethiopia have been focusing on promoting health care utilization as an imp...

    Authors: Tsegay Wellay, Measho Gebreslassie, Molla Mesele, Hailay Gebretinsae, Brhane Ayele, Alemtsehay Tewelde and Yodit Zewedie

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:697

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Management of nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease (NTMLD) consists of a long-term multi-drug antibiotic regimen, yet many patients do not achieve culture conversion. We estimated the NTMLD-related direct...

    Authors: S. M. Goring, J. B. Wilson, N. R. Risebrough, J. Gallagher, S. Carroll, K. J. Heap, M. Obradovic, M. R. Loebinger and R. Diel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:700

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  36. Content type: Research article

    In Spain, hospital expenditure represents the biggest share of overall public healthcare expenditure, the most important welfare system directly run by the Autonomous Communities (ACs). Since 2001, public heal...

    Authors: Manuel Ridao-López, Micaela Comendeiro-Maaløe, Natalia Martínez-Lizaga and Enrique Bernal-Delgado

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:696

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Intelligence generated by a surveillance system is dependent on the quality of data that are collected. We investigated the knowledge, attitudes and practices of nurses responsible for outbreak early warning s...

    Authors: Adam T. Craig, Cynthia A. Joshua, Alison R. Sio, Michael Lauri, John Kaldor, Alexander E. Rosewell and Gill Schierhout

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:702

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  38. Content type: Research article

    With the implementation of Chinese economic reform and rapid urbanization, policies and values surrounding migration have changed and given rise to unprecedented population mobility. This study is designed to ...

    Authors: Yangyang Qian, Dandan Ge, Li Zhang, Long Sun, Jiajia Li and Chengchao Zhou

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:704

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The community pharmacy center of the Department of Ambulatory Care and Community Medicine of the Policlinique Médicale Universitaire (PMU), Lausanne, Switzerland developed and implemented an interprofessional ...

    Authors: Mélanie Lelubre, Olivier Clerc, Marielle Grosjean, Karim Amighi, Carine De Vriese, Olivier Bugnon and Marie-Paule Schneider

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:698

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Successful implementation of pay-for-quality (P4Q) programs mostly depends upon a valid, timely, and reliable data about quality measures generated by providers, and interpreted by payers. The aim of this stud...

    Authors: Shabnam Iezadi, Jafar Sadegh Tabrizi, Akbar Ghiasi, Mostafa Farahbakhsh and Kamal Gholipour

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:692

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  41. Content type: Research article

    The World Health Organization describes health literacy as a critical determinant of health and driver of citizen empowerment and health equity. Several studies have shown that health literacy is associated wi...

    Authors: Anita Trezona, Sarity Dodson and Richard H. Osborne

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:694

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The number of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-related hospitalizations has decreased worldwide in recent years, due to the availability of combined antiretroviral therapies (cART). The present analysis aime...

    Authors: Lucia Taramasso, Federica Demma, Rossella Bitonti, Antonio Ferrazin, Barbara Giannini, Mauro Giacomini, Sabrina Beltramini, Elisabetta Sasso, Claudio Viscoli and Antonio Di Biagio

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:691

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Although there is mounting evidence and policy guidance urging the integration of HIV services into general health systems in countries with a high HIV burden, vertical (stand-alone) HIV clinics are still comm...

    Authors: Henry Zakumumpa, Joseph Rujumba, Japheth Kwiringira, Jepchirchir Kiplagat, Edith Namulema and Alex Muganzi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:690

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  44. Content type: Research article

    CoNSENSo is a project funded by the European Union, which is aimed at developing an innovative care model based on community nurses to support active ageing in mountain areas. The planned sustainability of thi...

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

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:689

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:771

  45. Content type: Research article

    In Bangladesh, while the infrastructure of public health facilities to provide maternal and newborn care services is adequate, services are not always available due to insufficient staffing. A human resource a...

    Authors: Taposh Kumar Biswas, Anjuman Ara Begum, Shamima Akther, M. Hafizur Rahman, Henry B. Perry, Heidi E. Jones and Mahbub Elahi Chowdhury

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:688

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Pay for Performance (P4P) has increasingly being adopted in different countries as a provider payment mechanism to improve health system performance. Evaluations of pay for performance (P4P) schemes across sev...

    Authors: Yewande Kofoworola Ogundeji, Trevor A. Sheldon and Alan Maynard

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:686

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Routine health information systems (RHIS) are vital for the acquisition of data for health sector planning, monitoring, and evaluation. However, in developing countries the insufficient quality of the data pro...

    Authors: Eshetu Dagnew, Solomon Assefa Woreta and Atsede Mazengia Shiferaw

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:685

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