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  1. Content type: Study protocol

    Over-occupancy at the two tertiary pediatric care hospitals in Alberta, Canada is steadily increasing with simultaneous decline in occupancy of pediatric beds at regional hospitals. Over-occupancy negatively i...

    Authors: Sumedh Bele, Christine Cassidy, Janet Curran, David W. Johnson, Chad Saunders and J.A. Michelle Bailey

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:29

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  2. Content type: Study protocol

    ED overcrowding represents a significant public health problem in developed countries. Frequent users of the emergency departments (FUEDs; reporting 5 or more ED visits in the past year) are often affected by ...

    Authors: Véronique S. Grazioli, Joanna C. Moullin, Miriam Kasztura, Marina Canepa-Allen, Olivier Hugli, Judy Griffin, Francis Vu, Catherine Hudon, Yves Jackson, Hans Wolff, Bernard Burnand, Jean-Bernard Daeppen and Patrick Bodenmann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:28

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Most seniors wish to live independently for as long as possible. Gerontechnologies such as personal alarms or remote control systems, have the potential to help them age in place. For seniors, assessing what i...

    Authors: Marc Haufe, Sebastiaan Theodorus Michaël Peek and Katrien Ger Luijkx

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:26

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  4. Content type: Correspondence

    Today, one of the most important global public health challenges is represented by hepatitis C virus (HCV), which imposes relevant costs. Globally speaking, the median cost of HCV-related complications ranges ...

    Authors: Masoud Behzadifar, Hasan Abolghasem Gorji, Aziz Rezapour, Meysam Behzadifar and Nicola Luigi Bragazzi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:25

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  5. Content type: Research article

    With few exceptions the International Statistical Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes for diagnoses and official coding guidelines do not distinguish pre-existing conditions from complications or comorbidit...

    Authors: Karen Triep, Thomas Beck, Jacques Donzé and Olga Endrich

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:23

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Diabetic macular oedema (DMO) may lead to visual loss and blindness. Several pharmacological treatments are available on the National Health Service (NHS) to United Kingdom patients affected by this condition,...

    Authors: Michal Pochopien, Annette Beiderbeck, Phil McEwan, Richard Zur, Mondher Toumi and Samuel Aballéa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:22

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Primary care practices are changing the way that they provide care by increasing their medical home functionality. Medical home functionality can improve access to care and increase patient-centeredness, which...

    Authors: Shawn Linman, Ivy Benjenk and Jie Chen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:21

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  8. Content type: Research article

    To date, there has been a dearth of scientifically tested, established intervention concepts focussed on supporting informal caregivers and embedded in routine health care structures. The aim of this study was...

    Authors: Elisa-Marie Behrndt, Melanie Straubmeier, Hildegard Seidl, Chiara Vetter, Katharina Luttenberger and Elmar Graessel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:20

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Tuberculosis (TB) remains the prime killer disease among infectious diseases. TB control depends on early case detection and treatment in a directly observed treatment short course (DOTS) programme. The succes...

    Authors: Bezawit Temesgen Sima, Tefera Belachew and Fekadu Abebe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:19

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The literature has described several challenges related to the quality of diabetes management clinics in public primary health care centres in Oman. These clinics continue to face challenges due to the continu...

    Authors: Kamila Al-Alawi, Ahmed Al Mandhari and Helene Johansson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:18

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Patient satisfaction is an important measure of quality of care and a determinant of health service utilisation and the choice of health facility. Measuring patients’ experiences is important for understanding...

    Authors: Charlotte Trimmer and Mats Målqvist

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:17

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  12. Content type: Research article

    To detect possible threats to quality and safety, multiple systems have been developed. One of them is retrospective chart review. A team of experts scrutinizes medical records, selected by trigger systems, to...

    Authors: Dorthe O. Klein, Roger J. M. W. Rennenberg, Richard P. Koopmans and Martin H. Prins

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:16

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The implementation of an innovative and sustainable professional pharmacy service in routine care requires substantial resources borne by the pharmacy owner. Although a community pharmacy is a business setting...

    Authors: Clemence Perraudin, Jean-François Locca, Christophe Rossier, Olivier Bugnon and Marie-Paule Schneider

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:15

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Relatively little is known about which characteristics of smokers are related to choosing a specific type of smoking cessation service. The user characteristics of different smoking cessation services were com...

    Authors: Bo Yoon Jeong, Min Kyung Lim, E. Hwa Yun and Jin-Kyoung Oh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:14

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Patients with multi-morbidity have complex care needs that often make healthcare delivery difficult and costly to manage. Current healthcare delivery is not tailored to the needs of patients with multi-morbidi...

    Authors: Sanne Jannick Kuipers, Jane Murray Cramm and Anna Petra Nieboer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:13

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Patient centeredness is an important component of patient care and healthcare quality. Several scales exist to measure patient centeredness, and previous literature provides a critical appraisal of their measu...

    Authors: Eline Ree, Siri Wiig, Tanja Manser and Marianne Storm

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:12

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  17. Content type: Research article

    At a population level, the majority of alcohol-related harm is attributable to drinkers whose consumption exceeds recommended drinking levels, rather than those with severe alcohol dependency. Identification a...

    Authors: Nicola Hall, John D Mooney, Zeibeda Sattar and Jonathan Ling

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:11

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The heart-breaking maternal and neonatal health indicators in Nigeria are not improving despite previous interventions, such as ‘Health for all’ and ‘Millennium Development Goals. The unattained health-related...

    Authors: Joel O. Aluko, Rhoda Anthea and R. R. Marie Modeste

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:10

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  19. Content type: Research article

    There is a lack of validated instruments examining dimensions of team functioning from the perspective of patients and families consistent with a conceptual framework. The study aimed to develop and assess the...

    Authors: Kelley Kilpatrick, Éric Tchouaket, Lysane Paquette, Claudel Guillemette, Mira Jabbour, François Desmeules, Véronique Landry and Nicolas Fernandez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:9

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  20. Content type: Research article

    In international comparisons, rates of amputations of the lower limb are relatively high in Germany. This study aims to analyze trends in lower limb amputations over time, as well as outcomes of care concernin...

    Authors: Melissa Spoden, Ulrike Nimptsch and Thomas Mansky

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:8

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The number of older adults with different ethnic and socioeconomic background is steadily increasing. There is a need for community-based health promotion interventions for older adults that are responsive to ...

    Authors: Abirami Srivarathan, Andrea Nedergaard Jensen and Maria Kristiansen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:7

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Community pharmacists’ (CPs’) interventions have a positive impact on managing respiratory patients. However, methods used by CPs to assess patients’ inhaler technique and adherence are subjective. New technol...

    Authors: Iman Hesso, Reem Kayyali and Shereen Nabhani-Gebara

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:5

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have focused on post-discharge ambulatory care for stroke patients and subsequent differences in readmission and mortality rates. Identifying groups at higher risk according to services received is...

    Authors: Jayson O. Swanson and Tron Anders Moger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:4

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  24. Content type: Research article

    This paper aims to demonstrate how systems modeling methodology of Group Model Building (GMD) can be applied for exploring and reaching consensus on non-communicable disease (NCD) management. This exercise was...

    Authors: John P. Ansah, Amina Mahmood Islam, Victoria Koh, Vanthy Ly, Hero Kol, David B. Matchar, Chhun Loun and Mondol Loun

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:2

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  25. Content type: Research article

    In an attempt to reach remote rural areas, this study explores a community-based, pediatric hearing screening program in villages, integrating two models of diagnostic ABR testing; one using a tele-medicine ap...

    Authors: Vidya Ramkumar, Roopa Nagarajan, Vanaja C. Shankarnarayan, Selvakumar Kumaravelu and James W. Hall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:1

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  26. 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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  27. Content type: Research article

    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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. Content type: Research article

    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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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