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  1. Content type: Research article

    Emergency departments handle a large proportion of acute patients. In 2007, it was recommended centralizing the Danish healthcare system and establishing emergency departments as the main common entrance for e...

    Authors: Morten Breinholt Søvsø, Sabina Bay Hermansen, Emil Færk, Tim Alex Lindskou, Marc Ludwig, Jørn Munkhof Møller, Jelena Jonciauskiene and Erika Frischknecht Christensen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:548

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    Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) remain one of the world’s most frequently prescribed medications and there is a growing number of publications on correct versus incorrect use of PPIs worldwide. The objective of ...

    Authors: Hongli Luo, Qingze Fan, Shunlin Xiao and Kun Chen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:537

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    Patient safety culture, i.e. a subset of an organization’s culture, has become an important focus of patient safety research. An organization’s culture consists of many cultures, underscoring the importance of...

    Authors: Marita Danielsson, Per Nilsen, Hans Rutberg and Siw Carlfjord

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:543

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    Tobacco smoking is extremely prevalent in people with severe mental illness (SMI) and has been recognised as the main contributor to widening health inequalities in this population. Historically, smoking has b...

    Authors: Lisa Huddlestone, Harpreet Sohal, Claire Paul and Elena Ratschen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:542

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    In 2011 the World Health Organisation recommended that children with a diagnosis of HIV be gradually informed about their HIV status between the ages of 6 and 12 years. However, to date, literature has focused...

    Authors: Fatch W. Kalembo, Garth E. Kendall, Mohammed Ali and Angela F. Chimwaza

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:540

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  6. Content type: Research article

    In malaria endemic countries of sub-Saharan Africa, many children develop severe anaemia due to previous and current malaria infections. After blood transfusions and antimalarial treatment at the hospital they...

    Authors: Sarah Svege, Blessings Kaunda, Bjarne Robberstad, Thandile Nkosi-Gondwe, Kamija S. Phiri and Siri Lange

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:544

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) programs have been taken up widely by Indigenous primary health care (PHC) services in Australia and there has been national policy commitment to support this. However, int...

    Authors: Karen Gardner, Beverly Sibthorpe, Mier Chan, Ginny Sargent, Michelle Dowden and Daniel McAullay

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:541

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Research on team effectiveness in healthcare has focussed on whether effective teams yield positive outcomes for patients and on the effectiveness of team interventions to improve performance. Limited understa...

    Authors: U. Cunningham, M. E. Ward, A. De Brún and E. McAuliffe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:536

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Global strategies recommend a continuum of care for maternal health to improve outcomes and access to care in low and middle income countries (LMICs). South Africa has already set priority interventions along ...

    Authors: Mamothena Carol Mothupi, Lucia Knight and Hanani Tabana

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:539

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  10. Content type: Research article

    There are dearth of literature on the capacity of the health system to diagnose and treat HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia. In this study we evaluated the capacity of health facilities for HIV/AIDS care, its spatial distr...

    Authors: Amare Deribew, Sibhatu Biadgilign, Della Berhanu, Atkure Defar, Kebede Deribe, Ephrem Tekle, Kassahun Asheber and Tariku Dejene

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:535

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Nutrition has been integrated within the health services in Bangladesh as it is an important issue for health and development. High penetration of mobile phones in the community and favourable policy and polit...

    Authors: Nazib Uz Zaman Khan, Sabrina Rasheed, Tamanna Sharmin, A. K. Siddique, Micheal Dibley and Ashraful Alam

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:530

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Achieving sustainable practice changes to ensure best-practice nursing care in acute hospital environments can be challenging and is not well understood. A multi-faceted practice change intervention was implem...

    Authors: Catherine Travers, Amanda Henderson, Frederick Graham and Elizabeth Beattie

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:534

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Studies in the intensive care unit (ICU) suggest that better communication between families of critically ill patients and healthcare providers is needed; however, most randomized trials targeting intervention...

    Authors: Csilla Kalocsai, Andre Amaral, Dominique Piquette, Grace Walter, Shelly P. Dev, Paul Taylor, James Downar and Lesley Gotlib Conn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:533

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  14. Content type: Study protocol

    There is a global drive to promote facility deliveries but unless coupled with concurrent improvement in care quality, it might not translate into mortality reduction for mothers and babies. The World Health O...

    Authors: Alexander Manu, Shams Arifeen, John Williams, Edward Mwasanya, Nabila Zaka, Beth Anne Plowman, Debra Jackson, Priscilla Wobil and Kim Dickson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:531

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Retail drug shops play a significant role in managing pediatric fevers in rural areas in Uganda. Targeted interventions to improve drug seller practices require understanding of the retail drug shop market and...

    Authors: Chrispus Mayora, Freddy Eric Kitutu, Ngianga-Bakwin Kandala, Elizabeth Ekirapa-Kiracho, Stefan Swartling Peterson and Henry Wamani

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:532

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  16. Content type: Research article

    EU Decision 1082/2013/EU on serious cross-border health threats provides a legal basis for collaboration between EU Member States, and between international and European level institutions on preparedness, pre...

    Authors: John Kinsman, John Angrén, Fredrik Elgh, Maria Furberg, Paola A. Mosquera, Laura Otero-García, René Snacken, Tarik Derrough, Paloma Carrillo Santisteve, Massimo Ciotti and Svetla Tsolova

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:528

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  17. Content type: Debate

    While we have made gains in understanding cultures in hospitals and their effects on outcomes of care, little work has investigated how the pace of work in hospitals is associated with staff satisfaction and p...

    Authors: Jeffrey Braithwaite, Louise A. Ellis, Kate Churruca and Janet C. Long

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:529

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Irrational use of medicines is widespread in the South-East Asia Region (SEAR), where policy implementation to encourage quality use of medicines (QUM) is often low. The aim was to determine whether public-sec...

    Authors: Kathleen Anne Holloway, Anita Kotwani, Gitanjali Batmanabane, Budiono Santoso, Sauwakon Ratanawijitrasin and David Henry

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:526

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  19. Content type: Research article

    To investigate the association between the structural quality of care and patient satisfaction with care in individuals with disorders/ differences of sex development (DSD).

    Authors: Ute Thyen, Till Ittermann, Steffen Flessa, Holger Muehlan, Wiebke Birnbaum, Marion Rapp, Louise Marshall, Maria Szarras-Capnik, Claire Bouvattier, Baudewijntje P. C. Kreukels, Anna Nordenstroem, Robert Roehle and Birgit Koehler

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:527

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Poor sleep is known to adversely affect hospital patients’ recovery and rehabilitation. The aim of the study was to investigate the perceived duration and quality of patient sleep and identify any environmenta...

    Authors: Lori J. Delaney, Marian J. Currie, Hsin-Chia Carol Huang, Violeta Lopez and Frank Van Haren

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:524

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  21. Content type: Research article

    In 2013, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued recommendations for low-dose computed tomography for lung cancer screening (LDCT-LCS), but there continues to be a dearth of information on the ad...

    Authors: Jiang Li, Sukyung Chung, Esther K. Wei and Harold S. Luft

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:525

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Although public reporting of hospital performance is becoming common, it remains uncertain whether public reporting leads to improvement in clinical outcomes. This study was conducted to evaluate whether enrol...

    Authors: Hayato Yamana, Mariko Kodan, Sachiko Ono, Kojiro Morita, Hiroki Matsui, Kiyohide Fushimi, Tomoaki Imamura and Hideo Yasunaga

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:523

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Limited studies have evaluated the effectiveness of pharmacist interventions on outpatient prescription. The goal of this study was to evaluate the clinical and economic impacts of pharmacist interventions on ...

    Authors: Zhiwei Bao, Chunmei Ji, Jing Hu, Can Luo and Wentong Fang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:519

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are medical conditions or diseases that are non-transmissible. As NCDs are becoming one of major public health problem, providing local description of diseases and injuries is ...

    Authors: Misganu Endriyas, Emebet Mekonnen, Tadele Dana, Kassa Daka, Tebeje Misganaw, Sinafikish Ayele, Mekonnen Shiferaw, Tigist Tessema and Tewodros Getachew

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:520

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  25. Content type: Research article

    How non-verbal data may influence observer-administered ratings of shared decision making is unknown. Our objective for this exploratory analysis was to determine the effect of mode of data collection (audio+v...

    Authors: Michael R. Gionfriddo, Megan E. Branda, Cara Fernandez, Aaron Leppin, Kathleen J. Yost, Brittany Kimball, Gabriela Spencer-Bonilla, Laura Larrea, Katherine E. Nowakowski, Victor M. Montori and Jon Tilburt

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:522

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  26. Content type: Research article

    People in residential aged care facilities (RACF) are at very high risk of developing complex oral diseases and dental problems. A multidisciplinary approach incorporating oral health professionals and RACF st...

    Authors: Anna Tynan, Lisa Deeth and Debra McKenzie

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:515

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  27. Content type: Study protocol

    Maternal mortality in Nigeria is one of the highest in the world. Access to antenatal care is limited and the quality of services is poor in much of the country. Previous research in Bauchi State found associa...

    Authors: Anne Cockcroft, Khalid Omer, Yagana Gidado, Adamu Ibrahim Gamawa and Neil Andersson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:510

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  28. Content type: Research article

    In accordance the WHO framework of health system functions and by using the indicators collected within the EURO-HEALTHY project, this work aims to contribute to the discussion on the classification of EU heal...

    Authors: Pedro Lopes Ferreira, Aida Isabel Tavares, Carlota Quintal and Paula Santana

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:511

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Inadequate non-technical skills (NTSs) among employees in the Norwegian prehospital emergency medical services (EMSs) are a risk for patient and operational safety. Simulation-based training and assessment is ...

    Authors: Henrik Langdalen, Eirik B. Abrahamsen, Stephen J. M. Sollid, Leif Inge K. Sørskår and Håkon B. Abrahamsen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:509

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  30. Content type: Study protocol

    In 2013 vocational rehabilitation programmes (VRP) were given official and legal approval under Danish law to assist occupationally marginalized citizens in gaining general life skills, building their work abi...

    Authors: Lotte Nygaard Andersen, Mette Jensen Stochkendahl and Kirsten Kaya Roessler

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:517

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Several bone-targeted agents (BTAs) are available for preventing skeletal-related events (SREs), but they vary in terms of efficacy, safety and mode of administration. This study assessed data on European phys...

    Authors: Yi Qian, Jorge Arellano, Francesca Gatta, Guy Hechmati, A. Brett Hauber, Ateesha F. Mohamed, Amit Bahl, Roger von Moos and Jean-Jacques Body

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:518

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  32. Content type: Study protocol

    Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM) in Canada continue to experience high rates of incident HIV. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP, the regular use of anti-HIV medication) reduces HIV acquis...

    Authors: Malika Sharma, Allison Chris, Arlene Chan, David C. Knox, James Wilton, Owen McEwen, Sharmistha Mishra, Daniel Grace, Tim Rogers, Ahmed M. Bayoumi, John Maxwell, Rita Shahin, Isaac Bogoch, Mark Gilbert and Darrell H. S. Tan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:513

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Psychiatric re-hospitalisation is considered costly and disruptive to individuals. The perspective of the mental health service user is largely unexplored in literature.

    Authors: M. Ådnanes, L. Melby, J. Cresswell-Smith, H. Westerlund, L. Rabbi, M. Z. Dernovšek, L. Šprah, R. Sfetcu, C. Straßmayr and V. Donisi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:516

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  34. Content type: Study protocol

    A nested process evaluation, within a randomised controlled trial, will explore relationships between program outcomes and quality of intervention implementation of the Lifestyle-Integrated Functional Exercise...

    Authors: Lisa Dillon, Lindy Clemson, Kristy Coxon and Lisa Keay

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:512

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Primary caesarean section (PCS) rate is one of the main indicators of quality of care suggested by the Italian Government. Hospital rankings are usually based on it, therefore lower rates reflect more appropri...

    Authors: Pamela Di Giovanni, Tonia Garzarella, Giuseppe Di Martino, Francesco Saverio Schioppa, Ferdinando Romano and Tommaso Staniscia

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:514

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The European Health Literacy Survey Questionnaire (HLS-EU-Q47) is widely used in assessing health literacy (HL). There has been some controversy whether the comprehensive HLS-EU-Q47 data, reflecting a conceptu...

    Authors: Hanne Søberg Finbråten, Bodil Wilde-Larsson, Gun Nordström, Kjell Sverre Pettersen, Anne Trollvik and Øystein Guttersrud

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:506

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  37. Content type: Study protocol

    After hospitalization for cardiac disease, older patients are at high risk of readmission and death. Although geriatric conditions increase this risk, treatment of older cardiac patients is limited to the mana...

    Authors: L. Verweij, P. Jepma, B. M. Buurman, C. H. M. Latour, R. H. H. Engelbert, G. ter Riet, F. Karapinar-Çarkit, S. Daliri, R. J. G. Peters and W. J. M. Scholte op Reimer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:508

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Greater interest is being shown in participatory approaches, especially in research on interventions that concern children and young people’s health and well-being. Although participatory approaches have user ...

    Authors: Ingrid Larsson, Carin Staland-Nyman, Petra Svedberg, Jens M. Nygren and Ing-Marie Carlsson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:507

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  39. Content type: Study protocol

    There are an increasing number of patients of working age undergoing hip and knee replacements. Currently there is variation in the advice and support given about sickness absence, recovery to usual activities...

    Authors: Paul Baker, Carol Coole, Avril Drummond, Catriona McDaid, Sayeed Khan, Louise Thomson, Catherine Hewitt, Iain McNamara, David McDonald, Judith Fitch and Amar Rangan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:504

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  40. Content type: Study protocol

    A large proportion of patients encounter barriers to access and navigation in complex healthcare systems. They are unable to obtain information and services and to take appropriate action to improve their heal...

    Authors: Christine Loignon, Sophie Dupéré, Martin Fortin, Vivian R. Ramsden and Karoline Truchon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:505

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Individuals with severe disability often require personal assistance and help from informal caregivers, in addition to conventional health care. The utilization of assistance dogs may decrease the need for hea...

    Authors: Martina Lundqvist, Lars-Åke Levin, Kerstin Roback and Jenny Alwin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:497

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Rational and transparent Health Technology Assessment and reimbursement decision-making are crucial for healthcare system sustainability. A part of the reimbursement process are decision-making criteria which ...

    Authors: Andreja Detiček, Andrej Janzic, Igor Locatelli and Mitja Kos

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:496

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Knowledge translation (KT) is the broad range of activities aimed at supporting the use of research findings leading to evidence-based practice (EBP) and policy. Recommendations have been made that capacity bu...

    Authors: Anastasia A. Mallidou, Pat Atherton, Liza Chan, Noreen Frisch, Stephanie Glegg and Gayle Scarrow

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:502

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Understanding how policies lead to changes in health systems and in practice helps policymakers and researchers to intervene more successfully. Yet identifying all the possible changes that occur as a result o...

    Authors: Kathryn Oliver and Zachary Parolin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:499

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  45. Content type: Research article

    With the increasing burden of mental illness globally, it is becoming common for hospitalised patients with chronic medical conditions to have a comorbidity of mental illness. This combination could prolong le...

    Authors: Nazlee Siddiqui, Mitchell Dwyer, Jim Stankovich, Gregory Peterson, David Greenfield, Lei Si and Leigh Kinsman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:498

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Depression constitutes a significant part of the global burden of diseases. General practice plays a central role in diagnosing and monitoring depression. A telemedicine solution comprising a web-based psychom...

    Authors: Mette Daugbjerg Krog, Marie Germund Nielsen, Jette Videbæk Le, Flemming Bro, Kaj Sparle Christensen and Anna Mygind

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:503

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  47. Content type: Study protocol

    Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder that results in a lifetime of anemia, severe pain, and end-organ damage that can lead to premature mortality. While the SCD field has made major medical...

    Authors: Ana A. Baumann, Steven H. Belle, Aimee James and Allison A. King

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:500

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  48. Content type: Study protocol

    School health services provide an excellent opportunity for the detection and treatment of children at risk of later health problems. However, the optimal use of school doctors’ skills and expertise remains un...

    Authors: Kirsi Nikander, Silja Kosola, Minna Kaila and Elina Hermanson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:501

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