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  1. Content type: Research article

    How people respond to febrile illness is critical to malaria prevention, control, and ultimately elimination. This article explores factors affecting treatment-seeking behaviour for febrile illnesses in a remo...

    Authors: Bipin Adhikari, Koukeo Phommasone, Tiengkham Pongvongsa, Palingnaphone Koummarasy, Xayaphone Soundala, Gisela Henriques, Pasathorn Sirithiranont, Daniel M. Parker, Lorenz von Seidlein, Nicholas J. White, Nicholas P. J. Day, Arjen M. Dondorp, Paul N. Newton, Phaik Yeong Cheah, Christopher Pell and Mayfong Mayxay

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:252

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    General practitioner (GP) system is proved to be effective in over 50 countries worldwide. Guangdong province, as a reform pilot in China, initiated its patient-GP contract service reform in 2014. This study i...

    Authors: Aiyun Chen, Shanshan Feng, Wenxi Tang and Liang Zhang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:251

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    This case study examines the impetus for policy change that resulted in the establishment of a radiation therapy service in rural North West Tasmania, Australia. Provision of local radiation therapy services i...

    Authors: Sancia West, Elizabeth Shannon, Elaine Crisp and Tony Barnett

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:250

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Guidelines recommend shared decision making (SDM) for determining whether to use statins to prevent cardiovascular events in at-risk patients. We sought to develop a toolkit to facilitate the cross-organizatio...

    Authors: Aaron L. Leppin, Kasey R. Boehmer, Megan E. Branda, Nilay D. Shah, Ian Hargraves, Sara Dick, Glyn Elwyn, Henry H. Ting, Siqin Ye, Ryan Gilles, Marghoob Abbas, Alex Alexander and Victor M. Montori

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:249

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Health Research Priority Setting (HRPS) in the Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia was initiated more than a decade ago to drive effort toward research for informed decision and policy-making. This study assesse...

    Authors: Weng Hong Fun, Sondi Sararaks, Ee Hong Tan, Kar Foong Tang, Diane Woei Quan Chong, Lee Lan Low, Roslinda Abu Sapian, S. Asmaliza Ismail, Suresh Kumar Govind, Siti Haniza Mahmud and Shahnaz Murad

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:248

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Lack of racial concordance between physicians and patients has been linked to health disparities and inequities. Studies show that patients prefer physicians who look like them; however, there are too few unde...

    Authors: Damian Crawford, Suchitra Paranji, Shalini Chandra, Scott Wright and Flora Kisuule

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:247

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Hospital-initiated smoking cessation interventions utilizing pharmacotherapy increase post-discharge quit rates. Use of smoking cessation medications following discharge may further increase quit rates. This s...

    Authors: Edward P. Liebmann, Taneisha S. Scheuermann, Babalola Faseru and Kimber P. Richter

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:246

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Costs for the provision of regional hospital care depend, among other things, on the population density and the maximum reasonable distance to the nearest hospital. In regions with a low population density, it...

    Authors: Neeltje van den Berg, Franziska Radicke, Ulrike Stentzel, Wolfgang Hoffmann and Steffen Flessa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:245

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The mass scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in Zambia has taken place in the context of limited infrastructure and human resources resulting in many operational side-effects. In this study, we aimed to e...

    Authors: Radhika P. Tampi, Taniya Tembo, Mpande Mukumba-Mwenechanya, Anjali Sharma, David W. Dowdy, Charles B. Holmes, Carolyn Bolton-Moore, Izukanji Sikazwe, Austin Tucker and Hojoon Sohn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:244

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Redispensing unused medications that have been returned to outpatient pharmacies by patients may reduce waste and healthcare costs. However, little is known regarding the extra costs associated with this proce...

    Authors: Charlotte L. Bekker, Helga Gardarsdottir, Antoine C. G. Egberts, Hendrik A. Molenaar, Marcel L. Bouvy, Bart J. F. van den Bemt and Anke M. Hövels

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:243

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Recently, several initiatives have focused on how to create true person-centred health services. This calls for a new understanding of health-related empowerment in relation to people living with one or more c...

    Authors: Lars Kayser, Astrid Karnoe, Emily Duminski, David Somekh and Cecilia Vera-Muñoz

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:242

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Shortage of specialized healthcare volunteers is a major challenge during disasters and one solution could be pre-identified healthcare volunteers. This study aimed to develop a conceptual model of managing Ir...

    Authors: Ibrahim Salmani, Hesam Seyedin, Ali Ardalan and Tahmineh Farajkhoda

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:241

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Clinical decisions depend on timely laboratory result reporting. The timeliness is commonly expressed in turnaround time and serves as a quality improvement tool to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of t...

    Authors: Melashu Balew Shiferaw and Gizachew Yismaw

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:240

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Health systems are complex and continually changing across a variety of contexts and health service levels. The capacities needed by health managers and leaders to respond to current and emerging issues are no...

    Authors: Carah Alyssa Figueroa, Reema Harrison, Ashfaq Chauhan and Lois Meyer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:239

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  15. Content type: Research article

    In most countries, patients can get a second opinion (SO) through public or private healthcare systems. There is lack of data on SO utilization in private vs. public settings. We aim to evaluate the characteri...

    Authors: Liora Shmueli, Nadav Davidovitch, Joseph S. Pliskin, Igal Hekselman, Ran D. Balicer and Geva Greenfield

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:238

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  16. Content type: Study protocol

    A comprehensive in-hospital patient management with reasonable and economic resource allocation is arguably the major challenge of health-care systems worldwide, especially in elderly, frail, and polymorbid pa...

    Authors: Alexander Kutz, Daniel Koch, Antoinette Conca, Ciril Baechli, Sebastian Haubitz, Katharina Regez, Ursula Schild, Zeljka Caldara, Fahim Ebrahimi, Stefano Bassetti, Jens Eckstein, Juerg Beer, Michael Egloff, Vladimir Kaplan, Tobias Ehmann, Claus Hoess…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:237

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  17. Content type: Research article

    In 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adopted a screening test policy for hepatitis C virus (HCV) in all “Baby Boomers” - those born between 1945 and 1965. About 1 in 12 Veterans were estimated to b...

    Authors: Vera Yakovchenko, Rendelle E. Bolton, Mari-Lynn Drainoni and Allen L. Gifford

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:236

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Use of physical restraint is a common practice in mental healthcare, but is controversial due to risk of physical and psychological harm to patients and creating ethical dilemmas for care providers. Post-incid...

    Authors: Unn Elisabeth Hammervold, Reidun Norvoll, Randi W. Aas and Hildegunn Sagvaag

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:235

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  19. Content type: Research article

    No established strategy for household tuberculosis (TB) contact investigation (HTCI) exists in Ethiopia. We implemented integrated, active HTCI model into two hospitals and surrounding community health service...

    Authors: Fana Tefera, Gena Barnabee, Anjali Sharma, Beniam Feleke, Daniel Atnafu, Negasi Haymanot, Gabrielle O’Malley and Getachew Feleke

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:234

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Tuberculosis (TB) is still a major global health problem. The increasing number of cases observed among foreign-born populations contrasts with the decreasing trends observed in later years in some high-income...

    Authors: Ana Maria Tavares, Ana Cristina Garcia, Ana Gama, Ana B. Abecasis, Miguel Viveiros and Sónia Dias

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:233

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Considering catastrophic health expenses in rural households with hospitalised members were unproportionally high, in 2013, China developed a model of systemic reform in Sanming by adjusting payment method, ph...

    Authors: Zhaolin Meng, Min Zhu, Yuanyi Cai, Xiaohong Cao and Huazhang Wu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:231

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Integrated knowledge translation (IKT) can optimize the uptake of research evidence into clinical practice by incorporating knowledge users as equal partners in the entire research process. Although several st...

    Authors: Jacqueline Roberge-Dao, Brooks Yardley, Anita Menon, Marie-Christine Halle, Julia Maman, Sara Ahmed and Aliki Thomas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:230

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  23. Content type: Research article

    All healthcare professionals (HCPs) are at high risk of influenza infection. Therefore, immunization is recommended for all HCPs. Due to safety and effectiveness concerns, HCPs have a low vaccination rate. Thi...

    Authors: Thamir M. Alshammari, Kazeem B. Yusuff, Muhammad Majid Aziz and Gehad M. Subaie

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:229

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Commissioning is a term used in the English National Health Service (NHS) to refer to what most health systems call health planning or strategic purchasing. Drawing on research from a recent in-depth mixed met...

    Authors: Judith Smith, Gerald Wistow, Holly Holder and Matthew Gaskins

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:228

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Globally, public housing is utilized to provide affordable housing for low-income households. Studies have shown an association between public housing and negative health outcomes. There is paucity of data per...

    Authors: Jun Jie Benjamin Seng, Vanessa Zi Kun Lim, Yu Heng Kwan, Julian Thumboo and Lian Leng LOW

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:227

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Effective collaboration between speech and language therapists (SLTs) and teachers is essential in meeting the needs of children with developmental language disorders in school, but it is difficult to achieve....

    Authors: A. L. Gallagher, CA. Murphy, P. F. Conway and A. Perry

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:226

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Maternal and neonatal mortality remain high in southern Tanzania despite an increasing number of births occurring in health facilities. In search for reasons for the persistently high mortality rates, we explo...

    Authors: Donat Shamba, Tara Tancred, Claudia Hanson, Juddy Wachira and Fatuma Manzi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:225

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Researchers have shown that hospitalisation can decrease older persons’ ability to manage life at home after hospital discharge. Inadequate practices of discharge can be associated with adverse outcomes and an...

    Authors: Christine Hillestad Hestevik, Marianne Molin, Jonas Debesay, Astrid Bergland and Asta Bye

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:224

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) has proven health benefits and, according to international guidelines, CR must be offered to all eligible patients. Studies have reported lower uptake of CR among migrants, and migr...

    Authors: Fatima Al-Sharifi, Hanne Winther Frederiksen, Henriette Knold Rossau, Marie Norredam and Ann-Dorthe Zwisler

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:223

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Providing culturally safe health care can contribute to improved health among Aboriginal people. However, little is known about how to make hospitals culturally safe for Aboriginal people. This study assessed ...

    Authors: Thomas Gadsden, Gai Wilson, James Totterdell, John Willis, Ashima Gupta, Alwin Chong, Angela Clarke, Michelle Winters, Kym Donahue, Sonia Posenelli, Louise Maher, Jessica Stewart, Helen Gardiner, Erin Passmore, Aaron Cashmore and Andrew Milat

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:222

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Given the increased attention to sepsis at the population level there is a need to assess hospital performance in the care of sepsis patients using widely-available administrative data. The goal of this study ...

    Authors: Jennifer L. Darby, Billie S. Davis, Ian J. Barbash and Jeremy M. Kahn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:221

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The ageing global population has seen increasing numbers of older people living with chronic health problems, declining function, and frailty. As older people seek to live out their years at home, family membe...

    Authors: Susan Slatyer, Samar M. Aoun, Keith D. Hill, Debbie Walsh, Dee Whitty and Christine Toye

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:220

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Primary care workload is high and increasing in the United Kingdom. We sought to examine the association between rates of primary care consultation and outcomes in England.

    Authors: Sarah Lay-Flurrie, Edouard Mathieu, Clare Bankhead, Brian D. Nicholson, Rafael Perera-Salazar, Tim Holt, F. D. Richard Hobbs and Chris Salisbury

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:219

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Post-acute care hospitals are often subject to patient flow pressures because of their intermediary position along the continuum of care between acute care hospitals and community care or residential long-term...

    Authors: Luke A. Turcotte, Chris M. Perlman, Brant E. Fries and John P. Hirdes

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:218

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Delay in healthcare seeking and loss to diagnostic follow-up (LDFU) contribute to substantial increase in tuberculosis (TB) morbidity and mortality. We examined factors, including perceived causes and prior he...

    Authors: Grace Mhalu, Mitchell G. Weiss, Jerry Hella, Francis Mhimbira, Enos Mahongo, Christian Schindler, Klaus Reither, Lukas Fenner, Elisabeth Zemp and Sonja Merten

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:217

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  36. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to validate the psychometric properties of the World Health Organization Quality of Life Instrument, Short Form (WHOQOL-BREF) questionnaire for use in a rural district of Bangladesh.

    Authors: Mohammed Nazim Uddin and Fakir M Amirul Islam

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:216

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The use of psychotropic medications in relation to mental disorders is considered central to preventing suicide. However, few studies have addressed prescription patterns at different time points within the la...

    Authors: Anne Reneflot, Silje L. Kaspersen, Lars Johan Hauge and Jorid Kalseth

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:215

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Ultrasound (US) can be used for many perioperative procedures, but evidence is lacking as to its frequency of use and barrier of application. The objectives of this survey were to determine i) how often US gui...

    Authors: J. Chui, R. Lavi, A. F. Hegazy, P. M. Jones, R. Arellano, H. Yang and D. Bainbridge

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:214

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Hospital infection prevention and control (IPC) programs are designed to minimise rates of preventable healthcare-associated infection (HAI) and acquisition of multidrug resistant organisms, which are among th...

    Authors: Gwendolyn L. Gilbert and Ian Kerridge

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:212

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  40. Content type: Study protocol

    In South Africa, rates of exclusive breastfeeding remain low and breastfeeding promotion is a national health priority. Mobile health and narrative entertainment-education are recognized strategies for health ...

    Authors: Maya Adam, Mark Tomlinson, Ingrid Le Roux, Amnesty E LeFevre, Shannon A McMahon, Jamie Johnston, Angela Kirton, Nokwanele Mbewu, Stacy-Leigh Strydom, Charles Prober and Till Bärnighausen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:211

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) across sub-Saharan Africa has rapidly shifted towards Option B+, an approach in which all HIV+ pregnant and breastfeeding women initiate lifelong antiretrovir...

    Authors: Abby L. DiCarlo, Averie Baird Gachuhi, Simangele Mthethwa-Hleta, Siphesihle Shongwe, Thabo Hlophe, Zachary J. Peters, Allison Zerbe, Landon Myer, Nontokozo Langwenya, Velephi Okello, Ruben Sahabo, Harriet Nuwagaba-Biribonwoha and Elaine J. Abrams

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:210

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The by-pass of the primary level of care to the referral facilities has continued to raise concerns for the healthcare delivery system. About 60–90% of patients in Nigeria are reported to self-refer to a refer...

    Authors: Francis Koce, Gurch Randhawa and Bertha Ochieng

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:209

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Concerted quality improvement (QI) efforts have been taken to discourage the practice of early elective deliveries (EEDs), but few studies have robustly examined the impact of directed QI interventions in redu...

    Authors: Michael P. Thompson, Ilana Graetz, Caitlin N. McKillop, Peter H. Grubb and Teresa M. Waters

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:208

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  44. Content type: Study protocol

    In 2016, Oregon became the first of eight states to allow pharmacists to directly prescribe hormonal contraception (HC), including the pill, patch, or ring, without a clinic visit. In the two years following t...

    Authors: Maria I. Rodriguez, Blair G. Darney, Alison B. Edelman, Kimberly Yee, Lorinda B. Anderson and K. John McConnell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:207

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  45. Content type: Research article

    During transitions from hospital to home, up to half of all patients experience medication-related problems, such as adverse drug events. To reduce these problems, knowledge of patient experiences with medicat...

    Authors: Sara Daliri, Charlotte L. Bekker, Bianca M. Buurman, Wilma J. M. Scholte op Reimer, Bart J. F. van den Bemt and Fatma Karapinar – Çarkit

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:204

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  46. Content type: Research article

    HIV testing is one of the key strategies in the HIV/AIDS prevention and control programmes. However, studies examining utilization of this service by men in Malawi are limited. The aim of this study was to ass...

    Authors: Chrispin Mandiwa and Bernadetta Namondwe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:203

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Outcomes-based policy and administration of public services present a compelling argument for the value of outcomes data. However, there are a number of challenges inherent in collecting these data from people...

    Authors: James Caiels, Stacey Rand, Tanya Crowther, Grace Collins and Julien Forder

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:201

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Low modern contraceptive prevalence rate and high unmet need in Pakistan aggravates the vulnerabilities of unintended pregnancies and births contributing to maternal morbidity and mortality. This research aims...

    Authors: Moazzam Ali, Syed Khurram Azmat, Hasan Bin Hamza, Md. Mizanur Rahman and Waqas Hameed

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:200

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