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  1. To estimate, prior to finalization of claims, the national monthly numbers of admissions and rates of 30-day readmissions and post-discharge observation-stays for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries hospita...

    Authors: Shu-Xia Li, Yongfei Wang, Sonam D. Lama, Jennifer Schwartz, Jeph Herrin, Hao Mei, Zhenqiu Lin, Susannah M. Bernheim, Steven Spivack, Harlan M. Krumholz and Lisa G. Suter

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:733

    Content type: Research article

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  2. A recent nurse-led, telephone-administered 18-month intervention, Care Coordination for Health Promotion and Activities in Parkinson’s Disease (CHAPS), was tested in a randomized controlled trial and improved ...

    Authors: Karen I. Connor, Hilary C. Siebens, Brian S. Mittman, David A. Ganz, Frances Barry, E. J. Ernst, Lisa K. Edwards, Michael G. McGowan, Donna K. McNeese-Smith, Eric M. Cheng and Barbara G. Vickrey

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:732

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  3. Kidney failure requiring dialysis is associated with poor health outcomes and health-related quality of life (HRQL). Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) capture symptom burden, level of functioning and o...

    Authors: Jeffrey A. Johnson, Fatima Al Sayah, Robert Buzinski, Bonnie Corradetti, Sara N. Davison, Meghan J. Elliott, Scott Klarenbach, Braden Manns, Kara Schick-Makaroff, Hilary Short, Chandra Thomas and Michael Walsh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:731

    Content type: Study protocol

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  4. Certification in healthcare often involves independent private sector bodies performing legally required or voluntary external assurance activities. These certification practices are embedded in international ...

    Authors: Dag Tomas Sagen Johannesen, Preben Hempel Lindøe and Siri Wiig

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:730

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Insomnia is a common diagnosis among patients in psychiatric health care and effective treatments are highly demanded. Previous research suggests that internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy for insom...

    Authors: Josefin Kadesjö Banck and Susanne Bernhardsson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:729

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Community dialogues have been used in participatory approaches in various health prevention and awareness programs, including family planning interventions, to increase understanding and alignment of particula...

    Authors: Margarate Nzala Munakampe, Theresa Nkole, Adam Silumbwe, Joseph Mumba Zulu, Joanna Paula Cordero and Petrus S. Steyn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:728

    Content type: Research article

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  7. The original Rainbow Model of Integrated Care Measurement Tool (RMIC-MT) is based on the Rainbow Model of Integrated Care (RMIC), which provides a comprehensive theoretical framework for integrated care. To tr...

    Authors: Yixiang Huang, Paiyi Zhu, Lijin Chen, Xin Wang and Pim Valentijn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:727

    Content type: Research article

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  8. There is an observable, growing trend toward tailoring support programs – in addition to medical treatment – more closely to individuals to help improve patients’ health status. The segmentation model develope...

    Authors: Sjaak Bloem, Joost Stalpers, Edward A. G. Groenland, Kees van Montfort, W. Fred van Raaij and Karla de Rooij

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:726

    Content type: Research article

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  9. An effective referral system is essential for a high-quality health system that provides safe surgical care while optimizing patient outcomes and ensuring efficiency. The role of referral systems in countries ...

    Authors: Desmond T. Jumbam, Gopal Menon, Tenzing N. Lama, William Lodge II, Sarah Maongezi, Ntuli A. Kapologwe, Isabelle Citron, David Barash, John Varallo, Erin Barringer, Monica Cainer, Mpoki Ulisubisya, Shehnaz Alidina and Boniface Nguhuni

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:725

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Public health agencies require valid, timely and complete health information for early detection of outbreaks. Towards the end of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in 2015, the Ministry of Health and Sani...

    Authors: Charles Njuguna, Mohamed Vandi, Malimbo Mugagga, Joseph Kanu, Evans Liyosi, Alexander Chimbaru, Wilson Gachari, Victor Caulker, Stephen Sesay, Jane Githuku, Zabulon Yoti, Ali Ahmed Yahaya, Ambrose Talisuna and Ibrahima Socé Fall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:724

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Research aiming to improve the hospital experience for patients with dementia and their informal carers is strongly recommended. The present review aimed to describe the research on interventions to meet the n...

    Authors: Janne Røsvik and Anne Marie Mork Rokstad

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:723

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Insufficient transparency in prioritization of health services, multiple health insurance organizations with various and not-aligned policies, plus limited resources to provide comprehensive health coverage ar...

    Authors: Efat Mohamadi, Amirhossein Takian, Alireza Olyaeemanesh, Arash Rashidian, Ali Hassanzadeh, Moaven Razavi and Sadegh Ghazanfari

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:722

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Health service managers are integral to supporting the effective and efficient delivery of services. Understanding their competencies is essential to support reform and improvement of healthcare provision in C...

    Authors: Zhanming Liang, Felicity C. Blackstock, Peter Howard, Chaojie Liu, Geoffrey Leggat, Hongkun Ma, Zhijun Zhang and Timothy Bartram

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:721

    Content type: Research article

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  14. HIV diagnosis in South Africa is based on a point-of-care testing (PoCT) algorithm with paper-based record-keeping. Aggregated testing data are reported routinely. To facilitate improved HIV case-based surveil...

    Authors: Nisha Jacob, Brian Rice, Emma Kalk, Alexa Heekes, Jennie Morgan, Samantha Brinkmann, James Hargreaves, Marsha Orgill and Andrew Boulle

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:720

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  15. The purpose of this paper is to measure income-related health inequality among middle-aged and elderly patients with diabetes in China from 2011 to 2015 and to investigate factors that might be related to this...

    Authors: Guizhen Cao, Zhizhen Cui, Qinghua Ma, Congju Wang, Yong Xu, Hongpeng Sun and Yana Ma

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:719

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Post stroke cognitive difficulties are common but generally prioritised below other impairments. In the UK, clinical guidelines recommend a holistic review at six-months post-stroke including an assessment of ...

    Authors: Eugene Y. H. Tang, Louise Robinson, Catherine Exley, Darren Flynn, Blossom C. M. Stephan and Christopher Price

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:717

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  17. Provision of ambulatory care by medical specialists for nursing home residents (NHR) is discussed to be inadequate in Germany, however with only incomplete evidence on this topic. We wanted to know whether the...

    Authors: Ove Spreckelsen, Guido Schmiemann, Michael H. Freitag, Alexander M. Fassmer, Bettina Engel and Falk Hoffmann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:716

    Content type: Research article

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  18. It is necessary to examine doctors working with illness from a professional point of view, because it is not only related to their occupational health, but more importantly, will affect the treatment effect of...

    Authors: Pei Pei, Guohua Lin, Gaojie Li, Yifan Zhu and Xiaoyu Xi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:715

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Employee burnout and its associated consequences is a significant problem in the healthcare workforce. Workplace animal therapy programs offer a potential strategy for improving employee well-being; however, r...

    Authors: Bella Etingen, Rachael N. Martinez, Bridget M. Smith, Timothy P. Hogan, Laura Miller, Karen L. Saban, Dawn Irvin, Becky Jankowski and Frances M. Weaver

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:714

    Content type: Research article

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  20. There is both higher mortality and morbidity from cancer in low and medium income countries (LMICs) compared with high income countries (HICs). Clinical trial activities and development of more effective and l...

    Authors: Atara Ntekim, Abiola Ibraheem, Adenike Adeniyi-Sofoluwe, Toyosi Adepoju, Mojisola Oluwasanu, Toyin Aniagwu, Olutosin Awolude, Williams Balogun, Olayinka Kotila, Prisca Adejumo, Chinedum Peace Babalola, Ganiyu Arinola, Oladosu Ojengbede, Christopher O. Olopade and Olufunmilayo I. Olopade

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:713

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  21. Due to rising health care costs, in 2012 Switzerland introduced SwissDRG, a reimbursement system for hospitals based on lump sum per case. To circumvent possible negative consequences like reduction in length ...

    Authors: Lara Kollbrunner, Michael Rost, Insa Koné, Bettina Zimmermann, Yvonne Padrutt, Tenzin Wangmo and Bernice Elger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:712

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  22. Prolonged diagnosis intervals occur more often in rare cancers, such as sarcoma. Patients with a delayed diagnosis may require more radical surgery and have a reduced chance of survival. Previous research has ...

    Authors: Rhys Weaver, Moira O’Connor, Richard Carey Smith and Georgia KB Halkett

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:711

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  23. In response to a high number of incoming asylum seekers and refugees (AS&R) in Germany, initial reception centres were established to provide immediate shelter, food and health support. This study evaluates th...

    Authors: Annabelle J. Bockey, Aleš Janda, Cornelia Braun, Anne-Maria Müller, Katarina Stete, Winfried V. Kern, Siegbert R. Rieg and Berit Lange

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:709

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Detection of tuberculosis (TB) in children in Kenya is sub-optimal. Xpert MTB/RIF® assay (Xpert®) has the potential to improve speed of TB diagnosis due to its sensitivity and fast turnaround for results. Sign...

    Authors: Jacquie Narotso Oliwa, Sabina Adhiambo Odero, Jacinta Nzinga, Michaël Boele van Hensbroek, Caroline Jones, Mike English and Anja van’t Hoog

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:708

    Content type: Research article

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  25. In an effort to reduce the high rate of suicide among post-9/11 veterans, a collaborative team within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed a holistic community-based health promotion program d...

    Authors: Sarah Shue, Jayme Brosmer and Marianne S. Matthias

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:707

    Content type: Research article

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  26. There is significant global policy interest related to enabling a data-driven approach for evidence-based primary care system development. This paper describes the development and initial testing of a prototyp...

    Authors: Ali Rafik Shukor, Erica Barbazza, Niek Klazinga and Dionne Sofia Kringos

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:706

    Content type: Technical advance

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  27. In the era of rapid dolutegravir rollout, concerns about neural tube defects have complicated the health systems response among women of childbearing potential. This qualitative study, which was nested within ...

    Authors: Yussif Alhassan, Adelline Twimukye, Thoko Malaba, Catherine Orrell, Landon Myer, Catriona Waitt, Mohammed Lamorde, Andrew Kambugu, Helen Reynolds, Saye Khoo and Miriam Taegtmeyer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:705

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Strengthening HIV prevention is imperative given the continued high HIV incidence worldwide. The introduction of oral PrEP as a new biomedical HIV prevention tool can be a potential game changer because of its...

    Authors: Jef Vanhamel, Anke Rotsaert, Thijs Reyniers, Christiana Nöstlinger, Marie Laga, Ella Van Landeghem and Bea Vuylsteke

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:704

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  29. Analysis of disaggregated national data suggest uneven access to essential maternal healthcare services within countries. This is of concern as it hinders equitable progress in health outcomes. Mounting an eff...

    Authors: Jaameeta Kurji, Benoit Talbot, Gebeyehu Bulcha, Kunuz Haji Bedru, Sudhakar Morankar, Lakew Abebe Gebretsadik, Muluemebet Abera Wordofa, Vivian Welch, Ronald Labonte and Manisha A. Kulkarni

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:703

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  30. The relative lack of flexibility of parametric models has led to the development of nonparametric regression techniques based on the family of generalized additive models. However, despite the potential advant...

    Authors: Francisco Reyes-Santías, Octavio Cordova-Arevalo and Elena Rivo-Lopez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:641

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  31. Although patient participation is strongly associated with high quality of healthcare, valid means to measure and report a comprehensive notion of patient participation are scarce. The Patient Preferences for ...

    Authors: Ann Catrine Eldh, Marie Holmefur, Kristina Luhr and Marika Wenemark

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:702

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  32. This paper examines the relationship between selected motivation factors that affect the attitude to work among medical doctors at public hospitals and the organizational performance of hospitals.

    Authors: Malgorzata Chmielewska, Jakub Stokwiszewski, Justyna Filip and Tomasz Hermanowski

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:701

    Content type: Research article

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  33. The use of networks in healthcare has been steadily increasing over the past decade. Healthcare networks reduce fragmented care, support coordination amongst providers and patients, improve health system effic...

    Authors: Shannon Sibbald, Karen Schouten, Kimia Sedig, Rachelle Maskell and Christopher Licskai

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:700

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  34. Unintended pregnancy occurs due to incorrect or inconsistent use of a contraception method. Such pregnancies can create an economic burden on the family, society and nation as a whole. Unintended pregnancy is ...

    Authors: Sujyoti Shakya, Sweta Shrestha, Rojeena Koju Shrestha, Usha Giri and Sunil Shrestha

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:699

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Adolescents are still getting pregnant and contracting Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Rwanda as elsewhere. Quality and comprehensive SRH services and informati...

    Authors: Pacifique Ndayishimiye, Rosine Uwase, Isabelle Kubwimana, Jean de la Croix Niyonzima, Roseline Dzekem Dine, Jean Baptiste Nyandwi and Justin Ntokamunda Kadima

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:697

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  36. Rural households in developing countries usually have severe medical debt due to high out-of-pocket (OOP) payments, which contributes to bankruptcy. China implemented the critical illness insurance (CII) in 20...

    Authors: Yanjiao Xin, Junnan Jiang, Shanquan Chen, Fangxu Gong and Li Xiang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:696

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  37. Practice facilitation is a promising strategy to enhance care processes and outcomes in primary care settings. It requires that practices and their facilitators engage as teams to drive improvement. In this an...

    Authors: Jacqueline R. Halladay, Bryan J. Weiner, Jung In Kim, Darren A. DeWalt, Stephanie Pierson, Jason Fine, Ann Lefebvre, Monique Mackey, Dawn Bergmire, Crystal Cené, Kamal Henderson and Samuel Cykert

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:695

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  38. Insight into quality of healthcare for people with Down Syndrome (DS) is limited. Quality indicators (QIs) can provide this insight. This study aims to find consensus among participants regarding QIs for healt...

    Authors: Francine A. van den Driessen Mareeuw, Antonia M. W. Coppus, Diana M. J. Delnoij and Esther de Vries

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:694

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  39. Cervical cancer screening is effective in reducing mortality due to uterine cervical cancer (UCC). However, inequalities in participation in UCC screening exist, especially according to age and social status. ...

    Authors: Thibaut Raginel, Guillaume Grandazzi, Guy Launoy, Mélanie Trocmé, Véronique Christophe, Célia Berchi and Lydia Guittet

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:693

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  40. Multi-problem families face problems in several domains that are often found to be chronic and intergenerational. Effective mental health care for youth from these families is currently lacking, urging researc...

    Authors: Natasha Koper, Hanneke E. Creemers, Susan Branje, Geert Jan J. M. Stams and Levi van Dam

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:692

    Content type: Study protocol

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  41. Health care access is the timely use of personal health services to achieve the best health outcomes. Problems in accessing health care among reproductive-age may lead to various adverse health outcomes like d...

    Authors: Koku Sisay Tamirat, Zemenu Tadesse Tessema and Fentahun Bikale Kebede

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:691

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Most older people, and especially those in need of long-term care, suffer from one or more chronic diseases. Consequently, older people have an increased need of medical care, including specialist care. There ...

    Authors: Maike Schulz, Chrysanthi Tsiasioti, Jonas Czwikla, Antje Schwinger, Daniel Gand, Annika Schmidt, Guido Schmiemann, Karin Wolf-Ostermann and Heinz Rothgang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:690

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  43. Reporting of adverse events is an important aspect of patient safety management in hospitals, which may help to prevent future adverse events. Yet, only a small proportion of such events is actually reported i...

    Authors: Nicola Alexandra Litke, Michel Wensing, Antje Miksch and Katja Krug

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:689

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  44. Medication adherence has been studied in different settings, with different approaches, and applying different methodologies. Nevertheless, our knowledge and efficacy are quite limited in terms of measuring an...

    Authors: Salvatore Pirri, Valentina Lorenzoni and Giuseppe Turchetti

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:688

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  45. Recognizing the need for improved communication with patients at the point of hospital discharge, a group of clinicians, patients, and designers in Toronto, Canada collaborated to develop a standardized tool k...

    Authors: Nayantara Hattangadi, Paul Kurdyak, Rachel Solomon and Sophie Soklaridis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:687

    Content type: Research article

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  46. In spite of the mixed evidence for their impact, survivorship Care Plans (SCPs) are recommended to enhance quality of care for cancer survivors. Data on the feasibility of SCPs in bladder cancer (BC) is sparse...

    Authors: Cheryl T. Lee, Nihal E. Mohamed, Sailaja Pisipati, Qainat N. Shah, Piyush K. Agarwal, Tracy M. Downs, Michael Droller, Scott M. Gilbert, Heather H. Goltz, Simon J. Hall, Mohamed Hendawi, Jean Hoffman-Censits, Michael O’Donnell, Matthew Kaag, Lawrence I. Karsh, Wassim Kassouf…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:686

    Content type: Research article

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