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  1. Content type: Research article

    Competent managers are essential to the productivity of organisations and the sustainability of health systems. Effective workforce development strategies sensitive to the current competency development needs ...

    Authors: Zhanming Liang, Felicity C. Blackstock, Peter F Howard, David S Briggs, Sandra G Leggat, Dennis Wollersheim, David Edvardsson and Aziz Rahman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:976

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    Home care providers struggle to manage their day-to-day work, which is increasing in volume and complexity. In general, they are expected to achieve more with the same planning methods, resources, and capacity...

    Authors: Berit Irene Helgheim, Birgithe E. Sandbaek and Line Slyngstad

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:977

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  3. Content type: Research article

    New HIV infections in Tanzania have been decreasing, however some populations remain at higher risk. Despite of that, evidence on the magnitude of HIV infection and the associated factors and HIV/AIDS services...

    Authors: Anthony Kapesa, Namanya Basinda, Elias C. Nyanza, Martha F. Mushi, Ola Jahanpour and Sospatro E. Ngallaba

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:980

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  4. Content type: Research article

    General practice (GP) has historically been central to the prevention and treatment of childhood illnesses. In Ireland, this role has recently expanded with the introduction of free GP care for children aged u...

    Authors: Andrew O’Regan, Walter Cullen, Clodagh O’Gorman, Louise Hickey, Eimear O’Neill, Jane O’Doherty and Ailish Hannigan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:979

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    Privacy and confidentiality are central components of patient care and are of particular importance in obstetrics and gynaecology, where clinical situations of a sensitive nature regularly occur. The layout of...

    Authors: Lucia Hartigan, Leanne Cussen, Sarah Meaney and Keelin O’Donoghue

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:978

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  6. Content type: Research article

    In July 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its Medicaid Managed Care (MMC) regulations that govern network and access standards for enrollees. There have been few published stud...

    Authors: Nathaniel Bell, Ana Lòpez-DeFede, Rebecca C. Wilkerson and Kathy Mayfield-Smith

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:974

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  7. Content type: Research article

    State policy approaches designed to provide opioid treatment options have received significant attention in addressing the opioid epidemic in the United States. In particular, expanded availability of naloxone...

    Authors: Janice Blanchard, Audrey J. Weiss, Marguerite L. Barrett, Kimberly W. McDermott and Kevin C. Heslin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:971

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  8. Content type: Research article

    In 2011, South Africa improved its ability to test for rifampicin-resistant TB (RR-TB) by introducing GeneXpert MTB/RIF. At the same time, the South African National TB program adopted a policy decentralized, ...

    Authors: Denise Evans, Tembeka Sineke, Kathryn Schnippel, Rebecca Berhanu, Caroline Govathson, Andrew Black, Lawrence Long and Sydney Rosen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:973

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Quality improvement efforts are inextricably linked to the readiness of healthcare workers to take them on. The current study aims to clarify the nature and measurement of Improvement Readiness (IR) by 1) exam...

    Authors: Kathryn C. Adair, Krystina Quow, Allan Frankel, Paul J. Mosca, Jochen Profit, Allison Hadley, Michael Leonard and J. Bryan Sexton

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:975

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Diabetes is one of the world’s most prevalent and serious non-communicable diseases (NCDs). It is a leading cause of death, disability and financial loss; moreover, it is identified as a major threat to global...

    Authors: Afsana Afroz, Mohammed J. Alramadan, Md Nassif Hossain, Lorena Romero, Khurshid Alam, Dianna J. Magliano and Baki Billah

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:972

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Chronic back disorders (CBD) are prevalent, costly, and among the most common reasons for seeking primary care; however, little is known regarding the comparative use of family physician, chiropractic, and phy...

    Authors: Brenna Bath, Josh Lawson, Dennis Ma and Catherine Trask

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:970

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  12. Content type: Debate

    Given the importance of communicating effectively with current and prospective patients, healthcare institutions must direct considerable energies toward achieving associated excellence. Pursuits usually cente...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18(Suppl 3):928

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 3

  13. Content type: Research article

    Clinical practice guidelines risk having little impact on healthcare if not effectively implemented. Theory informed, targeted implementation may maximise their impact. Our study explored barriers to and facil...

    Authors: Tamara Kredo, Sara Cooper, Amber Abrams, Jocelyn Muller, Jimmy Volmink and Salla Atkins

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:965

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  14. Content type: Research article

    A previous census of electronic prescribing (EP) systems in England showed that more than half of hospitals with EP reported more than one EP system within the same hospital. Our objectives were to describe th...

    Authors: Zamzam Ahmed, Yogini Jani and Bryony Dean Franklin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:969

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Medication discrepancies are seen frequently in hospital setting upon admission or discharge. Medication Reconciliation service is a practice designed to ensure that patients’ medications are ordered in a corr...

    Authors: Rana Abu Farha, Khawla Abu Hammour, Sayida Al-Jamei, Raja AlQudah and Mohammed Zawiah

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:966

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  16. Content type: Debate

    Healthcare institutions deliver essential services that practically everyone needs at least periodically over the course of their lives. Hospital admissions, in particular, place patients in circumstances very...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18(Suppl 3):927

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 3

  17. Content type: Debate

    Branding—the assignment of names, logos, slogans, and related elements of identity to institutions and their product offerings for the purpose of conveying desired images to target audiences—is of paramount im...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18(Suppl 3):924

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 3

  18. Content type: Debate

    Healthcare establishments serve as key community resources, bringing into locales a wealth of resources aimed at enhancing and improving health and wellness. Without effective communications, current and prosp...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18(Suppl 3):926

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 3

  19. Content type: Debate

    Target marketing, a practice used to more effectively address the wants and needs of customers, involves three interrelated activities: market segmentation, targeting, and product positioning. The practice fol...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18(Suppl 3):923

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 3

  20. Content type: Debate

    Modern marketing thought heavily emphasizes the need for healthcare providers to possess a customer orientation, placing patients at the focal point of attention within health and medical establishments. This ...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18(Suppl 3):929

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 3

  21. Content type: Debate

    Marketing arguably is the most critical administrative responsibility associated with the pursuit and realization of growth and prosperity, making prowess in the discipline essential for any healthcare institu...

    Authors: James K. Elrod and John L. Fortenberry Jr.

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18(Suppl 3):922

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 3

  22. Content type: Research article

    Men who have sex with men (MSM) are at high risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and sexually transmitted infection (STI) in China. Inadequate clinical services and poor clinical competency amo...

    Authors: Peipei Zhao, Bolin Cao, Cedric H. Bien-Gund, Weiming Tang, Jason J. Ong, Yi Ding, Weiying Chen, Joseph D. Tucker and Zhenzhou Luo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:964

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  23. Content type: Research article

    For Indigenous Australians, health transcends the absence of disease, and includes the health and wellbeing of their community and Country: their whole physical, cultural and spiritual environment. Stronger re...

    Authors: Rosalie Schultz, Tammy Abbott, Jessica Yamaguchi and Sheree Cairney

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:960

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Health workforce misdistribution leads to severe inequity and low-efficiency in health services in the developing countries. Targeting at China, this research aims to reveal, visualize and compare the geograph...

    Authors: Bin Zhu, Yang Fu, Jinlin Liu, Rongxin He, Ning Zhang and Ying Mao

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:957

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Thirty-day hospital readmissions represent an international challenge leading to increased prevalence of adverse events, reduced quality of care and pressure on healthcare service’s resources and finances. The...

    Authors: Malin Knutsen Glette, Olav Røise, Tone Kringeland, Kate Churruca, Jeffrey Braithwaite and Siri Wiig

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:955

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Basic inputs and infrastructure including drugs, supplies, equipment, water and electricity are required for the provision of quality care. In the era of the free maternal health policy in Ghana, it is unclear...

    Authors: Philip Ayizem Dalinjong, Alex Y. Wang and Caroline S. E. Homer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:959

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  27. Content type: Research article

    In publicly funded health care systems, governance models are developed to push public service providers to use tax payers’ money more efficiently and maintain a high quality of service. Although this implies ...

    Authors: Sara Korlén, Anne Richter, Isis Amer-Wåhlin, Peter Lindgren and Ulrica von Thiele Schwarz

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:963

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Strategies to identify and treat undiagnosed prevalent cases that have not sought diagnostic services on their own, are necessary to treat TB in patients earlier and interrupt transmission. Late presentation f...

    Authors: Esther Karamagi, Simon Sensalire, Martin Muhire, Herbert Kisamba, John Byabagambi, Mirwais Rahimzai, Frank Mugabe, Upenytho George, Jacqueline Calnan, Dejene Seyoum and Estella Birabwa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:954

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  29. Content type: Research article

    E-mental health holds promise for people with severe mental illness, but has a limited evidence base. This study explored the effect of e-health added to face-to-face delivery of the Illness Management and Rec...

    Authors: Titus A. A. Beentjes, Peter J. J. Goossens, Hester Vermeulen, Steven Teerenstra, Maria W. G. Nijhuis-van der Sanden and Betsie G. I. van Gaal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:962

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Acute hospital services account for the largest proportion of health care system budgets, and older adults are the most frequent users. As a result, older people who have been recently discharged from hospital...

    Authors: Kathleen Finlayson, Anne M. Chang, Mary D. Courtney, Helen E. Edwards, Anthony W. Parker, Kyra Hamilton, Thu Dinh Xuan Pham and Jane O’Brien

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:956

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  31. Content type: Research article

    To investigate the potential barriers to optimal diabetes control by evaluating the different perspectives of physicians and patients on such matters in China.

    Authors: Chun Liu, Shaoyong Xu, Jie Ming, Aihua Jia, Yingji Wei, Hui Li, Yang Jiao, Mingxi Song, Yadong Zhao, Yafang Du, Wenjuan Yang, Xiaoqiang Lu, Shengqi Shi, Hui Tong, Guangtang Jia, Guohua Zhao…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:961

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Poor health literacy affects over 90 million Americans. The primary aim of the study was to evaluate a possible association between health literacy and decision conflict in surgical patients.

    Authors: Gildasio S. De Oliveira Jr, Martin Errea, Jane Bialek, Mark C. Kendall and Robert J. McCarthy

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:958

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Value-based health care aims to optimize the balance of patient outcomes and health care costs. To improve value in perinatal care using this strategy, standard outcomes must first be defined. The objective of...

    Authors: Malini Anand Nijagal, Stephanie Wissig, Caleb Stowell, Elizabeth Olson, Isis Amer-Wahlin, Gouke Bonsel, Allyson Brooks, Matthew Coleman, Shamala Devi Karalasingam, James M N Duffy, Tracy Flanagan, Stefan Gebhardt, Meridith E Greene, Floris Groenendaal, J Ravichandran R Jeganathan, Tessa Kowaliw…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:953

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Family member’s experience and satisfaction of health care in the acute care and in-patient rehabilitation are important indicators of the quality of health care services provided to patients with severe traum...

    Authors: Unn Sollid Manskow, Cathrine Arntzen, Elin Damsgård, Mary Braine, Solrun Sigurdardottir, Nada Andelic, Cecilie Røe and Audny Anke

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:951

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  35. Content type: Research article

    In 2000, the Millennium Development Goals set targets for social achievements by 2015 including goals related to maternal and child health, with mixed success. Several initiatives supported these goals includi...

    Authors: Jane Briggs, Martha Embrey, Blerta Maliqi, Lisa Hedman and Jennifer Requejo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:952

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Visual impairment is a global public health problem, with an estimated 285 million affected globally, of which 43% are due to refractive error. A lack of specialist eye care in low and middle-income countries ...

    Authors: Jennifer L. Y. Yip, Tess Bright, Sebastian Ford, Wanjiku Mathenge and Hannah Faal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:950

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Despite gains in HIV testing and treatment access in sub-Saharan Africa, patient attrition from care remains a problem. Evidence is needed of real-world implementation of low-cost, scalable, and sustainable so...

    Authors: Caroline E. Boeke, Vennie Nabitaka, Andrea Rowan, Katherine Guerra, Pamela Nawaggi, Vivienne Mulema, Victor Bigira, Eleanor Magongo, Patricia Mucheri, Andrew Musoke and Cordelia Katureebe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:949

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  38. Content type: Study protocol

    Most psychiatric disorders in childhood and adolescence cause impairment in academic performance. Early interventions in school are thought to reduce the burden of disorder and prevent chronicity of disorder, ...

    Authors: Isabel Boege, Julia Herrmann, Julia Katharina Wolff, Ulrike Hoffmann, Michael Koelch, Marc Kurepkat, Steffen Lütte, Alexander Naumann, Hans Dieter Nolting and Jörg Michael Fegert

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:947

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Health service providers play a key role in addressing women’s need for pregnancy prevention, especially during the postpartum period. Yet, in Nepal, little is known about their views on providing postpartum f...

    Authors: Mahesh C. Puri, Manju Maharjan, Erin Pearson, Elina Pradhan, Yasaswi Dhungel, Aayush Khadka and Iqbal H. Shah

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:948

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Changes in Dutch policy towards long-term care led to the Dutch Health and Youth Care Inspectorate testing a regulatory framework focusing on care networks around older adults living independently. This regula...

    Authors: Didi Verver, Annemiek Stoopendaal, Hanneke Merten, Paul Robben and Cordula Wagner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:946

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Drug overdose is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity amongst people who inject drugs (PWID). Drug overdose surveillance typically relies on the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) coding s...

    Authors: Rehana Di Rico, Dhanya Nambiar, Mark Stoové and Paul Dietze

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:945

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The Lake and Western Zones of Tanzania that encompass eight regions namely; Kagera, Geita, Simiyu, Shinyanga, Mwanza, Mara Tabora and Kigoma have consistently been reported with the poorest Maternal Newborn an...

    Authors: Edward Maswanya, Projestine Muganyizi, Stella Kilima, Deus Mogella and Julius Massaga

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:944

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  43. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to assess the situational capacity for nutrition care delivery in the outpatient hemodialysis (HD) setting in Malaysia by evaluating dietitian accessibility, nutrition practices and patients’ ...

    Authors: Ban-Hock Khor, Karuthan Chinna, Abdul Halim Abdul Gafor, Zaki Morad, Ghazali Ahmad, Sunita Bavanandam, Ravindran Visvanathan, Rosnawati Yahya, Bak-Leong Goh, Boon-Cheak Bee and Tilakavati Karupaiah

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:939

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  44. Content type: Research article

    ‘Candidacy’ is concerned with the way people consider their eligibility for accessing health services. We used the Candidacy Framework to explore how the doctor-patient relationship can influence perceived eli...

    Authors: Sara Tookey, Cristina Renzi, Jo Waller, Christian von Wagner and Katriina L. Whitaker

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:937

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Successful improvements in health care practice need to be sustained and spread to have maximum benefit. The rationale for embedding sustainability from the beginning of implementation is well recognized; howe...

    Authors: Celia Laur, Jack Bell, Renata Valaitis, Sumantra Ray and Heather Keller

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:930

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Early and effective CPR increases both survival rate and post-arrest quality of life. In limited resource countries like Tanzania, there is scarce data describing the basic knowledge of CPR among Healthcare pr...

    Authors: Winfrida T. Kaihula, Hendry R. Sawe, Michael S. Runyon and Brittany L. Murray

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:935

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  47. Content type: Correction

    Following publication of the original article [1], the author reported the following errors in Table 1 and Table 2.

    Authors: Marie-Rachelle Narcisse, Holly Felix, Christopher R. Long, Teresa Hudson, Nalin Payakachat, Zoran Bursac and Pearl A. McElfish

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:940

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    The original article was published in BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:575