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  1. Content type: Research article

    Much of the research on high-cost patients in healthcare has taken a static approach to studying what is actually a dynamic process. High-cost patients often utilize services across multiple sectors along care...

    Authors: Deborah Cohen, Walter P. Wodchis and Andrew Calzavara

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:861

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    Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing public health threat. Primary care physicians are important inducers of the overuse of antimicrobials and inappropriate prescribing. Augmented reality (AR) might pro...

    Authors: Egui Zhu, Uno Fors and Åsa Smedberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:860

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Social accountability interventions such as CARE’s Community Score Card© show promise for improving sexual, reproductive, and maternal health outcomes. A key component of the intervention is creation of spaces...

    Authors: Sara Gullo, Anne Sebert Kuhlmann, Christine Galavotti, Thumbiko Msiska, C. Nathan Marti and Philip Hastings

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:858

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Diabetes remains a growing public health threat but evidence supports the role that pharmacists can play in improving diabetes medication use and outcomes. To improve the quality of care, the Veterans Health A...

    Authors: Justin D. Gatwood, Marie Chisholm-Burns, Robert Davis, Fridtjof Thomas, Praveen Potukuchi, Adriana Hung, M. Shawn McFarland and Csaba P. Kovesdy

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:855

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  5. Content type: Debate

    A multitude of theories, models and frameworks relating to implementing evidence-based practice in health care exist, which can be overwhelming for clinicians and clinical researchers new to the field of imple...

    Authors: Elizabeth A. Lynch, Alison Mudge, Sarah Knowles, Alison L. Kitson, Sarah C. Hunter and Gill Harvey

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:857

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Since 2008, updated perioperative blood management (PoBM) guidelines have been implemented in Zhejiang, China. These guidelines ensure that the limited blood resources meet increasing clinical needs and patien...

    Authors: Yuanyuan Yao, Jun Li, Mingcang Wang, Zhonghua Chen, Weixing Wang, Lipei Lei, Changshun Huang, Ming Yao, Guihua Yuan and Min Yan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:856

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Both conventional health care providers and complementary therapists treat cancer patients. To provide effective treatment, both types of providers should to be familiar with their own as well as alternative t...

    Authors: Trine Stub, Sara A. Quandt, Thomas A. Arcury, Joanne C. Sandberg and Agnete E. Kristoffersen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:854

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Many asylum-seekers to Denmark come from war-torn countries where conflict and insufficient health care infrastructures disrupt vaccine programmes and result in very few children and their families presenting ...

    Authors: Cathrine S. Nakken, Marie Norredam and Morten Skovdal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:859

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Over the last decade, the vaccination rates amongst the general population in Slovenia were declining. According to the World Health Organisation, the vaccination rates amongst healthcare workers are also low ...

    Authors: Davorina Petek and Kristina Kamnik-Jug

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:853

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Amongst psychiatric patients, the leading causes of reduced quality of life and premature death are chronic viral infections and cardiovascular diseases. In spite of this, there are extremely high levels of di...

    Authors: Dawit Shawel Abebe, Jon Ivar Elstad and Lars Lien

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:852

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Global Health Initiatives (GHIs) have been instrumental in the rapid acceleration of HIV prevention, treatment access, and availability of care and support services for people living with HIV (PLH) in low and ...

    Authors: Julia Dickson-Gomez, Laura A. Glasman, Gloria Bodnar and Molly Murphy

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:848

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Generic drug substitution is a public health policy challenge with high economic potential. Generic drugs are generally cheaper than brand-name drugs. Drugs are a significant part of the total health expenditu...

    Authors: Virgil Beauvais, Annabelle Marque, Guillaume Ferté, Jan Chrusciel, Julie Souille, Pierre Nazeyrollas and Stéphane Sanchez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:850

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  13. Content type: Research article

    To assess antimicrobial prescribing in a Northern Ireland hospital (Antrim Area Hospital (AAH)) and compare them with those of a hospital in Jordan (Specialty Hospital).

    Authors: Feras Darwish Elhajji, Ghaith M. Al-Taani, Lana Anani, Sahar Al-Masri, Haneen Abdalaziz, Su’ad H. Qabba’h, Abdel Qader Al Bawab, Michael Scott, David Farren, Fiona Gilmore, Ann Versporten, Herman Goossens and Mamoon A. Aldeyab

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:849

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  14. Content type: Research article

    In an attempt to assess the effects of the Ebola viral disease (EVD) on hospital functions in Sierra Leone, the aim of this study was to evaluate changes in provisions of surgery and non-Ebola admissions durin...

    Authors: Håkon A. Bolkan, Alex van Duinen, Mohammed Samai, Donald Alpha Bash-Taqi, Ibrahim Gassama, Bart Waalewijn, Arne Wibe and Johan von Schreeb

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:846

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Access to primary care is an important determinant of health, and data are sparse on primary care utilization for people who experience imprisonment. We aimed to describe primary care utilization for persons r...

    Authors: Fiona G. Kouyoumdjian, Stephanie Y. Cheng, Kinwah Fung, Stephen Humphreys-Mahaffey, Aaron M. Orkin, Claire Kendall, Lori Kiefer, Flora I. Matheson, Samantha E. Green and Stephen W. Hwang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:845

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Health systems in the United States are increasingly required to become leaders in quality to compete successfully in a value-conscious purchasing market. Doing so involves developing effective clinical teams ...

    Authors: Nancy Pandhi, Sally Kraft, Stephanie Berkson, Sarah Davis, Sandra Kamnetz, Steven Koslov, Elizabeth Trowbridge and William Caplan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:847

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  17. Content type: Research article

    China has made great achievements in health insurance coverage and healthcare financing; however, the rate of catastrophic health expenditure (CHE) was 13.0% in China in 2008, which is higher than that in some...

    Authors: Xuemei Zhen, Hao Zhang, Xiaoqian Hu, Shuyan Gu, Yuanyuan Li, Yuxuan Gu, Minzhuo Huang, Xueshan Sun, Jingming Wei and Hengjin Dong

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:844

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Out-of-pocket expenditure constitutes high proportion of healthcare spending in low-income countries. It can affect patients’ adherence to treatments leading to serious health consequences. The objective of th...

    Authors: Fitsum Sebsibe Teni, Begashaw Melaku Gebresillassie, Eshetie Melese Birru, Sewunet Admasu Belachew, Yonas Getaye Tefera, Befikadu Legesse Wubishet, Bethelhem Hailu Tekleyes and Bilal Tessema Yimer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:842

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The foreign-born population in Norway displays considerable diversity in terms of source country, socioeconomic status and settlement experience. This study assessed the consequences of this diversity for the ...

    Authors: Jon Erik Finnvold

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:843

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Generals practitioners (GPs) and district nurses (DNs) play a leading role in providing palliative care at home. Many services and facilities are available to support them in providing this complex care. This ...

    Authors: Ian Koper, H. Roeline W. Pasman and Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:841

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The field of acceptability of health services is emerging and growing in coherence. But there are gaps, including relatively little integration of elements of acceptability. This study attempted to analyse col...

    Authors: Blaise Joy Bucyibaruta, John Eyles, Bronwyn Harris, Gaëtan Kabera, Kafayat Oboirien and Benon Ngyende

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:839

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  22. Content type: Research article

    The referral service is a significant component of healthcare reform in China, and the measurement of patient satisfaction with the referral service process will help to improve the quality of referral medical...

    Authors: Xinli Zhang, Tianjin Wang, Yu Yu and Shuzhen Zhao

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:840

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  23. Content type: Research article

    In a health care system based on managed competition it is important that health insurers are able to channel their enrolees to preferred care providers. However, enrolees are often very negative about financi...

    Authors: Romy E. Bes, Emile C. Curfs, Peter P. Groenewegen and Judith D. de Jong

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:832

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Clinical pathways can enhance care quality, promote patient safety and optimize resource utilization. However, they are infrequently utilized in intensive care. This study aimed to explain the implementation p...

    Authors: Petronella Bjurling-Sjöberg, Barbro Wadensten, Ulrika Pöder, Inger Jansson and Lena Nordgren

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:831

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Hospitals increasingly make decisions about early development of and investment in innovative medical technologies (IMTs), but at present often without an early assessment of their potential to ensure selectio...

    Authors: Iben Fasterholdt, Anne Lee, Kristian Kidholm, Knud Bonnet Yderstræde and Kjeld Møller Pedersen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:837

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Peru has increased substantially its domestic public expenditure in maternal and child health. Peruvian departments are heterogeneous in contextual and geographic factors, underlining the importance of disaggr...

    Authors: Luis Huicho, Patricia Hernandez, Carlos A. Huayanay-Espinoza, Eddy R. Segura, Jessica Niño de Guzman, Gianfranco Flores-Cordova, Maria Rivera-Ch, Howard S. Friedman and Peter Berman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:833

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Addressing family planning (FP) needs of people living with HIV is an effective response to HIV prevention. Healthy timing and spacing of births help ensure the health and well-being of all women and infants, ...

    Authors: Rajani Pokharel, Geeta Bhattarai, Namuna Shrestha and Sharad Onta

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:836

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Physician and non-physician leadership development programs aim to improve organizational performance. Although a significant, positive relation between physicians’ leadership skills and patient outcomes, staf...

    Authors: Neree Claes, Hannelore Storms and Valérie Brabanders

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:834

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Tanzania has witnessed several disasters in the past decade, which resulted in substantial mortality, long-term morbidity, and significant socio-economic losses. Health care facilities and personnel are critic...

    Authors: Philip M. Koka, Hendry R. Sawe, Khalid R. Mbaya, Said S. Kilindimo, Juma A. Mfinanga, Victor G. Mwafongo, Lee A. Wallis and Teri A. Reynolds

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:835

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The patterns and determinants of long-term income among young people surviving cancer, and differences compared to peers, have not yet been fully explored. The objectives of this paper are to describe long-ter...

    Authors: Paulos Teckle, Stuart Peacock, Mary L. McBride, Colene Bentley, Karen Goddard and Paul Rogers

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:826

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  31. Content type: Research article

    There is a significant deficiency of national health information for Indigenous peoples in Canada. This manuscript describes the Community Profile Survey (CPS), a community-based, national-level survey designe...

    Authors: Jordan W Tompkins, Selam Mequanint, Douglas Edward Barre, Meghan Fournie, Michael E Green, Anthony J Hanley, Mariam Naqshbandi Hayward, Merrick Zwarenstein and Stewart B Harris

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:828

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  32. Content type: Study protocol

    Dementia presents a significant challenge to health systems and to the person and family affected. Home care is increasingly seen as a key service in addressing this challenge in a person-centred and cost-effe...

    Authors: Fiona Keogh, Maria Pierce, Karen Neylon and Padraic Fleming

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:829

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Lack of resources is often cited as a reason for long waiting times and queues in health services. However, recent research indicates these problems are related to factors such as uncoordinated variation of de...

    Authors: Karl Arne Johannessen and Nina Alexandersen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:827

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  34. Content type: Study protocol

    Systematic screening of all colorectal tumors for Lynch Syndrome (LS) has been recommended since 2009. Currently, implementation of LS screening in healthcare systems remains variable, likely because LS screen...

    Authors: Alanna Kulchak Rahm, Deborah Cragun, Jessica Ezzell Hunter, Mara M. Epstein, Jan Lowery, Christine Y. Lu, Pamala A. Pawloski, Ravi N. Sharaf, Su-Ying Liang, Andrea N. Burnett-Hartman, James M. Gudgeon, Jing Hao, Susan Snyder, Radhika Gogoi, Ilene Ladd and Marc S. Williams

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:824

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  35. Content type: Research article

    The engagement of citizens in the development of evidence-based screening programs is internationally supported. The aim of our research was to explore the motivations and reasons of adult citizens in Austria ...

    Authors: Isolde Sommer, Viktoria Titscher and Gerald Gartlehner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:823

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  36. Content type: Study protocol

    Wide recognition that structural factors are important in the HIV epidemic has not generated much evidence of impact of structural interventions. Few randomised controlled trials of structural interventions fo...

    Authors: Anne Cockcroft, Nobantu Marokoane, Leagajang Kgakole, Joseph Kefas and Neil Andersson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:822

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The Quality of Life in Neurological Disorders (Neuro-QoL) item banks evaluate and monitor the physical, mental, and social health of individuals with neurological conditions. Neuro-QoL items can be administere...

    Authors: Guanli Xie, Lidian Chen, Shanli Yang, Jing Tao, Chetwyn C. H. Chan, Allen W. Heinemann, David Cella, Jin-Shei Lai, Helena Correia and Alex W. K. Wong

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:825

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Head and neck cancers are fast growing tumours that are complex to diagnose and treat. Multidisciplinary input into organization and logistics is critical to start treatment without delay. A multidisciplinary ...

    Authors: Lidia S. van Huizen, Pieter U. Dijkstra, Bernard F. A. M. van der Laan, Harry Reintsema, Kees T. B. Ahaus, Hendrik P. Bijl and Jan L. N. Roodenburg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:820

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Rapid demographic and economic changes have made chronic disease the number one health issue in China, contributing to more than 80% of the country’s 10.3 million annual deaths and nearly 70% of its total dise...

    Authors: Wei Xue-juan, Wu Hao, Ge Cai-ying, Liu Xin-ying, Jia Hong-yan, Wang Li, Guo Xiao-ling, Liu Wan-ying, Gao Wen-juan and Liang Wan-nian

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:821

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  40. Content type: Study protocol

    When dependent older persons (carees) experience a fall at home, their carers worry that they will fall again. This ongoing concern affects the carers’ wellbeing, perception of burden and can potentially chang...

    Authors: Seng Giap Marcus Ang, Anthony Paul O’Brien and Amanda Wilson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:819

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  41. Content type: Study protocol

    Residents living in nursing homes usually have complex healthcare needs and require a comprehensive care approach to identifying and meeting their care needs. Suboptimal quality of care is reported in nursing ...

    Authors: Hui Feng, Hui Li, Lily Dongxia Xiao, Shahid Ullah, Pan Mao, Yunxia Yang, Hengyu Hu and Yinan Zhao

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:816

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  42. Content type: Research article

    A relational approach to autonomy refers to the way in which social conditions and relationships shape a person’s self-identity and capacity in decision-making. This article provides an empirical account of ho...

    Authors: Patti Shih, Frances Rapport, Anne Hogden, Mia Bierbaum, Jeremy Hsu, John Boyages and Jeffrey Braithwaite

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:818

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Health services research aimed at understanding service use and improving resource allocation often relies on collecting subjectively reported or proxy-reported healthcare service utilization (HSU) data. It is...

    Authors: Shilpa Tyagi, Gerald Choon-Huat Koh, Nan Luo, Kelvin Bryan Tan, Helen Hoenig, David B. Matchar, Joanne Yoong, Eric A. Finkelstein, Kim En Lee, N. Venketasubramanian, Edward Menon, Kin Ming Chan, Deidre Anne De Silva, Philip Yap, Boon Yeow Tan, Effie Chew…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:817

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Electronic consultation is an emerging mode of specialty care delivery that allows primary care providers and their patients to obtain specialist expertise without an in-person visit. While studies of individu...

    Authors: Delphine S. Tuot, Clare Liddy, Varsha G. Vimalananda, Jennifer Pecina, Elizabeth J. Murphy, Erin Keely, Steven R. Simon, Frederick North, Jay D. Orlander and Alice Hm Chen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:814

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Irrational drug use is a global health challenge in all healthcare settings, such as hospitals. This study evaluated the impact of an intervention by the pharmaceutical care unit on the use pattern of high-val...

    Authors: Afsaneh Vazin, Iman Karimzadeh, Razieh Karamikhah, Zahra Oveisi, Samaneh Mohseni, Maryam Keykhaee, Fatemeh Roshanfard, Elaheh Sabet and Asal Zargari-Samadnejad

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:815

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Health assessments (HAs) for newly arrived asylum seekers have become a regular practice in most EU countries, but what is performed, how they are organized, and whether it is mandatory or not to attend varies...

    Authors: Robert Jonzon, Pille Lindkvist and Anna-Karin Hurtig

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:813

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  47. Content type: Research article

    The use of measurement instruments in physiotherapy has been recommended in clinical practice guidelines to improve evidence-based practice. The aims of the study were (a) to describe the current use of measur...

    Authors: Tobias Braun, Alina Rieckmann, Franziska Weber and Christian Grüneberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:810

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