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Organization, structure and delivery of healthcare

Section edited by  Stefano Bonacina, Marie Pierre Gagnon and Holly Lanham

This section aims to publish studies looking at how health care is planned, organized and structured, including in terms of relationships among personnel or departments, as well as research on the provision of healthcare to an individual, group, population or community.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Patients may decide to undertake shared care with a general practitioner (GP) during follow-up after treatment for localised melanoma. Routine imaging tests for surveillance may be commonly used despite no evi...

    Authors: Wei-Yin Lim, Robin M. Turner, Rachael L. Morton, Marisa C. Jenkins, Les Irwig, Angela C. Webster, Mbathio Dieng, Robyn P. M. Saw, Pascale Guitera, Donald Low, Cynthia Low and Katy J. L. Bell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:477

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  2. Content type: Research article

    With the rise in pre-mature mortality rate from non-communicable disease (NCD), there is a need for evidence-based interventions. We evaluated existing systematic reviews on effectiveness of integration of hea...

    Authors: Kristy C Yiu, Anke Rohwer and Taryn Young

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:481

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Older adults with multiple chronic conditions typically have more complex care needs that require multiple transitions between healthcare settings. Poor care transitions often lead to fragmentation in care, de...

    Authors: Chantal Backman, Dawn Stacey, Michelle Crick, Danielle Cho-Young and Patricia B. Marck

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:482

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Although Germany’s acute care for stroke patients already has a good reputation, continuous follow-up care is still not widely available, a problem originating in the strict separation of inpatient and outpati...

    Authors: Isabelle Hempler, Kathrin Woitha, Ulrike Thielhorn and Erik Farin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:468

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  5. Content type: Study protocol

    Non-medical prescribing (NMP) is acknowledged as an expanding area of clinical practice across the world. The physiotherapy profession is currently investigating the introduction of physiotherapist prescribing...

    Authors: T. Noblet, J. Marriot, T. Jones, C. Dean and A. Rushton

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:472

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Visiting services address the problem of workforce deficit and access to effective primary health care services in isolated remote and rural locations. Little is known about their impact or effectiveness and t...

    Authors: Timothy A. Carey, David Sirett, Deborah Russell, John S. Humphreys and John Wakerman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:476

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  7. Content type: Study protocol

    Therapeutic patient education (TPE) improves quality of life and reduces health care utilization among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, benefits from TPE might depend on the...

    Authors: Myriam Gagné, Jocelyne Moisan, Sophie Lauzier, Christine Hamel, Patricia Côté, Jean Bourbeau and Louis-Philippe Boulet

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:460

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    Musculoskeletal shoulder problems are common after breast cancer treatment. There is some evidence to suggest that early postoperative exercise is safe and may improve shoulder function. We describe the develo...

    Authors: Helen Richmond, Clare Lait, Cynthia Srikesavan, Esther Williamson, Jane Moser, Meredith Newman, Lauren Betteley, Beth Fordham, Sophie Rees, Sarah E. Lamb and Julie Bruce

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:463

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  9. Content type: Research article

    In 2013, Health Quality Ontario introduced stroke quality-based procedures (QBPs) to promote use of evidence-based practices for patients with stroke in Ontario hospitals. The study purpose was to: (a) describ...

    Authors: Julia E. Moore, Christine Marquez, Kristen Dufresne, Charmalee Harris, Jamie Park, Radha Sayal, Monika Kastner, Linda Kelloway, Sarah E. P. Munce, Mark Bayley, Matthew Meyer and Sharon E. Straus

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:466

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Cancelation of same-day surgery is a common global problem, wasting valuable hospitals’ operating room (OR) times and imposing significant economic costs. There is limited evidence to support the association b...

    Authors: Omar B. Da’ar and Talal Al-Mutairi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:454

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  11. Content type: Research article

    A Personal Health Record (PHR) is an electronic record that individuals use to manage and share their health information, e.g. data from their medical records and data collected by apps. However, engagement wi...

    Authors: Fiona Fylan, Lauren Caveney, Alastair Cartwright and Beth Fylan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:445

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Access to multidisciplinary health care services for First Nation children with a chronic condition is critical for the child’s health and well-being, but disparities and inequality in health care systems have...

    Authors: Julieann Coombes, Kate Hunter, Tamara Mackean, Andrew J. A. Holland, Elizabeth Sullivan and Rebecca Ivers

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:448

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) are an integral component in the delivery of health care. This is particularly evident in the delivery of cancer care, where multidisciplinary teams are internationally recognize...

    Authors: Anna Janssen, Tracy Robinson, Melissa Brunner, Paul Harnett, Kylie E. Museth and Tim Shaw

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:444

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Healthcare middle managers (HMMs) have, as the leaders closest to clinical practice, a crucial position in healthcare today. There is broad knowledge about the demands on HMMs’ capacity, their situation in gen...

    Authors: Trude Anita Hartviksen, Berit Mosseng Sjolie, Jessica Aspfors and Lisbeth Uhrenfeldt

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:433

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Research has shown high rates of stress and dissatisfaction among allied health professionals, including physiotherapists, having an adverse impact on workforce retention rates. This study aimed to examine the...

    Authors: Othman Y. Alkassabi, Hana Al-Sobayel, Einas S. Al-Eisa, Syamala Buragadda, Ahmad H. Alghadir and Amir Iqbal

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:422

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Foreign-born physicians fill in the shortage of physicians in many developed countries. Labour market theory and previous studies suggest that foreign-born physicians may be a disadvantaged group with a higher...

    Authors: Tarja Heponiemi, Laura Hietapakka, Salla Lehtoaro and Anna-Mari Aalto

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:418

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  17. Content type: Study protocol

    Pediatric obesity is a serious, but clinically neglected, chronic health problem. Despite the high prevalence, excess weight problems are rarely managed when children attend clinical services. It is recommende...

    Authors: Jennifer Cohen, Shirley Alexander, Michelle Critekos, Sarah P. Garnett, Alison J. Hayes, Tim Shaw, Kyra A. Sim and Louise A. Baur

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:417

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Transition between care settings is a time of high risk for preventable medication errors. Poor communication about medication changes on discharge from hospital can result in adverse drug events and medicines...

    Authors: Jane Ferguson, Liz Seston and Darren M. Ashcroft

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:424

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The need for organisational development in primary care has increased as it is accepted as a means of curbing rising costs and responding to demographic transitions. It is only within such inter-organisational...

    Authors: Sanneke Schepman, Pim Valentijn, Marc Bruijnzeels, Marlies Maaijen, Dinny de Bakker, Ronald Batenburg and Antoinette de Bont

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:427

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