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BMC Health Services Research

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

    Physician and nursing shortages in acute and critical care settings require research on factors which might drive their commitment, an important predictor of absenteeism and turnover. However, the degree to wh...

    Authors: Felix Miedaner, Ludwig Kuntz, Christian Enke, Bernhard Roth and Anika Nitzsche

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:180

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  2. Content type: Research article

    In almost all healthcare systems, no-shows (scheduled appointments missed without any notice from patients) have a negative impact on waiting lists, costs and resource utilization, impairing the quality and qu...

    Authors: Chiara Anna Parente, Domenico Salvatore, Giampiero Maria Gallo and Fabrizio Cipollini

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:185

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Recently, patient engagement has been identified as a promising strategy for supporting healthcare planning. However, the context and structure of universalistic, “one-size-fits-all” approaches often used for ...

    Authors: M. Elizabeth Snow, Katherine Tweedie and Ann Pederson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:181

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Providing equal access to health care is an important objective in most health care systems. It is especially pertinent in systems like the Swedish primary care market, where private providers are free to esta...

    Authors: Anders Anell, Margareta Dackehag and Jens Dietrichson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:179

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Generalists such as general practitioners and district nurses have been the main actors in community palliative care in Norway. Specialised oncology nurses with postgraduate palliative training are increasingl...

    Authors: May-Lill Johansen and Bente Ervik

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:159

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Over the past decades, reorganizations and structural changes in Swedish primary care have affected time utilization among health care professionals. Consequently, increases in administrative tasks have substa...

    Authors: Eva Anskär, Malou Lindberg, Magnus Falk and Agneta Andersson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:166

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Telehealth professionals require advanced communication skills, in part to compensate for lack of visual cues. Teach-Back is a best practice communication technique that has been recommended but not previously...

    Authors: Suzanne Morony, Kristie Weir, Gregory Duncan, Janice Biggs, Don Nutbeam and Kirsten J. Mccaffery

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:162

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Healthcare organizations increasingly are focused on providing care which is patient-centered rather than disease-focused. Yet little is known about how best to transform the culture of care in these organizat...

    Authors: Barbara G. Bokhour, Gemmae M. Fix, Nora M. Mueller, Anna M. Barker, Sherri L. Lavela, Jennifer N. Hill, Jeffrey L. Solomon and Carol VanDeusen Lukas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:168

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Online interventions have the advantages of being widely available, accessible, comfortable, cost effective, and they can provide tailored information and support. Despite these benefits, the effects of specif...

    Authors: Hee Sun Kang, Hyun-Kyung Kim, Seong Man Park and Jung-Hee Kim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:167

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The decision to obtain a computed tomography CT scan in the emergency department (ED) is complex, including a consideration of the risk posed by the test itself weighed against the importance of obtaining the ...

    Authors: M. Fernanda Bellolio, Shawna D. Bellew, Lindsey R. Sangaralingham, Ronna L. Campbell, Daniel Cabrera, Molly M. Jeffery, Nilay D. Shah and Erik P. Hess

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:154

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  11. Content type: Research article

    This is the eighth in a series of papers reporting Sustainability in Health care by Allocating Resources Effectively (SHARE) in a local healthcare setting. The SHARE Program was a systematic, integrated, evide...

    Authors: Claire Harris, Marie Garrubba, Angela Melder, Catherine Voutier, Cara Waller, Richard King and Wayne Ramsey

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:151

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Data are scarce regarding real-world health care resource use (HCRU) for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). An understanding of current clinical practices and HCRU is needed to provide a benchmark for rapidly...

    Authors: Dae Ho Lee, Hiroshi Isobe, Hubert Wirtz, Sabina Bandeira Aleixo, Phillip Parente, Filippo de Marinis, Min Huang, Ashwini Arunachalam, Smita Kothari, Xiting Cao, Nello Donnini, Ann-Marie Woodgate and Javier de Castro

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:147

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Healthcare is increasingly delivered in a team-based format emphasizing interdisciplinary coordination. While recent reviews have investigated team-building interventions primarily in acute healthcare settings...

    Authors: Christopher J. Miller, Bo Kim, Allie Silverman and Mark S. Bauer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:146

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Community pharmacies provide a suitable setting to promote self-screening programs aimed at enhancing the early detection of atrial fibrillation (AF). Developing and implementing novel community pharmacy servi...

    Authors: Daniel Sabater-Hernández, Jacqueline Tudball, Caleb Ferguson, Lucía Franco-Trigo, Lutfun N. Hossain and Shalom I. Benrimoj

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:145

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The failure of high-income countries, such as Ireland, to achieve a self-sufficient medical workforce has global implications, particularly for low-income, source countries. In the past decade, Ireland has dou...

    Authors: Niamh Humphries, Sophie Crowe and Ruairí Brugha

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:144

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  16. Content type: Research article

    As inter-hospital alliances have become increasingly popular in the healthcare sector, it is important to understand the challenges and benefits that the interaction between representatives of different hospit...

    Authors: Julika Loss, Johannes Weigl, Antonio Ernstberger, Michael Nerlich, Michael Koller and Janina Curbach

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:137

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Intra-arterial thrombectomy is the gold standard treatment for large artery occlusive stroke. However, the evidence of its benefits is almost entirely based on trials delivered by experienced neurointervention...

    Authors: Kristoffer Halvorsrud, Darren Flynn, Gary A. Ford, Peter McMeekin, Ajay Bhalla, Joyce Balami, Dawn Craig and Phil White

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:135

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  18. Content type: Research article

    There is no clear evidence as to whether the co-location of primary care professionals in the same facility positively influences their way of working and the quality of healthcare as perceived by patients. Th...

    Authors: M. Bonciani, W. Schäfer, S. Barsanti, S. Heinemann and P. P. Groenewegen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:132

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  19. Content type: Technical advance

    Measuring the working hours of general practitioners (GPs) is an important but complex task due to the effects of bias related to self-reporting, recall, and stress. In this paper we describe the deployment, f...

    Authors: Daniël van Hassel, Lud van der Velden, Dinny de Bakker and Ronald Batenburg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:131

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