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  1. Content type: Research article

    Men who have sex with men (MSM) are a priority group in Malawi’s national response to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). There are limited data on service provide...

    Authors: Lester Kapanda, Vincent Jumbe, Chimaraoke Izugbara and Adamson S. Muula

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:316

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    Rural women experience health disparities in terms of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk compared to urban women. Cost-effective CVD-prevention programs are needed for this population. The objective of this stu...

    Authors: Hua Wang, Donald Kenkel, Meredith L. Graham, Lynn C. Paul, Sara C. Folta, Miriam E. Nelson, David Strogatz and Rebecca A. Seguin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:315

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    The early initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for people living with HIV (PLWH) benefits both individuals and societies. However, little is known about the intention to initiate ART among PLWH in China ...

    Authors: Qiangsheng He, Xuan Du, Huifang Xu, Lirui Fan, Remina Maimaitijiang, Yanan Wu, Chun Hao, Jinghua Li, Yuantao Hao and Jing Gu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:314

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    Most studies that examine comorbidity and its impact on health service utilization focus on a single index-condition and are published in disease-specific journals, which limit opportunities to identify patter...

    Authors: Lauren E. Griffith, Andrea Gruneir, Kathryn Fisher, Dilzayn Panjwani, Amiram Gafni, Christopher Patterson, Maureen Markle-Reid and Jenny Ploeg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:313

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Despite the increasing frequency of ARV medicines stock-outs in Sub-Saharan Africa, there is little research inquiring into the mitigation strategies devised by frontline health facilities. Many previous studi...

    Authors: Henry Zakumumpa, Flavia Matovu Kiweewa, Felix Khuluza and Freddy Eric Kitutu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:312

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  6. Content type: Research article

    One in three colon cancers are diagnosed as an emergency, which is associated with worse cancer outcomes. Chronic conditions (comorbidities) affect large proportions of adults and they might influence the risk...

    Authors: Cristina Renzi, Georgios Lyratzopoulos, Willie Hamilton, Camille Maringe and Bernard Rachet

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:311

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Europe’s ageing society leads to an increased demand for long-term care, thereby putting a strain on the sustainability of health care systems. The ‘Identifying best practices for care-dependent elderly by Ben...

    Authors: Henriëtte G. van der Roest, Liza van Eenoo, Lisanne I. van Lier, Graziano Onder, Vjenka Garms-Homolová, Johannes H. Smit, Harriet Finne-Soveri, Pálmi V. Jónsson, Stasja Draisma, Anja Declercq, Judith E. Bosmans and Hein P. J. van Hout

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:310

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Clinical guidelines are systematically proven statements that help physicians to make healthcare decisions for specific medical conditions. Non-adherence to clinical guidelines is believed to contribute signif...

    Authors: Hiba Salah Abdelgadir, Maisa Mustafa Elfadul, Nisreen Haider Hamid and Mounkaila Noma

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:309

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Intra-household dynamics play crucial roles in utilisation of healthcare services for children. We investigated the influence of household relationships on healthcare seeking behaviour for common childhood ill...

    Authors: Joshua O. Akinyemi, Pamela Banda, Nicole De Wet, Adenike E. Akosile and Clifford O. Odimegwu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:308

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Hospitals need to understand how to reduce their frontline employees’ turnover rate as well as how to positively engage them and improve their service. Central to these issues, we find, is the employees’ perce...

    Authors: Terje Slåtten, Gudbrand Lien and Peer Jacob Svenkerud

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:307

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Qualitative research studies are becoming increasingly necessary to understand the complex challenges in the healthcare setting. Successfully integrating interdisciplinary teams of investigators can be challen...

    Authors: Charissa Fritzen-Pedicini, Susan C. Bleasdale, Lisa M. Brosseau, Donna Moritz, Monica Sikka, Emily Stiehl and Rachael M. Jones

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:306

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The impact of new medical graduates on the social dimensions of the rural medical workforce is yet to be examined. Social Network Analysis (SNA) is able to visualize and measure these dimensions. We apply this...

    Authors: Denese E. Playford, Tessa Burkitt and David Atkinson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:305

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Patients in Yemen commonly visit community pharmacies to obtain consultation or treatment for common ailments. Community pharmacists have an opportunity to optimize medication use and improve patient outcomes....

    Authors: Seena A. Yousuf, Mohammed Alshakka, Wafa F. S. Badulla, Heyam Saad Ali, P. Ravi Shankar and Mohamed Izham Mohamed Ibrahim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:304

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The global financial crisis and the economic and financial adjustment programme (EFAP) forced the Portuguese government to adopt austerity measures, which also included the health sector. The aim of this study...

    Authors: Gonçalo F. Augusto, Sara S. Dias, Alexandre V. Abrantes and Maria R. O. Martins

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:303

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Extensive research documents that child abuse is widespread and that it has detrimental effects on victims’ physical, psychological and social well-being. Efforts to help abused children by removing stressors ...

    Authors: Ane Ugland Albaek, Per-Einar Binder and Anne Marita Milde

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:302

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  16. Content type: Research article

    In general, medical regimens and treatments are more likely to be effective if patients follow their physicians’ advice. However, limited studies have focused on the relationship between regulatory focus and p...

    Authors: Runtong Zhang, Xinyi Lu, Wen Wu and Xiaopu Shang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:301

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Health literacy is a strong predictor of health status. This study develops and tests a structural equation model to explore the factors that are associated with the health literacy level of rural residents in...

    Authors: Yaofei Xie, Mengdi Ma, Ya’nan Zhang and Xiaodong Tan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:300

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening is underutilized by Medicaid enrollees and the uninsured. Multiple national and state policies were enacted from 2010 to 2014 to increase access to Medicaid and to promote CRC...

    Authors: Meghan C. O’Leary, Kristen Hassmiller Lich, Yifan Gu, Stephanie B. Wheeler, Gloria D. Coronado, Sarah E. Bartelmann, Bonnie K. Lind, Maria E. Mayorga and Melinda M. Davis

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:298

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Smoking in pregnancy causes harm to mother and baby. Despite evidence from trials of what helps women quit, implementation in the real world has been hard to achieve. An evidence-based intervention, babyClear©...

    Authors: Susan Jones, Sharon Hamilton, Ruth Bell, Vera Araújo-Soares, Svetlana V. Glinianaia, Eugene M. G. Milne, Martin White, Martyn Willmore and Janet Shucksmith

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:297

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  20. Content type: Study protocol

    Healthcare associated infection (HCAI) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. In recent years, there have been high profile successes in infection prevention control (IPC), such as the dramatic reduction...

    Authors: John Gammon, Julian Hunt, Sharon Williams, Sharon Daniel, Sue Rees and Sian Matthewson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:296

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  21. Content type: Research article

    A variety of antenatal care models have been implemented in low and middle-income countries over the past decades, as proposed by the World Health Organisation (WHO). One such model is the 2001 Focused Antenat...

    Authors: Martina Mchenga, Ronelle Burger and Dieter von Fintel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:295

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  22. Content type: Research article

    To test the validity of the Finnish version of the Bernhard et al.’s Cross-Cultural Competence instrument of Healthcare Professionals (CCCHP).

    Authors: Laura Hietapakka, Marko Elovainio, Karolina Wesolowska, Anna-Mari Aalto, Anu-Marja Kaihlanen, Timo Sinervo and Tarja Heponiemi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:294

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  23. Content type: Study protocol

    A number of challenges impede our ability to consistently provide high quality care to patients hospitalized with medical conditions. Teams are large, team membership continually evolves, and physicians are of...

    Authors: Kevin J. O’Leary, Julie K. Johnson, Milisa Manojlovich, Jenna D. Goldstein, Jungwha Lee and Mark V. Williams

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:293

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  24. Content type: Research article

    In 2010, Israel intensified its adoption of Procedure-Related Group (PRG) based hospital payments, a local version of DRG (Diagnosis-related group). PRGs were created for certain procedures by clinical fields ...

    Authors: Ruth Waitzberg, Wilm Quentin, Elad Daniels, Vadim Perman, Shuli Brammli-Greenberg, Reinhard Busse and Dan Greenberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:292

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  25. Content type: Research article

    The Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid and increased federal funding for Community Health Centers (CHCs). To examine the role of Medicaid coverage on care patterns for those with available safety net care, ...

    Authors: Veri Seo, Travis P. Baggett, Anne N. Thorndike, Peter Hull, John Hsu, Joseph P. Newhouse and Vicki Fung

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:291

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  26. Content type: Research article

    In 2014, Indonesia launched a mandatory national health insurance system called Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional (JKN). The reform introduced new conditions for primary care physicians (PCPs) that could influence th...

    Authors: Chatila Maharani, Desie Frihandini Afief, Dorothea Weber, Michael Marx and Svetla Loukanova

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:290

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  27. Content type: Research article

    In 2012, Switzerland introduced the diagnosis-related group hospital payment system. Fearing that vulnerable patients may be discharged early, Acute and Transitional Care (ATC) was introduced to address the nu...

    Authors: Bettina M. Zimmermann, Insa Koné, Michael Rost, Agnes Leu, Tenzin Wangmo and Bernice S. Elger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:289

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Neurological disorders may negatively impact community integration and/or quality of life. Peer support has emerged as a potential strategy to enhance patients’ efficacy in managing their own health. This revi...

    Authors: Ben B. Levy, Dorothy Luong, Laure Perrier, Mark T. Bayley and Sarah E. P. Munce

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:288

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Managers and professionals in health and social care are required to implement evidence-based methods. Despite this, they generally lack training in implementation. In clinical settings, implementation is ofte...

    Authors: Rebecca Mosson, Hanna Augustsson, Annika Bäck, Mårten Åhström, Ulrica von Thiele Schwarz, Anne Richter, Malin Gunnarsson and Henna Hasson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:287

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  30. Content type: Study protocol

    Advanced care planning (ACP) is a process that involves thinking about what medical care one would like should individuals be seriously ill and cannot communicate decisions about treatment for themselves. The ...

    Authors: Sarah Jeong, Tomiko Barrett, Se Ok Ohr, Peter Cleasby, Michael David, Sally Chan, Helen Fairlamb, Ryan Davey and Peter Saul

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:286

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Community pharmacy Common Ailments Services can ease the considerable workload pressures on primary and secondary care services. However, evidence is needed to determine whether there are benefits of extending...

    Authors: Gillian Hall, Tania Cork, Simon White, Hayley Berry and Louise Smith

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:285

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  32. Content type: Study protocol

    In the UK, type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) is largely managed in primary care. Delay in the intensification to injectable therapy, a form of clinical inertia, is associated with worse glycaemic control. UK gene...

    Authors: Simon de Lusignan, William Hinton, Emmanouela Konstantara, Neil Munro, Martin Whyte, Julie Mount and Michael Feher

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:284

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Specific Timely Appointments for Triage (STAT) is an intervention designed to reduce waiting time in community outpatient health services, shown to be effective in a large stepped wedge cluster randomised cont...

    Authors: Katherine E. Harding, David A. Snowdon, Annie K. Lewis, Sandra G. Leggat, Bridie Kent, Jennifer J. Watts and Nicholas F. Taylor

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:283

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Pharmaceutical care is the pharmacist’s contribution to the care of individuals to optimize medicines use and improve health outcomes. The primary tool of pharmaceutical care is medication review. Defining and...

    Authors: András Szilvay, Orsolya Somogyi, Attiláné Meskó, Romána Zelkó and Balázs Hankó

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:282

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  35. Content type: Research article

    As compliance to guidelines is generally low among health care providers, little is known about the impact of guidelines on the quality of delivery of care. To improve adherence to guideline recommendations on...

    Authors: Margot C. W. Joosen, Karlijn M. van Beurden, David S. Rebergen, Monique A. J. M. Loo, Berend Terluin, Jaap van Weeghel, Jac J. L. van der Klink and Evelien P. M. Brouwers

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:281

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  36. Content type: Research article

    In Malawi, as in many low-and middle-income countries, health facility committees (HFCs) are involved in the governance of health services. Little is known about the approaches they use and the challenges they...

    Authors: Elsbet Lodenstein, Joyce M. Molenaar, Christine Ingemann, Kondwani Botha, Jenipher Jere Mkandawire, Loan Liem, Jacqueline E. W. Broerse and Marjolein Dieleman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:279

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Currently, there is a lack of knowledge, organisation and structure in modern health care systems to counter the global trend of obesity, which has become a major risk factor for noncommunicable diseases. Obes...

    Authors: Tonje C. Osmundsen, Unni Dahl and Bård Kulseng

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:278

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Cerebral palsy (CP) is a serious neurodevelopmental disorder that occurs in childhood and requires a range of treatments over a person’s lifetime. The aims of this study were to investigate the nature of the r...

    Authors: Seong Woo Kim, Ha Ra Jeon, Taemi Youk and Jiyong Kim

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:277

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Literature highlighted the importance of timely access and ongoing care provided at primary care settings in reducing hospitalisation and health care resource uses. However, the effect of timely access to prim...

    Authors: Ninh Thi Ha, Mark Harris, David Preen, Suzanne Robinson and Rachael Moorin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:276

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Patient experience with primary health care services can vary markedly between different types of health care facilities, even within the same country setting. Given known benefits of high quality primary heal...

    Authors: Nguyen Thi Hoa, Nguyen Minh Tam, Anselme Derese, Jeffrey F. Markuns and Wim Peersman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:275

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  41. Content type: Research article

    In order to elicit the knowledge, experience, and attitudes of individuals involved in disaster response with regard to evidence-based best practices, Evidence Aid and its institutional partners, Georgetown Un...

    Authors: Irene Anne Jillson, Michael Clarke, Claire Allen, Stephen Waller, Tracey Koehlmoos, William Mumford, Jeroen Jansen, Keith McKay and Alexandra Trant

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:274

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Quick scaling-up of innovative and promising interventions in health systems of low and middle-income countries to rapidly achieve population level benefits is a key challenge. While there is consensus on the ...

    Authors: Somesh Kumar, Priti Dave, Ashish Srivastava, Jelle Stekelenburg, Dinesh Baswal, Deepti Singh, Bulbul Sood and Vikas Yadav

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:273

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  43. Content type: Research article

    The appropriateness of psychotropic prescriptions in the elderly is a major quality-of-care challenge at hospital. Quality indicators have been developed to prevent inappropriate psychotropic prescriptions. We...

    Authors: Aurélie Petit-Monéger, Vianney Jouhet, Frantz Thiessard, Driss Berdaï, Pernelle Noize, Véronique Gilleron, Guillaume Caridade, Louis-Rachid Salmi and Florence Saillour-Glénisson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:272

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  44. Content type: Technical advance

    Patients with Parkinson’s disease (PWP) have complex healthcare needs, and compared to the general population, are more likely to have an unplanned emergency department (ED) attendance to hospital, along with ...

    Authors: Peter Hobson, Sally Roberts and Glesni Davies

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:271

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  45. Content type: Research article

    The child health record booklet (CHRB) is a powerful tool for screening children under five and for education of caregivers by health workers. The objective of the present study was to assess the knowledge and...

    Authors: Issahaku Sulley, Abdul-Razak Abizari, Zakari Ali, Wisdom Peprah, Hamshawu Gombilla Yakubu, Wilfred W. Forfoe and Mahama Saaka

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:267

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  46. Content type: Research article

    In developing countries like Uganda, there are shortages of health workers especially medical specialists. The referral process is frustrating to both patients and health workers (HWs). This is due to delays i...

    Authors: Vincent Micheal Kiberu, Richard E. Scott and Maurice Mars

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:266

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Effective referral systems from the community to the health care facility are essential to save lives and ensure quality and a continuum of care. The effectiveness of referral systems in Mozambique depends on ...

    Authors: Celso Give, Sozinho Ndima, Rosalind Steege, Hermen Ormel, Rosalind McCollum, Sally Theobald, Miriam Taegtmeyer, Maryse Kok and Mohsin Sidat

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:263

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  48. Content type: Research article

    There is mounting evidence supporting the effectiveness of task-shifted mental health interventions in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). However, there has been limited systematic scale-up or sustainabi...

    Authors: E. E. Haroz, P. Bolton, A. J. Nguyen, C. Lee, S. Bogdanov, J. Bass, N. S. Singh, S. B. Doty and L. Murray

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:262

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