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  1. Content type: Research article

    The shortage of benzathine penicillin G (BPG) worldwide presents a major challenge in the treatment of syphilis. Its availability for syphilis treatment has not been adequately evaluated in China.

    Authors: Xinlong Chen, Guigang Li, Yanling Gan, Tongsheng Chu and Dianchang Liu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:188

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    Trust is regarded as the cornerstone of the doctor-patient relationship in the world of medicine; it determines the decisions patients make when choosing doctors and influences patients’ compliance with recomm...

    Authors: Linni Gu, Jianjun Deng, Huiwen Xu, Shengfa Zhang, Min Gao, Zhiyong Qu, Weijun Zhang and Donghua Tian

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:187

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    Worldwide community pharmacies are shifting their role in the healthcare system from simple medication dispensers to health care providers. High levels of satisfaction with pharmacy services were found in prev...

    Authors: Verónica Policarpo, Sónia Romano, João H. C. António, Tânia Sofia Correia and Suzete Costa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:186

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    Access to safe abortion is a globally contested policy and social justice issue – contested because of its religious and moral dimensions regarding the right to life and personhood of a foetus vs. the rights o...

    Authors: Patience Aniteye and Susannah H. Mayhew

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:185

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    Family-centered care (FCC), based on collaborative participation of the family along with a team of health care providers, is found to increase the well-being of sick infants in neonatal critical care units. O...

    Authors: Enisha Sarin and Arti Maria

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:184

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  6. Content type: Study protocol

    More than one million people in Germany live with dementia. Most of these people are cared for at home in the family setting. Supporting and caring for people with dementia is time-consuming, and family carers...

    Authors: Martin Berwig, Susanne Lessing and Ruth Deck

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:183

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The Tailored Implementation in Chronic Disease (TICD) framework is a comprehensive framework describing the determinants of implementation success that has been used extensively in primary care settings. We ex...

    Authors: Lesli E. Skolarus, Gina M. Neshewat, Lacey Evans, Molly Green, Narmeen Rehman, Zach Landis-Lewis, Jillian Welsh Schrader and Anne E. Sales

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:182

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Evidence-based clinical algorithms (EBCA) are knowledge tools to promote evidence use by codifying evidence into action plans to facilitate appropriate care. However, their impact on process and outcomes of ca...

    Authors: Lisa M. Puchalski Ritchie, Finot Debebe and Aklilu Azazh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:181

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  9. Content type: Research article

    This retrospective process evaluation reports on the application of a 1-year implementation program to increase identification and management of patients at high risk of a hereditary cancer syndrome. The proje...

    Authors: Janet C. Long, Teresa Winata, Deborah Debono, Kim-Chi Phan-Thien, Christine Zhu and Natalie Taylor

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:180

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The use of maternal health services can markedly promote the maternal health and safety, but there has been a low utilization rate in the ethnic rural areas of western China. Furthermore, the correlated factor...

    Authors: Yuju Wu, Huan Zhou, Qingzhi Wang, Min Cao, Alexis Medina and Scott Rozelle

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:179

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) guidelines recommend early oral feeding with nutritionally adequate diets after surgery. However, studies have demonstrated variations in practice and poor adherence to t...

    Authors: Megan Rattray, Shelley Roberts, Ben Desbrow, Martin Wullschleger, Tayla Robertson, Ingrid Hickman and Andrea P. Marshall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:178

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  12. Content type: Research article

    To cope with rising demand for healthcare services in Singapore, Regional Health Systems (RHS) comprising of health and social care providers across care settings were set up to integrate service delivery. Tas...

    Authors: Milawaty Nurjono, Pami Shrestha, Ian Yi Han Ang, Farah Shiraz, Joanne Su-Yin Yoong, Sue-Anne Ee Shiow Toh and Hubertus Johannes Maria Vrijhoef

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:177

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Surgical instrument processing is important for improving the safety of surgical care in hospitals. However, it has been rarely studied to date. Errors in surgical instrument processing may increase operative ...

    Authors: Xiaolian Zhu, Lan Yuan, Tianyi Li and Ping Cheng

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:176

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Health management information system (HMIS) is a system whereby health data are recorded, stored, retrieved and processed to improve decision-making. HMIS data quality should be monitored routinely as producti...

    Authors: Misganu Endriyas, Abraham Alano, Emebet Mekonnen, Sinafikish Ayele, Temesgen Kelaye, Mekonnen Shiferaw, Tebeje Misganaw, Teka Samuel, Tesfahun Hailemariam and Samuel Hailu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:175

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Shared Decision Making (SDM) is an approach where clinicians and patients share the best available evidence to make decision and where patients opinions are considered. This approach provides benefits for pati...

    Authors: M. R. Gualano, F. Bert, S. Passi, M. Stillo, V. Brescia, G. Scaioli, R. Thomas, G. Voglino, D. Minniti, F. Boraso and R. Siliquini

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:174

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Evidence from the context of local health ecosystems is highly relevant for research and policymaking to understand geographical variations in outcomes of health care delivery. In mental health systems, the an...

    Authors: Mary Anne Furst, Coralie Gandré, Cristina Romero López-Alberca and Luis Salvador-Carulla

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:173

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Rural residents are less likely to receive screening for colorectal cancer (CRC) than urban residents. However, the mechanisms underlying this disparity, especially among people aged 50–64 years old with priva...

    Authors: Mesnad Alyabsi, Mary Charlton, Jane Meza, K. M. Monirul Islam, Amr Soliman and Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:172

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Shared decision-making in oncology requires information on individual prognosis. This comprises cancer prognosis as well as competing risks of dying due to age and comorbidities. Decision aids usually do not p...

    Authors: Viktoria Mühlbauer, Birte Berger-Höger, Martina Albrecht, Ingrid Mühlhauser and Anke Steckelberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:171

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Measuring patients’ perception from health service quality as an important element in the assessment of service quality has attracted much attention in recent years. Therefore, this study was conducted to find...

    Authors: Mohammad Ali Abbasi-Moghaddam, Ehsan Zarei, Rafat Bagherzadeh, Hossein Dargahi and Pouria Farrokhi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:170

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are common and increase morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs. Their control continues to be an unresolved issue worldwide. HAIs epidemiology shows sex/gender diffe...

    Authors: Jesús López-Alcalde, Elena Stallings, Sheila Cabir Nunes, Abelardo Fernández Chávez, Mathilde Daheron, Xavier Bonfill Cosp and Javier Zamora

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:169

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Demand for Physiotherapy is on the rise due to increasing ageing population and consequent disability and morbidity. However, the costs of healthcare in developing countries are rising, and healthcare resources a...

    Authors: Chidozie Mbada, Abraham Olawuyi, Olufemi O. Oyewole, Adesola C. Odole, Abiola O. Ogundele and Francis Fatoye

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:168

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Growing understanding of the influence of social determinants of health (SDH) on healthcare costs and outcomes for low income populations is leading State Medicaid agencies to consider incorporating SDH into t...

    Authors: Deena J. Chisolm, Daniel L. Brook, Mary S. Applegate and Kelly J. Kelleher

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:167

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Nepal formulated a range of policies related to maternal and neonatal survival, especially after the year 2000. Nevertheless, Nepal’s perinatal mortality remains high, particularly in disadvantaged regions. Po...

    Authors: Mohan Paudel, Sara Javanparast, Gouranga Dasvarma and Lareen Newman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:166

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  24. Content type: Study protocol

    Polypharmacy is prevalent among hospitalized older adults, particularly those being discharged to a post-care care facility (PAC). The aim of this randomized controlled trial is to determine if a patient-cente...

    Authors: Eduard E. Vasilevskis, Avantika S. Shah, Emily K. Hollingsworth, Matthew S. Shotwell, Amanda S. Mixon, Susan P. Bell, Sunil Kripalani, John F. Schnelle and Sandra F. Simmons

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:165

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  25. Content type: Correction

    In the original publication of this article [1], some numbers in the below sentence errors in the Results section of the Abstract:

    Authors: Melissa Spoden, Ulrike Nimptsch and Thomas Mansky

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:163

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    The original article was published in BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:8

  26. Content type: Research article

    Low- and middle-income countries often lack the fiscal, infrastructural and human resources to conduct evidence-based research; similar constraints may also hinder the application of good clinical practice gui...

    Authors: Ockert Coetzee, Leslie Swartz, Charlotte Capri and Colleen Adnams

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:162

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about whether patients’ socioeconomic status influences their access to elective general surgery in Canada. The purpose of this study was to assess the association between socioeconomic status ...

    Authors: Jason M. Sutherland, Zuzanna Kurzawa, Ahmer Karimuddin, Katrina Duncan, Guiping Liu and Trafford Crump

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:161

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  28. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to analyse the patient predictors of health-seeking behaviour for persons coughing for more than 2 weeks to better understand this vulnerable and important population.

    Authors: Carmen Christian, Cobus Burger, Mareli Claassens, Virginia Bond and Ronelle Burger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:160

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Better management of long-term conditions remains a policy priority, with a focus on improving outcomes and reducing use of expensive hospital services. A number of interventions have been tested, but many hav...

    Authors: David G. Lugo-Palacios, Jonathan Hammond, Thomas Allen, Sarah Darley, Ruth McDonald, Thomas Blakeman and Peter Bower

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:159

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The medical discharge letter is an important communication tool between hospitals and other healthcare providers. Despite its high status, it often does not meet the desired requirements in everyday clinical p...

    Authors: Christine Maria Schwarz, Magdalena Hoffmann, Petra Schwarz, Lars-Peter Kamolz, Gernot Brunner and Gerald Sendlhofer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:158

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The concept of complexity is used in palliative care (PC) to describe the nature of patients’ situations and the extent of resulting needs and care demands. However, the term or concept is not clearly defined ...

    Authors: Farina Hodiamont, Saskia Jünger, Reiner Leidl, Bernd Oliver Maier, Eva Schildmann and Claudia Bausewein

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:157

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The increasing adoption of hospital electronic prescribing and medication administration (ePA) systems has driven a wealth of research around the impact on patient safety. Yet relatively little research has so...

    Authors: Monsey McLeod, Georgios Dimitrios Karampatakis, Lore Heyligen, Ann McGinley and Bryony Dean Franklin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:156

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  33. Content type: Research article

    To overcome the limitations of administrative data in adequately adjusting for differences in patients’ risk of readmissions, recent studies have added supplemental data from patient surveys and other sources ...

    Authors: Sarah Zheng, Amresh Hanchate and Michael Shwartz

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:155

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  34. Content type: Research article

    In 2014, a large metropolitan mental health service in Australia developed a senior role (Lead Research Occupational Therapist) to address an identified need for greater research and knowledge translation, and...

    Authors: Danielle Hitch, Kate Lhuede, Lindsay Vernon, Genevieve Pepin and Karen Stagnitti

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:154

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Tanzania remains among the countries with the highest burden of infectious diseases (notably HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis) during pregnancy. In response, the country adopted World Health Organization’s (WHO) ...

    Authors: Emmanuel Nene Odjidja, Ghislaine Gatasi and Predrag Duric

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:153

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Prisons represent a unique opportunity to diagnose blood-borne viruses. Opt-out testing is receiving increasing interest, as a result of mounting evidence to suggest that the manner in which a test offer is de...

    Authors: Seth Francis-Graham, Nnenna Adaniya Ekeke, Corey Andrew Nelson, Tin Yan Lee, Sulaima El Haj, Tim Rhodes, Cecilia Vindrola, Tim Colbourn and William Rosenberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:152

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Comparison of services and identification of factors important for favourable patient outcomes in emergency medical services (EMS) is challenging due to different organization and quality of data. The purpose ...

    Authors: Kristin Tønsager, Marius Rehn, Kjetil G. Ringdal, Hans Morten Lossius, Ilkka Virkkunen, Øyvind Østerås, Jo Røislien and Andreas J. Krüger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:151

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Of the estimated 130,000 children living with HIV in Uganda, 47% are receiving ART. Only 39.3% have suppressed HIV-1 viral load to levels below 50 copies per ml. Caregivers are key drivers of adherence to achi...

    Authors: Esther Nasuuna, Joanita Kigozi, Patience A. Muwanguzi, Joyce Babirye, Laura Kiwala, Alex Muganzi, Nelson Sewankambo and Damalie Nakanjako

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:150

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized under observation status have significant cost-sharing responsibilities under Medicare Part B. Prior work has demonstrated an association between increased cost-sharing and ...

    Authors: Jennifer N. Goldstein, J. Sanford Schwartz, Patricia McGraw and LeRoi S. Hicks

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:149

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  40. Content type: Research article

    While local context costing evidence is relevant for healthcare planning, budgeting and cost-effectiveness analysis, it continues to be scarce in Ethiopia. This study assesses the cost of providing a preventio...

    Authors: Elias Asfaw Zegeye, Josue Mbonigaba, Sylvia Kaye and Benjamin Johns

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:148

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Many countries are facing overlapping epidemics of tuberculosis (TB) and diabetes mellitus (DM). Diabetes increases the overall risk of developing Tuberculosis (TB) and contributes to adverse treatment outcome...

    Authors: Mashal S. Basir, Shifa S. Habib, Syed M.A. Zaidi, Saira Khowaja, Hamidah Hussain, Rashida A. Ferrand and Aamir J. Khan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:147

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Efforts to address health literacy should favour a system-based approach with the dual aim both of fostering the material conditions and creating a work culture inside health care organisations that makes it e...

    Authors: Gilles Henrard, Marc Vanmeerbeek, Laetitia Buret and Jany Rademakers

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:146

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  43. Content type: Research article

    An important goal of the patient-centered medical home is increasing timely access for urgent needs, while maintaining continuity. In academic primary care clinics, meeting this goal, along with training medic...

    Authors: Jane H. Forman, Claire H. Robinson and Sarah L. Krein

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:145

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Floating Catchment Area (FCA) metrics provide a comprehensive measure of potential spatial accessibility to health care services and are often used to identify geographic disparities in health care access. An ...

    Authors: Paul L. Delamater, Ashton M. Shortridge and Rachel C. Kilcoyne

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:144

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Many countries, including China, have identified the primary health care system as a reform priority. The purpose of this study is to compare the perceived service capacity of primary care from the perspective...

    Authors: Wenjuan Tao, Wenqi Zeng, Ling Yan, Huazhen Yang, Jin Wen and Weimin Li

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:143

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Generally, a significant portion of healthcare spending consists of out-of-pocket (OOP) expenses. Patients indicate that, in practice, there are often some OOP expenses, incurred when they receive medical care...

    Authors: A. Victoor, J. Noordman, A. Potappel, M. Meijers, C. J. J. Kloek and J. D. de Jong

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:141

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  47. Content type: Research article

    With some Medicaid state programs still restricting patient access to hepatitis C (HCV) treatment, it is important to demonstrate how states could expand treatment access to a broader Medicaid population and b...

    Authors: Jacquelyn W. Chou, Alison R. Silverstein and Dana P. Goldman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:140

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  48. Content type: Research article

    The study aims were: to estimate the proportion of patients with an indication for admission to a new high acuity Medical Psychiatric Unit (MPU), to explore the reasons for MPU-admission according to different...

    Authors: P. J. Caarls, M. A. van Schijndel, M. Kromkamp, A. I. Wierdsma, R. J. Osse, G. van der Hoeven, W. J. G. Hoogendijk and J. J. van Busschbach

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:139

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