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  1. Content type: Research article

    Combined lifestyle interventions (CLIs) are designed to help people who are overweight or obese maintain a healthy new lifestyle. The CooL intervention is a CLI in the Netherlands, in which lifestyle coaches c...

    Authors: Celeste van Rinsum, Sanne Gerards, Geert Rutten, Madelon Johannesma, Ien van de Goor and Stef Kremers

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:667

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  2. Content type: Debate

    Updating, improving and spreading the evidence base for healthcare practices has proven to be a challenge of considerable magnitude – a wicked, multi-dimensional problem. There are many interlinked factors whi...

    Authors: Hanna Augustsson, Kate Churruca and Jeffrey Braithwaite

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:666

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  3. Content type: Research article

    A high proportion of African women utilize family planning (FP) services. Accordingly, incorporating HIV testing into FP services may strategically target the first WHO 90–90-90 goal of 90% of people living wi...

    Authors: McKenna C. Eastment, George Wanje, Barbra A. Richardson, Faiza Nassir, Emily Mwaringa, Ruanne V. Barnabas, Kenneth Sherr, Kishorchandra Mandaliya, Walter Jaoko and R. Scott McClelland

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:665

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Health workers (HWs) providing routine immunization (RI) services play a crucial role in influencing vaccine uptake, a key determinant of improved immunization coverage. Over the years, Training Needs Assessme...

    Authors: Linda Arogundade, Titilola Akinwumi, Shola Molemodile, Ebubechi Nwaononiwu, Joshua Ezika, Inuwa Yau and Chizoba Wonodi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:664

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Although opioid agonist therapy is effective in treating opioid use disorders (OUD), retention in opioid agonist therapy is suboptimal, in part, due to quality of care issues. Therefore, we sought to describe ...

    Authors: Laura Beamish, Zach Sagorin, Cole Stanley, Krista English, Rana Garelnabi, Danielle Cousineau, Rolando Barrios and Jan Klimas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:663

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Pre-gestational and gestational diabetes mellitus are common complications in pregnancy affecting one in six pregnancies. The maternity services are under significant strain managing the increasing number of c...

    Authors: Abdelrahim Alqudah, Paul McMullan, Anna Todd, Conor O’Doherty, Anne McVey, Mae McConnell, John O’Donoghue, Joe Gallagher, Chris J. Watson and Lana McClements

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:662

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Various attempts to examine health financing mechanisms in Nigeria highlight the fact that there is no single mechanism that fits all contexts and people. This paper sets out findings of an in-depth assessment...

    Authors: Obinna Onwujekwe, Nkoli Ezumah, Chinyere Mbachu, Felix Obi, Hyacinth Ichoku, Benjamin Uzochukwu and Hong Wang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:661

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Healthcare worker absenteeism is common in resource limited settings and contributes to poor quality of care in maternal and child health service delivery. There is a dearth of qualitative information on the s...

    Authors: Katherine Tumlinson, Margaret W. Gichane, Siân L. Curtis and Katherine LeMasters

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:660

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  9. Content type: Study protocol

    The first Multi-center Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study (MARQUIS1) demonstrated that implementation of a medication reconciliation best practices toolkit decreased total unintentional medica...

    Authors: Amanda S. Mixon, G. Randy Smith Jr, Meghan Mallouk, Harry Reyes Nieva, Sunil Kripalani, Stephanie Rennke, Eugene Chu, Anirudh Sridharan, Anuj Dalal, Stephanie Mueller, Mark Williams, Tosha Wetterneck, Jason M. Stein, Deonni Stolldorf, Eric Howell, John Orav…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:659

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  10. Content type: Research article

    In 2009, the prevention service “Familieambulatoriet” (FA) was established in three pilot hospital areas offering psychosocial support and health monitoring to parents in high risk regarding mental health and ...

    Authors: Tormod Rimehaug, Karianne Framstad Holden, Stian Lydersen and Marit Sæbø Indredavik

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:658

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  11. Content type: Research article

    A key challenge for most systems is how to provide effective access to urgent and emergency care across rural and urban populations. Tensions about the placement and scope of hospital emergency services are lo...

    Authors: Steve Thomas, Conor Foley, Bridget Kane, Bridget M. Johnston, Brenda Lynch, Susan Smith, Orla Healy, Elsa Droog and John Browne

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:657

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  12. Content type: Research article

    In Thailand, two community-based drug treatment approaches are common. The first one is the traditional community-based treatment program (FAST) which brings the principles of community therapy as a guideline ...

    Authors: Niramon Kaewkham, Thawatchai Leelahanaj, Jatsada Yingwiwattanapong and Wanida Rattanasumawong

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:656

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Uganda, a low resource country, implemented the skilled attendance at birth strategy, to meet a key target of the 5th Millenium Development Goal (MDG), 75% reduction in maternal mortality ratio. Maternal morta...

    Authors: Susan Munabi-Babigumira, Harriet Nabudere, Delius Asiimwe, Atle Fretheim and Kristin Sandberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:655

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Integration of medical insurance schemes has been prioritized as one of the key strategies to address inequity in China’s health system. The first pilot attempt to integrate started in 2003 and later expanded ...

    Authors: Miaomiao Zhao, Baohua Liu, Linghan Shan, Cui Li, Qunhong Wu, Yanhua Hao, Zhuo Chen, Lan Lan, Zheng Kang, Libo Liang, Ning Ning and Mingli Jiao

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:654

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Hokkaido’s demographic trend of population decrease with aging population is remarkable even in Japan. Although healthcare policy decision-makers need to appropriately allocate resources while grasping regiona...

    Authors: Tomoki Ishikawa, Yuji Nakao, Kensuke Fujiwara, Teppei Suzuki, Shintaro Tsuji and Katsuhiko Ogasawara

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:653

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Lean is commonly adopted in healthcare to increase quality of care and efficiency. Few studies of Lean involve staff-related outcomes, and few have a longitudinal design. Thus, the aim was to examine the exten...

    Authors: Monica Kaltenbrunner, Lars Bengtsson, Svend Erik Mathiassen, Hans Högberg and Maria Engström

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:652

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Obstetric guidelines are useful to improve the quality of care. Availability of international guidelines has rapidly increased, however the contextualization to enhance feasibility of implementation in health ...

    Authors: Kim J. C. Verschueren, Lachmi R. Kodan, Tom K. Brinkman, Raez R. Paidin, Sheran S. Henar, Humphrey H. H. Kanhai, Joyce L. Browne, Marcus J. Rijken and Kitty W. M. Bloemenkamp

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:651

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Conducting post-fall huddles is considered an integral component of a fall-risk-reduction program. However, there is no evidence linking post-fall huddles to patient outcomes or perceptions of teamwork and saf...

    Authors: Katherine J. Jones, John Crowe, Joseph A. Allen, Anne M. Skinner, Robin High, Victoria Kennel and Roni Reiter-Palmon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:650

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  19. Content type: Study protocol

    Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a highly prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder associated with prenatal alcohol exposure. Early identification can improve functioning for individuals and reduce costs...

    Authors: Dianne C. Shanley, Erinn Hawkins, Marjad Page, Doug Shelton, Wei Liu, Heidi Webster, Karen M. Moritz, Linda Barry, Jenny Ziviani, Shirley Morrissey, Frances O’Callaghan, Andrew Wood, Mary Katsikitis and Natasha Reid

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:649

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Commissioning innovative health technologies is typically complex and multi-faceted. Drawing on the negotiated order perspective, we explore the process by which commissioning organisations make their decision...

    Authors: Gregory Maniatopoulos, Shona Haining, John Allen and Scott Wilkes

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:648

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Emergency department (ED) presentations made by patients having cancer treatment are associated with worse outcomes. This study aimed to explore the socio-demographic and disease related characteristics associ...

    Authors: Polly H. Dufton, Allison Drosdowsky, Marie F. Gerdtz and Mei Krishnasamy

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:647

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Health care systems are continually being reformed, however care improvement and intervention effectiveness are often assumed, not measured. This paper aimed to review findings from published studies about the...

    Authors: Kam Chun Ho, Fiona Stapleton, Louise Wiles, Peter Hibbert, Sally Alkhawajah, Andrew White and Isabelle Jalbert

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:646

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Maternal and perinatal mortality is a major public health concern across the globe and more so in low and middle-income countries. In Kenya, more than 6000 maternal deaths, and 35,000 stillbirths occur each ye...

    Authors: Evaline Lang’at, Lillian Mwanri and Marleen Temmerman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:645

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Medication transcription errors (MTEs) are frequent in hospitalized patient settings. Definitions and scenarios that represent potential MTEs in the Palestinian nursing practice were not previously approached ...

    Authors: Ramzi Shawahna, Abbas Abbas and Ameed Ghanem

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:644

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Value-based healthcare (VBHC) is a concept that focuses on outcome measurement to contribute to quality improvement. However, VBHC does not offer a systematic approach for implementing improvement as implement...

    Authors: Nina Zipfel, Paul B. van der Nat, Benno J. W. M. Rensing, Edgar J. Daeter, Gert P. Westert and A. Stef Groenewoud

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:643

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Malnutrition is a comprehensive challenge for the nursing home, home care- and home nursing sector. Nutritional care and the subsequent documentation are a common and multifaceted healthcare practice that requ...

    Authors: S. J. Håkonsen, P. U. Pedersen, A. Bygholm, C. N. Thisted and M. Bjerrum

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:642

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The use of mobile health apps is now common in diabetes self-management and acceptability of such tools could help predict further use. There is limited research on the acceptability of such apps: use over tim...

    Authors: Astrid Torbjørnsen, Lis Ribu, Marit Rønnevig, Astrid Grøttland and Sølvi Helseth

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:641

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Medication errors are a serious and complex problem in clinical practice, especially in intensive care units whose patients can suffer potentially very serious consequences because of the critical nature of th...

    Authors: Juan Escrivá Gracia, Ricardo Brage Serrano and Julio Fernández Garrido

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:640

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care released a set of national standards which became a mandatory part of accreditation in 2013. Standard 9 focuses on the identification and treatmen...

    Authors: Matthew H. Anstey, Alice Bhasale, Nicola J. Dunbar and Heather Buchan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:639

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The Choosing Wisely campaign has spread to many countries. Methods for developing recommendations are inconsistent. We describe our process of developing such recommendations from a comprehensive national set ...

    Authors: Raija Sipilä, Marjukka Mäkelä and Jorma Komulainen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:638

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  31. Content type: Research article

    We examine the implications of reducing the average length of stay (ALOS) for a delivery on the required capacity in terms of service volume and maternity beds in Belgium, using administrative data covering al...

    Authors: Mélanie Lefèvre, Koen Van den Heede, Cécile Camberlin, Nicolas Bouckaert, Claire Beguin, Carl Devos and Carine Van de Voorde

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:637

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs) account for a mean of 38% of catheter associated bloodstream infections (CABSI) with Staphylococcus aureus, which are preventable if deficiencies in best practice are addr...

    Authors: Lise Husby Høvik, Kari Hanne Gjeilo, Stian Lydersen, Claire M. Rickard, Benedikte Røtvold, Jan Kristian Damås, Erik Solligård and Lise Tuset Gustad

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:636

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Dementia is a cause of disability and dependency associated with high demands for health services and expected to have a significant impact on resources. Care policies worldwide increasingly rely on family car...

    Authors: Kristin Häikiö, Mette Sagbakken and Jorun Rugkåsa

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:635

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The involvement of doctors in managerial roles seems to be the solution to reducing the friction between traditional professionalism and modern organizational paradigms. However, these “hybrid” professionals r...

    Authors: Marco Sartirana

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:634

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Faced with growing budget pressure, policymakers worldwide recognize the necessity of strategic disinvestment from ineffective, inefficient or harmful medical practices. However, disinvestment programs face su...

    Authors: Floortje Moes, Eddy Houwaart, Diana Delnoij and Klasien Horstman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:633

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Overdose deaths can be prevented by distributing take home naloxone (THN) kits. The emergency department (ED) is an opportune setting for overdose prevention, as people who use opioids frequently present for e...

    Authors: Daniel C. O’Brien, Daniel Dabbs, Kathryn Dong, Paul J. Veugelers and Elaine Hyshka

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:632

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  37. Content type: Study protocol

    Outpatient care is steadily changing from hospital consultations to other platforms, such as phone consultation and online virtual clinics. It is prudent to maintain quality of care with such initiatives. Curr...

    Authors: Birgith Engelst Grove, Per Ivarsen, Annette de Thurah, Liv Marit Schougaard, Derek Kyte and Niels Henrik Hjøllund

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:631

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  38. Content type: Research article

    This work aims to apply data-detection algorithms to predict the possible deductions of reimbursement from Taiwan’s Bureau of National Health Insurance (BNHI), and to design an online dashboard to send alerts ...

    Authors: Tsair-Wei Chien, Yi-Lien Lee and Hsien-Yi Wang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:630

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Due to stagnating resources and an increase in staff workload, the quality of Finnish primary health care (PHC) is claimed to have deteriorated slowly. With a decentralised PHC organisation and lack of nationa...

    Authors: Markku Satokangas, Sonja Lumme, Martti Arffman and Ilmo Keskimäki

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:629

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Loss to follow-up (LTFU) from care among people living with HIV (PLHIV) is thought to be more common in the public setting compared to the private health care. It is anticipated that the problem may become wor...

    Authors: Denis Opio, Fred C. Semitala, Alex Kakeeto, Emmanuel Sendaula, Paul Okimat, Brenda Nakafeero, Joaniter I. Nankabirwa, Charles Karamagi and Joan N. Kalyango

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:628

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  41. Content type: Research article

    In countries where hepatitis B virus (HBV) is endemic, including Senegal, the World Health Organization recommends systematic HBV screening of pregnant women and vaccination at birth to prevent mother-to-child...

    Authors: Tchadine Djaogol, Marion Coste, Fabienne Marcellin, Antoine Jaquet, Fanny Chabrol, Tamara Giles-Vernick, Aldiouma Diallo, Maria Patrizia Carrieri and Sylvie Boyer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:627

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Regional variation in medical care costs can indicate heterogeneity in clinical practice, inequities in access, or inefficiencies in service delivery. We aimed to estimate regional variation in medical costs f...

    Authors: Benjamin Enns, Jeong Eun Min, Dimitra Panagiotoglou, Julio S. G. Montaner and Bohdan Nosyk

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:626

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Job stress is a strong indicator of presenteeism, but few studies have examined its diverse effects and mediators on presenteeism. This study explored the relationships between job stress, public service motiv...

    Authors: Jianwei Deng, Yaxin Li, Yangyang Sun, Run Lei and Tianan Yang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:625

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  44. Content type: Research article

    A physician shortage is a worldwide problem and foreign-born physicians fill in the shortage of physicians in many developed countries. One problem that is associated with the physician shortage is increased p...

    Authors: Tarja Heponiemi, Laura Hietapakka, Anu Kaihlanen and Anna-Mari Aalto

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:624

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Hospital accreditation is expected to improve health care quality and patient satisfaction. However, little and conflicting evidence is currently available to support its effect on patient outcomes, particular...

    Authors: Ellie Bostwick Andres, Wen Song, Wei Song and Janice Mary Johnston

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:623

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Equity in medical resource utilization is a crucial concern in countries with national health insurance systems. From the perspective of an active aging framework, public health insurance is one of the pillars...

    Authors: Chiao-Lee Chu, Yu-Hua Chu, Chih-Yuan Lin, Yen-Ping Hsieh, Ching-Sung Ho, Yung-Yu Su and Chia-Nien Liu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:621

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  47. Content type: Research article

    General practitioners (GPs) are among the most important resources of healthcare system and public health is considerably influenced by the function of this group. Income inequality among GPs considerably affe...

    Authors: Mohsen Bayati, Arash Rashidian, Yaser Sarikhani and Saeed Lohivash

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:620

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Client satisfaction is the best indicator of quality service provision and has been found to correlate with continuity of care perceived by the client. The measurement of client satisfaction helps in understan...

    Authors: Aregawi Gebreyesus

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:618

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  49. Content type: Research article

    In Germany, antenatal influenza vaccination is recommended since 2010, but uptake remains low. Several countries recently introduced antenatal pertussis vaccination, which is currently under consideration in G...

    Authors: Stefanie Böhm, Marianne Röbl-Mathieu, Burkhard Scheele, Michael Wojcinski, Ole Wichmann and Wiebke Hellenbrand

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:616

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  50. Content type: Research article

    Despite clinical practice guideline recommendations that cardiovascular disease patients participate, cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs are highly unavailable and underutilized. This is particularly true in...

    Authors: Thaianne Cavalcante Sérvio, Raquel Rodrigues Britto, Gabriela Lima de Melo Ghisi, Lilian Pinto da Silva, Luciana Duarte Novais Silva, Márcia Maria Oliveira Lima, Danielle Aparecida Gomes Pereira and Sherry L. Grace

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:615

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