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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

    Unintended pregnancies lead to unsafe abortions, which are a leading cause of preventable maternal mortality among young women in Uganda. There is a discrepancy between the desire to prevent pregnancy and actu...

    Authors: Gorrette Nalwadda, Florence Mirembe, Nazarius M Tumwesigye, Josaphat Byamugisha and Elisabeth Faxelid

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:220

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  2. Content type: Research article

    To evaluate the value of a pre-ordering process for the pro-active scheduling and completion of appropriate preventive and chronic disease monitoring tests prior to a periodic health examination (PHE).

    Authors: Vicki L Hunt, Rajeev Chaudhry, Robert J Stroebel and Frederick North

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:216

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Current measures of antenatal care use are limited to initiation of care and number of visits. This study aimed to describe the development and application of a tool to assess the adequacy of the content and t...

    Authors: Katrien Beeckman, Fred Louckx, Godelieve Masuy-Stroobant, Soo Downe and Koen Putman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:213

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The Baby Friendly Hospital (Health) Initiative (BFHI) is a global initiative aimed at protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding and is based on the ten steps to successful breastfeeding. Worldwide, ov...

    Authors: Virginia Schmied, Karleen Gribble, Athena Sheehan, Christine Taylor and Fiona C Dykes

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:208

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Health and social services provided at home are becoming increasingly important. Hence, there is a need for information on home care in Europe. The objective of this literature review was to respond to this ne...

    Authors: Nadine Genet, Wienke GW Boerma, Dionne S Kringos, Ans Bouman, Anneke L Francke, Cecilia Fagerström, Maria Gabriella Melchiorre, Cosetta Greco and Walter Devillé

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:207

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  6. Content type: Research article

    With the use of medicines being a broad and extensive part of health management, mechanisms to ensure quality use of medicines are essential. Drug usage evaluation (DUE) is an evidence-based quality improvemen...

    Authors: Lisa K Pulver, Angela Wai, David J Maxwell, Marion B Robertson and Steven Riddell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:206

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Recruiting, retaining and meeting increasing demand for experienced, qualified nurses is an issue of concern for all health care systems. The UK has been creating clinical career structures for nurses that inc...

    Authors: Vari M Drennan and Claire Goodman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:200

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Medication errors have been reported to be a leading cause of death in hospitalized patients. In this study we focused on identifying and quantifying errors in the handwritten drug ordering and dispensing docu...

    Authors: Maximilian J Hartel, Lukas P Staub, Christoph Röder and Stefan Eggli

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:199

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  9. Content type: Research article

    All sectors in health care are being asked to focus on the knowledge-to-practice gap, or knowledge translation, to increase service effectiveness. A social interaction approach to knowledge translation assumes...

    Authors: Anita R Kothari, Julia J Bickford, Nancy Edwards, Maureen J Dobbins and Mechthild Meyer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:198

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  10. Content type: Research article

    In recent years there has been increasing interest in transferring new knowledge into health care practices, a process often referred to as implementation. The various subcultures that exist among health care ...

    Authors: Siw Carlfjord, Agneta Andersson and Malou Lindberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:195

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Co-morbidity information derived from administrative data needs to be validated to allow its regular use. We assessed evolution in the accuracy of coding for Charlson and Elixhauser co-morbidities at three tim...

    Authors: Jean-Marie Januel, Jean-Christophe Luthi, Hude Quan, François Borst, Patrick Taffé, William A Ghali and Bernard Burnand

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:194

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Overweight and obesity are associated with many conditions treated in primary care. Our objectives were: 1) to determine the frequency of weight-related conditions in a national sample of outpatient visits in ...

    Authors: Adam G Tsai, Elmer D Abbo and Lorraine G Ogden

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:191

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The role of patient race in medical decision-making is heavily debated. While some evidence suggests that patient race can be used by physicians to predict disease risk and determine drug therapy, other studie...

    Authors: Shedra Amy Snipes, Sherrill L Sellers, Adebola Odunlami Tafawa, Lisa A Cooper, Julie C Fields and Vence L Bonham

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:183

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The co-occurance of multiple medical conditions has a negative impact on health related quality of life (HRQoL) for patients with type 2 diabetes. These patients demand for intensified care programs. Participa...

    Authors: Dominik Ose, Antje Miksch, Elisabeth Urban, Iris Natanzon, Joachim Szecsenyi, Cornelia Ursula Kunz and Tobias Freund

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:179

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Research regarding the decision to adopt and implement technological innovations in radiation oncology is lacking. This is particularly problematic since these technologies are often complex and rapidly evolvi...

    Authors: Kate Bak, Mark J Dobrow, David Hodgson and Anthony Whitton

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:178

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Integrated care is considered as a strategy to improve the delivery, efficiency, client outcomes and satisfaction rates of health care. To integrate the care from multiple providers into a coherent client-focu...

    Authors: Mirella MN Minkman, Robbert P Vermeulen, Kees TB Ahaus and Robbert Huijsman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:177

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The healthcare management literature states that physicians often coordinate their activities within and between organizations through social networks. Previous studies have also documented the relationship be...

    Authors: Daniele Mascia, Americo Cicchetti, Maria Pia Fantini, Gianfranco Damiani and Walter Ricciardi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:172

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The behaviour of individuals is affected by the social networks in which they are embedded. Networks are also important for the diffusion of information and the influence of employees in organisations. Yet, at...

    Authors: Adriana PA van Beek, Cordula Wagner, Peter PM Spreeuwenberg, Dinnus HM Frijters, Miel W Ribbe and Peter P Groenewegen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:140

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Telecare could greatly facilitate chronic disease management in the community, but despite government promotion and positive demonstrations its implementation has been limited. This study aimed to identify fac...

    Authors: Carl R May, Tracy L Finch, James Cornford, Catherine Exley, Claire Gately, Sue Kirk, K Neil Jenkings, Janice Osbourne, A Louise Robinson, Anne Rogers, Robert Wilson and Frances S Mair

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:131

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  20. Content type: Research article

    A growing number of countries are introducing some form of nurse prescribing. However, international reviews concerning nurse prescribing are scarce and lack a systematic and theoretical approach. The aim of t...

    Authors: Marieke Kroezen, Liset van Dijk, Peter P Groenewegen and Anneke L Francke

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:127

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Nursing home residents are prone to acute illness due to their high age, underlying illnesses and immobility. We examined the incidence of acute hospital admissions among nursing home residents versus the age-...

    Authors: Birgitte Graverholt, Trond Riise, Gro Jamtvedt, Anette H Ranhoff, Kjell Krüger and Monica W Nortvedt

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:126

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Health systems are expected to serve the population needs in an effective, efficient and equitable manner. Therefore, the importance of strengthening of public, private and community health systems has been em...

    Authors: Iram Ejaz, Babar T Shaikh and Narjis Rizvi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:122

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Patient self-management is a key approach to manage non-communicable diseases. A pharmacist-led approach in patient self-management means collaborative care between pharmacists and patients. However, the devel...

    Authors: Fiona YY Wong, Frank WK Chan, Joyce HS You, Eliza LY Wong and EK Yeoh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:121

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Children with tracheotomy receive health care from an array of providers within various hospital and community health system sectors. Previous studies have highlighted substandard health information exchange b...

    Authors: Jay G Berry, Donald A Goldmann, Kenneth D Mandl, Heather Putney, David Helm, Jane O'Brien, Richard Antonelli and Robin M Weinick

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:117

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Care for patients with chronic diseases is challenging and requires multifaceted interventions to appropriately coordinate the entire treatment process. The effect of such interventions on clinical outcomes ha...

    Authors: Andrea S Fokkens, P Auke Wiegersma, Klaas van der Meer and Sijmen A Reijneveld

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:113

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  26. Content type: Research article

    In the United States, colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer and second leading cause of cancer death. Screening is a primary method to prevent CRC, yet screening remains low in ...

    Authors: William J Curry, Eugene J Lengerich, Brenda C Kluhsman, Marie A Graybill, Jason Z Liao, Eric W Schaefer, Angela M Spleen and Mark B Dignan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:112

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  27. Content type: Research article

    There is an increasing recognition that modelling and simulation can assist in the process of designing health care policies, strategies and operations. However, the current use is limited and answers to quest...

    Authors: Gyuchan T Jun, Zoe Morris, Tillal Eldabi, Paul Harper, Aisha Naseer, Brijesh Patel and John P Clarkson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:108

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The establishment of crisis resolution teams (CRTs) is part of the national mental health policy in several Western countries. The purpose of the present study is to describe characteristics of CRTs and their ...

    Authors: Nina Hasselberg, Rolf W Gråwe, Sonia Johnson and Torleif Ruud

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:96

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  29. Content type: Research article

    This WHO study aimed to support Turkey in its efforts to strengthen the primary care (PC) system by implementing the WHO Primary Care Evaluation Tool (PCET). This article provides an overview of the organizati...

    Authors: Dionne S Kringos, Wienke GW Boerma, Ernst Spaan and Martina Pellny

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:90

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Strategies to accurately identify the occurrence of specific health care events in administrative data is central to many quality improvement and research efforts. Many health care quality measures have treatm...

    Authors: Alex HS Harris, Rachelle N Reeder, Laura S Ellerbe and Thomas R Bowe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:73

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  31. Content type: Research article

    With the move to community care and increased involvement of generalist health care providers in mental health, the need for health service partnerships has been emphasised in mental health policy. Within exis...

    Authors: Jeffrey D Fuller, David Perkins, Sharon Parker, Louise Holdsworth, Brian Kelly, Russell Roberts, Lee Martinez and Lyn Fragar

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:72

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The effects of tobacco, physical exercise, diet, and alcohol consumption on morbidity and mortality underline the importance of health promotion and prevention (HPP) at the primary health care (PHC) level. Lik...

    Authors: Carlos Calderón, Laura Balagué, Josep M Cortada and Álvaro Sánchez

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:62

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The relationship between extended work hours and health is well documented among hospital doctors, but the effect of national differences in work hours on health is unexplored. The study examines the relations...

    Authors: Judith Rosta and Olaf G Aasland

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:40

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Administrative data is often used to identify patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), yet the validity of this approach is unclear. We sought to develop a predictive model utilizing adminis...

    Authors: Colin R Cooke, Min J Joo, Stephen M Anderson, Todd A Lee, Edmunds M Udris, Eric Johnson and David H Au

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:37

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  35. Content type: Research article

    The current, place-oriented nurse call systems are very static. A patient can only make calls with a button which is fixed to a wall of a room. Moreover, the system does not take into account various factors s...

    Authors: Femke Ongenae, Dries Myny, Tom Dhaene, Tom Defloor, Dirk Van Goubergen, Piet Verhoeve, Johan Decruyenaere and Filip De Turck

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:26

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Patients on oral anticoagulant therapy (OAT) require regular testing of the prothrombin time (PT) and the international normalised ratio (INR) to monitor their blood coagulation level to avoid complications of...

    Authors: Syed Ghulam Sarwar Shah and Ian Robinson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:25

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  37. Content type: Study protocol

    Disease management programmes (DMPs) have been developed to improve effectiveness and economic efficiency within chronic care delivery by combining patient-related, professional-directed, and organisational in...

    Authors: Karin MM Lemmens, Maureen PMH Rutten-Van Mölken, Jane M Cramm, Robbert Huijsman, Roland A Bal and Anna P Nieboer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:6

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Electronic medical records contain valuable clinical information not readily available elsewhere. Accordingly, they hold important potential for contributing to and enhancing chronic disease registries with th...

    Authors: Stewart B Harris, Richard H Glazier, Jordan W Tompkins, Andrew S Wilton, Vijaya Chevendra, Moira A Stewart and Amardeep Thind

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:347

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Checklists have been used extensively as a cognitive aid in aviation; now, they are being introduced in many areas of medicine. Although few would dispute the positive effects of checklists, little is known ab...

    Authors: Øyvind Thomassen, Guttorm Brattebø, Jon-Kenneth Heltne, Eirik Søfteland and Ansgar Espeland

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:342

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Gaps are typically regarded as a problem to be solved. People are stimulated to close or plug them. Researchers are moved to fill deficits in the literature in order to realise a more complete knowledge base, ...

    Authors: Jeffrey Braithwaite

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:330

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  41. Content type: Correspondence

    The length of wait lists to access specialist clinics in the public system is problematic for Queensland Health, general practitioners and patients. To address this issue at The Townsville Hospital, the GP Lia...

    Authors: Lesley A Stainkey, Isaac A Seidl, Andrew J Johnson, Gladys E Tulloch and Tilley Pain

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:303

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Limited access to weight management care can have a negative impact on the health and well-being of obese children and youth. Our objectives were to describe the characteristics of clients referred to a pediat...

    Authors: Kathryn A Ambler, Douglas WJ Hagedorn and Geoff DC Ball

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2010 10:302

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