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  1. Content type: Research article

    Non-prescription medicines are increasingly used in Germany, aided by prescription-to-non-prescription reclassification (or switch). This study aimed to examine the barriers and enablers to reclassification of...

    Authors: Natalie J. Gauld

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:404

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    Virtual communities of practice (vCoPs) facilitate online learning via the exchange of experiences and knowledge between interested participants. Compared to other communities, vCoPs need to overcome technolog...

    Authors: Carlos Jesús Bermejo-Caja, Débora Koatz, Carola Orrego, Lilisbeth Perestelo-Pérez, Ana Isabel González-González, Marta Ballester, Valeria Pacheco-Huergo, Yolanda del Rey-Granado, Marcos Muñoz-Balsa, Ana Belén Ramírez-Puerta, Yolanda Canellas-Criado, Francisco Javier Pérez-Rivas, Ana Toledo-Chávarri and Mercedes Martínez-Marcos

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:403

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    The majority of perinatal deaths occurring in low- and middle- income countries are preventable. South Africa is a middle-income country with consistently high perinatal mortality rates and most factors contri...

    Authors: Ntombifikile Maureen Nkwanyana, Anna Silvia Voce, Sthandwa Octavia Mnqayi, Benn Sartorius and Helen Schneider

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:402

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    Population segmentation of patients into parsimonious and relatively homogenous subgroups or segments based on healthcare requirements can aid healthcare resource planning and the development of targeted inter...

    Authors: Lian Leng Low, Yu Heng Kwan, Cheryl Ann Ma, Shi Yan, Elian Hui San Chia and Julian Thumboo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:401

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The existence, usage and benefits of digital technologies in nursing care are relevant topics in the light of the current discussion on technologies as possible solutions to problems such as the shortage of sk...

    Authors: Tobias Krick, Kai Huter, Dominik Domhoff, Annika Schmidt, Heinz Rothgang and Karin Wolf-Ostermann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:400

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  6. Content type: Research article

    While several studies have tracked the care paths of patients in the early phases of stroke recovery, studies examining the transition from inpatient to outpatient rehabilitation are lacking. Examining this tr...

    Authors: Shannon Janzen, Magdalena Mirkowski, Amanda McIntyre, Swati Mehta, Jerome Iruthayarajah and Robert Teasell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:399

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  7. Content type: Research article

    A training opportunity in which ongoing education is encouraged is one of the determinants in recruiting and retaining nurses in home-visit nursing care agencies. We investigated the association between ensuri...

    Authors: Noriko Morioka, Suguru Okubo, Yoshie Yumoto and Yasuko Ogata

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:398

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Medication charting errors occur often and can be harmful for patients. Interventions to improve charting errors have demonstrated some success particularly if the intervention uses multiple approaches includi...

    Authors: Tony Floyd, Siri Mårtensson, Jannine Bailey, Derek Kay, Bruce McGarity and Bronwyn K. Brew

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:397

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  9. Content type: Study protocol

    Australia is one of many nations struggling with the challenges of delivering quality primary health care (PHC) to increasing numbers of refugees. The OPTIMISE project represents a collaboration between 12 org...

    Authors: Grant Russell, Nilakshi Gunatillaka, Virginia Lewis, I-Hao Cheng, Joanne Enticott, Geraldine Marsh, Shiva Vasi, Jenny Advocat, Hyun Song, Shoko Saito, Sue Casey, Mitchell Smith and Mark Harris

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:396

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Hospital boards have the responsibility to ensure compliance of hospital staff with guidelines and other norms, but they have struggled to do so. The current study aims to identify possible solutions that addr...

    Authors: Louise H. K. Blume, Jamiu O. Busari, Nico J. H. W. van Weert and Diana M. J. Delnoij

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:395

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Traditionally, the care of infants in neonatal care units has been professionally centered, paying less attention to family support. In recent years, many interventions have been developed to improve family-ce...

    Authors: Mirka Toivonen, Liisa Lehtonen, Sari Ahlqvist-Björkroth and Anna Axelin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:394

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Environmental impact assessments of pharmaceuticals typically consider only a part of the pharmaceutical supply chain, e.g. tablet formulation. While the environmental impact can be expressed in environmental ...

    Authors: Sam Debaveye, Delphine De Smedt, Bert Heirman, Shane Kavanagh and Jo Dewulf

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:393

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Fall prevention is a priority in Canadian tertiary rehabilitation hospitals. We aimed to understand the perspectives of hospital administrators on the challenges experienced when implementing fall prevention p...

    Authors: H. Singh, B. C. Craven, H. M. Flett, C. Kerry, S. B. Jaglal, M. P. Silver and K. E. Musselman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:391

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Transition to adult care represents a vulnerable period for young people with special health care needs as they navigate multiple life transitions and developmental issues. Patient navigators are a promising i...

    Authors: Gina Dimitropoulos, Elizabeth Morgan-Maver, Brooke Allemang, Kyleigh Schraeder, Shannon D. Scott, Jorge Pinzon, Gail Andrew, Gregory Guilcher, Lorraine Hamiwka, Eddy Lang, Kerry McBrien, Alberto Nettel-Aguirre, Daniele Pacaud, Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, Andrew Mackie and Susan Samuel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:390

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The quality of the care relationship between a client and a professional is important in long-term care, as most clients depend on support for a lengthy period. The three largest client groups who receive long...

    Authors: Aukelien Scheffelaar, Michelle Hendriks, Nanne Bos, Katrien Luijkx and Sandra van Dulmen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:389

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  16. Content type: Research article

    There is an increasing number of pediatric urgent care centers that are largely staffed by pediatric residency graduates. It is unclear if pediatric residency adequately prepares a physician to fully and succe...

    Authors: Xian Zhao, Ioannis Koutroulis, Joanna Cohen and Deena Berkowitz

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:388

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have poorer survival and twice the disease burden from breast cancer compared to other Australian women. These disparities are influenced, but not fully ...

    Authors: David Banham, David Roder, Dorothy Keefe, Gelareh Farshid, Marion Eckert, Natasha Howard, Karla Canuto and Alex Brown

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:387

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Failure to keep medical appointments results in inefficiencies and, potentially, in poor outcomes for patients. The aim of this study is to describe non-attendance rate and to investigate predictors of non-att...

    Authors: Donna Lykke Wolff, Frans Boch Waldorff, Christian von Plessen, Christian Backer Mogensen, Thomas Lund Sørensen, Kim Christian Houlind, Søren Bie Bogh and Katrine Hass Rubin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:386

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  19. Content type: Research article

    As lower-income countries look to develop a mature healthcare workforce and to improve quality and reduce costs, they are increasingly turning to quality improvement (QI), a widely-used strategy in higher-inco...

    Authors: Jordan A. Albritton, Bruce Fried, Kavita Singh, Bryan J. Weiner, Bryce Reeve and Jeffrey R. Edwards

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:385

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  20. Content type: Research article

    When doctors have honest conversations with patients about their illness and involve them in decisions about their care, patients express greater satisfaction with care and lowered anxiety and depression. The ...

    Authors: Tamsin McGlinchey, Stephen Mason, Alison Coackley, Anita Roberts, Maria Maguire, Justin Sanders, Francine Maloney, Susan Block, John Ellershaw and Peter Kirkbride

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:384

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies have shown limited availability of medicines in health facilities in Bangladesh. While medicines are dispensed for free in public facilities, they are paid out-of-pocket in private pharmacies....

    Authors: Lombe Kasonde, David Tordrup, Aliya Naheed, Wu Zeng, Shyfuddin Ahmed and Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:383

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  22. Content type: Research article

    In the last years, patients’ empowerment has been increasingly recognized as a crucial dimension of patient-centered healthcare and patient safety. Nevertheless, little work has been done so far in the field o...

    Authors: M. Rimondini, I. M. Busch, M. A. Mazzi, V. Donisi, A. Poli, E. Bovolenta and F. Moretti

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:382

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Infection in healthcare facilities is a major public health problem in most developing countries like Ethiopia. Currently the overall incidence of health care associated infection has been increased and burden...

    Authors: Abera Beyamo, Terefe Dodicho and Wolde Facha

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:381

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Some health practitioners pose substantial threats to patient safety, yet early identification of them is notoriously difficult. We aimed to develop an algorithm for use by regulators in prospectively identify...

    Authors: Matthew J. Spittal, Marie M. Bismark and David M. Studdert

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:380

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Initiating parenteral nutrition (PN) within 24 h in critically ill children is inferior to withholding PN during the first week, as was found in the PEPaNIC study. The aims of this study were to investigate de...

    Authors: Esther van Puffelen, An Jacobs, Charlotte J. M. Verdoorn, Koen F. M. Joosten, Greet van den Berghe, Erwin Ista and Sascha C. A. T. Verbruggen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:379

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  26. Content type: Research article

    To explore the inadequacies of health service and its impact on clinical outcomes of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in China.

    Authors: Le Zhang, Wei Luan, Shikai Geng, Shuang Ye, Xiaodong Wang, Liping Qian, Yang Ding, Ting Li and Anli Jiang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:378

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Past studies have identified that inconvenient access to health clinics is one of the important barriers to health service utilization and health outcomes. However, establishing the link between the lack of ac...

    Authors: Ryoko Sato

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:377

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The Patient Enablement Instrument (PEI) is an established patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) that reflects the quality of appointments with general practitioners (GPs). It is a six-item questionnaire admi...

    Authors: Elina Tolvanen, Tuomas H. Koskela and Elise Kosunen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:376

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The levels of knowledge, attitude and practice among primary physicians concerning both diabetic retinopathy screening and treatment of sight threatening diabetic retinopathy have been studied by different gro...

    Authors: Talal Bassam Abu-Amara, Waleed Abdulaziz Al Rashed, Rajiv Khandekar, Hamad Mohammed Qabha, Faris Mohammad Alosaimi, Abdulrahman Abdullah Alshuwayrikh, Mansour Khalid Almadi and Alanoud Alfaris

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:375

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Switzerland recently introduced Acute and Transitional Care (ATC) as a new financing option and a preventive measure to mitigate potential side effects of Swiss Diagnosis Related Group (SwissDRG). The goal of ...

    Authors: Tenzin Wangmo, Yvonne Padrutt, Insa Koné, Thomas Gächter, Bernice S. Elger and Agnes Leu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:374

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Hypertension remains one of the leading causes of death in Nigeria. Appropriate and cost-effective treatment of the disease is necessary to reduce mortality. This study evaluates (i) the prescription patterns ...

    Authors: Onyinye Onyeka Akunne and Aduragbenro Deborah A. Adedapo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:373

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Hospital accreditation is widely adopted as a visible measure of an organisation’s quality and safety management standards compliance. There is still inconsistent evidence regarding the influence of hospital a...

    Authors: Viera Wardhani, Jitse Pieter van Dijk and Adi Utarini

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:372

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to assess the accuracy and quality of immunization data on the pentavalent (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib)) and MMR vaccines as the a...

    Authors: Manoochehr Karami, Salman Khazaei, Abbas Babaei, Fatemeh Abdoli Yaghini, Mohammad Mehdi Gouya and Seyed Mohsen Zahraei

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:371

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  34. Content type: Study protocol

    Comprehensive assessment of integrated care deployment constitutes a major challenge to ensure quality, sustainability and transferability of both healthcare policies and services in the transition toward a co...

    Authors: Erik Baltaxe, Isaac Cano, Carmen Herranz, Anael Barberan-Garcia, Carme Hernandez, Albert Alonso, María José Arguis, Cristina Bescos, Felip Burgos, Montserrat Cleries, Joan Carles Contel, Jordi de Batlle, Kamrul Islam, Rachelle Kaye, Maarten Lahr, Graciela Martinez-Palli…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:370

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Waiting times for elective treatments, including elective surgery, are a source of public concern and therefore are on policy makers’ agenda. The long waiting times have often been tackled through the allocati...

    Authors: Daniel Adrian Lungu, Tommaso Grillo Ruggieri and Sabina Nuti

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:369

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Healthcare professionals’ person-centered communication skills are pivotal for delivering successful diabetes education. Many healthcare professionals favor person-centeredness as a concept, but implementation...

    Authors: Vibeke Stenov, Gitte Wind, Michael Vallis, Susanne Reventlow and Nana Folmann Hempler

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:368

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Demographic change concurrent with medical progress leads to an increasing number of elderly patients in intensive care units (ICUs). Antibacterial treatment is an important, often life-saving, aspect of inten...

    Authors: Dominik Beier, Christel Weiß, Michael Hagmann, Ümniye Balaban, Manfred Thiel and Verena Schneider-Lindner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:367

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Implementation of digital monitoring technology systems is considered beneficial for increasing the safety and quality of care for residents in nursing homes and simultaneously improving care providers’ workfl...

    Authors: Janne Dugstad, Tom Eide, Etty R. Nilsen and Hilde Eide

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:366

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Elder people aged ≥45 years often have more healthcare needs than the younger. But the Chinese elderly are less likely to see a doctor when ill. In this article, this phenomenon is abbreviated as “not see a do...

    Authors: Shangren Qin and Ye Ding

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:365

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Electronic health (e-Health) interventions are emerging as an effective alternative model for improving secondary prevention of coronary artery disease (CAD). The aim of this study was to describe the effectiv...

    Authors: Gunhild Brørs, Trond Røed Pettersen, Tina B. Hansen, Bengt Fridlund, Linn Benjaminsen Hølvold, Hans Lund and Tone M. Norekvål

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:364

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Health systems worldwide rely on health professionals to deliver services and provide framework structures. Considering their opinions about their work environment, the public policies that regulate their work...

    Authors: Esteban Ortiz-Prado, Marta Fors, Aquiles R. Henriquez-Trujillo, Gabriel H. Cevallos-Sierra, Alejandra Barreto-Grimaldos, Katherine Simbaña-Rivera, Lenin Gomez-Barreno, Eduardo Vasconez and Alex Lister

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:363

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Advance care planning (ACP) is the process of ongoing communication among patients, family and health care professionals regarding what plans for future care are preferred in the event that patients become una...

    Authors: Carmen Wing Han Chan, Nancy Hiu Yim Ng, Helen Y. L. Chan, Martin M. H. Wong and K. M. Chow

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:362

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  43. Content type: Research article

    To improve the efficiency of the use of medical resources, China has implemented medical alliances (MAs) to implement a hierarchical diagnosis and treatment system. The willingness to undertake a first visit t...

    Authors: Haiyan Song, Xu Zuo, Chengsen Cui and Kai Meng

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:361

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  44. Content type: Research article

    High medical expenditures serve as a major obstacle for many people trying to access healthcare. Our goals are to provide an updated and comprehensive description of each category of medical expenditure in inp...

    Authors: Chenjin Ma, Yan Jiang, Yang Li, Yuming Zhang, Xiaojun Wang, Shuangge Ma and Yu Wang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:360

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Homeless women are a highly vulnerable group for risks of pregnancy and childbirth-related complications. They may also face multiple challenges to access and utilize maternity healthcare services. This study ...

    Authors: Hailay Gebreyesus, Abebe Mamo, Mebrahtu Teweldemedhin, Berihu Gidey, Znabu Hdush and Zewdie Birhanu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:359

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about the participation of surgeons in preventative health activities in the non-admitted hospital care setting. The aim of this study was to identify which preventive health activities surgeon...

    Authors: Stephen Barrett, Stephen Begg, Andrea Sloane and Michael Kingsley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:358

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Lifestyle interventions regularly rely on study staff to implement the intervention and collect outcomes data directly from study participants. This study describes the experiences of project staff in two rand...

    Authors: Aline Gubrium, Denise Leckenby, Megan Ward Harvey, Bess H. Marcus, Milagros C. Rosal and Lisa Chasan-Taber

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:357

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  48. Content type: Research article

    High performance work systems (HPWSs) are successful work systems in the context of safety climate and patient safety. The 10-item HPWS questionnaire is a validated instrument developed to assess existing HPWS...

    Authors: Juliane Mielke, Sabina De Geest, Sonja Beckmann, Lynn Leppla, Xhyljeta Luta, Raphaelle-Ashley Guerbaai, Sabina Hunziker and René Schwendimann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:356

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  49. Content type: Research article

    Since the 2016 presidential election, reports have suggested that President Trump’s rhetoric and his administration’s proposed policies could be exacerbating barriers to accessing health care for undocumented ...

    Authors: Timothy Callaghan, David J. Washburn, Katharine Nimmons, Delia Duchicela, Anoop Gurram and James Burdine

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:342

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