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Healthcare needs and demand

Section edited by Onyebuchi Arah and Michael Donnelly

This section aims to publish studies looking at the health care requirements of a population or community and research recommending ways in which to make changes to meet these needs. The section also accepts studies on the health services for which a population or community is able and willing to pay.

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  1. A poor quality diet is a well-known risk factor for many chronic diseases. However, eating a healthful diet is not always simple as many underlying factors can impede adherence. Individuals with fewer barriers...

    Authors: Enia Zigbuo-Wenzler, Gayenell S. Magwood, Martina Mueller and Angela Fraser

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:41

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  2. Given the increasing importance of formal home care services in policies dedicated to elder care, there is major interest in studying individuals’ characteristics determining their utilization. The main object...

    Authors: Julien Dupraz, Yves Henchoz and Brigitte Santos-Eggimann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:22

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  3. Low back pain (LBP) is the number one cause of disability globally. LBP is a symptom associated with biological, psychological and social factors, and serious causes for pain are very rare. Unhelpful beliefs a...

    Authors: Anna Sofia Simula, Hazel J. Jenkins, Riikka Holopainen, Petteri Oura, Katariina Korniloff, Arja Häkkinen, Esa-Pekka Takala, Mark J. Hancock and Jaro Karppinen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:1010

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  4. Multiple admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSC) are responsible for an important proportion of health care expenditures. Diabetes is one of the conditions consensually classified as an ACSC...

    Authors: Joana Seringa, Ana Patrícia Marques, Bruno Moita, Cátia Gaspar, João Filipe Raposo and Rui Santana

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:1002

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  5. Access to healthcare is a poorly defined construct, with insufficient understanding of differences in facilitators and barriers between US urban versus rural specialty care. We summarize recent literature and ...

    Authors: Melissa E. Cyr, Anna G. Etchin, Barbara J. Guthrie and James C. Benneyan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:974

    Content type: Research article

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  6. With aging populations, a growing prevalence of chronic illnesses, higher expectations for quality care and rising costs within limited health budgets, integration of healthcare is seen as a solution to these ...

    Authors: Steven A. Trankle, Tim Usherwood, Penny Abbott, Mary Roberts, Michael Crampton, Christian M. Girgis, John Riskallah, Yashu Chang, Jaspreet Saini and Jennifer Reath

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:954

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  7. Prevalence rates for herbal medicine (HM) have been increasing worldwide. However, little is known about prevalence, user characteristics, usage pattern and factors influencing HM usage for the general German ...

    Authors: Alexandra N. Welz, Agnes Emberger-Klein and Klaus Menrad

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:952

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  8. Studies show that migrant women are at greater risk of common mental disorders than the majority population, yet underrepresented in healthcare services. This study investigates the use of outpatient mental he...

    Authors: Melanie Straiton, Karina Corbett, Anna-Clara Hollander and Lars Johan Hauge

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:944

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  9. Patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS) who use emergency medical services (EMS) receive quicker reperfusion treatment which, in turn, mitigates post-stroke disability. However, nationally only 59% use EMS. ...

    Authors: Sudha Xirasagar, Meng-han Tsai, Khosrow Heidari, James W. Hardin, Yuqi Wu, Robert Wronski, Dana Hurley, Edward C. Jauch and Souvik Sen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:929

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  10. To explore how the influenza vaccine is promoted and delivered to children with medical comorbidities in the hospital setting, as well as the facilitators of and barriers to vaccination from the healthcare wor...

    Authors: Vanessa Ma, Pamela Palasanthiran and Holly Seale

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:911

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  11. To identify the most cost-beneficial model as a national policy of screening and diagnosis of fetal Down syndrome (DS) in developing countries.

    Authors: Chanane Wanapirak, Piyaluk Buddhawongsa, Woraluck Himakalasa, Auttapan Sarnwong and Theera Tongsong

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:898

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    The Research article to this article has been published in BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:897

  12. To identify the performance of fetal Down syndrome (DS) screening for developing countries.

    Authors: Chanane Wanapirak, Wirawit Piyamongkol, Supatra Sirichotiyakul, Fuanglada Tongprasert, Kasemsri Srisupundit, Suchaya Luewan, Kuntharee Traisrisilp, Phudit Jatavan and Theera Tongsong

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:897

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    The Research article to this article has been published in BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:898

  13. Whilst there are comprehensive guidelines for the rehabilitation of people with severe impairments from stroke, there has been less attention on the health and rehabilitation needs of people with minor stroke....

    Authors: Emma Finch, Michele Foster, Tegan Cruwys, Jennifer Fleming, Philip Aitken, Katherine Jaques, Ian Williams and Darshan Shah

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:894

    Content type: Study protocol

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  14. Precision medicine is set to deliver a rich new data set of genomic information. However, the number of certified specialists in the United States is small, with only 4244 genetic counselors and 1302 clinical ...

    Authors: Scott P. McGrath, Nephi Walton, Marc S. Williams, Katherine K. Kim and Kiran Bastola

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:844

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  15. Young people’s experiences of healthcare as they move into adult services can have a major impact on their health, and the transition period for young people with sickle cell disease (SCD) needs improvement. I...

    Authors: Alicia Renedo, Sam Miles, Subarna Chakravorty, Andrea Leigh, Paul Telfer, John O. Warner and Cicely Marston

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:876

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  16. The statement format of the Decisional Conflict Scale (sf-DCS) is designed and widely used to assess patients’ state of uncertainty during health related decision making. As yet no Mandarin version of the sf-D...

    Authors: Cui Lu, Wei Mu, Ying-hui Jin, Yue-xian Shi, Ge Li, Yan Li, Fei Han and Tian Xia

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:873

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  17. UK “Pathway” teams offer specialist hospital care coordination for people experiencing homelessness. Emergency healthcare use is high among homeless people, yet “homelessness” is not routinely coded in Nationa...

    Authors: Hannah Field, Briony Hudson, Nigel Hewett and Zana Khan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:857

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  18. Present demographic trends show a considerable rise in elderly populations with aging disorders, such as dementia. The current article focused on the exploitation of e-learning as an informal support for careg...

    Authors: Blanka Klimova, Martin Valis, Kamil Kuca and Jiri Masopust

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:781

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  19. Stroke is a health problem with serious consequences, both in terms of mortality, and after-effects affecting patient quality of life. Stroke requires both urgent and chronic management involving the entire he...

    Authors: S. Broussy, F. Rouanet, E. Lesaine, S. Domecq, M. Kret, M. Maugeais, F. Aly, P. Dehail, A. Bénard, J. Wittwer, R. Salamon, I. Sibon and F. Saillour-Glenisson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:770

    Content type: Study protocol

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  20. Accessing HIV-related care is challenging for formerly incarcerated people with HIV. Interventions informed by the perspectives of these individuals could facilitate engagement with care and address competing ...

    Authors: Tony Antoniou, Sharmistha Mishra, Flora Matheson, Diane Smith-Merrill, Laurel Challacombe, Janet Rowe, Anne Marie DiCenso, Fiona G. Kouyoumdjian, Wendy Wobeser, Claire Kendall, Mona Loutfy, Jenkin Tsang, Lauren Kanee and Carol Strike

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:761

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  21. Despite the growing evidence base supporting intensive lifestyle and medical treatments for severe obesity, patient engagement in specialist obesity services is difficult to achieve and poorly understood. To a...

    Authors: Evan Atlantis, Fang Lin, Sulak Anandabaskaran, Paul Fahey and Nic Kormas

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:748

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  22. Many relatives of close family members suffering from dementia have taken on the caregiver role. While intervention studies have revealed promising results on caregiver burden, distress, and depression, there ...

    Authors: Heidi Bjørge, Kari Kvaal and Ingun Ulstein

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:744

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  23. Despite many recent studies on burn-out and dissatisfaction among American medical doctors, less is known about doctors in the Scandinavian public health service. The aims of this study were to analyse long-te...

    Authors: Javed Iqbal Mahmood, Kjersti Støen Grotmol, Martin Tesli, Torbjørn Moum, Ole Andreassen and Reidar Tyssen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:729

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  24. Thai massage is a highly gendered and culturally specific occupation. Many female Thai masseuses migrate to Norway as marriage migrants and as such are entitled to the same public healthcare as Norwegian citiz...

    Authors: Naomi Tschirhart, Esperanza Diaz and Trygve Ottersen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:722

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  25. Domestic violence and abuse (DVA) damages the health of survivors and increases use of healthcare services. We report findings from a multi-site evaluation of hospital-based advocacy services, designed to supp...

    Authors: Gemma Halliwell, Sandi Dheensa, Elisabetta Fenu, Sue K. Jones, Jessica Asato, Suzanne Jacob and Gene Feder

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:718

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  26. Patients with cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are treated over a long period of time by physicians and therapists from various institutions collaborating within a multidisciplinary team. Usually, medical records...

    Authors: Sabine Stamm-Balderjahn, Rebecca Faliniski, Susanne Rossek and Karla Spyra

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:716

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  27. Despite people living with dementia representing a significant proportion of health and social care users, until recently in the United Kingdom (UK) there were no prescribed standards for dementia education an...

    Authors: S. J. Smith, S. Parveen, C. Sass, M. Drury, J. R. Oyebode and C. A. Surr

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:711

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  28. Multimorbidity is associated with higher healthcare resource utilization, but we lack data on the association of specific combinations of comorbidities with healthcare resource utilization. We aimed to identif...

    Authors: Carole E. Aubert, Niklaus Fankhauser, Pedro Marques-Vidal, Jérôme Stirnemann, Drahomir Aujesky, Andreas Limacher and Jacques Donzé

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:708

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  29. Stroke incidence rates have fallen in high-income countries over the last several decades, but findings regarding the trend over recent years have been mixed. The aim of the study was to describe and model tem...

    Authors: Kim Rand, Fredrik Andreas Dahl, Joe Viana, Ole Morten Rønning, Kashif Waqar Faiz and Mathias Barra

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:705

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  30. Trajectories of Rehabilitation across Complex Environments (TRaCE), a consented prospective cohort study, addresses a critical need to better understand access to the healthcare system after acute treatment an...

    Authors: Melissa Legg, Michele Foster, Sanjoti Parekh, Mandy Nielsen, Rachel Jones, Elizabeth Kendall, Jennifer Fleming and Timothy Geraghty

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:700

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  31. The reason for doctor visits associated with bad working conditions (and workplace bullying) remains unknown. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the association between perceived working condition...

    Authors: André Hajek and Hans-Helmut König

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:697

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  32. In England, people of Black Caribbean (BC) ethnicity are disproportionately affected by sexually transmitted infections (STI). We examined whether differences in sexual healthcare behaviours contribute to thes...

    Authors: Catherine R. H. Aicken, Sonali Wayal, Paula B. Blomquist, Stella M. Fabiane, Makeda Gerressu, Gwenda Hughes and Catherine H. Mercer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:668

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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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. Long stay in forensic psychiatric hospitals is common in patients who are defined as “not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder”. However, little is known about how these patients experience and...

    Authors: Shaoling Zhong, Huijuan Guo, Yuanyuan Wang, Stephanie Cook, Yanan Chen, Chenyuli Luo, Ke Peng, Fanglan Wang, Xiaoxi Liang, Hui Chen, Qiguang Li, Jiansong Zhou, Xiaoping Wang and Runsen Chen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:617

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  38. 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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  39. There is a disparity in the burden of gynaecological cancer for Indigenous women compared with non-Indigenous women in Australia. Understanding how Indigenous women currently experience gynaecological cancer c...

    Authors: Beverley Marcusson-Rababi, Kate Anderson, Lisa J. Whop, Tamara Butler, Nicole Whitson and Gail Garvey

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:606

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  40. Language barriers in doctor-patient interactions are still an understudied phenomenon. This is particularly true concerning interactions with immigrant physicians who are learners of the patient’s language; th...

    Authors: Damaris Borowski, Uwe Koreik, Udo Ohm, Claudia Riemer and Niels Rahe-Meyer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:597

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  41. The ‘Surviving Crying’ study was designed to develop and provisionally evaluate a support service for parents of excessively crying babies, including its suitability for use in the United Kingdom (UK) National...

    Authors: Deborah Bamber, Charlotte Powell, Jaqui Long, Rosie Garratt, Jayne Brown, Sally Rudge, Tom Morris, Nishal Bhupendra Jaicim, Rachel Plachcinski, Sue Dyson, Elaine M. Boyle, Nicole Turney, Joanne Chessman and Ian St. James-Roberts

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:592

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  42. The first aim was to present descriptive data on the frequency of dental visits among older adults in Germany. The second aim was to identify the determinants of the number of dental visits using a longitudina...

    Authors: K. Spinler, G. Aarabi, R. Valdez, C. Kofahl, G. Heydecke, H.-H. König and A. Hajek

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:590

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  43. Despite a growing number of adolescents and adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), little is known about service needs and barriers to services in this population. Existing research shows that y...

    Authors: Mateusz Płatos and Ewa Pisula

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:587

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  44. Care-seeking behavior is widely acknowledged to have strong influences on health outcomes among individuals with chronic conditions including diabetes. Despite its dynamic nature, care seeking behavior are oft...

    Authors: Tzu-Ho Tsai, Nicole Huang, I-Feng Lin and Yiing-Jenq Chou

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:580

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  45. Celiac disease (CD) is an autoimmune chronic enteropathy of the small intestine caused by exposure to gluten in genetically predisposed individuals. CD is not easy to diagnose due to its unspecific symptomatol...

    Authors: Ricardo Fueyo-Díaz, Rosa Magallón-Botaya, Barbara Masluk, Guillermo Palacios-Navarro, Angela Asensio-Martínez, Santiago Gascón-Santos, Bárbara Olivan-Blázquez and Juan José Sebastián-Domingo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:578

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  46. Recently, there has been growing interest in providing more tailored, patient-centered care for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Yet it remains unclear which patient characteristics should be ...

    Authors: Dorijn F. L. Hertroijs, Martijn C. G. J. Brouwers, Arianne M. J. Elissen, Nicolaas C. Schaper and Dirk Ruwaard

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:575

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  47. Families play an important role meeting the care needs of individuals who require assistance due to illness and/or disability. Yet, without adequate support their own health and wellbeing can be compromised. T...

    Authors: Kristina M. Kokorelias, Monique A. M. Gignac, Gary Naglie and Jill I. Cameron

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:564

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