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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. Psychological interventions have been proved to be effective in chronic headache (CH) in adults. Nevertheless, no data exist about their actual implementation into standard clinical settings. We aimed at criti...

    Authors: Cinzia Perlini, Valeria Donisi and Lidia Del Piccolo

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:459

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  2. Implementing clinical guidelines is challenging. To facilitate uptake, we developed a model of care (BetterBack Model of Care) and an implementation strategy to support management of low back pain in primary c...

    Authors: Karin Schröder, Birgitta Öberg, Paul Enthoven, Alice Kongsted and Allan Abbott

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:443

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  3. This study aimed to examine the healthcare-seeking (hospital, primary and preventive care) and healthcare utilisation behaviour of patients with private health insurance (PHI) in Australia. It also aimed to ex...

    Authors: Rezwanul Hasan Rana, Khorshed Alam and Jeff Gow

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:380

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  4. Approaches that move beyond individuals and target couples may be an effective strategy for reducing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) disparities among adolescents and young adults (AYA). However, few rese...

    Authors: Yzette Lanier, Alena Campo, Claudine Lavarin, Ashley Toussaint, Marya Gwadz and Vincent Guilamo-Ramos

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:375

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  5. Because the healthcare sector is shifting to a customer-oriented approach, it is important to understand experiences of children as users of healthcare services. So far, studies that measure the influence of m...

    Authors: Nina Karisalmi, Katja Mäenpää, Johanna Kaipio and Pekka Lahdenne

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:360

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  6. Sweden has nearly 300 youth clinics that have been offering services since the 1970s. However, no evaluation has been done to assess their youth-friendliness. This study aims to assess: i) to what extent youth...

    Authors: Anna-Karin Waenerlund, Miguel San Sebastian, Anna-Karin Hurtig, Maria Wiklund, Monica Christianson and Isabel Goicolea

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:346

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  7. The medical care for nursing home residents is estimated to be partly inadequate in Germany. The aim of this study is to investigate the needs and utilization of general practitioners (GPs), medical specialist...

    Authors: Ann-Kristin Schröder, Alexander Maximilian Fassmer, Katharina Allers and Falk Hoffmann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:332

    Content type: Research article

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  8. A research project, which aims to improve the situation of children of parents with a mental illness (COPMI) is currently underway in the Austrian region of Tyrol. The project aims to strengthen formal and inf...

    Authors: Ingrid Zechmeister-Koss, Melinda Goodyear, Heinz Tüchler and Jean Lillian Paul

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:326

    Content type: Research article

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  9. In Canada’s increasing immigrant population, a phenomenon called the “healthy immigrant effect” has arisen in which health declines after four years of settling. Access to healthcare is an important considerat...

    Authors: Setareh Ghahari, Shawna Burnett and Libby Alexander

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:321

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  10. Recently arrived culturally and linguistically diverse migrant mothers in Western Industrialised Nations are less likely to access health care and are more likely to report negative healthcare experiences than...

    Authors: Louise Dougherty, Jane Lloyd, Elizabeth Harris, Paula Caffrey and Mark Harris

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:309

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  11. Visual impairments (VIs) have a negative impact on life and affect up to 60% of stroke survivors. Despite this, VIs are often overlooked. This paper explores how persons with VIs experience vision care within ...

    Authors: Helle K. Falkenberg, Torgeir S. Mathisen, Heidi Ormstad and Grethe Eilertsen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:302

    Content type: Research article

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  12. The result from the Life After Stroke (LAST) study showed that an 18-month follow up program as part of the primary health care, did not improve maintenance of motor function for stroke survivors. In this stud...

    Authors: Øystein Døhl, Vidar Halsteinli, Torunn Askim, Mari Gunnes, Hege Ihle-Hansen, Bent Indredavik, Birgitta Langhammer, Ailan Phan and Jon Magnussen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:288

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Individuals with whiplash associated disorder (WAD) frequently experience neck pain in addition to other physical, psychological and social symptoms. Consequently, treatment is sought from a variety of health ...

    Authors: Carrie Ritchie, Ashley Smith and Michele Sterling

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:260

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  14. In 2016, WHO passed the Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis (GHSS), calling for its elimination by 2030. Two years later, Turkey approved a strategy to reach the WHO targets. This study reports ne...

    Authors: Ramazan Idilman, Homie Razavi, Sarah Robbins-Scott, Ulus Salih Akarca, Necati Örmeci, Sabahattin Kaymakoglu, Bilgehan Aygen, Nurdan Tozun, Rahmet Güner, Hurrem Bodur and Jeffrey V. Lazarus

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:249

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  15. Community-based care services refers to the professional services provided at home to the elderly with formally assessed demands. The growth of the elderly population has increased the demand for these service...

    Authors: Tiantian Gu, Jingfeng Yuan, Lingzhi Li, Qiuhu Shao and Chuanjun Zheng

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:241

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  16. Musculoskeletal disorders are common in the general population and a leading cause for care seeking. Despite the large number of patients with musculoskeletal disorders seeking care, little is known of the cli...

    Authors: Cecilie Rud Budtz, Søren Mose and David Høyrup Christiansen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:239

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  17. It is essential for medical treatment that patients and medical staff can communicate about acute complaints, pre-existing conditions, and the treatment procedure. Misunderstandings can have far-reaching conse...

    Authors: Eva Maria Noack, Evelyn Kleinert and Frank Müller

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:223

    Content type: Study protocol

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  18. Multimodal prehabilitation is a preoperative intervention with the objective to enhance cancer patients’ functional status which has been showed to reduce both postoperative morbidity and hospital length of st...

    Authors: Anael Barberan-Garcia, Ricard Navarro-Ripoll, David Sánchez-Lorente, Jorge Moisés-Lafuente, Marc Boada, Monique Messaggi-Sartor, Laura González-Vallespí, Mar Montané-Muntané, Xavier Alsina-Restoy, Betina Campero, Manuel Lopez-Baamonde, Barbara Romano-Andrioni, Rudith Guzmán, Antonio López, Maria Jose Arguis, Josep Roca…

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:207

    Content type: Study protocol

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  19. Chronic disease is a leading cause of death globally, where inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption and inadequate physical activity are consistently implicated as key contributing risk factors for such dis...

    Authors: Jacqueline M. Bailey, Tara L. Clinton-McHarg, Paula M. Wye, John H. Wiggers, Kate M. Bartlem and Jennifer A. Bowman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:201

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Many health professions learners report feeling uncomfortable and underprepared for professional interactions with inner city populations. These learners may hold preconceptions which affect therapeutic relati...

    Authors: Mark McKinney, Katherine E. Smith, Kathryn A. Dong, Oksana Babenko, Shelley Ross, Martina A. Kelly and Ginetta Salvalaggio

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:174

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  21. In Canada, access to palliative care is a growing concern, particularly in rural communities. These communities have constrained health care services and accessing local palliative care can be challenging. The...

    Authors: Nadine Schuurman, Michael E. Martin, Valorie A. Crooks and Ellen Randall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:168

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  22. Some patients admitted to acute care hospital require supportive services after discharge. The objective of our review was to identify models and variables that predict the need for supportive services after d...

    Authors: Daniel M. Kobewka, Sunita Mulpuru, Michaël Chassé, Kednapa Thavorn, Luke T. Lavallée, Shane W. English, Benjamin Neilipovitz, Jonathan Neilipovitz, Alan J. Forster and Daniel I. McIsaac

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:161

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  23. Transplant recipients are chronically ill patients, who require lifelong follow-up to manage co-morbidities and prevent graft loss. This necessitates a system of care that is congruent with the Chronic Care Mo...

    Authors: Katia Iglesias, Sabina De Geest, Lut Berben, Fabienne Dobbels, Kris Denhaerynk, L. Cynthia Russell, Remon Helmy and Isabelle Peytremann-Bridevaux

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:160

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  24. Electrolyte imbalances (EI) are common among patients. Many patients have repeated hospitalizations with the same EI without being investigated and treated. We established an electrolyte outpatient clinic (EOC...

    Authors: Kiarash Tazmini and Anette Hylen Ranhoff

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:154

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  25. Immigrants and their Norwegian-born children make up approximately 18% of the total population in Norway. While several studies have been conducted on immigrants’ utilization of healthcare services, immigrant ...

    Authors: Shahrzad Arfa, Per Koren Solvang, Berit Berg and Reidun Jahnsen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:134

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  26. Although there are a number of support services accessible for most family dementia caregivers, many caregivers reject available and affordable support. Previous research suggests that rejections of support se...

    Authors: Ina Zwingmann, Adina Dreier-Wolfgramm, Alexander Esser, Diana Wucherer, Jochen René Thyrian, Tilly Eichler, Anika Kaczynski, Jessica Monsees, Armin Keller, Johannes Hertel, Ingo Kilimann, Stefan Teipel, Bernhard Michalowsky and Wolfgang Hoffmann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:121

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  27. Rates of homelessness have been increasing in recent years, thereby necessitating a more direct approach to treating this complex social problem. Homeless youth have disproportionately high rates of untreated ...

    Authors: Dominika A. Winiarski, Anne K. Rufa, Dawn T. Bounds, Angela C. Glover, Kristin A. Hill and Niranjan S. Karnik

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:109

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  28. The number of patients with long-term chronic diseases is increasing. These patients place a strain on health care systems and health care professionals (HCPs). Presently, we aimed to systematically review the...

    Authors: Heidi Holmen, Marie Hamilton Larsen, Merja Helena Sallinen, Lisbeth Thoresen, Birgitte Ahlsen, Marit Helen Andersen, Christine Råheim Borge, Hedda Eik, Astrid Klopstad Wahl and Anne Marit Mengshoel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:98

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  29. Cross-sectoral care comprises interdisciplinary and coordinated efforts for patients with complex care needs involving various competencies and professions across the primary health care sector, hospital secto...

    Authors: Lisbeth Petersen, Regner Birkelund and Berit Schiøttz-Christensen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:96

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  30. Improving the training of physicians about communication skills and patient health literacy (HL) is a major priority that remains an open question. We aimed to examine the effectiveness of communication skills...

    Authors: Seyedeh Belin Tavakoly Sany, Fatemeh Behzhad, Gordon Ferns and Nooshin Peyman

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2020 20:60

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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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

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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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