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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. Content type: Research article

    As many other European healthcare systems the Danish healthcare system (DHS) has targeted chronic condition care in its reform efforts. Benchmarking is a valuable tool to identify areas for improvement. Prior ...

    Authors: Michaela Schiøtz, Mary Price, Anne Frølich, Jes Søgaard, Jette K Kristensen, Allan Krasnik, Murray N Ross, Finn Diderichsen and John Hsu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:347

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    Delivery of community-based prevention services for HIV, malaria, and diarrhea is a major priority and challenge in rural Africa. Integrated delivery campaigns may offer a mechanism to achieve high coverage an...

    Authors: James G Kahn, Brian Harris, Jonathan H Mermin, Thomas Clasen, Eric Lugada, Mark Grabowksy, Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen and Navneet Garg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:346

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    We carried out an investigation in five provinces in China to assess treatment adherence and identify factors associated with insufficient treatment adherence in tuberculosis (TB) patients in mountainous, rura...

    Authors: Song Yao, Wen-Hui Huang, Susan van den Hof, Shu-Min Yang, Xiao-Lin Wang, Wei Chen, Xue-Hui Fang and Hai-Feng Pan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:341

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    From a health services perspective, peer-based resources merit special attention. Participation in self-help fellowships, like the Twelve Step Groups (TSGs), have been shown to improve outcomes of patients wit...

    Authors: John-Kåre Vederhus, Christine Timko, Øistein Kristensen and Thomas Clausen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:339

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about how to use patient feedback to improve experiences of health care. The Veterans Health Administration (VA) conducts regular patient surveys that have indicated improved care experiences o...

    Authors: Elizabeth A Davies, Mark M Meterko, Martin P Charns, Marjorie E Nealon Seibert and Paul D Cleary

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:334

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Comparisons of patient experiences between providers are increasingly used as an index of performance. The present study describes the ability of patient experience surveys to discriminate between healthcare p...

    Authors: Dolf de Boer, Diana Delnoij and Jany Rademakers

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:332

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Limited evidence exists regarding the association of pre-existing mental health conditions in patients with stroke and stroke outcomes such as rehospitalization, mortality, and function. We examined the associ...

    Authors: Almas Dossa, Mark E Glickman and Dan Berlowitz

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:311

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Bangladesh suffers from a lack of healthcare providers. The growing chronic disease epidemic's demand for healthcare resources will further strain Bangladesh's limited healthcare workforce. Little is known abo...

    Authors: John D Parr, Wietze Lindeboom, Masuma A Khanam and Tracey L Pérez Koehlmoos

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:309

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Paediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is relatively common and disabling with a mean time out of school of more than one academic year. NICE guidelines recommend referral to sp...

    Authors: Carly M Webb, Simon M Collin, Toity Deave, Andrew Haig-Ferguson, Amy Spatz and Esther Crawley

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:308

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Prisoners are associated with high health care needs compared with the general population. This study aims to investigate prisoners' use of health service.

    Authors: Merete Berg Nesset, Åse-Bente Rustad, Ellen Kjelsberg, Roger Almvik and Johan Håkon Bjørngaard

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:301

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Patients are increasingly expected to become active, critical consumers in healthcare. They can use comparative healthcare information presented on websites to make informed choices for healthcare providers. H...

    Authors: Nicolien C Zwijnenberg, Olga C Damman, Peter Spreeuwenberg, Michelle Hendriks and Jany JDJM Rademakers

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:299

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Aboriginal peoples globally, and First Nations peoples in Canada particularly, suffer from high rates of type 2 diabetes and related complications compared with the general population. Research into the unique...

    Authors: Onil K Bhattacharyya, Irit R Rasooly, Mariam Naqshbandi, Elizabeth A Estey, James Esler, Ellen Toth, Ann C Macaulay and Stewart B Harris

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:283

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Health worker motivation can potentially affect the provision of health services. The HIV pandemic has placed additional strain on health service provision through the extra burden of increased testing and cou...

    Authors: Deogratius Mbilinyi, Marguerite L Daniel and Gro Th Lie

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:266

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Frequent and potentially avoidable hospital admission amongst older patients with ambulatory care sensitive (ACS) chronic conditions is a major topic for research internationally, driven by the imperative to u...

    Authors: Jo M Longman, Judy B Singer, Yu Gao, Lesley M Barclay, Megan E Passey, Julie P Pirotta, Kathy E Heathcote, Dan P Ewald, Vahid Saberi, Paul Corben and Geoffrey G Morgan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:265

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Considering the changes in dental healthcare, such as the increasing assertiveness of patients, the introduction of new dental professionals, and regulated competition, it becomes more important that general d...

    Authors: Rutger E Sonneveld, Michel Wensing, Ewald M Bronkhorst, Gert-Jan Truin and Wolter G Brands

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:263

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Research on patients' choice of hospital has focused on inpatients' rather than outpatients' choice of provider. We have investigated Danish outpatients' awareness and utilisation of freedom of choice of provi...

    Authors: Hans O Birk, Rikke Gut and Lars O Henriksen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:262

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  17. Content type: Research article

    There are few validated measures of organizational context and none that we located are parsimonious and address modifiable characteristics of context. The Alberta Context Tool (ACT) was developed to meet this ne...

    Authors: Carole A Estabrooks, Janet E Squires, Alison M Hutchinson, Shannon Scott, Greta G Cummings, Sung Hyun Kang, William K Midodzi and Bonnie Stevens

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:251

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing of pharmaceuticals is controversial, yet effective. Little is known relating patterns of medication use to patient responsiveness to DTC.

    Authors: Nicholas J Dieringer, Lisa Kukkamma, Grant W Somes and Ronald I Shorr

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:232

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Breast cancer is the most frequent cause of cancer death in women worldwide, but global disparities in breast cancer control persist, due to a lack of a comprehensive breast cancer control strategy in many cou...

    Authors: John FP Bridges, Benjamin O Anderson, Antonio C Buzaid, Abdul R Jazieh, Louis W Niessen, Barri M Blauvelt and David R Buchanan

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:227

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Legislation demands the establishment of client councils in Dutch nursing homes and residential care facilities. The members of those councils are residents or their representatives. Client councils have the r...

    Authors: Marloes Zuidgeest, Katrien G Luijkx, Gert P Westert and Diana MJ Delnoij

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:215

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Public information on average has limited impact on patients' hospital choice. However, the impact may be greater in consumers who have compared hospitals prior to their hospital choice. We therefore assessed ...

    Authors: Ingrid B de Groot, Wilma Otten, Harm J Smeets and Perla J Marang-van de Mheen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:214

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  22. Content type: Research article

    In South Africa, limited human resources are a major constraint to achieving universal antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage. Many of the public-sector HIV clinics operating within tertiary facilities, that we...

    Authors: Rachel Mukora, Salome Charalambous, Maysoon Dahab, Robin Hamilton and Alan Karstaedt

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:205

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  23. Content type: Research article

    To facilitate access to the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) services, HIV counselling and testing are offered routinely in antenatal care settings. Focusing a cohort of pregnant women at...

    Authors: Alemnesh H Mirkuzie, Mitike M Sisay, Karen Marie Moland and Anne N Åstrøm

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:196

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Tobacco dependence among people with mental health problems is an issue that deserves attention both from a clinical and from a public health perspective. Research suggests that Stop Smoking Services often fai...

    Authors: Lisa McNally, Chloe Todd and Elena Ratschen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:190

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Childhood tuberculosis (TB) has been a neglected area in national TB control programme (NTCP) in high burden countries. The NTP Pakistan adapted the global approaches by developing and piloting its policy guid...

    Authors: Nauman Safdar, Sven Gudmund Hinderaker, Noor Ahmed Baloch, Donald A Enarson, Muhammad Amir Khan and Odd Morkve

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:187

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Substitution with opioid-agonists (e.g., methadone) has shown to be an effective treatment for chronic long-term opioid dependency. Patient satisfaction with treatment has been associated with improved addicti...

    Authors: Kirsten I Marchand, Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes, Daphne Guh, Suzanne Brissette, David C Marsh and Martin T Schechter

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:174

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Clinicians informally assess changes in patients' status over time to prognosticate their outcomes. The incorporation of trends in patient status into regression models could improve their ability to predict o...

    Authors: Jenna Wong, Monica Taljaard, Alan J Forster and Carl van Walraven

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:171

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  28. Content type: Research article

    In the UK, audiology services deliver the majority of tinnitus patient care, but not all patients experience the same level of service. In 2009, the Department of Health released a Good Practice Guide to infor...

    Authors: Phillip E Gander, Derek J Hoare, Luke Collins, Sandra Smith and Deborah A Hall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:162

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Complex interventions to improve compliance to pharmacological treatment in older people have given mixed results and are not easily applicable in clinical practice. The aim of this study was to test the short...

    Authors: Claudio Bilotta, Anna Lucini, Paola Nicolini and Carlo Vergani

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:158

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  30. Content type: Research article

    An increasing number of individuals with complex health care needs now receive life-long and life-prolonging ventilatory support at home. Family members often take on the role of primary caregivers. The aim of...

    Authors: Knut Dybwik, Terje Tollåli, Erik W Nielsen and Berit S Brinchmann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:156

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  31. Content type: Research article

    To analyze the referral processes from general practitioners to specialists and among specialists for dementia patients in the time periods before, during and after the diagnosis in Germany.

    Authors: Hendrik van den Bussche, Birgitt Wiese, Daniela Koller, Marion Eisele, Hanna Kaduszkiewicz, Wolfgang Maier, Gerd Glaeske, Susanne Steinmann, Karl Wegscheider and Gerhard Schön

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:148

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  32. Content type: Research article

    In the past fifteen years there has been a wave of closures of small maternity services in Canada and other developed nations which results in the need for rural parturient women to travel to access care. The ...

    Authors: Stefan Grzybowski, Kathrin Stoll and Jude Kornelsen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:147

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Evidence of low end-of-life (EoL) care service use by minority ethnic groups in the UK has given rise to a body of research and a number of reviews of the literature. This article aims to review and evaluate l...

    Authors: Natalie Evans, Arantza Meñaca, Erin VW Andrew, Jonathan Koffman, Richard Harding, Irene J Higginson, Robert Pool and Marjolein Gysels

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:141

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to compare patients' experiences of public and private sector healthcare, using acupuncture as an example. In the UK, acupuncture is popular with patients, is recommended in official ...

    Authors: Felicity L Bishop, Fiona Barlow, Beverly Coghlan, Philippa Lee and George T Lewith

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:129

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Drop-out is an important problem in the treatment of substance use disorder. The focus of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of within treatment assessment with feedback directly to patients with ...

    Authors: Veerle Raes, Cor AJ De Jong, Dirk De Bacquer, Eric Broekaert and Jan De Maeseneer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:123

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Swaziland has the highest HIV prevalence in the world and the highest estimated tuberculosis incidence rate in the world. An estimated 80% of TB patients are also infected with HIV. TB detection through intens...

    Authors: Susan Elden, Timothy Lawes, Søren Kudsk-Iversen, Joris Vandelanotte, Sabelo Nkawanyana, William Welfare, John Walley and John Wright

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:118

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Home mechanical ventilation probably represents the most advanced and complicated type of medical treatment provisioned outside a hospital setting. The aim of this study was both to explore the challenges expe...

    Authors: Knut Dybwik, Erik W Nielsen and Berit S Brinchmann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:115

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  38. Content type: Research article

    In Britain over 39,000 reports were received by the National Patient Safety Agency relating to failures in documentation in 2007 and the UK Health Services Journal estimated in 2008 that over a million hospita...

    Authors: Susan J Burnett, Vashist Deelchand, Bryony Dean Franklin, Krishna Moorthy and Charles Vincent

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:114

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  39. Content type: Research article

    South Africa endorses the global policy shift from primarily client-initiated voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) to routine/provider-initiated testing and counselling (PITC). The reason for this policy sh...

    Authors: N Gladys Kigozi, J Christo Heunis, Edwin Wouters and Henriëtte S van den Berg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:110

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  40. Content type: Research article

    There is a lack of acceptable, reliable, and valid survey instruments to measure conceptual research utilization (CRU). In this study, we investigated the psychometric properties of a newly developed scale (th...

    Authors: Janet E Squires, Carole A Estabrooks, Christine V Newburn-Cook and Mark Gierl

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:107

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Chronic diseases are a leading contributor to work disability and job loss in Europe. Recent EU policies aim to improve job retention among chronically ill employees. Disability and occupational health researc...

    Authors: Joke A Haafkens, Helen Kopnina, Martha GM Meerman and Frank JH van Dijk

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:104

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Emergency Departments (ED) in Switzerland are faced with increasing numbers of patients seeking non-urgent treatment. The high rate of walks-ins with conditions that may be treated in primary care has led to s...

    Authors: Corinne Chmiel, Carola A Huber, Thomas Rosemann, Marco Zoller, Klaus Eichler, Patrick Sidler and Oliver Senn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:94

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  43. Content type: Research article

    An increasing numbers of deaths occur in nursing homes. Knowledge of the course of development over the years in death rates and predictors of mortality is important for officials responsible for organizing ca...

    Authors: Ingibjörg Hjaltadóttir, Ingalill Rahm Hallberg, Anna Kristensson Ekwall and Per Nyberg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:86

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  44. Content type: Research article

    The Minimum Data Set (MDS) for nursing home resident assessment has been required in all U.S. nursing homes since 1990 and has been universally computerized since 1998. Initially intended to structure clinical...

    Authors: Vincent Mor, Orna Intrator, Mark Aaron Unruh and Shubing Cai

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:78

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  45. Content type: Research article

    The association between lower socioeconomic status and poorer health outcomes has been observed using both individual-level and aggregate-level measures of income and education. While both are predictive of he...

    Authors: Carlo A Marra, Larry D Lynd, Stephanie S Harvard and Maja Grubisic

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:69

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Rural and remote areas are characterised by a shortage of medical practitioners. Rural background has been shown to be a significant factor associated with medical graduates' intentions and decisions to practi...

    Authors: Matthew R McGrail, John S Humphreys and Catherine M Joyce

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:63

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  47. Content type: Research article

    The focus on the determinants of the quality of health services in low-income countries is increasing. Health workers' motivation has emerged as a topic of substantial interest in this context. The main object...

    Authors: Nils Gunnar Songstad, Ole Bjørn Rekdal, Deodatus Amadeus Massay and Astrid Blystad

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:34

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  48. Content type: Research article

    As with the general population, a proportion of military personnel with mental health problems do not seek help. As the military is a profession at high risk of occupational psychiatric injury, understanding b...

    Authors: Amy C Iversen, Lauren van Staden, Jamie Hacker Hughes, Neil Greenberg, Matthew Hotopf, Roberto J Rona, Graham Thornicroft, Simon Wessely and Nicola T Fear

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2011 11:31

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