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Quality, performance, safety and outcomes

Section edited by Koustuv Dalal and Howard Degenholtz

This section aims to publish studies on healthcare quality practice and improving patient care and its safety. The section also accepts articles on changes in the health status of an individual, group or population resulting from interventions of the health care team.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Anxiety disorders are common, yet treatment options in general practice are often limited to medication or CBT. There is a lack of evidence for the effectiveness of exercise in the treatment of anxiety in pati...

    Authors: Elizabeth Aylett, Nicola Small and Peter Bower

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:559

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  2. Content type: Study protocol

    Pain is a common and distressing symptom in people with cancer, but is under-recognised and under-treated. Australian guidelines for ‘Cancer Pain Management in Adults’ are available on the Cancer Council Austr...

    Authors: Tim Luckett, Jane Phillips, Meera Agar, Lawrence Lam, Patricia M. Davidson, Nicola McCaffrey, Frances Boyle, Tim Shaw, David C. Currow, Alison Read, Annmarie Hosie and Melanie Lovell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:558

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Diagnostic imaging has been a part of medicine for the last century. It has been difficult to implement guidelines in this field, and unwarranted imaging has been a frequent problem. Some work has been done to...

    Authors: Ann Mari Gransjøen, Siri Wiig, Kristin Bakke Lysdahl and Bjørn Morten Hofmann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:556

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Delirium is a well-known complication in cardiac surgery and intensive care unit (ICU) patients. However, in many other settings its prevalence and clinical consequences are understudied. The aims of this stud...

    Authors: Maria Schubert, Roger Schürch, Soenke Boettger, David Garcia Nuñez, Urs Schwarz, Dominique Bettex, Josef Jenewein, Jasmina Bogdanovic, Marina Lynne Staehli, Rebecca Spirig and Alain Rudiger

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:550

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Patient safety culture, i.e. a subset of an organization’s culture, has become an important focus of patient safety research. An organization’s culture consists of many cultures, underscoring the importance of...

    Authors: Marita Danielsson, Per Nilsen, Hans Rutberg and Siw Carlfjord

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:543

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) programs have been taken up widely by Indigenous primary health care (PHC) services in Australia and there has been national policy commitment to support this. However, int...

    Authors: Karen Gardner, Beverly Sibthorpe, Mier Chan, Ginny Sargent, Michelle Dowden and Daniel McAullay

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:541

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  7. Content type: Research article

    There are dearth of literature on the capacity of the health system to diagnose and treat HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia. In this study we evaluated the capacity of health facilities for HIV/AIDS care, its spatial distr...

    Authors: Amare Deribew, Sibhatu Biadgilign, Della Berhanu, Atkure Defar, Kebede Deribe, Ephrem Tekle, Kassahun Asheber and Tariku Dejene

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:535

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Achieving sustainable practice changes to ensure best-practice nursing care in acute hospital environments can be challenging and is not well understood. A multi-faceted practice change intervention was implem...

    Authors: Catherine Travers, Amanda Henderson, Frederick Graham and Elizabeth Beattie

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:534

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  9. Content type: Debate

    While we have made gains in understanding cultures in hospitals and their effects on outcomes of care, little work has investigated how the pace of work in hospitals is associated with staff satisfaction and p...

    Authors: Jeffrey Braithwaite, Louise A. Ellis, Kate Churruca and Janet C. Long

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:529

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Poor sleep is known to adversely affect hospital patients’ recovery and rehabilitation. The aim of the study was to investigate the perceived duration and quality of patient sleep and identify any environmenta...

    Authors: Lori J. Delaney, Marian J. Currie, Hsin-Chia Carol Huang, Violeta Lopez and Frank Van Haren

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:524

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Although public reporting of hospital performance is becoming common, it remains uncertain whether public reporting leads to improvement in clinical outcomes. This study was conducted to evaluate whether enrol...

    Authors: Hayato Yamana, Mariko Kodan, Sachiko Ono, Kojiro Morita, Hiroki Matsui, Kiyohide Fushimi, Tomoaki Imamura and Hideo Yasunaga

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:523

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  12. Content type: Research article

    How non-verbal data may influence observer-administered ratings of shared decision making is unknown. Our objective for this exploratory analysis was to determine the effect of mode of data collection (audio+v...

    Authors: Michael R. Gionfriddo, Megan E. Branda, Cara Fernandez, Aaron Leppin, Kathleen J. Yost, Brittany Kimball, Gabriela Spencer-Bonilla, Laura Larrea, Katherine E. Nowakowski, Victor M. Montori and Jon Tilburt

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:522

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Limited studies have evaluated the effectiveness of pharmacist interventions on outpatient prescription. The goal of this study was to evaluate the clinical and economic impacts of pharmacist interventions on ...

    Authors: Zhiwei Bao, Chunmei Ji, Jing Hu, Can Luo and Wentong Fang

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:519

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Several bone-targeted agents (BTAs) are available for preventing skeletal-related events (SREs), but they vary in terms of efficacy, safety and mode of administration. This study assessed data on European phys...

    Authors: Yi Qian, Jorge Arellano, Francesca Gatta, Guy Hechmati, A. Brett Hauber, Ateesha F. Mohamed, Amit Bahl, Roger von Moos and Jean-Jacques Body

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:518

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Primary caesarean section (PCS) rate is one of the main indicators of quality of care suggested by the Italian Government. Hospital rankings are usually based on it, therefore lower rates reflect more appropri...

    Authors: Pamela Di Giovanni, Tonia Garzarella, Giuseppe Di Martino, Francesco Saverio Schioppa, Ferdinando Romano and Tommaso Staniscia

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:514

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Inadequate non-technical skills (NTSs) among employees in the Norwegian prehospital emergency medical services (EMSs) are a risk for patient and operational safety. Simulation-based training and assessment is ...

    Authors: Henrik Langdalen, Eirik B. Abrahamsen, Stephen J. M. Sollid, Leif Inge K. Sørskår and Håkon B. Abrahamsen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:509

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Depression constitutes a significant part of the global burden of diseases. General practice plays a central role in diagnosing and monitoring depression. A telemedicine solution comprising a web-based psychom...

    Authors: Mette Daugbjerg Krog, Marie Germund Nielsen, Jette Videbæk Le, Flemming Bro, Kaj Sparle Christensen and Anna Mygind

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:503

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Knowledge translation (KT) is the broad range of activities aimed at supporting the use of research findings leading to evidence-based practice (EBP) and policy. Recommendations have been made that capacity bu...

    Authors: Anastasia A. Mallidou, Pat Atherton, Liza Chan, Noreen Frisch, Stephanie Glegg and Gayle Scarrow

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:502

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Individuals with severe disability often require personal assistance and help from informal caregivers, in addition to conventional health care. The utilization of assistance dogs may decrease the need for hea...

    Authors: Martina Lundqvist, Lars-Åke Levin, Kerstin Roback and Jenny Alwin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:497

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  20. Content type: Study protocol

    Neonatal mortality is a major health burden in Bungoma County with the rate estimated at 31 per 1000 live births and is above the national average of 22 per 1000. Nonetheless, out of the nine sub county hospit...

    Authors: Jesse Gitaka, Alice Natecho, Humphrey M. Mwambeo, Daniel Maina Gatungu, David Githanga and Timothy Abuya

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:493

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Job satisfaction is a predictor of intention to stay and turnover among allied healthcare providers. However, there is limited research examining job satisfaction among allied health professionals, specificall...

    Authors: Laura D. Aloisio, Wendy A. Gifford, Katherine S. McGilton, Michelle Lalonde, Carole A. Estabrooks and Janet E. Squires

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:491

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  22. Content type: Technical advance

    A discrete choice experiment (DCE) is a method used to elicit participants’ preferences and the relative importance of different attributes and levels within a decision-making process. DCEs have become popular...

    Authors: Aoife De Brún, Darren Flynn, Laura Ternent, Christopher I. Price, Helen Rodgers, Gary A. Ford, Matthew Rudd, Emily Lancsar, Stephen Simpson, John Teah and Richard G. Thomson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:483

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Despite continued policy and research emphasis to deliver culturally competent mental healthcare, there is: (1) limited evidence about what frontline practitioners consider to be culturally competent care and;...

    Authors: Tooba Noor Mollah, Josefine Antoniades, Fathima Ijaza Lafeer and Bianca Brijnath

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:480

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Person-Centered Integrated Care (PC-IC) is believed to improve outcomes and experience for persons with multiple long-term and complex conditions. No broad consensus exists regarding how to capture the patient...

    Authors: Gro Berntsen, Audhild Høyem, Idar Lettrem, Cornelia Ruland, Markus Rumpsfeld and Deede Gammon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:479

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Although death certificates (DCs) provide valuable health information which may help to guide local health policies and priorities, there is little information concerning their validity in Thailand. First-year...

    Authors: Chaiwat Washirasaksiri, Prateep Raksasagulwong, Charoen Chouriyagune, Pochamana Phisalprapa and Weerachai Srivanichakorn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:478

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  26. Content type: Research article

    In the past decade, the Republic of Ireland has undertaken significant reconfiguration programmes to improve emergency services. During this time the public healthcare system experienced a large real decrease ...

    Authors: Brenda Lynch, Anthony P. Fitzgerald, Paul Corcoran, Orla Healy, Claire Buckley, Conor Foley and John Browne

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:474

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The patient experience is a crucial part of the measurement of service quality. However, instruments to evaluate experiential quality in the community mental health care of older adults are lacking. Before des...

    Authors: Mark Wilberforce, Eric Batten, David Challis, Linda Davies, Michael P. Kelly and Chris Roberts

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:461

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  28. Content type: Study protocol

    Capacity development of health volunteers and text messaging to pregnant women through mobile phones have shown improved maternal and child health (MCH) outcomes and is associated with increased utilisation of...

    Authors: Jitendra Kumar Singh, Rajendra Kadel, Dilaram Acharya, Daniel Lombard, Saval Khanal and Shri Prakash Singh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:447

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Interventions to improve patient-centered care for persons with multimorbidity are in constant growth. To date, the emphasis has been on two separate kinds of interventions, those based on a patient-centered c...

    Authors: Marie-Eve Poitras, Marie-Eve Maltais, Louisa Bestard-Denommé, Moira Stewart and Martin Fortin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:446

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Psychosocial rehabilitation is a service that supports recovery from mental illness by providing opportunities for skill development, self-determination, and social interaction. One type of psychosocial rehabi...

    Authors: Christina Mutschler, Jen Rouse, Kelly McShane and Criss Habal-Brosek

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:442

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The objective of this systematic review was to summarize and evaluate evidence about the effectiveness of knowledge translation (KT) interventions to improve the uptake and application of clinical practice gui...

    Authors: Fadi M. AL Zoubi, Anita Menon, Nancy E. Mayo and André E. Bussières

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:435

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Children born in families with non-medical risk factors, such as deprivation, have higher odds of preterm birth (< 37 weeks of gestation) or being born small for gestational age (birth weight < 10th percentile...

    Authors: M. R. C. van Minde, S. M. Hulst, H. Raat, E. A. P. Steegers and M. L. A. de Kroon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:432

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  33. Content type: Study protocol

    Access to integrated services for individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders is a long-standing public health issue. Receiving integrated treatment services are both more effective...

    Authors: James H. Ford II, Eric L Osborne, Mehret T. Assefa, Amy M McIlvaine, Ahney M King, Kevin Campbell and Mark P McGovern

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:431

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  34. Content type: Study protocol

    People with serious mental illness (SMI) die many years prematurely, with rates of premature mortality two to three times greater than the general population. Most premature deaths are due to “natural causes,”...

    Authors: Alexander S. Young, Amy N. Cohen, Evelyn T. Chang, Anthony W. P. Flynn, Alison B. Hamilton, Rebecca Oberman and Merlyn Vinzon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:428

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Inadequate identification and treatment of substance use (SU) and mental health (MH) disorders hinders retention in HIV care. The objective of this study was to elicit stakeholder input on integration of SU/MH...

    Authors: Anne K. Monroe, Sarah M. Jabour, Sebastian Peña, Jeanne C. Keruly, Richard D. Moore, Geetanjali Chander and Kristin A. Riekert

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:419

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  36. Content type: Study protocol

    Systematic implementation of guidelines for opioid therapy management in chronic non-cancer pain can reduce opioid-related harms. However, implementation of guideline-recommended practices in routine care is s...

    Authors: Aleksandra E. Zgierska, Regina M. Vidaver, Paul Smith, Mary W. Ales, Kate Nisbet, Deanne Boss, Wen-Jan Tuan and David L. Hahn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:415

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  37. Content type: Study protocol

    Participatory health approaches are increasingly drawing attention among the scientific community, and could be used for health promotion programmes on diabetes through social media. The main aim of this proje...

    Authors: E. Gabarron, M. Bradway, L. Fernandez-Luque, T. Chomutare, A. H. Hansen, R. Wynn and E. Årsand

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:414

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  38. Content type: Research article

    To meet the challenges of the rising prevalence of chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, new approaches to healthcare delivery have been initiated; among these the influential Chronic Care Model (CCM). Va...

    Authors: Nina Simonsen, Anne M. Koponen and Sakari Suominen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:412

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Many outcome studies capture the presence of mental health, drug and alcohol comorbidities from administrative datasets and medical records. How these sources compare as predictors of patient outcomes has not ...

    Authors: Tu Q. Nguyen, Pamela M. Simpson, Sandra C. Braaf, Peter A. Cameron, Rodney Judson and Belinda J. Gabbe

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:408

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  40. Content type: Research article

    It has been shown that a recently defined stressor, ‘illegitimate tasks’, has negative effects on employees’ work motivation and health. Better understanding of the illegitimate tasks undertaken by physicians ...

    Authors: Sylvi Thun, Vidar Halsteinli and Lise Løvseth

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:407

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  41. Content type: Study protocol

    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the US and incurs high health care costs. While many initiatives promote the implementation of ABCS (aspirin therapy, blood pressure control, chole...

    Authors: Ann F. Chou, Juell B. Homco, Zsolt Nagykaldi, James W. Mold, F. Daniel Duffy, Steven Crawford and Julie A. Stoner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:404

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Post-market surveillance of medical devices is reliant on physician reporting of adverse medical device events (AMDEs). Few studies have examined factors that influence whether and how physicians report AMDEs,...

    Authors: Laura Desveaux and Anna R. Gagliardi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:402

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Involuntary care and coercive measures are frequently present in mental healthcare for adolescents. The purpose of this study was to examine to what extent adolescents perceive or experience coercion during in...

    Authors: Olav Nyttingnes, Torleif Ruud, Reidun Norvoll, Jorun Rugkåsa and Ketil Hanssen-Bauer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:389

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Eldercare and care of people with functional impairments is organized by the municipalities in Sweden. Improving care in these areas is complex, with multiple stakeholders and organizations. Appropriate strate...

    Authors: M. E. Nyström, E. Höög, R. Garvare, M. Andersson Bäck, D. D. Terris and J. Hansson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:376

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is a common high-risk disease with inpatient mortality of 5% nationally. But little is known about this outcome among Asian Americans (Asians), a fast growing racial/ethnic mi...

    Authors: Eun Ji Kim, Nancy R. Kressin, Michael K. Paasche-Orlow, Lenny Lopez, Jennifer E. Rosen, Mengyun Lin and Amresh D. Hanchate

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:370

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  46. Content type: Study protocol

    The shortage of organs for kidney transplantation for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is magnified in Hispanics/Latin Americans in the United States. Living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT) is ...

    Authors: Elisa J. Gordon, Jungwha Lee, Raymond H. Kang, Juan Carlos Caicedo, Jane L. Holl, Daniela P. Ladner and Michelle D. Shumate

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:368

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  47. Content type: Study protocol

    There are many descriptive studies regarding the needs of the family, as well as those regarding nursing care aimed directly at family members. However, there is no widespread application of such evidence in c...

    Authors: Laura de-la-Cueva-Ariza, Pilar Delgado-Hito, Gemma Martínez-Estalella, Gemma Via-Clavero, Teresa Lluch-Canut and Marta Romero-García

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:357

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