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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

    The perceived importance of safety culture in improving patient safety and its impact on patient outcomes has led to a growing interest in the assessment of safety climate in healthcare organizations; however,...

    Authors: Gheed Alsalem, Paul Bowie and Jillian Morrison

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:353

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Healthcare systems around the world have been responding to the demand for better integrated models of service delivery. However, there is a need for further clarity regarding the effects of these new models o...

    Authors: Susan Baxter, Maxine Johnson, Duncan Chambers, Anthea Sutton, Elizabeth Goyder and Andrew Booth

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:350

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Self-administration of medicines by patients whilst in hospital is being increasingly promoted despite little evidence to show the risks and benefits. Pain control after total knee replacement (TKR) is known t...

    Authors: Katherine H. O. Deane, Richard Gray, Paula Balls, Clare Darrah, Louise Swift, Alan B. Clark, Garry R. Barton, Sophie Morris, Sue Butters, Angela Bullough, Helen Flaherty, Barbara Talbot, Mark Sanders and Simon T. Donell

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:346

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  4. Content type: Research article

    For young people with long-term conditions, transition from child to adult-oriented health services is a critical period which, if not managed well, may lead to poor outcomes. There are features of transition ...

    Authors: A. Colver, R. Pearse, R. M. Watson, M. Fay, T. Rapley, K. D. Mann, A. Le Couteur, J. R. Parr and H. McConachie

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:337

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  5. Content type: Research article

    In contrast to other countries, the appearance of locum physicians as independent contractors constitutes a rather new phenomenon in the German health care system and emerged out of a growing economization and...

    Authors: Sabine Salloch, Birgit Apitzsch, Maximiliane Wilkesmann and Caroline Ruiner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:333

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  6. Content type: Research article

    A multitude of different rehabilitation interventions and other specific health care services are offered for individuals with disorders of consciousness in long-term care settings. To investigate the associat...

    Authors: Hanna Klingshirn, Rene Mittrach, Kathrin Braitmayer, Ralf Strobl, Andreas Bender, Eva Grill and Martin Müller

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:329

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Next-of-kin are an extension of healthcare professionals in all stages of cancer care. They offer care activities such as interpretations of symptoms, and reporting of negative or adverse effects of treatment,...

    Authors: Inger Johanne Bergerød, Bjørnar Gilje, Geir S. Braut and Siri Wiig

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:324

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Several malaria endemic countries have implemented community health worker (CHW) programmes to increase access to populations underserved by health care. There is considerable evidence on CHW adherence to case...

    Authors: Sham Lal, Richard Ndyomugenyi, Lucy Paintain, Neal D. Alexander, Kristian S. Hansen, Pascal Magnussen, Daniel Chandramohan and Siân E. Clarke

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:317

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Health care data allow for the study and surveillance of chronic diseases such as diabetes. The objective of this study was to identify and validate optimal algorithms for diabetes cases within health care adm...

    Authors: Lorraine L. Lipscombe, Jeremiah Hwee, Lauren Webster, Baiju R. Shah, Gillian L. Booth and Karen Tu

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:316

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Every year, 14 % of patients in Norwegian hospitals experience adverse events, which often have health-damaging consequences. The government, hospital management and health personnel attempt to minimize such e...

    Authors: Gunn Hågensen, Gudrun Nilsen, Grete Mehus and Nils Henriksen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:302

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Health Services Research 2019 19:164

  11. Content type: Study protocol

    In Ontario, Canada, approximately $2.5 billion is spent yearly on occupational injuries in the healthcare sector. The healthcare sector has been ranked second highest for lost-time injury rates among 16 Ontari...

    Authors: Joan M Almost, Elizabeth G VanDenKerkhof, Peter Strahlendorf, Louise Caicco Tett, Joanna Noonan, Thomas Hayes, Henrietta Van hulle, Ryan Adam, Jeremy Holden, Tracy Kent-Hillis, Mike McDonald, Geneviève C. Paré, Karanjit Lachhar and Vanessa Silva e Silva

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:296

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Patients with severe mental illness may be subjected to Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) in order to secure that the patients adhere to treatment. Few studies have investigated the use of CTOs within an Asser...

    Authors: Hanne Kilen Stuen, Anne Landheim, Jorun Rugkåsa and Rolf Wynn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:290

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of mortality among people living with HIV (PLHIV), despite the availability of effective preventive therapy. The TEKO trial is assessing the impact of using a blood test,...

    Authors: Deanna Kerrigan, Carrie Tudor, Katlego Motlhaoleng, Limakatso Lebina, Cokiswa Qomfu, Ebrahim Variava, Sandy Chon, Neil Martinson and Jonathan E. Golub

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:288

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Procedural and documentation deviations relating to intravenous (IV) infusion administration can have important safety consequences. However, research on such deviations is limited. To address this we investig...

    Authors: Dominic Furniss, Imogen Lyons, Bryony Dean Franklin, Astrid Mayer, Gillian Chumbley, Li Wei, Anna L. Cox, Jolien Vos, Galal Galal-Edeen and Ann Blandford

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:270

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Children who leave the emergency department (ED) without complete evaluation or care (LWCET) have poorer outcomes in general. Previous studies have found that American Indian (AI) children have higher rates of...

    Authors: Tess L. Weber, Katherine M. Ziegler, Anupam B. Kharbanda, Nathaniel R. Payne, Chad Birger and Susan E. Puumala

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:267

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about the association between patient-related factors and patients’ evaluation of care.

    Authors: Steven H. Hendriks, Marco H. Blanker, Yvonne Roelofsen, Kornelis J. J. van Hateren, Klaas H. Groenier, Henk J. G. Bilo and Nanne Kleefstra

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:266

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Post-marketing safety studies of medicines often rely on administrative claims databases to identify adverse outcomes following drug exposure. Valid ascertainment of outcomes is essential for accurate results....

    Authors: Florence T. Wang, Fei Xue, Yan Ding, Eva Ng, Cathy W. Critchlow and David D. Dore

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:263

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Successful implementation of clinical pharmacy services is associated with improvement of appropriateness of prescribing. Both high clinical significance of pharmacist interventions and their high acceptance r...

    Authors: Nicola Lombardi, Li Wei, Maisoon Ghaleb, Enrico Pasut, Silvia Leschiutta, Paolo Rossi and Maria Grazia Troncon

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:259

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Nanomedicine is the medical application of nanomaterials that may have an infinite size with the range less than 100 nm. This science has provided solutions to many of the current limitations in the diagnosis ...

    Authors: Mohyeddin Assali, Ali Shakaa, Sabaa Abu-Hejleh, Reham Abu-Omar, Nareman Karajeh, Nawal Ajory, Saed Zyoud and Waleed Sweileh

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:250

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  20. Content type: Research article

    As individuals age, they are more likely to experience increasing frailty and more frequent use of hospital services. First, we explored whether initiating home-based primary care in a frail homebound cohort, ...

    Authors: Margaret J. McGregor, Michelle B. Cox, Jay M. Slater, Jeff Poss, Kimberlyn M. McGrail, Lisa A. Ronald, John Sloan and Michael Schulzer

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:248

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The Kenyan Ministry of Health- Department of Standards and Regulations sought to operationalize the Kenya Quality Assurance Model for Health. To this end an integrated quality management system based on valida...

    Authors: Michael Marx, Christine Nitschke, Maureen Nafula, Mabel Nangami, Marc Brodowski, Irmgard Marx, Helen Prytherch, Charles Kandie, Irene Omogi, Friederike Paul-Fariborz and Joachim Szecsenyi

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:246

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  22. Content type: Research article

    US healthcare organizations increasingly use physician satisfaction and attitudes as a key performance indicator. Further, many health care organizations also have an academically oriented mission. Physician i...

    Authors: David C. Mohr, Jennifer L. Eaton, Mark Meterko, Kelly L. Stolzmann and Joseph D. Restuccia

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:244

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Beginning in 2012, Lean was introduced to improve health care quality and promote patient-centredness throughout the province of Saskatchewan, Canada with the aim of producing coordinated, system-wide change. ...

    Authors: Donna Goodridge, Masud Rana, Elizabeth L. Harrison, Thomas Rotter, Roy Dobson, Gary Groot, Sonia Udod and Joshua Lloyd

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:237

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Young people living in remote Australian Aboriginal communities experience high rates of sexually transmissible infections (STIs). STRIVE (STIs in Remote communities, ImproVed and Enhanced primary care) was a ...

    Authors: Belinda Hengel, Stephen Bell, Linda Garton, James Ward, Alice Rumbold, Debbie Taylor-Thomson, Bronwyn Silver, Skye McGregor, Amalie Dyda, Janet Knox, Rebecca Guy, Lisa Maher and John Martin Kaldor

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:230

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Informal caregivers’ (CGs’) subjective burden is an important aspect of the care situation because it is linked to various outcomes such as health, mortality risk, institutionalization, and caregiving style. T...

    Authors: Anna Pendergrass, Cintia Malnis, Uta Graf, Sabine Engel and Elmar Graessel

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:229

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Users of care services are increasingly participating in inspections of the quality of care. In practice, incorporating service users’ views is difficult, as users may have other views on good care than inspec...

    Authors: Suzanne Rutz, Hester van de Bovenkamp, Simone Buitendijk, Paul Robben and Antoinette de Bont

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:226

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Patient’s satisfaction occurs when patients feel their needs and expectations are being meet by the service delivery they receive in health institutions. The Objective of this research was to assess HIV/AIDS p...

    Authors: Kiflay Gebremariam Atsebeha and Daniel Haile Chercos

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:223

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The experience of having their new-borns admitted to an intensive care unit (NICU) can be extremely distressing. Subsequent risk of post-incident-adjustment difficulties are increased for parents, siblings, an...

    Authors: Inger Hilde Hagen, Marit Følsvik Svindseth, Erik Nesset, Roderick Orner and Valentina Cabral Iversen

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:222

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The role of the “debrief” to address issues related to patient safety and systematic flaws in care is frequently overlooked. In our study, we interview surgical leaders who have developed successful strategies...

    Authors: Mary E. Brindle, Natalie Henrich, Andrew Foster, Stanley Marks, Michael Rose, Robert Welsh and William Berry

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:210

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Hypertension (HT) is a major risk factor, and accessible and effective HT screening services are necessary. The effective coverage framework is an assessment tool that can be used to assess health service perf...

    Authors: Kulpimol Charoendee, Jiruth Sriratanaban, Wichai Aekplakorn and Piya Hanvoravongchai

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:208

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Despite strong evidence for beta-blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) in chronic heart failure (CHF), they have been under-utilised especially in ...

    Authors: Chong Chyn Chua, Anastasia Hutchinson, Mark Tacey, Sumit Parikh, Wen Kwang Lim and Craig Aboltins

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:206

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Population-based patterns of care studies are important for trauma care but conducting them is expensive and resource-intensive. Linkage of routinely collected administrative health data may provide an efficie...

    Authors: Jane Wu, Steven G. Faux, Christopher J. Poulos and Ian Harris

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:204

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  33. Content type: Debate

    Research in criminology and social-psychology supports the idea that visible signs of disorder, both physical and social, may perpetuate further disorder, leading to neighborhood incivilities, petty violations...

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

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:201

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The method, Swedish Physical Activity on Prescription (SPAP), has been launched in Swedish healthcare to promote physical activity for prevention and treatment of lifestyle related health disorders. Despite sc...

    Authors: Catharina Gustavsson, Maria Nordqvist, Kristina Bröms, Lars Jerdén, Lena V. Kallings and Lars Wallin

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:196

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Quality systems are believed to be positively related to quality and safety in healthcare. However, there is no convincing evidence for this relationship in the literature. This study aims to examine the assoc...

    Authors: Steffie M. van Schoten, Janneke Hoogervorst-Schilp, Peter P. Groenewegen, Peter Spreeuwenberg and Cordula Wagner

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:189

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Involving patients in decisions about their pharmacotherapy is crucial for a satisfactory treatment outcome. Information and opinions about medicines are available from a variety of sources. The Wise List is t...

    Authors: Pia Bastholm-Rahmner, Lars L. Gustafsson, Kristina Aggefors, Kristina Ateva, Susanne Elfving, Jaran Eriksen, Malena Jirlow, Maria Juhasz-Haverinen, Rickard E. Malmström, Mahan Nikpour-Ardaly, Magnus Röjvall, Martina Vallin, Eva Andersén-Karlsson and Marie-Louise Ovesjö

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:176

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Interventions to improve quality of care for residents of long-term care facilities, and to examine the sustainability and spread of such initiatives, remain a top research priority. The purpose of this explor...

    Authors: Lisa A. Cranley, Matthias Hoben, Jasper Yeung, Carole A. Estabrooks, Peter G. Norton and Adrian Wagg

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:174

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  38. Content type: Research article

    The surgical Safety Checklist (SSC) was introduced in 2008 to improve teamwork and reduce the mortality and morbidity associated with surgery. Although mandated in many health care institutions around the worl...

    Authors: Brigid M. Gillespie, Emma Harbeck, Joanne Lavin, Therese Gardiner, Teresa K. Withers and Andrea P. Marshall

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:170

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  39. Content type: Study protocol

    Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a cognitive-behavioral intervention aimed at reducing risk for criminal recidivism by restructuring antisocial attitudes and cognitions (i.e., “criminogenic thinking”). MRT ha...

    Authors: Daniel M. Blonigen, Michael A. Cucciare, Christine Timko, Jennifer S. Smith, Autumn Harnish, Lakiesha Kemp, Joel Rosenthal and David Smelson

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:164

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Conducting patient safety culture assessments can provide hospitals with information on how structures and processes within their system can impact patient outcomes. This study used the Hospital Survey on Pati...

    Authors: Hayfaa Ali, Samaa Zenhom Ibrahem, Buthaina Al Mudaf, Talal Al Fadalah, Diana Jamal and Fadi El-Jardali

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:158

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  41. Content type: Research article

    The AGREE II instrument is the most commonly used guideline appraisal tool. It includes 23 appraisal criteria (items) organized within six domains. AGREE II also includes two overall assessments (overall guide...

    Authors: Wiebke Hoffmann-Eßer, Ulrich Siering, Edmund A. M. Neugebauer, Anne Catharina Brockhaus, Natalie McGauran and Michaela Eikermann

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:143

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  42. Content type: Research article

    To evaluate the performance of a novel triage system for Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) units built upon an existent clinical prediction rule (CPR) to reduce time to unit arrival, relative to the time of symp...

    Authors: Maximilian B. Bibok, Kristine Votova, Robert F. Balshaw, Mary L. Lesperance, Nicole S. Croteau, Anurag Trivedi, Jaclyn Morrison, Colin Sedgwick and Andrew M. Penn

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:142

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Written Medicine Information (WMI) is one of the sources that patients use to obtain information concerning medicine. This paper aims to assess the readability of two types of WMIs in Arabic language based on ...

    Authors: Sinaa Al Aqeel, Norah Abanmy, Abeer Aldayel, Hend Al-Khalifa, Maha Al-Yahya and Mona Diab

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:139

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Readmission of a patient to a hospital is typically associated with significant clinical changes in the patient’s condition, but it is unknown how healthcare workers modify their provision of care when conside...

    Authors: Priyadarshini R. Pennathur and Brennan S. Ayres

    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2018 18:138

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