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Health services research

Section edited by: Micaela Comendeiro-Maaløe and Kenneth E Grech

This section welcomes original and review manuscripts focussing on smarter identification and better understanding of the most effective ways to organize, manage, finance and deliver care, reducing errors and health inequity and improving patients safety, outcome and experience. The section is particularly keen on receiving papers assessing integrated care delivered to people with multiple chronic conditions.

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  1. In the process of community building, it is important to create a place for multigenerational exchanges. To promote multigenerational exchanges in regional locations, it is essential to clarify whether such ex...

    Authors: Kumiko Morita, Minako Kobayashi, Rieko Aoki, Hitomi Nagamine, Harumi Yamamoto, Fumi Ohtake, Mika Hoki, Hiroko Sumita, Kayo Maruyama, Kayoko Mitsuhashi and Akiko Sasaki

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:41

    Content type: Research

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  2. Inconsistent use of generic and disease-specific health-related quality of life (HRQOL) instruments in multiple sclerosis (MS) studies limits cross-country comparability. The objectives: 1) investigate real-wo...

    Authors: Laurenske A. Visser, Celine Louapre, Carin A. Uyl-de Groot and William K. Redekop

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:39

    Content type: Research

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  3. Little is known about how health literacy is linked to physical check-ups. This study aimed to examine the levels of physical check-ups (self-reported check-ups within the last year) by age group (those aged 1...

    Authors: Hee Yun Lee, Sooyoung Kim, Jessica Neese and Mi Hwa Lee

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:38

    Content type: Research

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  4. After 9 years of the ground-breaking social policy Law 1448 of 2011 -Victims Law- and its extension until 2030, the Colombian State and other stakeholders have made several efforts towards granting the right o...

    Authors: Laura Camila Sarmiento-Marulanda, Amira Ayleen Aguilera-Char, Catalina González-Gil and Wilson López-López

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:31

    Content type: Research

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  5. To assess the effectiveness of mass treatment of Schistosoma mansoni infection in socially vulnerable endemic areas in northeastern Brazil.

    Authors: Flávia Silvestre Outtes Wanderley, Ulisses Montarroyos, Cristine Bonfim and Carolina Cunha-Correia

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:30

    Content type: Research

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  6. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) has proven effect in assisting smoking cessation. However, its effectiveness varies across studies and population groups. This may be due to differences in the rate of adhere...

    Authors: Amanual Getnet Mersha, Parivash Eftekhari, Michelle Bovill, Daniel Nigusse Tollosa and Gillian Sandra Gould

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:26

    Content type: Systematic review

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  7. In 1994, the Lady Health Workers (LHWs) Programme was established in Pakistan to increase access to essential primary care services and support health systems at the household and community levels. In Khyber P...

    Authors: Stevens Bechange, Elena Schmidt, Anna Ruddock, Itfaq Khaliq Khan, Munazza Gillani, Anne Roca, Imran Nazir, Robina Iqbal, Sandeep Buttan, Muhammed Bilal, Leena Ahmed and Emma Jolley

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:20

    Content type: Research

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  8. It has previously been established that patients who have strong barriers to their diet self-management are more likely to have weak social support; however, the key mechanisms underlying the association betwe...

    Authors: Li Yang, Kun Li, Yan Liang, Qiuli Zhao, Dan Cui and Xuemei Zhu

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:14

    Content type: Research

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  9. To identify indicators of guideline-concordant care in lung cancer, to implement such indicators with cancer registry data linked to health databases, and to pilot them in a cohort of patients from the cancer ...

    Authors: Anita Andreano, Maria Grazia Valsecchi, Antonio Giampiero Russo and Salvatore Siena

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:12

    Content type: Research

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  10. Most of the world’s population lives in countries in which overweight and obesity kill more people than does underweight. The weight loss process can be supported by mental simulations, which are used to help ...

    Authors: Wojciech Styk, Szymon Zmorzyński and Waldemar Klinkosz

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:10

    Content type: Research

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  11. In Senegal, sub-Saharan Africa, many women continue to die from pregnancy and childbirth complications. Even though health facility delivery is a key intervention to reducing maternal death, utilization is low...

    Authors: Betregiorgis Zegeye, Bright Opoku Ahinkorah, Dina Idriss-Wheelr, Olanrewaju Oladimeji, Comfort Z. Olorunsaiye and Sanni Yaya

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:5

    Content type: Research

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  12. Many studies indicate that various health programmes have been failed because of the lack of appropriate information, education, and communication [IEC] for the target audiences. It is still unanswered which m...

    Authors: Devaraj Acharya, Bhimsen Devkota, Kamal Gautam and Radha Bhattarai

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:135

    Content type: Research

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  13. Despite a global reduction of about 38% in maternal mortality rate between 2000 and 2017, sub-Saharan Africa is still experiencing high mortality among women. Access to high quality care before, during and aft...

    Authors: Sulaimon T. Adedokun and Sanni Yaya

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:134

    Content type: Research

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  14. There is no national representative and conclusive data regarding parent-young communication. Therefore, this study aimed to estimate the pooled prevalence of parent-young communication on sexual and reproduct...

    Authors: Melaku Yalew, Bezawit Adane, Bereket Kefale, Yitayish Damtie, Mastewal Arefaynie, Shambel Wedajo, Abebayehu Bitew and Yitbarek Wasihun

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:133

    Content type: Research

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  15. an acceptable antenatal care (ANC4+) is defined as attending at least four antenatal care visit, received at least one dose of tetanus toxoid (TT) injections and consumed 100 iron-folic acids (IFA) tablets/syr...

    Authors: Tilahun Yemanu Birhan and Wullo Sisay Seretew

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:129

    Content type: Research

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  16. While knowledge of onset of smoking tobacco, and associated risk factors can aid the formulation of evidence-based policy and interventions, such information is scarce in South Africa. We assessed age at onset...

    Authors: Adeniyi Francis Fagbamigbe, Rachana Desai, Ronel Sewpaul, Ngianga-Bakwin Kandala, Derrick Sekgala and Priscilla Reddy

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:128

    Content type: Research

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  17. Literatures revealed that healthcare-associated infections are still a great concern in many developing countries including in Ethiopia. Despite the development of detailed guidelines for infection control, th...

    Authors: Ayele Semachew Kasa, Worku Animaw Temesgen, Yinager Workineh, Tadesse Dagget Tesfaye, Sitotaw Kerie, Eden Amsalu and Solomon Emishaw Awoke

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:127

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  18. In recent years, much effort was made to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services (SRH) to adolescents and youths in Ethiopia particularly through establishment of youth friendly service (YFS)...

    Authors: Bayu Haile, Mulugeta Shegaze, Tesfaye Feleke, Mustefa Glagn and Eshetu Andarge

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:126

    Content type: Research

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  19. Women in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) do not have equal access to resources, such as education, employment, or healthcare compared to men. We sought to explore health disparities and associations be...

    Authors: Amee D. Azad, Anthony G. Charles, Qian Ding, Amber W. Trickey and Sherry M. Wren

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:119

    Content type: Research

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    The Publisher Correction to this article has been published in Archives of Public Health 2021 79:19

  20. Programmatic and research agendas surrounding neonatal mortality are important to help countries attain the child health related 2030 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). In Burundi, the Neonatal Mortality Rate...

    Authors: Sanni Yaya, Betregiorgis Zegeye, Bright Opoku Ahinkorah, Edward Kwabena Ameyaw, Abdul-Aziz Seidu and Gebretsadik Shibre

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:115

    Content type: Research

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  21. This study investigated whether (i) mental disorders were associated with perceived social support and its subcomponents, (ii) current marital status was related to perceived social support, and (iii) ‘Married...

    Authors: Janhavi Ajit Vaingankar, Edimansyah Abdin, Siow Ann Chong, Saleha Shafie, Rajeswari Sambasivam, Yun Jue Zhang, Sherilyn Chang, Boon Yiang Chua, Shazana Shahwan, Anitha Jeyagurunathan, Kian Woon Kwok and Mythily Subramaniam

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:108

    Content type: Research

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  22. Seasonal influenza epidemics yearly affects 5–15% of the world’s population, resulting in 3–5 million serious cases and up to 650,000 deaths. According to the 2017–2019 Italian National Immunisation Plan, free...

    Authors: Armando Stefanati, Silvia Lupi, Gianluca Campo, Silvia Cocchio, Patrizia Furlan, Vincenzo Baldo and Giovanni Gabutti

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:103

    Content type: Research

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  23. unmet need for family planning is a common cause of uninteded pregnancy which mostly end up with abortion. Many studies were conducted on predictors of unmet need of family planning in Ethiopia. But, up until ...

    Authors: Temesgen Getaneh, Ayenew Negesse, Getenet Dessie, Melaku Desta and Tebabere Moltot

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:102

    Content type: Research

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  24. Mental health problems among young people is a worldwide public health concern. There has been an increase in mental health problems among young people in the Nordic countries in the last 25 years, particularl...

    Authors: Katrin Häggström Westberg, Jens M. Nygren, Maria Nyholm, Ing-Marie Carlsson and Petra Svedberg

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:93

    Content type: Research

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  25. Despite a well-established fact that same-day or rapid ART initiation after a positive HIV test result is vital for faster viral suppression and for prevention of further sexual transmissions of HIV, there is ...

    Authors: Nurilign Abebe Moges, Olubukola Adeponle Adesina, Micheal A. Okunlola and Yemane Berhane

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:87

    Content type: Research

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  26. Breast cancer (BC) is a non-communicable disease with increased morbidity and mortality. Early detection of BC contributes to prompt linkage to care and reduction of complications associated with BC. Breast se...

    Authors: Roseline H. Udoh, Mohammed Tahiru, Monica Ansu-Mensah, Vitalis Bawontuo, Frederick Inkum Danquah and Desmond Kuupiel

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:84

    Content type: Systematic review

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  27. Around 48% of all pregnancies in low- and middle-income countries are unintended. Unintended pregnancy may contribute to lower use of antenatal care (ANC); however, current research in the area is largely inco...

    Authors: Md Nuruzzaman Khan, Melissa L. Harris, Christopher Oldmeadow and Deborah Loxton

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:81

    Content type: Research

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  28. Majority of maternal deaths are avoidable through quality obstetric care such as Cesarean Section (CS). However, in low-and middle-income countries, many women are still dying due to lack of obstetric services...

    Authors: Gebretsadik Shibre, Betregiorgis Zegeye, Bright Opoku Ahinkorah, Mpho Keetile and Sanni Yaya

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:80

    Content type: Research

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  29. Hand hygiene (HH) is considered one of the most important measures to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAI). Most studies focus on HH compliance within the hospital setting, whereas little is known fo...

    Authors: Nataliya Hilt, Mariëtte Lokate, Alfons OldeLoohuis, Marlies E. J. L. Hulscher, Alex W. Friedrich and Andreas Voss

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:79

    Content type: Research

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  30. The current study aimed to measure and decompose socioeconomic-related inequalities in DMFT (decayed, missing, and filled teeth) index among adults in Iran.

    Authors: Farid Najafi, Satar Rezaei, Mohammad Hajizadeh, Moslem Soofi, Yahya Salimi, Ali Kazemi Karyani, Shahin Soltani, Sina Ahmadi, Enayatollah Homaie Rad, Behzad Karami Matin, Yahya Pasdar, Behrooz Hamzeh, Mehdi Moradi Nazar, Ali Mohammadi, Hossein Poustchi, Nazgol Motamed-Gorji…

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:75

    Content type: Research

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  31. Preterm birth is a worldwide epidemic and a leading cause of neonatal mortality. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the incidence, risk factors and consequences of preterm birth in Nepal.

    Authors: Abhishek Gurung, Johan Wrammert, Avinash K. Sunny, Rejina Gurung, Netra Rana, Yuba Nidhi Basaula, Prajwal Paudel, Amrit Pokhrel and Ashish KC

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:64

    Content type: Research

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  32. Ethiopia is struggling to achieve the 2020 family planning target. But the current contraceptive prevalence uptake is low and dominated by short-acting methods. Contraceptive discontinuation rate is also high....

    Authors: Gedefaw Abeje Fekadu, Akinyinka O. Omigbodun, Olumuyiwa A. Roberts and Alemayehu Worku Yalew

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:36

    Content type: Research

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  33. Health literacy is increasingly being recognized as a widespread public health challenge in Europe. This commentary explores the importance of health literacy amongst cancer patients (ie, cancer literacy) and ...

    Authors: Kristine Sørensen, Lydia E. Makaroff, Laurie Myers, Paul Robinson, Geoffrey J. Henning, Cathryn E. Gunther and Alexander E. Roediger

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:60

    Content type: Commentary

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  34. Breast cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer among women in low-resourced countries. Reduction of its impacts is achievable with regular screening and early detection. The main aim of the study was to e...

    Authors: Rashidul Alam Mahumud, Khorshed Alam, Syed Afroz Keramat, Andre M. N. Renzaho, Md. Golam Hossain, Rezwanul Haque, Gail M. Ormsby, Jeff Dunn and Jeff Gow

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:32

    Content type: Research

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  35. Evidence has emerged showing that elderly people and those with pre-existing chronic health conditions may be at higher risk of developing severe health consequences from COVID-19. In Europe, this is of partic...

    Authors: Grant M. A. Wyper, Ricardo Assunção, Sarah Cuschieri, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Eilidh Fletcher, Juanita A. Haagsma, Henk B. M. Hilderink, Jane Idavain, Tina Lesnik, Elena Von der Lippe, Marek Majdan, Milena S. Milicevic, Elena Pallari, José L. Peñalvo, Sara M. Pires, Dietrich Plaß…

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:47

    Content type: Research

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    The Correction to this article has been published in Archives of Public Health 2020 78:57

  36. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a heterogeneous disorder that progresses over time, and currently it is the fourth leading cause of death across the globe. The World Health Organization (WHO) p...

    Authors: Seyed Yaser Hashemi, Victoria Momenabadi, Ahmad Faramarzi and Amin Kiani

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:45

    Content type: Research

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  37. Pedestrian-vehicle collision is one of the most common traffic injuries worldwide. This study aimed to investigate the determinants of pedestrians’ road crossing beliefs and behaviors in potentially risky situ...

    Authors: Mina Hashemiparast, Manoj Sharma, Mohammad Asghari Jafarabadi and Zahra Hosseini

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:44

    Content type: Research

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  38. Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDPs) are a major contributor to maternal mortality worldwide, and drug therapy for HDPs is complicated and special. Clinical guidelines help physicians optimize the care f...

    Authors: Haihong Chen, Yuqing Tang, Chenxi Liu, Junjie Liu, Kang Wang and Xinping Zhang

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:41

    Content type: Research

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  39. HIV infection and Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) has been associated with metabolic syndrome (MS). The prevalence of MS varies substantially between populations and is not yet well-known in sub-Saharan Africa (S...

    Authors: Girma Tenkolu Bune, Alemayehu Worku Yalew and Abera Kumie

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:40

    Content type: Research

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  40. Every year, neonatal infections account for approximately 750,000 neonatal deaths globally. It is the third major cause of neonatal death, globally and in Nepal. There is a paucity of data on clinical aetiolog...

    Authors: Shyam Sundar Budhathoki, Avinash K. Sunny, Pragya Gautam Paudel, Jeevan Thapa, Lila Bahadur Basnet, Sandeepa Karki, Rejina Gurung, Prajwal Paudel and Ashish KC

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:39

    Content type: Research

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  41. Epilepsy is the common neurological disorder in the world, affecting approximately 50 million people. Anti-epileptic medication non-adherence can be a reason for long term hospitalization, repeated emergency s...

    Authors: Zelalem Belayneh and Birhanie Mekuriaw

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:23

    Content type: Systematic review

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  42. Most postpartum women and newborns do not utilize postnatal care due to less emphasis given especially in developing countries. Understanding individual and community-level factors associated with postnatal ca...

    Authors: Bezawit Adane, Girmatsion Fisseha, Getaw Walle and Melaku Yalew

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:34

    Content type: Research

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  43. Health insurance is one of the instruments to achieve universal health coverage. However, in Ethiopia, the coverage of health insurance is very low and varies from place to place as well. Therefore, exploring ...

    Authors: Sewnet Adem Kebede, Alemneh Mekuriaw Liyew, Getayeneh Antehunegn Tesema, Chilot Desta Agegnehu, Achamyeleh Birhanu Teshale, Adugnaw Zeleke Alem and Yigizie Yeshaw

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:25

    Content type: Research

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  44. Despite the availability of effective drugs, tuberculosis remains a major public health problem that predominantly affects low- and middle-income countries. This study aimed to assess tuberculosis treatment ou...

    Authors: Atalay Mulu Fentie, Tadesse Jorgi and Tamrat Assefa

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:12

    Content type: Research

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  45. Studies that evaluated health-risk behaviors with boarding students are scarce. There are no studies with representative samples among adolescents residing in educational institutions in Latin America. To bett...

    Authors: Matias Noll, Priscilla Rayanne e Silva Noll, Carlos Leandro Tiggemann, Daniela Costa Custodio and Erika Aparecida Silveira

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:8

    Content type: Research

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  46. Diabetes care is suboptimal in First Nations populations. Innovative and culturally-relevant approaches are needed to promote proactive organization of diabetes care for diabetes patients on-reserve in Canada....

    Authors: Lisa A. Wozniak, Jeffrey A. Johnson and Dean T. Eurich

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:7

    Content type: Research

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  47. In Ethiopia, large scale health care efforts had been done to promote infant health and survival. However, nationwide data is lacking on the survival status and proximate determinants of infant mortality in Et...

    Authors: Masrie Getnet Abate, Dessie Abebaw Angaw and Tamrat Shaweno

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:4

    Content type: Research

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  48. Over the past decade there has been increasing attention to implementing recovery-oriented approaches within mental health service practice and enhancing fidelity to such approaches. However, as is often the c...

    Authors: Cara L. Jones, Frank P. Deane, Keren Wolstencroft and Adam Zimmermann

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:50

    Content type: Research

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