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Health services research

Section edited by: Enrique Bernal-Delgado

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. 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 Devleeschauwer, 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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

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  15. Breastfeeding is considered as a protective factor against non-communicable diseases in infants and mothers. The first aim of this study was to assess the influence of ergonomic breastfeeding training on the i...

    Authors: Raha Afshariani, Marjan Kiani and Zahra Zamanian

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:47

    Content type: Research

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  16. Family planning is one of the four pillars of safe motherhood initiative to reduce maternal death in developing countries. Despite progress in contraceptive use, unmet needs are wide open and fertility remains...

    Authors: Masrie Getnet Abate and Amare Abera Tareke

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:46

    Content type: Research

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  17. So far knowledge about undocumented migrant health status is poor. The objective of this study is to compare patterns in causes of death between undocumented migrants and legal residents, of both migrant and n...

    Authors: Dirk Lafaut, Hadewijch Vandenheede, Johan Surkyn and Gily Coene

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:42

    Content type: Research

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  18. Arterial hypertension (HT) is common in the Russian adult population, with half of affected individuals inadequately controlled. Low adherence to medication seems likely to be a factor. We report a scoping rev...

    Authors: Elena Viktorovna Bochkareva, Ekaterina Kronidovna Butina, Irina Vitalievna Kim, Anna Vasilievna Kontsevaya, Oxana Mikhailovna Drapkina, David Leon and Martin McKee

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:43

    Content type: Research

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  19. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends the screening of syphilis among populations highly exposed to HIV. However, data on the prevalence of syphilis in these populations are scarce in Togo. This study...

    Authors: Didier K. EKOUEVI, Alexandra M. BITTY-ANDERSON, Fifonsi A. GBEASOR-KOMLANVI, Yao R. KONU, Essèboè K. SEWU, Mounerou SALOU and Claver A. DAGNRA

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:39

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  20. The delivery method is one of the primary concerns of primiparous women. Today, due to the fear of delivery, the number of cesarean sections has increased significantly. Considering the importance of choosing ...

    Authors: Alireza Khatony, Ali Soroush, Bahare Andayeshgar, Neda Saedpanah and Alireza Abdi

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:38

    Content type: Research

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  21. Hospital antimicrobial stewardship programs are especially critical in countries such as the Philippines, where antibiotic resistant infections are highly prevalent. At the study institution in Manila, Philipp...

    Authors: Kaitlin F. Mitchell, Nasia Safdar and Cybele L. Abad

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:31

    Content type: Research

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  22. Anemia is the leading public health problem among pregnant women worldwide. Iron-Folic Acid (IFA) supplementation is the strategy to control pregnancy induced anemia, but its adherence status was not well stud...

    Authors: Missa Tarekegn, Mamo Wubshet, Azeb Atenafu, Terefe Derso and Abere Woretaw

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:30

    Content type: Research

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  23. Sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) is a major public health problem and a violation of human rights. Refugees, asylum seekers and migrants are exposed to a constant risk for both victimization and perpetr...

    Authors: Charlotte Oliveira, Maria do Rosário Oliveira Martins, Sónia Dias and Ines Keygnaert

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:27

    Content type: Research

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  24. Education is vital to increasing knowledge, improving prevention and self-care practices for hypertension in older adults. This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of a health education intervention in ...

    Authors: Eyuche L. Ozoemena, Cylia N. Iweama, Olaoluwa S. Agbaje, Prince C. I. Umoke, Osmond C. Ene, Perpetua C. Ofili, Benedicta N. Agu, Charity U. Orisa, Michael Agu and Enejoh Anthony

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:23

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  25. Regular physical activity decreases the risk for numerous non-communicable diseases. The World Health Organization has suggested physical activity (PA) guidelines that, based on previous research, would provid...

    Authors: Djiwo Weenas, Theun Pieter van Tienoven, Julie Verbeylen, Joeri Minnen and Ignace Glorieux

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:16

    Content type: Research

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  26. Unmet need for family planning is high (30%) in Ghana. Reducing unmet need for family planning will reduce the high levels of unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions, maternal and neonatal morbidity and morta...

    Authors: Chris Guure, Ernest Tei Maya, Samuel Dery, Baaba da-Costa Vrom, Refah M. Alotaibi, Hoda Ragab Rezk and Alfred Yawson

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:11

    Content type: Research

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  27. Universal health coverage (UHC) assures all types of health service and protects all citizens financially in any conditions due to illness. Globally, the UN sustainable development goal (SDG) provides high pri...

    Authors: Chhabi Lal Ranabhat, Chun-Bae Kim, Ajanta Singh, Devaraj Acharya, Krishna Pathak, Basundhara Sharma and Shiva Raj Mishra

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:5

    Content type: Systematic review

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    The Letter to the Editor to this article has been published in Archives of Public Health 2020 78:37

  28. This study aimed 1) to assess whether the contribution of chronic conditions to disability varies according to the educational attainment, 2) to disentangle the contributions of the prevalence and of the disab...

    Authors: Clémence Palazzo, Renata T. C. Yokota, Jean Tafforeau, Jean-François Ravaud, Emmanuelle Cambois, Serge Poiraudeau, Herman Van Oyen and Wilma J. Nusselder

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:2

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  29. Postnatal depression (PND) and anxiety (PNA) among women are prevalent and impairing health problems, with adverse outcomes for mothers and their infants. This study assessed the prevalence of depression, anxi...

    Authors: Olaoluwa S. Agbaje, Joy I. Anyanwu, Prince I. C. Umoke, Tochi E. Iwuagwu, Cylia N. Iweama, Eyuche L. Ozoemena and Ijeoma R. Nnaji

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:1

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  30. Mother to child transmission of HIV (MTCT) still remains a challenge affecting many countries. Globally, an estimated 150,000 children were newly infected with HIV in 2015, over 90% of them in Sub-Saharan Afri...

    Authors: Brian Muyunda, Paul Mee, Jim Todd, Patrick Musonda and Charles Michelo

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:80

    Content type: Research

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  31. Data on viral hepatitis in South Africa is scarce. Although viral hepatitis A, B and C are notifiable conditions in South Africa, discrepancies have been noted in the number of viral hepatitis cases notified b...

    Authors: Eva D. Mathatha, Jack M. Manamela, Alfred Musekiwa and Nishi Prabdial-Sing

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:75

    Content type: Research

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  32. Due to the increase in the number of people with dementia, relatives often provide in-home care. This care constitutes a cornerstone of the healthcare system, and maintaining these caregivers’ well-being is th...

    Authors: Marie-Conception Leocadie, Marie-Hélène Roy and Monique Rothan-Tondeur

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:72

    Content type: Systematic review

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  33. Childhood immunization is one of the most cost effective health interventions but its rate has been declining recently in Ghana. Information on immunization coverage and determinants is needed to improve immun...

    Authors: Anthony Wemakor, Gideon Kofi Helegbe, Alhassan Abdul-Mumin, Shadrack Amedoe, Jessica Adjoa Zoku and Ahimah Ivy Dufie

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:67

    Content type: Research

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  34. The prevention of healthcare associated infections is central to the provision of safe, high quality healthcare. Infections acquired in healthcare facilities are a major public health concern, contributing to ...

    Authors: Biniyam Sahiledengle Geberemariyam, Geroma Morka Donka and Berhanu Wordofa

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:69

    Content type: Research

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  35. Working mothers have a higher risk to terminate breastfeeding earlier than stay-at-home mothers. Researchers reported that support from the workplace by creating lactation facilities and develop supportive pro...

    Authors: Ray Wagiu Basrowi, Sudigdo Sastroasmoro, Astrid W Sulistomo, Saptawati Bardosono, Aryono Hendarto, Dewi S Soemarko, Ali Sungkar, Levina Chandra Khoe and Yvan Vandenplas

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:70

    Content type: Research

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  36. The Rohingya people of Myanmar are one of the most persecuted communities in the world and are forced to flee their home to escape conflict and persecution. Bangladesh receives the majority of the Rohingya ref...

    Authors: Nidhi Wali, Wen Chen, Lal B. Rawal, A. S. M. Amanullah and Andre M. N. Renzaho

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:59

    Content type: Systematic review

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  37. Hearing loss is an important public health issue, since it has a very negative impact on peoples’ lives, irrespective of the age at which it develops. However, globally there is a noticeable lack of epidemiolo...

    Authors: Dialechti Tsimpida, Daphne Kaitelidou and Petros Galanis

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:55

    Content type: Research

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  38. When promoting public health measures, such as reducing smoking, there are many different approaches, for example providing information, imposing legal restrictions, taxing products, and changing cultures. By ...

    Authors: Brian Martin

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:54

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  39. The HIV/AIDS epidemic has been fuelled by gender inequality and disparity resulted in violation of women reproductive right. The “feminization” of the pandemic is more apparent in Sub-Saharan Africa where the ...

    Authors: Tadele Girum, Abebaw Wasie, Kifle Lentiro, Ebrahim Muktar, Teha Shumbej, Mesfin Difer, Mulugeta Shegaze and Abdulsemed Worku

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:51

    Content type: Research

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  40. Absence of reliable health insurance schemes is a key challenge to meet the universal health coverage target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ethiopian health system is characterized by under finan...

    Authors: Sahilu Yeshiwas, Mengistu Kiflie, Atinkut Alamirrew Zeleke and Mihiretu Kebede

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:48

    Content type: Research

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  41. People with disabilities constitute about 10% of the total population of Bangladesh. They are more likely to experience poor health than those without disabilities. However, there is a lack of evidence on thei...

    Authors: Jhalok Ronjan Talukdar, Ilias Mahmud and Sabina Faiz Rashid

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:43

    Content type: Research

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  42. The Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) is the most severe manifestation of infection with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC). In Belgium, the surveillance of paediatric HUS cases is conducted by a sentin...

    Authors: S. Jacquinet, K. De Rauw, D. Pierard, N. Godefroid, L. Collard, K. Van Hoeck and M. Sabbe

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:41

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  43. Malaria continued to be the major public health concern in sub-Sahara Africa, thus for better planning of control activities, periodic surveillance of both clinical and asymptomatic cases remains important. Ho...

    Authors: Anthony Kapesa, Eliningaya J. Kweka, Guofa Zhou, Harrysone Etemesi Atieli, Erasmus Kamugisha, Humphrey D. Mazigo, Sospatro E. Ngallaba, Andrew K. Githeko and Guiyun Yan

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:39

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  44. Notwithstanding the strong epidemiological impact of the Chikungunya in the Colombian Caribbean, in 2014, not the entire population were affected in the same way. This study describe the demographic, socio-eco...

    Authors: Misael Oviedo-Pastrana, Nelson Méndez, Salim Mattar, Germán Arrieta and Luty Gomezcaceres

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:36

    Content type: Research

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  45. Despite the variances in abortion laws accounting for differences in incidence of abortion among African countries, it appears there is absence of literature on other factors that may also account for the diff...

    Authors: Kwamena Sekyi Dickson, Kenneth Setorwu Adde and Bright Opoku Ahinkorah

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:37

    Content type: Research

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  46. Globally, unintended pregnancy has been very high accounting for 27% of maternal deaths. Different studies noted that nearly half of HIV positive women who gave unintended birth were using contraceptive method...

    Authors: Abebaw Addis Gelagay, Digsu Negese Koye and Hedija Yenus Yeshita

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:47

    Content type: Research

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  47. Alcohol and illicit drugs are associated with the discontinuation of tuberculosis (TB) treatment and can compromise the immune system. We estimated the impact of alcohol disorder and the use of illicit drug on...

    Authors: Daniele M. Pelissari and Fredi A. Diaz-Quijano

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:45

    Content type: Research

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  48. To date Health information (HI) in the European Union does not comprise indicators or other information related to impacts of hazardous chemicals in consumer products, food, drinking water or air on the health...

    Authors: Anke Joas, Miriam Schöpel, Madlen David, Maribel Casas, Gudrun Koppen, Marta Esteban, Lisbeth E. Knudsen, Martine Vrijheid, Greet Schoeters, Argelia Castaño Calvo, Gerda Schwedler, Marike Kolossa-Gehring and Reinhard Joas

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:27

    Content type: Research

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