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Health services research

Section edited by: Micaela Comendeiro-Maaløe, Kenneth E Grech, Aisling Walsh, Sandul Yasobant, Susan Snyder, Jay Pan and Seyyed Meysam Mousavi

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. Spontaneous reporting of adverse drug reactions (ADR) is an effective means of ensuring postmarketing surveillance of drugs, and health professionals play a cardinal role through voluntary reporting of ADR. Ho...

    Authors: Morrison Asiamah, Kwadwo Owusu Akuffo, Pricillia Nortey, Nina Donkor and Anthony Danso-Appiah

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:33

    Content type: Research

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  2. Little is known about patients who forego healthcare, although it is an important provider of unfavorable health-related outcomes. Forgoing healthcare characterizes situations in which people do not initiate o...

    Authors: Delphine Douillet, Clémence Dupont, Noémie Leloup, Grégory Ménager, Maud Delori, Caroline Soulie, François Morin, Thomas Moumneh, Dominique Savary, Pierre-Marie Roy and Aurore Armand

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:32

    Content type: Research

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  3. The Turkish government liberalized national healthcare policies in 2008 enabling Turkish citizens to seek general care in hospital emergency departments (ED). The number of ED visits has exceeded the total pop...

    Authors: Cihad Dundar and Seydanur Dal Yaylaoglu

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:31

    Content type: Research

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  4. Kuwait had its first COVID-19 in late February, and until October 6, 2020 it recorded 108,268 cases and 632 deaths. Despite implementing one of the strictest control measures-including a three-week complete lo...

    Authors: Mustafa Al-Zoughool, Tamer Oraby, Harri Vainio, Janvier Gasana, Joseph Longenecker, Walid Al Ali, Mohammad AlSeaidan, Susie Elsaadany and Michael G. Tyshenko

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:22

    Content type: Research

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  5. Incidence and prevalence of blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections among young people continue to necessitate population-based studies to understand how contextualised sexual health services...

    Authors: Sylvester R. Okeke

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:20

    Content type: Research

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  6. Overall, 1.8 million children fail to receive the 3-dose series for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis each year in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Currently, an emergency plan targeting 9 provinces...

    Authors: Harry-César Kayembe-Ntumba, Felly Vangola, Papy Ansobi, Germain Kapour, Eric Bokabo, Bien-Aimé Mandja and Didier Bompangue

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:18

    Content type: Research

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  7. The COVID-19 pandemic increased the need for new valid scientific evidence to support urgent clinical and policy decision making; as well as improved processes for the rapid synthesis, uptake and application o...

    Authors: Peivand Bastani, Jamshid Bahmaei, Ebrahim Kharazinejad, Mahnaz Samadbeik, Zhanming Liang and Carmen Huckel Schneider

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:16

    Content type: Research

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  8. Most epidemiologic reports focus on lower extremity amputation (LEA) caused specifically by diabetes mellitus. However, narrowing scope disregards the impact of other causes and types of limb amputation (LA) d...

    Authors: Samuel Kwaku Essien, David Kopriva, A. Gary Linassi and Audrey Zucker-Levin

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:10

    Content type: Research

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  9. Patient education is a critical aspect of patient care and is considered a vital part of self-care (especially in patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD)) and health promotion. The literature supports incor...

    Authors: Negin Niksadat, Sakineh Rakhshanderou, Reza Negarandeh, Ali Ramezankhani, Ali Vasheghani Farahani and Mohtasham Ghaffari

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:4

    Content type: Research

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  10. Despite clear evidence on role of gender in vulnerability and exposure to HIV infection, information on gender-related inequalities in HIV and related factors are rarely documented. The aim of this study was t...

    Authors: Mansour Sajadipour, Satar Rezaei, Seyed Fahim Irandoost, Mohammadreza Ghaumzadeh, Mohamadreza Salmani nadushan, Mohammad Gholami, Yahya Salimi and Zahra Jorjoran Shushtari

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:2

    Content type: Research

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  11. Dentists’ refusal to treat patients infected with hepatitis C (HCV) continues to raise ethical concerns, particularly in countries where HCV is prevalent. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to assess de...

    Authors: Suhail H Al-Amad

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:230

    Content type: Research

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  12. The impact of COVID-19 is weighing heavily on many African countries. As of November 14th 2021, 6,109,722 cases had been recorded with 151,173 deaths and 2.5% case fatality rate. Studies reveal substantial mor...

    Authors: Edward Kwabena Ameyaw, Bright Opoku Ahinkorah, Abdul-Aziz Seidu and Carolyne Njue

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:223

    Content type: Commentary

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  13. Although several studies have attempted investigating sex-related knowledge, attitudes, and practices among young people in China, deeper insights were still needed to further understand how this population co...

    Authors: Ming Guan

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:215

    Content type: Research

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  14. District Health Network (DHN), one of Iran’s most successful health reforms, was launched in 1985 to provide primary health care (PHC), in response to health inequities in Iran. The present study aims to use i...

    Authors: Vahid Yazdi-Feyzabadi, Mohammad Bazyar and Sara Ghasemi

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:212

    Content type: Research

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  15. Although Chinese government has dedicated the past decades to treating chronic diseases by primary healthcare system, many more residents are apt to choose higher-tier facilities to treat minor chronic disease...

    Authors: Xianglin Li, Mingzhu Jiang, Yingying Peng, Xiao Shen, Erping Jia and Juyang Xiong

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:211

    Content type: Research

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  16. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines can cause adverse events that can lead to vaccine hesitancy. This study aims at estimating the prevalence of severe adverse events (SAEs) and their associated f...

    Authors: Yao Rodion Konu, Fifonsi Adjidossi Gbeasor-Komlanvi, Mouhoudine Yerima, Arnold Junior Sadio, Martin Kouame Tchankoni, Wendpouire Ida Carine Zida-Compaore, Josée Nayo-Apetsianyi, Kossivi Agbélénko Afanvi, Sibabe Agoro, Mounerou Salou, Dadja Essoya Landoh, Atany B. Nyansa, Essohanam Boko, Moustafa Mijiyawa and Didier Koumavi Ekouevi

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:207

    Content type: Research

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  17. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic represents a serious worldwide threat. Stranded Lebanese citizens abroad appealed to the Lebanese government to embark on citizen repatriation missions. We aim to do...

    Authors: Dalal Youssef, Atika Berry, Nada Ghosn, Mahmoud Zalzali, Riad Fadlallah, Linda Abou-Abbas and Hamad Hassan

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:206

    Content type: Research

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  18. It is unclear that whether childhood neighborhood relationship is associated with mental health among middle-aged and older adults. To overcome this research gap, this study aimed to investigate the associatio...

    Authors: Jian Sun, Hongye Luo, Chaofan Li and Qianqiang Wang

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:203

    Content type: Research

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  19. One of the most commonly used types of evaluation methods is cost-utility analysis (CUA), using the Quality Adjusted Life Year (QALY) indicator as a preference-based measure for assessing effects of a given pr...

    Authors: Ewa Kocot, Paulina Kotarba and Katarzyna Dubas-Jakóbczyk

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:201

    Content type: Systematic review

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  20. Environmental pollutants are known to be ubiquitous and may present toxic effects (endocrine-disruption properties, carcinogenicity …) and represent a real threat to human health. The aim of the present pilot ...

    Authors: Trésor Bayebila Menanzambi, Patrice Dufour, Catherine Pirard, Jean Nsangu, Jean-Pierre Mufusama, Jérémie Mbinze Kindenge, Roland Marini Djang’eing’a and Corinne Charlier

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:197

    Content type: Methodology

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  21. The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has presented itself as one of the most important health concerns of the 2020’s, and hit the geriatric populat...

    Authors: Maria E. Goossens, Kristof Y. Neven, Pieter Pannus, Cyril Barbezange, Isabelle Thomas, Steven Van Gucht, Katelijne Dierick, Marie-Noëlle Schmickler, Mathieu Verbrugghe, Nele Van Loon, Kevin K Ariën, Arnaud Marchant, Stanislas Goriely and Isabelle Desombere

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:195

    Content type: Research

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  22. The present study aims to analyse if dysmenorrhea is associated with activity limitations and participation restrictions in experencied by adult women.

    Authors: Luana Brito dos Santos, Caroline Wanderley Souto Ferreira, Caroline Gomes Gonçalves, Mikaela Aparecida de Oliveira Xavier, Jardelina Hermecina Dantas, Isabelle Ribeiro Barbosa, Saionara Maria Aires da Câmara and Diego Dantas

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:194

    Content type: Research

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  23. Access to healthcare and service utilization are both considered essential factors for improving the general health and wellbeing of older people, especially at the time of COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of the st...

    Authors: Peivand Bastani, Mohammadtaghi Mohammadpour, Mahnaz Samadbeik, Misagh Bastani, Giampiero Rossi-Fedele and Madhan Balasubramanian

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:190

    Content type: Research

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  24. Implementation of quality improvement (QI) practices varies considerably among public health units (PHUs) in Ontario. With the emphasis on continuous quality improvement (CQI) in the revised Ontario Public Hea...

    Authors: Madelyn P. Law, Alex Berry, Nicole Clarke, Graham Hay, Caitlin Muhl, Kelly Pilato, Danielle Hunter and Anna Larson

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:181

    Content type: Research

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  25. Since 2013, China launched descending resources reform, which is a new attempt to correct unbalanced allocation of health resources through human capital spillovers and brand implantation from high-level hospi...

    Authors: Zesheng SUN, Shuhong WANG, Hongjun ZHAO, Xu ZHOU, Ludan ZHANG and Jiongping SHI

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:179

    Content type: Research

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  26. In recent decades, the proportion of older adults in the population has continued to rise, and with it, the need for intervention programs to maintain cognitive functions into old age. Multiple lifestyle facto...

    Authors: Barbara Studer-Luethi, Maria Brasser, Simon Lusti and Rahel Schaerli

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:165

    Content type: Research

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  27. Despite an increasing use and positive effects of peer support interventions, little is known about how the outcomes are produced. Thus, it is essential not only to measure outcomes, but also to identify the m...

    Authors: Stine Dandanell Garn, Charlotte Glümer, Sarah Fredsted Villadsen, Gritt Marie Hviid Malling and Ulla Christensen

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:160

    Content type: Research

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  28. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have become a priority public health issue. The aim of this study was to examine whether socio-economic inequalities exist in chronic disease management among Chinese adults, a...

    Authors: Jing Guo, Jiasen Li, Kehui Huang, Ning Huang and Xing Lin Feng

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:157

    Content type: Research

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  29. Interventions to reach women who do not participate regularly in screening may reduce the risk of cervical cancer. Self-collection of a vaginal specimen has been shown to increase participation. The relative c...

    Authors: Hélène De Pauw, Gilbert Donders, Steven Weyers, Philippe De Sutter, Jean Doyen, Wiebren A. A. Tjalma, Davy Vanden Broeck, Eliana Peeters, Severien Van Keer, Alex Vorsters and Marc Arbyn

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:155

    Content type: Research

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  30. Information regarding the impact of substance use on the timing of entry into HIV care is lacking. Better understanding of this relationship can help guide approaches and policies to improve HIV testing and li...

    Authors: Canada Parrish, Bridget M. Whitney, Robin M. Nance, Nancy Puttkammer, Paul Fishman, Katerina Christopoulos, Julia Fleming, Sonya Heath, William Christopher Mathews, Geetanjali Chander, Richard D. Moore, Sonia Napravnik, Allison Webel, Joseph Delaney, Heidi M. Crane and Mari M. Kitahata

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:153

    Content type: Research

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  31. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Agenda calls for targeted attention to the needs and rights of the most vulnerable populations to ensure a life of dignity and human security for all. In this paper,...

    Authors: Alarcos Cieza, Kaloyan Kamenov, Ola Abu Al Ghaib, Alessandra Aresu, Somnath Chatterji, Facundo Chavez, Jarrod Clyne, Nathalie Drew, Michelle Funk, Andrea Guzman, Eleonora Guzzi, Chapal Khasnabis, Bente Mikkelsen, Ren Minghui, Gopal Mitra, Priyanka Narahari…

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:148

    Content type: Commentary

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  32. Healthcare professionals (HCPs) are at the frontline in the fight against COVID-19 and are at an increased risk of becoming infected with coronavirus. Risk of infection can be minimized by use of proper person...

    Authors: Wakgari Deressa, Alemayehu Worku, Workeabeba Abebe, Muluken Gizaw and Wondwossen Amogne

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:146

    Content type: Research

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  33. This study aimed to explore which measures and risk factors for a COVID − 19 infection are considered most important in the general population, health experts and policymakers and to assess the level of agreem...

    Authors: Dagmar Schaffler-Schaden, Juergen Herfert, James O´Brien, Tim Johansson, Alexander Seymer, Stephan Ludwig, Thomas Stöggl, Juergen Osterbrink, Maria Flamm and Antje van der Zee-Neuen

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:144

    Content type: Research

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  34. Health professional’s job satisfaction is directly related to patient satisfaction and quality of care. Without satisfied health professionals the health system is not functional, and the national and global h...

    Authors: Bekahegn Girma, Jemberu Nigussie, Alemayehu Molla and Moges Mareg

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:141

    Content type: Systematic review

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  35. The COVID-19 pandemic and the national COVID-19 measures might have increased potential barriers to abortion care and created new ones, especially for vulnerable groups. This study documents the impact of the ...

    Authors: Leen De Kort, Jonas Wood, Edwin Wouters and Sarah Van de Velde

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:140

    Content type: Research

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  36. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) accounted for over 90% of all deaths in the Cypriot population, in 2018. However, a detailed and comprehensive overview of the impact of NCDs on population health of Cyprus ove...

    Authors: Periklis Charalampous, Elena Pallari, Stefanos Tyrovolas, Nicos Middleton, Mary Economou, Brecht Devleesschauwer and Juanita A. Haagsma

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:138

    Content type: Research

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  37. Food insecurity is associated with poor nutritional health outcomes. Prescribing fresh fruits and vegetables in healthcare settings may be an opportunity to link patients with community supports to promote hea...

    Authors: Cole Heasley, Becca Clayton, Jade Muileboom, Anna Schwanke, Sujani Rathnayake, Abby Richter and Matthew Little

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:135

    Content type: Research

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  38. Antimicrobial resistance poses a serious global public health threat. Hospital misuse of antibiotics has contributed to this problem and evidence-based interventions are urgently needed to change inappropriate...

    Authors: Gosha Wojcik, Nicola Ring, Corrienne McCulloch, Diane S. Willis, Brian Williams and Kalliopi Kydonaki

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:134

    Content type: Research

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  39. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the West Africa Ebola epidemic as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in August 2014. During the outbreak period, there were calls for the affected c...

    Authors: Jia Bainga Kangbai, Christian Heumann, Michael Hoelscher, Foday Sahr and Guenter Froeschl

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:131

    Content type: Research

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  40. Pharmacovigilance (PV) demarcates all actions involving the detection and prevention of adverse drug reactions (ADR) for marketed drugs. However, ADRs are considerably underreported worldwide and continue to b...

    Authors: Azizah AL-Mutairi, Isamme AlFayyad, Youssef Altannir and Mohamad Al-Tannir

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:130

    Content type: Research

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  41. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provided an opportunity for millions of people in the U.S. to get coverage from the publicly funded Medicaid program or private insurance from the newly established marketplace. H...

    Authors: Angelo Ercia, Nga Le and Runguo Wu

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:129

    Content type: Systematic review

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  42. Smoking and excessive drinking are risk factors for many diseases. With the rapid economic development in China, it is important to identify trends in smoking and alcohol consumption and socioeconomic factors ...

    Authors: Kehui Liu, Yan Ding, Xiang Lu and Zhonghua Wang

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:127

    Content type: Research

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  43. The objective of the study was to describe the frequencies of health-care utilization by people with substance use disorder (SUD), including contacts with general practitioners (GP), psychiatrists, emergency d...

    Authors: Luk Van Baelen, Els Plettinckx, Jérôme Antoine, Karin De Ridder, Brecht Devleesschauwer and Lies Gremeaux

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:112

    Content type: Research

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  44. Registration and coding of cause of death is prone to error since determining the exact underlying condition leading directly to death is challenging. In this study, causes of death from the death certificates...

    Authors: Hava Izci, Tim Tambuyzer, Jessica Vandeven, Jérôme Xicluna, Hans Wildiers, Kevin Punie, Nynke Willers, Eva Oldenburger, Els Van Nieuwenhuysen, Patrick Berteloot, Ann Smeets, Ines Nevelsteen, Anne Deblander, Harlinde De Schutter, Patrick Neven, Geert Silversmit…

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:111

    Content type: Research

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  45. The COVID-19 pandemic is putting significant pressure on the hospital system. To help clinicians in the rapid triage of patients at high risk of COVID-19 while waiting for RT-PCR results, different diagnostic ...

    Authors: Médéa Locquet, Anh Nguyet Diep, Charlotte Beaudart, Nadia Dardenne, Christian Brabant, Olivier Bruyère and Anne-Françoise Donneau

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:105

    Content type: Systematic review

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