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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. Patient absconding from hospital is one of the permanent issues the hospitals face, which poses many risks and challenges to the patient, hospital, and society. The present study aimed to identify the reasons ...

    Authors: Mahnaz Moradpour, Mohammadreza Amiresmaili, Mahmood Nekoei-Moghadam and Tania Dehesh

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:106

    Content type: Research

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  23. 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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  24. The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the world presents an unprecedented challenge to public health inequities. People who use opioids may be a vulnerable group disproportionately impacted by the cur...

    Authors: Fares Qeadan, Nana Akofua Mensah, Benjamin Tingey, Rona Bern, Tracy Rees, Erin Fanning Madden, Christina A. Porucznik, Kevin English and Trenton Honda

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:101

    Content type: Research

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  25. The importance of using research findings to inform policy and program decisions is well recognized, but the literature on measuring research utilization activities is scarce. As funding to support some areas ...

    Authors: Samuel Kalibala, Irit Sinai and Tara Nutley

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:99

    Content type: Commentary

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  26. Prisoners are recognised as a high-risk population and prisons as high-risk locations for the transmission of hepatitis c virus (HCV) infection. Injecting drug use (IDU) is the main driver of HCV infection in ...

    Authors: Des Crowley, Gordana Avramovic, Walter Cullen, Collette Farrell, Anne Halpin, Mary Keevans, Eamon Laird, Tina McHugh, Susan McKiernan, Sarah Jayne Miggin, Ross Murtagh, Eileen O. Connor, Marie O’Meara, Deirdre O. Reilly and John S. Lambert

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:97

    Content type: Research

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  27. Women empowerment has been linked to increased skilled antenatal care (ANC) service use. However, there is no evidence on the net effect of women empowerment on ANC in the Sub-saharan African (SSA) region. We ...

    Authors: Gebretsadik Shibre, Betregiorgis Zegeye, Helena Yeboah, Ghose Bisjawit, Edward Kwabena Ameyaw and Sanni Yaya

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:87

    Content type: Research

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    The Correction to this article has been published in Archives of Public Health 2021 79:104

  28. In Germany, different health checks for adults are offered for primary and secondary prevention. Previous findings indicate that preventive care utilization varies according to social determinants, especially ...

    Authors: Anne Starker, Claudia Hövener and Alexander Rommel

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:86

    Content type: Research

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  29. Poor spatial accessibility to hospital services is associated with higher morbidity and mortality rates among people living with disability. Improved methods to evaluate spatial accessibility are needed. This ...

    Authors: Behzad Kiani, Alireza Mohammadi, Robert Bergquist and Nasser Bagheri

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:85

    Content type: Research

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  30. Despite the relationship between health insurance coverage and maternal healthcare services utilization, previous studies in Jordan on the use of maternal healthcare services have mainly focused on patterns an...

    Authors: Petula Fernandes, Emmanuel Kolawole Odusina, Bright Opoku Ahinkorah, Komlan Kota and Sanni Yaya

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:81

    Content type: Research

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  31. Translation and cultural adaptation of health resources is an integral part of good health-policy development and health program implementation. As part of our efforts to address ear disease and hearing loss i...

    Authors: Annette Kaspar, Sione Pifeleti and Carlie Driscoll

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:80

    Content type: Commentary

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  32. The distribution of health-care resources is foundational to achieving fairness and having access to health service. China and its local Shanghai’s government have implemented measures to allocate health-care ...

    Authors: Enhong Dong, Jie Xu, Xiaoting Sun, Ting Xu, Lufa Zhang and Tao Wang

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:78

    Content type: Research

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  33. The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) is one of the most popular measures of anxiety and depression. The original HADS is mostly used in Nigeria precluding people with limited literacy. This study a...

    Authors: Chinonso Nwamaka Igwesi-Chidobe, Rosemary C. Muomah, Isaac Olubunmi Sorinola and Emma Louise Godfrey

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:72

    Content type: Research

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  34. Hypertension is one of the major causes of many diseases, such as heart attack, strokes, kidney failure, and many internal disorders. This presentresearch study aimed to investigate the impact of educational p...

    Authors: Nemam Ali Azadi, Arash Ziapour, Javad Yoosefi Lebni, Seyed Fahim Irandoost, Jaffar Abbas and Fakhreddin Chaboksavar

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:69

    Content type: Research

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  35. Sepsis is a critical illness with high morbidity and mortality rates. Each year, sepsis affects about 48.9 million people all over the world. This study aims to illuminate how sepsis survivors experience sepsi...

    Authors: Sabine Apitzsch, Lotta Larsson, Anna-Karin Larsson and Adam Linder

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:66

    Content type: Research

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  36. Exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) constitutes public health problems linked to adverse mental outcomes such as psychological distress during adulthood. This study examines the prevalence of ACEs...

    Authors: Olaoluwa Samson Agbaje, Chinwe Patience Nnaji, Evelyn Nwanebe Nwagu, Cylia Nkechi Iweama, Prince Christian Ifeanachor Umoke, Lawretta Eyuche Ozoemena and Charles Chike Abba

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:62

    Content type: Research

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    The Correction to this article has been published in Archives of Public Health 2021 79:98

  37. Lung squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC) is a form of cancer that is associated with high rates of relapse, poor responsiveness to therapy, and a relatively poor prognosis. The relationship between long non-coding ...

    Authors: Rongjiong Zheng, Mengdi Zheng, Mingming Wang, Feijie Lu and Meiling Hu

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:61

    Content type: Research

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  38. Socioeconomic disparities in health and healthcare are global issues that affect both adults as well as children. Children with exceptional healthcare needs, especially those with developmental impairments, in...

    Authors: Mohammad Asghari Jafarabadi, Kamal Gholipour, Hassan Shahrokhi, Ayyoub Malek, Akbar Ghiasi, Hamid Pourasghari and Shabnam Iezadi

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:58

    Content type: Research

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  39. In clinical practice, quality of life measures can be used alongside some types of assessment to give valuable information that can identify areas that influence an individual and help the clinician make the b...

    Authors: Chadia Haddad, Hala Sacre, Sahar Obeid, Pascale Salameh and Souheil Hallit

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:56

    Content type: Research

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  40. Although several measures have been taken to control hand foot and mouth disease (HFMD) and herpangina (HA), these two diseases have been prevalent in China for 10 years with high incidence. We suspected that ...

    Authors: Jundi Liu, Yan Chen, Peipei Hu, Lin Gan, Qimin Tan, Xinqiao Huang, Zhanzhong Ma, Cuiji Lin, Dawei Wu, Xun Zhu and Dingmei Zhang

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:54

    Content type: Research

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  41. Breast cancer is the most common cancer type among women globally. To facilitate early detection, all 40–74-year-old female residents of Sweden are invited to participate in a population-based mammographic scr...

    Authors: Maria Norfjord van Zyl, Per Tillgren and Margareta Asp

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:52

    Content type: Research

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  42. Most maternal and infant deaths occurred within the first month after birth. Nearly half of the maternal deaths and more than a million newborn deaths occurred within the first day of life but these were preve...

    Authors: Ayal Debie and Getayeneh Antehunegn Tesema

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:51

    Content type: Research

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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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