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

  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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

    Content type: Research

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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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

    Content type: Research

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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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

  41. 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

    Content type: Research

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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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