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Health services research

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

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. 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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  2. 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, Betregiorigis 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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

  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. In 1994, the Lady Health Workers (LHWs) Programme was established in Pakistan to increase access to essential primary care services and support health systems at the household and community levels. In Khyber P...

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

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:20

    Content type: Research

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

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

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:14

    Content type: Research

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

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

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:12

    Content type: Research

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

    Authors: Wojciech Styk, Szymon Zmorzyński and Waldemar Klinkosz

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:10

    Content type: Research

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

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

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:5

    Content type: Research

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

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

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:135

    Content type: Research

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

    Authors: Sulaimon T. Adedokun and Sanni Yaya

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:134

    Content type: Research

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

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

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:133

    Content type: Research

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

    Authors: Tilahun Yemanu Birhan and Wullo Sisay Seretew

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:129

    Content type: Research

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

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

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:128

    Content type: Research

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

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

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:127

    Content type: Research

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

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

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:126

    Content type: Research

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

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

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:119

    Content type: Research

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

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

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

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:115

    Content type: Research

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

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

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:108

    Content type: Research

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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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