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Health services research

Section edited by: Pauline Adair, Peivand Bastani, Kenneth E Grech, Sandul Yasobant, Jay Pan, Seyyed Meysam Mousavi and João Vasco Santos

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. Hand hygiene compliance by health care workers (HCWs) is pivotal in controlling and preventing health care associated infections. The aim of this interventional study is to assess the long-term impact of perso...

    Authors: Ilana Livshiz-Riven, Hovav Azulay, Leonid Koyfman, Alex Gushanski, Seada Askira, Vered Ischa Abar, Benjamin F. Gruenbaum, Evgenia Ivanov, Moti Klein, Asaf Danziger, Ronit Nativ, Abraham Borer, Tomer Ziv-Baran and Evgeni Brotfain
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:141
  2. Justification of intimate partner violence (IPV) has several implications, including reduced likelihood of help-seeking, increased experiences episodes of partner abuses, and poor health status and outcomes. H...

    Authors: Collins Adu, Bernard Yeboah-Asiamah Asare, Williams Agyemang-Duah, Emmanuel Brenyah Adomako, Amma Kyewaa Agyekum and Prince Peprah
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:136
  3. Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) is a fundamental aspect of diabetes care, but no standard program exists in Thailand. Understanding current patterns of illness perceptions (concerns) and self-managem...

    Authors: Elisha Ngetich, Chanapat Pateekhum, Ahmar Hashmi, Iliatha Papachristou Nadal, Kanokporn Pinyopornpanish, Mike English, Orawan Quansri, Nutchanart Wichit, Sanjay Kinra and Chaisiri Angkurawaranon
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:134
  4. The InfAct (Information for Action) is a Joint Action of the European Commission’s 3rd Health Programme with the main goal to build an infrastructure of a health information system for a stronger European Unio...

    Authors: Verónica Gómez, Mafalda Sousa-Uva, Rita Roquette, Ana Cristina Garcia and Carlos Matias Dias
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:133
  5. Development of appropriateness indicators of medical interventions has become a major quality-of-care issue, especially in the domain of interventional cardiology (IC). The objective of this study was to devel...

    Authors: Florence Francis-Oliviero, Pierre Coste, Emilie Lesaine, Corinne Perez, François Casteigt, Jean-Marie Clerc, Nicolas Delarche, Akil Hassan, Bernard Larnaudie, Jean-Louis Leymarie, Louis-Rachid Salmi and Florence Saillour-Glenisson
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:132
  6. The Russian Federation has introduced a vertical large-scale program of ‘dispensarization’ (Program) that includes health check-ups and screenings for the entire adult population. It is expected to improve the...

    Authors: Igor Sheiman, Sergey Shishkin and Svetlana Sazhina
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:123
  7. SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus which has caused a global pandemic. Due to the lack of available treatment for COVID-19 infections, prevention plays the most important role in combating the virus. Educationa...

    Authors: Kathie Sarzyńska, Eddie Czwojdziński, Amadeusz Kuźniarski, Sadri Rayad, Agnieszka Piwowar and Beata Jankowska-Polańska
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:122
  8. Our study examined the prevalence and associated factors of tobacco product use and non-users’ susceptibility to using tobacco products among school-going adolescents in 22 African countries.

    Authors: Peter Bai James, Abdulai Jawo Bah, John Alimamy Kabba, Said Abasse Kassim and Philip Ayizem Dalinjong
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:121
  9. According to available evidence, only 15% of young women in sub-Saharan Africa know their Human immune deficiency virus (HIV) status. Despite a high prevalence of HIV infection among adolescents and young wome...

    Authors: Misganaw Gebrie Worku, Achamyeleh Birhanu Teshale and Getayeneh Antehunegn Tesema
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:117
  10. Despite controversy over their possible health consequences, manufacturers of e-cigarettes employ a variety of marketing media to increase their popularity among adolescents. This study analyzed the relationsh...

    Authors: Man Hung, Andrew Spencer, Clarissa Goh, Eric S. Hon, Val Joseph Cheever, Frank W. Licari, Ryan Moffat, Ben Raymond and Martin S. Lipsky
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:114
  11. The COVID-19 outbreak has taken a heavy toll on the mental well-being of healthcare workers, even those who have not been directly involved in the care of acutely ill patients. The aims of this study were to i...

    Authors: Peter Borusiak, Yuliya Mazheika, Susanne Bauer, Edda Haberlandt, Ilona Krois, Christian Fricke, Liane Simon, Petra Beschoner, Lucia Jerg-Bretzke, Franziska Geiser, Nina Hiebel, Kerstin Weidner, Christian Albus, Eva Morawa and Yesim Erim
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:113
  12. The long-term care workforce is an essential factor in the provision of qualified long-term care services. Identifying workforce issues can help developing countries in East Asia and the Pacific prepare for th...

    Authors: Hyo Young Lee, Stephanie Short, Mi-Joung Lee, Yun-Hee Jeon, Eunok Park and Young-Ran Chin
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:112
  13. Harm reduction is an accumulation of strategies aimed at preventing adverse health outcomes associated with illicit substance use. Several harm reduction programs and services exist within Los Angeles County (...

    Authors: Thomas Kalinoski, Cassandra DeWitt and Hrishikesh Belani
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:110
  14. Despite global guidance for maintaining essential non-Covid health services during the pandemic, there is a concern that existing services faced a major disruption. The access as well as affordability of healt...

    Authors: Samir Garg, Kirtti Kumar Bebarta and Narayan Tripathi
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:108
  15. Campylobacter spp. are one of the most frequent causes of diarrhoeal disease in humans throughout the world. This study aimed at determining the prevalence and the genotypic distribution of Campylobacter spp. and...

    Authors: Amidou Samie, Resoketswe Charlotte Moropeng, Nicoline Fri Tanih, Rebecca Dillingham, Richard Guerrant and Pascal Obong Bessong
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:107
  16. Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) combine the impact of morbidity and mortality and can enable comprehensive, and comparable, assessments of direct and indirect health harms due to COVID-19. Our aim was t...

    Authors: Grant M. A. Wyper, Eilidh Fletcher, Ian Grant, Gerry McCartney, Colin Fischbacher, Oliver Harding, Hannah Jones, Maria Teresa de Haro Moro, Niko Speybroeck, Brecht Devleesschauwer and Diane L. Stockton
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:105
  17. Scientific evidence is the basis for improving public health; decision-making without sufficient attention to evidence may lead to unpleasant consequences. Despite efforts to create comprehensive guidelines an...

    Authors: Tahereh Shafaghat, Peivand Bastani, Mohammad Hasan Imani Nasab, Mohammad Amin Bahrami, Mahsa Roozrokh Arshadi Montazer, Mohammad Kazem Rahimi Zarchi and Sisira Edirippulige
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:96
  18. As a multi-ethnic country, the US is increasingly concerned about ethnic minorities facing disproportionate health risks of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This study attempted to provide a m...

    Authors: Jiannan Li, Xinmeng Wang and Bocong Yuan
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:93
  19. Suboptimal care transitions of older adults may ultimately lead to worse quality of care and increased costs for the health and social care systems. Currently, policies and financing often focus on care in spe...

    Authors: Estera Wieczorek, Ewa Kocot, Silvia Evers, Christoph Sowada and Milena Pavlova
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:90
  20. Physical activity is required to maintain health; however, resources needed for physical activity (e.g. facilities, instructors, and programmes) are scarce for persons with disabilities (PWD), particularly tho...

    Authors: Jiyoung Park, Dongheon Kang and Seon-Deok Eun
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:86
  21. UV radiation is a significant risk factor for non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). Ethnic Germans (resettlers) who immigrated to Germany from the former Soviet Union may have had a relatively high UV light exposur...

    Authors: Evgenia Markeeva-Ilisevic, Bernd Holleczek, Heiko Becher and Volker Winkler
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:85
  22. Compassionate respectful, and caring (CRC) creates a pleasant environment for health workforce (HWF), customers, and families. For the past five years, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health (EMoH) has developed a C...

    Authors: Kemal Jemal, Assegid Samuel, Abiyu Geta, Fantanesh Desalegn, Lidia Gebru, Tezera Tadele, Ewnetu Genet, Mulugeta Abate and Nebiyou Tafesse
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:84
  23. Work in the health and social care services (HSS) is very stressful and sickness absences are high. Nevertheless, little is known about their work stressors and work ability. The first aim of this study is to ...

    Authors: Kirsikka Selander, Risto Nikunlaakso and Jaana Laitinen
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:83
  24. While divorce is a social determinant of health among married immigrants in Korea, its association with access to healthcare services is unclear. Given the rapid increase in the number of married immigrants in...

    Authors: Suyeong Bae, James E. Graham, Sanghun Nam and Ickpyo Hong
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:81
  25. Lebanon ranks first amongst Middle-Eastern countries in terms of cigarette and waterpipe smoking. Understanding the mediating factors for nicotine addiction in adolescents who have experienced parental divorce...

    Authors: Elie Bou Sanayeh, Katia Iskandar, Marie-Claude Fadous Khalife, Sahar Obeid and Souheil Hallit
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:79
  26. Waist circumference (WC) increases more than body mass index (BMI) over time. This study investigated the change in WC among middle-aged and elderly Japanese people for 10 years, and its relationship with life...

    Authors: Haruko Ono, Kotomi Akahoshi and Michiaki Kai
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:75
  27. Persons living with HIV infection (PLHIV) who are diagnosed in community settings in sub-Saharan Africa are particularly vulnerable to barriers to care that prevent or delay many from obtaining antiretroviral ...

    Authors: Duncan MacKellar, Thabo Hlophe, Dawud Ujamaa, Sherri Pals, Makhosazana Dlamini, Lenhle Dube, Chutima Suraratdecha, Daniel Williams, Johnita Byrd, James Tobias, Phumzile Mndzebele, Stephanie Behel, Ishani Pathmanathan, Sikhathele Mazibuko, Endale Tilahun and Caroline Ryan
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:74
  28. Vocational rehabilitation programs (VRP) developing and improving work ability are used in Denmark to assist long-term unemployed citizens with complex problems. The aims of this study were to (1) describe VRP...

    Authors: Lotte Nygaard Andersen, Mette Jensen Stochkendahl and Kirsten K. Roessler
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:73
  29. The role played by large-scale repetitive SARS-CoV-2 screening programs within university populations interacting continuously with an urban environment, is unknown. Our objective was to develop a model capabl...

    Authors: Vincent Denoël, Olivier Bruyère, Gilles Louppe, Fabrice Bureau, Vincent D’orio, Sébastien Fontaine, Laurent Gillet, Michèle Guillaume, Éric Haubruge, Anne-Catherine Lange, Fabienne Michel, Romain Van Hulle, Maarten Arnst, Anne-Françoise Donneau and Claude Saegerman
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:71
  30. On the account of limited doses of COVID-19 available to the country, the Government of Ghana created a priority list of persons to target for its vaccination agenda. In this paper, we look at trust and how it...

    Authors: Joshua Amo-Adjei, Anastasiia Nurzhynska, Ruth Essuman and Anna-Leena Lohiniva
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:64
  31. In low-and-middle income countries (LMICs) less attention is paid to men’s involvement in Family Planning (FP) programs where public health officials have advocated the involvement of men as a strategy for add...

    Authors: Senanu Abigail Kpekpo Kwawukume, Alexander Suuk Laar and Tanko Abdulai
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:63
  32. For community health workers (CHWs) and promotores de salud (CHWs who primarily serve Latinx communities and are grounded in a social, rather than a clinical model of care), the process of certification highlight...

    Authors: Ashley Kissinger, Shakira Cordova, Ann Keller, Jane Mauldon, Lori Copan and Claire Snell Rood
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:61
  33. This short communication paper aimed to compile the main determinants of inequality in dental services by distinguishing between access, utilisation, and provision of dental services. Recent findings integrate...

    Authors: Arash Ghanbarzadegan, Peivand Bastani, Madhan Balasubramanian, David Brennan and Lisa Jamieson
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:60
  34. Belgium monitors the burden of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antimicrobial use in nursing homes (NHs) by participating in the European point prevalence surveys (PPSs) organised in long-term care ...

    Authors: Katrien Latour, Boudewijn Catry, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Frank Buntinx, Jan De Lepeleire and Béatrice Jans
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:58
  35. Hospital systems have rapidly adapted to manage the influx of patients with COVID-19 and hospitalists, specialists in inpatient care, have been at the forefront of this response, rapidly adapting to serve the ...

    Authors: Angela Keniston, Vishruti Patel, Lauren McBeth, Kasey Bowden, Alexandra Gallant and Marisha Burden
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:57
  36. Venous thromboembolism is a primary cause of morbidity and mortality in hospitalised patients. Clinical practice guidelines were developed to prevent venous thromboembolism events. This study adopted the Theor...

    Authors: Juliana Abboud, Abir Abdel Rahman, Niaz Shaikh, Martin Dempster and Pauline Adair
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:52
  37. The recent Austrian Primary Care Act established new primary health care units (PHCUs) and obliged them to draw up a “care strategy” specifying their focal care tasks and objectives and emphasizing the health ...

    Authors: Stefan Mathis-Edenhofer, Florian Röthlin, David Wachabauer, Romana Haneef, Ilana Ventura and Gerhard Fülöp
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:50
  38. Training non-specialist workers in mental healthcare improves knowledge, attitude, confidence, and recognition of mental illnesses. However, still little information is available on which type of mental health...

    Authors: Zui Narita, Yoshio Yamanouchi, Kazuo Mishima, Yoko Kamio, Naoko Ayabe, Ryoko Kakei and Yoshiharu Kim
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:44
  39. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are major public health challenges worldwide. Despite the importance of sexual autonomy in the prevention and control of sexual and reproductive health disorders such as ...

    Authors: Collins Adu, Aliu Mohammed, Eugene Budu, James Boadu Frimpong, Justice Kanor Tetteh, Bright Opoku Ahinkorah and Abdul-Aziz Seidu
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:40
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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