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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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

    The Correction to this article has been published in Archives of Public Health 2022 80:70

  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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

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

  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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