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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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

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

  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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

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

  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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

    The Correction to this article has been published in Archives of Public Health 2020 78:57

  46. 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
  47. 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