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Health services research

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

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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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

  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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

    The Letter to the Editor to this article has been published in Archives of Public Health 2020 78:37

  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. The Rohingya people of Myanmar are one of the most persecuted communities in the world and are forced to flee their home to escape conflict and persecution. Bangladesh receives the majority of the Rohingya ref...

    Authors: Nidhi Wali, Wen Chen, Lal B. Rawal, A. S. M. Amanullah and Andre M. N. Renzaho
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:59
  46. Hearing loss is an important public health issue, since it has a very negative impact on peoples’ lives, irrespective of the age at which it develops. However, globally there is a noticeable lack of epidemiolo...

    Authors: Dialechti Tsimpida, Daphne Kaitelidou and Petros Galanis
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:55
  47. When promoting public health measures, such as reducing smoking, there are many different approaches, for example providing information, imposing legal restrictions, taxing products, and changing cultures. By ...

    Authors: Brian Martin
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:54
  48. The HIV/AIDS epidemic has been fuelled by gender inequality and disparity resulted in violation of women reproductive right. The “feminization” of the pandemic is more apparent in Sub-Saharan Africa where the ...

    Authors: Tadele Girum, Abebaw Wasie, Kifle Lentiro, Ebrahim Muktar, Teha Shumbej, Mesfin Difer, Mulugeta Shegaze and Abdulsemed Worku
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:51
  49. Absence of reliable health insurance schemes is a key challenge to meet the universal health coverage target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ethiopian health system is characterized by under finan...

    Authors: Sahilu Yeshiwas, Mengistu Kiflie, Atinkut Alamirrew Zeleke and Mihiretu Kebede
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:48