Section Editors

  • Onyebuchi A Arah, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Dina Balabanova, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Hengjin Dong, Zhejiang University School of Medicine
  • Michael Donnelly, Queen's University Belfast
  • Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Laval University
  • Oliver Groene, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • David Hotchkiss, Tulane University
  • Jeffrey Lazarus, University of Copenhagen
  • Evelina Pappa, Hellenic Open University
  • Milena Pavlova, Maastricht University
  • Antoni Plasencia, ISGlobal Barcelona Institute for Global Health
  • Michael Rosen, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Fabrizio Tediosi, University of Basel
  • Kaspar Wyss, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Executive Editor

  • Christopher Morrey, BioMed Central
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    New characterisations of ‘quality’ in contemporary healthcare

    This editorial introduces the special BioMed Central cross-journal collection The Many Meanings of ‘Quality’ in Healthcare: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, setting out the context for the development of the collection and presenting brief summaries of all the included papers.

    BMC Health Services Research 2015, 15:240
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    Preferences for knowledge translation mentorship design

    A qualitative study suggests that researchers and research users uniformly express an interest in mentorship over other forms of learning about knowledge translation because it provides credible, tailored information when needed.

    BMC Health Services Research 2015, 15:198
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    Why prioritise talk over aid in the midst of the Ebola crisis?

    Health systems experts from around the world discuss why they were meeting at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research while people were dying of Ebola in West Africa.

    BMC Health Services Research 2015, 15:192
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    Patient perceptions and influence on quality improvement 

    When including patient voices in measuring and defining ‘quality’, governments and public health practitioners should be aware of how rationalities at the heart of policy and services may discourage consumers from claiming rights to quality care.

    BMC Health Services Research 2015, 15:122

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Inpatient mortality of HIV-infected adults in sub-Saharan Africa and possible interventions: a mixed methods review

Bahati MK Wajanga1, Lauren E Webster, Robert N Peck, Jennifer A Downs, Kedar Mate, Luke R Smart and Daniel W Fitzgerald

BMC Health Services Research 2014, 14:627 (31 March 2014)



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Section Editor's profile

Marie-Pierre Gagnon

Marie-Pierre Gagnon, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at Laval University and researcher at the Quebec University Hospital Centre, Canada. She is also Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Technologies and Practices in Health. Her research program focuses on the use of scientific evidence to support the implementation of technological innovations, particularly Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the health care system. Her other research interests include patient and public involvement in Health Technology Assessment and other health care decisions, the study of individual, professional and organisational determinants of ICT adoption and integration in the health care system, and best practices in knowledge translation and application.

"Health services research needs to improve its knowledge base in order to better inform decisions, based on international knowledge sharing and the development of appropriate methods that account for the complexity of interventions for changing practices and policies. BMC Health Services Research is an open and transparent source for sharing this knowledge with the global health services research community."

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