Section Editors

  • Onyebuchi A Arah, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Dina Balabanova, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Michael Donnelly, Queen's University Belfast
  • Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Laval University
  • Oliver Groene, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • 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

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  • Christopher Morrey, BioMed Central
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    Novel trigger tool to identify adverse events

    The development of a pediatric trigger tool can help healthcare organizations to measure and analyze the adverse effects occurring in hospitalized children in order to improve patient safety

    BMC Health Services Research 2014, 14:655
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    Strategies to sustain improvements in hospital practice

    A qualitative case study suggests joining a quality improvement collaborative may not be enough to achieve long-term normalisation of transformed care, and additional investments may be needed.

    BMC Health Services Research 2014, 14:641
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    Health insurance scheme really for the poor?

    Survey data suggests the National Health Insurance Scheme in Ghana is yet to address the need of the poor for insurance against health related financial risks and reform of enrolment policies must guarantee pre-payment for the most poor and vulnerable households.

    BMC Health Services Research 2014, 14:637
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    Implementation of a rotavirus vaccination program

    An observational study suggests that universal rotavirus vaccination is associated with a clear decrease in the number of bed days and occupancy rates for rotaviral acute gastroenteritis and all cause acute gastroenteritis. 

    BMC Health Services Research 2014, 14:632
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    Stability of care contributes to health care delivery

    Continuity of general practitioner care as measured by the duration of the patient relationship was associated with lower use of complementary and alternative medical providers and together with previous studies suggests that stability of care may contribute to health care delivery from fewer providers.

    BMC Health Services Research 2014, 14:629

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BMC Immunology 2014, 14:627


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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