- Dina Balabanova, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Anna Gagliardi, University of Toronto
- Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Laval University
- Kirsten Howard, University of Sydney
- Stephen Jan, The George Institute
- Jany Rademakers, NIVEL - Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research
- Hindrik Vondeling, Twente University
- Christopher Morrey, BioMed Central
Evidence from the literature suggests patient neglect occurs due to a combination of personnel and organizational factors such as high workloads and staff burnout that constrain the behaviours of healthcare providers.
The validation of a questionnaire that assesses healthcare workers' awareness and acceptance of diversity is a useful step in understanding the challenges arising from diversity and a lack of cultural awareness that may impact healthcare services.
A study of self-management support approaches in Europe suggests a need for better understanding of how to encourage patients and health care providers to engage in productive interactions in daily chronic care practice.
Aboriginal cardiac patients face significant barriers to health care utilization (HCU), including communication issues, poor organisation and racism which result in sub-optimal quality of care, placing them at risk for subsequent cardiovascular events.
Evidence from the literature suggests that therapists' decision to locate, stay or leave rural communities is influenced more by the availability of practice supports, professional growth opportunities and understanding the context of rural practice, than by location.
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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."