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Resilient and responsive health systems in a changing world

Guest Editors: Siri Wiig and Jane O'Hara

Call for papers

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Creator: Paola Giannoni / Getty Images / iStock © Creator: Paola Giannoni / Getty Images / iStockThe world is amidst one of its greatest public health challenges due to the tragic impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. We have witnessed the extreme strains on health systems but also their resilience and responsiveness to the pressures they have faced. We must also recognize that it is not only COVID-19 that has put a strain on health systems. Other infectious diseases, economic pressures, environmental disasters, staff shortages, and chronic diseases are amongst the many other challenges health systems are facing. 

In support of the challenges that global health systems are facing and UN Sustainable Development Goal 3, Good Health and Well-being, BMC Health Services Research has launched a collection that welcomes submissions that contribute to our understanding of how health systems respond and resist the pressures they face, and how we can sustainably strengthen health systems for the future. 

For more information about the scope of the collection, please read our introductory commentary article written by our Guest Editors. 

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Meet the Guest Editors

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Prof. Siri Wiig, University of Stavanger, Norway

Siri WiigSiri Wiig, PhD, MSc, is Professor and Centre Director at SHARE - Centre for Resilience in Healthcare, at the University of Stavanger (UiS), Norway. The SHARE centre is a large research group in Norway doing research on quality and safety in healthcare, with over 70 researchers affiliated. Wiig is a full Professor of Quality and Safety in Healthcare Systems at the Faculty of Health Sciences, UiS. Key research interests are resilience in healthcare, patient safety, quality improvement, safety investigations, user involvement, risk regulation, leadership, and learning in socio-technical systems.

Prof. Jane K. O'Hara, University of Leeds, UK

Jane O'HaraJane K. O'Hara is a Professor of Healthcare Quality & Safety, based at the University of Leeds, and Deputy Director of the Yorkshire Quality & Safety Research Group. Her research interests include resilient healthcare, exploring and operationalizing safety theories, safety measurement and management, and patient and family involvement in patient safety.


Submission guidelines

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This collection welcomes submissions of Research articles, including systematic reviews, quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research on the topic of resilience and responsiveness in all areas of the health system. DebatesReviews, and Study Protocols will be considered at the discretion of the Journal’s Editor. Please note that unsolicited Reviews and Debates will not be considered, as per our submission guidelines. 

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process overseen by our Guest Editors, Prof. Siri Wiig (University of Stavanger, Norway) and Prof. Jane O’Hara (University of Leeds, UK). Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for BMC Health Services Research. Please ensure you highlight in your cover letter that you are submitting to a collection. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Resilient and responsive health systems in a changing world" from the dropdown menu".

Please visit this page to find out more about our article-processing charges. Members of Health Systems Global can claim a 20% discount on our article-processing charges, more information can be found here.

Submission deadline: 31st January 2023

Published collection articles

  1. Discussions of health system resilience and emergency management often highlight the importance of coordination and partnership across government and with other stakeholders. However, both coordination and par...

    Authors: Kate Gooding, Maria Paola Bertone, Giulia Loffreda and Sophie Witter
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:1441
  2. Amidst ongoing calls for increased health systems resilience, gaps remain in our understanding of how health systems can reach further into communities to ensure resilient service delivery. Indeed, public heal...

    Authors: Victoria Haldane, Warren Dodd, Amy Kipp, Hannah Ferrolino, Kendall Wilson, Danilo Servano Jr., Lincoln L. Lau and Xiaolin Wei
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:1385
  3. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is the primary mode of treatment for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). It slows disease progression and reduces the spread of infection. HIV treatment is also known to require a ...

    Authors: Michael Lahai, Sally Theobald, Haja R. Wurie, Sulaiman Lakoh, Patrick O. Erah, Mohamed Samai and Joanna Raven
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:1327
  4. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has had various impacts on businesses and workers worldwide. The spread of infection has been reported through cluster outbreaks in the workplace, and World Hea...

    Authors: Yu Igarashi, Seiichiro Tateishi, Tomoko Sawajima, Kodai Kikuchi, Mika Kawasumi, Juri Matsuoka, Arisa Harada and Koji Mori
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:1294
  5. The world’s population is aging rapidly and a huge amount of services are being provided to meet the needs of the older people. Identifying the factors affecting the non-attendance of the older people to healt...

    Authors: Amir Mohamad Moghadasi, Shima Sum and Hossein Matlabi
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:1288
  6. Research on health systems resilience has focused primarily on the theoretical development of the concept and its dimensions. There is an identified knowledge gap in the research on how to build resilience in ...

    Authors: Lena Forsgren, Fabrizio Tediosi, Karl Blanchet and Dell D Saulnier
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:1173
  7. To provide high quality services in increasingly complex, constantly changing circumstances, healthcare organizations worldwide need a high level of resilience, to adapt and respond to challenges and changes a...

    Authors: Cecilie Haraldseid-Driftland, Stephen Billett, Veslemøy Guise, Lene Schibevaag, Janne Gro Alsvik, Birte Fagerdal, Hilda Bø Lyng and Siri Wiig
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:1091
  8. Measuring the caregivers' satisfaction is vital for the effectiveness of childcare. Children admitted to pediatric wards require special hospital situations, a bespoke approach from the medical team, and the p...

    Authors: Mohammed Beshir, Tsion Tilahun, Diriba Fufa Hordofa, Gersam Abera, Workineh Tesfaye, Kumale Tolesa Daba, Netsanet Workineh, Samson Nadew Woldeyesus, Tilahun Fufa Debela and Elias Ali Yesuf
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:1058
  9. Hospitals are the biggest users of the health system budgets. Policymakers are interested in improving hospital efficiency while maintaining their performance during the economic crisis. This study aims at ana...

    Authors: Zeynab Foroughi, Parvin Ebrahimi, Aidin Aryankhesal, Mohammadreza Maleki and Shahram Yazdani
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:977
  10. The prevailing patient safety strategies in suicide prevention are suicide risk assessments and retrospective reviews, with emphasis on minimising risk and preventing adverse events. Resilient healthcare focus...

    Authors: Siv Hilde Berg, Kristine Rørtveit, Fredrik A. Walby and Karina Aase
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:967
  11. Cabazitaxel significantly improves clinical outcomes compared with a second androgen receptor-targeted agent (ARTA) in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) previously treated w...

    Authors: Alicia K. Morgans, Thomas Hutson, Alice Kai Dan Guan, David Garcia, Anna Zhou, Edward Drea and Nicholas J. Vogelzang
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:916
  12. Resilient healthcare research studies how healthcare systems and stakeholders adapt and cope with challenges and changes to enable high quality care. Team leaders are seen as central in coordinating clinical c...

    Authors: Birte Fagerdal, Hilda Bø Lyng, Veslemøy Guise, Janet E. Anderson, Petter Lave Thornam and Siri Wiig
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:908
  13. Health organisations are increasingly implementing ‘embedded researcher’ models to translate research into practice. This paper examines the impact of an embedded researcher model known as the embedded Economi...

    Authors: Donella Piper, Christine Jorm, Rick Iedema, Nicholas Goodwin, Andrew Searles and Lisa McFayden
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:813
  14. The COVID-19 pandemic severely exacerbated workplace stress for healthcare workers (HCWs) worldwide. The pandemic also magnified the need for mechanisms to support the psychological wellbeing of HCWs. This stu...

    Authors: Benjamin Rosen, Mary Preisman, Heather Read, Deanna Chaukos, Rebecca A. Greenberg, Lianne Jeffs, Robert Maunder and Lesley Wiesenfeld
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:780
  15. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged healthcare organizations and puts focus on risk management in many ways. Both medical staff and leaders at various levels have been forced to find solutions to problems the...

    Authors: Maritha Jacobsson, Maria Härgestam, Fredrik Bååthe and Emma Hagqvist
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:738
  16. The burden and costs of abdominal surgery for chronic conditions are on the rise, but could be reduced through self-management support. However, structured support to prepare for colorectal surgery is not rout...

    Authors: Rebecca Wang, Christopher Yao, Stanley H. Hung, Logan Meyers, Jason M. Sutherland, Ahmer Karimuddin, Kristin L. Campbell and Annalijn I. Conklin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:730
  17. The balanced scorecard (BSC) has been implemented to evaluate the performance of health care organizations (HCOs). BSC proved to be effective in improving financial performance and patient satisfaction.

    Authors: Faten Amer, Sahar Hammoud, Haitham Khatatbeh, Szimonetta Lohner, Imre Boncz and Dóra Endrei
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:621
  18. Despite an emerging consensus on the importance of resilience as a framework for understanding the healthcare system, the operationalization of resilience in healthcare has become an area of continuous discuss...

    Authors: Hilda Bø Lyng, Carl Macrae, Veslemøy Guise, Cecilie Haraldseid-Driftland, Birte Fagerdal, Lene Schibevaag and Siri Wiig
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:474
  19. Since climate change, pandemics and population mobility are challenging healthcare systems, an empirical and integrative research to studying and help improving the health systems resilience is needed. We pres...

    Authors: Lucie Clech, Sofia Meister, Maeva Belloiseau, Tarik Benmarhnia, Emmanuel Bonnet, Alain Casseus, Patrick Cloos, Christian Dagenais, Manuela De Allegri, Annabel Desgrées du Loû, Lucas Franceschin, Jean-Marc Goudet, Daniel Henrys, Dominique Mathon, Mowtushi Matin, Ludovic Queuille…
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:340
  20. The Covid-19 pandemic introduced a global crisis for the healthcare systems. Research has paid particular attention to hospitals and intensive care units. However, nursing homes and home care services in charg...

    Authors: Hilda Bø Lyng, Eline Ree, Torunn Wibe and Siri Wiig
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:878
  21. Adaptation and innovation are both described as instrumental for resilience in healthcare. However, the relatedness between these dimensions of resilience in healthcare has not yet been studied. This study see...

    Authors: Hilda Bø Lyng, Carl Macrae, Veslemøy Guise, Cecilie Haraldseid-Driftland, Birte Fagerdal, Lene Schibevaag, Janne Gro Alsvik and Siri Wiig
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:759