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Welcome to our page on Health Services Research featuring content selected by our Editors. Here we will highlight relevant journals and articles, blogs, themed content, information on recent and upcoming events and more.

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A Day in the Life of Our Nurses

On International Nurses Day, May 12, we celebrated the hard work and contributions of our nurses. Articles recently published in BMC NursingBMC Obesityand BMC Research Notes seek to better understand the concerns at hand in this recent blog, A Day in the Life of Our Nurses.

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Predictors of burnout, work engagement and nurse reported job outcomes and quality of care: a mixed method study

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Celebrating International Journal for Equity in Health's 15th Anniversary

We are delighted to announce that the International Journal for Equity in Health is celebrating its 15th anniversary with an article collection that covers innovative methodologies, theoretical perspectives and interventions that promote equity in health or its understanding, and manuscripts that look forward to the next 15 years in research in equity in health.

International Journal for Equity in Health's 15th Anniversary article collection

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BMC Health Services Research

Qualitative exploration of why people repeatedly attend emergency departments for alcohol-related reasons

Attending emergency departments for alcohol-related reasons is often an unnecessary demand on hospital resources; these patients with high physical and mental health care needs would be better served by more engaged and accessible community services.

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BMC Nursing

The impact of occupational stress on nurses’ caring behaviors and their health related quality of life

Conflicts with other healthcare workers and occupational stress affects nurses’ health-related quality of life negatively as well as their caring behaviors, and could affect patient outcomes.

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Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation

Economic evaluations of vaccines in Canada: a scoping review

This study aims to summarise and describe the evolution of published economic evaluations of vaccines in Canada, thereby outlining the current state of this expanding and meaningful research.

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Global Health Research and Policy

Childhood anemia in Rural Haiti: the potential role of community health workers

Childhood iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is an important contributor to under-five mortality in the developing world. There is evidence that Community Health Worker (CHW) delivered programs to increase maternal knowledge of child health practices may decrease childhood IDA. This study reports findings on the association between a long standing CHW intervention and childhood anemia status in rural Haiti.

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Health and Quality of Life Outcomes

Proceedings of Patient Reported Outcome Measure’s (PROMs) Conference Sheffield 2016: Advances in Patient Reported Outcomes Research

Sheffield, UK | 9th June 2016

Volume 14 Suppl 1 (10 October 2016)


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Health Research Policy and Systems

Evidence-based policymaking is not like evidence-based medicine, so how far should you go to bridge the divide between evidence and policy?

In this study authors offer a new perspective by using policy theory to propose research with greater impact, identifying the need to use persuasion to reduce ambiguity, and to adapt to multi-level policy making systems.
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Research capacity building through North–South–South networking: towards true partnership? An exploratory study of a network for scientific support in the field of sexual and reproductive health

This research article explores the perceptions of members of the Network for Scientific Support in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health (NetSRH) on North–South–South networking and on constraints and perspectives for South-led research.
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Human Resources for Health

Does task shifting yield cost savings and improve efficiency for health systems? A systematic review of evidence from low-income and middle-income countries

In this study task shifting presents a viable option for health system cost savings in low-income and middle-income countries.


Implementation Science

Featured collection: Tailored Implementation for Chronic Diseases

​​​​​​​This article collection reports on the Tailored Implementation for Chronic Diseases (TICD) project. The TICD project developed and tested programs to improve healthcare for patients with chronic diseases in five European countries, and examined methods for tailoring such programs to target groups and settings.

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Israel Journal of Health Policy Research

The cost and value of cancer drugs – are new innovations outpacing our ability to pay?

Cancer drug expenditures have been increasing significantly in countries around the world. A recent IJHPR article provides new knowledge and insights into this global phenomenon by analyzing how it is playing out in an Israeli health plan with over two million members, whose state-of-the-art information systems provide an opportunity to explore these changes in a comprehensive, detailed and reliable manner. Read more

A related IJHPR commentary notes that there will be many challenges ahead with regard to the ability to pay for the arrival of new and exciting cancer therapies. The commentary discusses the current problems and anticipates the future challenges. Read more

Population Health Metrics

Alzheimer’s and other dementias in Canada, 2011 to 2031: a microsimulation Population Health Modeling (POHEM) study of projected prevalence, health burden, health services, and caregiving use

Safety in Health

The regulation, assessment, and management of medical devices in Mexico: How do they shape the quality of delivered healthcare?​​​​​​​

This study aims to analyse the regulation, assessment, and management of orthopaedic medical devices in Mexico and how they shape healthcare.