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Integrated Health Services across Different Levels: Worldwide Experiences

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Dear Colleagues

In recent years, health systems have encountered several challenges and, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, have had to undertake a process of restructuring to enhance cooperation across all levels of healthcare. This is a worldwide problem that impacts all nations—irrespective of the nature of funding, whether it is public or private—that are committed to healthcare.

This topic aims to examine various international instances of care integration, both horizontally (between healthcare units of similar care levels or different departments within a hospital) and vertically (between health units operating at different care levels), with a focus on outcomes related to access, efficiency, productivity, and the quality of health outcomes, as well as user and/or professional satisfaction.

The topic “Integrated Health Services across Different Levels: Worldwide Experiences” provides a platform to publish all reviews and original research papers. Please join us in creating a diverse collection of articles for a variety of topics. We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Alexandre Morais Nunes
Dr. Diogo Cunha Ferreira
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Keywords

  • healthcare performance
  • patient satisfaction
  • hospital management
  • healthcare reforms
  • vertical integration
  • integration
  • efficiency

Participating Journals

Journal Name Impact Factor CiteScore Launched Year First Decision (median) APC
Healthcare
healthcare
2.4 3.5 2013 20.5 Days CHF 2700 Submit
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
ijerph
- 7.3 2004 24.3 Days CHF 2500 Submit
Nursing Reports
nursrep
2.4 2.5 2011 39.6 Days CHF 1800 Submit
Trauma Care
traumacare
- - 2021 46.8 Days CHF 1000 Submit
Hospitals
hospitals
- - 2024 15.0 days * CHF 1000 Submit

* Median value for all MDPI journals in the first half of 2024.


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Effectiveness of a Community Pharmacy-Based Health Promotion Program on Hypertension in Bangladesh and Pakistan: Study Protocol for a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial
by Md. Mizanur Rahman, Ryota Nakamura, Md. Monirul Islam, Md. Ashraful Alam, Syed Khurram Azmat and Motohiro Sato
Healthcare 2024, 12(14), 1402; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare12141402 - 15 Jul 2024
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The aim of this multi-country, cluster-randomized trial is to test the impact of pharmacy-based health promotion to reduce the blood pressure of individuals with hypertension over a 12-month period in Bangladesh and Pakistan. The trial will be implemented with two arms. In Bangladesh, [...] Read more.
The aim of this multi-country, cluster-randomized trial is to test the impact of pharmacy-based health promotion to reduce the blood pressure of individuals with hypertension over a 12-month period in Bangladesh and Pakistan. The trial will be implemented with two arms. In Bangladesh, the estimated sample size is around 3600 hypertensive patients. In Pakistan, we will select samples equivalent to 10% of the participants from Bangladesh, comprising 360 hypertensive patients from four pharmacies. Community pharmacies will be randomized into one of two parallel groups (allocation ratio 1:1). Pharmacy professionals in the treatment arm will provide their patients with educational training and counseling, as well as phone calls/mobile text messages and care coordination in the health sector, as part of the intervention. The study will be conducted in three phases: a baseline survey with intervention, a midline survey with intervention and follow-up, and an endline survey with impact evaluation. The primary outcome of the study will be BP. The secondary outcomes will be BP controlled to target, treatment adherence, quality of life, mortality or hospital admission rates resulting from hypertension and its related complications, incremental cost per health-related quality of life gained, knowledge on healthy lifestyle and dietary behavior, and change in the prevalence of current smoking status. Full article
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Pilot Study of SATELLITE Education on Nurses’ Knowledge and Confidence toward Assessing and Caring for Female Victims of Sexual Violence
by Ratchneewan Ross, Francine Hebert Sheppard, Monir M. Almotairy, Joelle Hirst and Marjorie Jenkins
Nurs. Rep. 2024, 14(2), 1287-1296; https://doi.org/10.3390/nursrep14020097 - 22 May 2024
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Sexual violence (SV) can deeply impact victims’ physical and psychosocial well-being. Yet many healthcare providers, including registered nurses (RNs), hesitate to screen patients due to a lack of confidence and knowledge. The SATELLITE Sexual Violence Assessment and Care Guide was developed to address [...] Read more.
Sexual violence (SV) can deeply impact victims’ physical and psychosocial well-being. Yet many healthcare providers, including registered nurses (RNs), hesitate to screen patients due to a lack of confidence and knowledge. The SATELLITE Sexual Violence Assessment and Care Guide was developed to address this gap; however, the guide’s educational effectiveness remained untested. This pilot study aimed to assess the feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of an education program based on the SATELLITE guide among RNs in clinical settings (n = 8), using a pre- and post-test design. Results indicated that the education was not only feasible and acceptable, but also demonstrated the effects as desired with significant increases in RNs’ knowledge and confidence in SV screening and care. The program’s assessment tool was reliable, and participant recruitment was feasible. Based on these findings, it is recommended that the SATELLITE education program be further tested with a larger RN sample and extended to other healthcare providers. Additionally, exploring SATELLITE’s use in different regions, cultural contexts, and healthcare settings would enhance understanding of the program’s broader applicability and effectiveness. Full article
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