Facilitating access to HIV prevention and treatment is imperative in Miami-Dade County (MDC), a U.S. HIV epicenter. With COVID-19, disruptions to these services have occurred, leading HIV organizations to inno...
Resilient and responsive health systems in a changing world
The 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.
Prof. Siri Wiig, University of Stavanger, Norway
Siri 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 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.
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. Debates, Reviews, 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".
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Submission deadline: 31st January 2023
Published collection articles
Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:1476
How can we strengthen partnership and coordination for health system emergency preparedness and response? Findings from a synthesis of experience across countries facing shocks
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...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:1441
Extending health systems resilience into communities: a qualitative study with community-based actors providing health services during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines
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...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:1385
Factors influencing adherence to antiretroviral therapy from the experience of people living with HIV and their healthcare providers in Sierra Leone: a qualitative study
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 ...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:1327
What is the role of occupational physicians in the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan? A qualitative interview study
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...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:1294
Why do older people not use the public health services of the integrated aging program? A multidimensional approach in a qualitative study
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...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:1288
Health systems resilience in practice: a scoping review to identify strategies for building resilience
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 ...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:1173
To reduce patient harm, healthcare has focused on improvement based on learning from errors and adverse events (Safety-I). Daily huddles with staff are used to support incident reporting and learning in health...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:1101
The role of collaborative learning in resilience in healthcare—a thematic qualitative meta-synthesis of resilience narratives
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...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:1091
Caregiver satisfaction and its associated factors in pediatric wards of Jimma University Medical Center, Southwest Ethiopia
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...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:1058
Hospitals during economic crisis: a systematic review based on resilience system capacities framework
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...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:977
Shared understanding of resilient practices in the context of inpatient suicide prevention: a narrative synthesis
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...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:967
An economic evaluation of cabazitaxel versus a second androgen receptor-targeted agent (ARTA) for patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer previously treated with docetaxel and an ARTA: the United States payer perspective
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...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:916
Exploring the role of leaders in enabling adaptive capacity in hospital teams – a multiple case study
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...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:908
Relational aspects of building capacity in economic evaluation in an Australian Primary Health Network using an embedded researcher approach
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...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:813
Providers’ perspectives on implementing resilience coaching for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
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...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:780
Organizational logics in time of crises: How physicians narrate the healthcare response to the Covid-19 pandemic in Swedish hospitals
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...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:738
Preparing for colorectal surgery: a qualitative study of experiences and preferences of patients in Western Canada
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...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:730
A systematic review: the dimensions to evaluate health care performance and an implication during the pandemic
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.Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:621
The Quality Improvement Regulation was introduced to the Norwegian healthcare system in 2017 as a new national regulatory framework to support local quality and safety efforts in hospitals. A research-based respo...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:510
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...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:474
Healthcare system resilience in Bangladesh and Haiti in times of global changes (climate-related events, migration and Covid-19): an interdisciplinary mixed method research protocol
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...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2022 22:340
Resilient and responsive healthcare services and systems: challenges and opportunities in a changing world
Resilient and responsive healthcare systems is on the agenda as ever before. COVID-19, specialization of services, resource demands, and technology development are all examples of aspects leading to adaptation...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:1037
Healthcare leaders’ use of innovative solutions to ensure resilience in healthcare during the Covid-19 pandemic: a qualitative study in Norwegian nursing homes and home care services
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...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:878
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...Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2021 21:759