Health services

Health services are organized provisions for the care of healthy individuals and those with a disease or disorder. These services include diagnosis, therapeutics, and associated facilities. Health services are provided by people with health occupations.

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  • Comments & Opinion |

    Quality geriatric kidney care extends beyond traditional therapy to care that balances the impact of both disease and treatment around how individuals manage their daily routines. In this Comment, we discuss clinical and policy changes that could benefit older people with advanced kidney disease.

    • Sarbjit Vanita Jassal
    •  & Elbert Chow
  • News & Views |

    New research reports that men with inflammatory arthritis experience an impact on sexual health beyond erectile dysfunction, affecting their emotional, mental, and social health. Training to empower health professionals to have conversations about sex could improve support for people with rheumatic diseases.

    • Caroline A. Flurey
  • Comments & Opinion |

    Clinical practice guidelines provide evidence-informed recommendations to improve the delivery of high-quality health care. Despite their ubiquity, the translation of clinical guidelines into routine clinical practice remains suboptimal. We propose the use of implementation science methods in the development of clinical practice guidelines to improve uptake.

    • Mitchell N. Sarkies
    • , Laney K. Jones
    •  & Gerald F. Watts
  • Comments & Opinion
    | Open Access

    Current public health measures catalyzed a large shift to virtual care, resulting in a great uptake in telephone and video-enabled care. While pre-pandemic public healthcare funding rarely covered the telephone as a reimbursable care delivery model, it has proven a crucial offering for many populations. As the new standard of virtual service delivery is being solidified, simple technological solutions that provide access to care must continue to be supported. This paper explores an important consequence of relying on complex technologies as the new standard of virtual care: the risk of exacerbating health disparities by enabling a deeper digital divide for marginalized populations.

    • Tyla Thomas-Jacques
    • , Trevor Jamieson
    •  & James Shaw