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eHealth/ telehealth/ mobile health systems

This section aims to publish manuscripts that investigate the development, applicability and evaluation of web- and mobile-based medical information systems and interventions. This section also considers studies on the design and evaluation of medical record platforms and telemedicine tools in different development contexts.

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  1. Enabling patients to be active users of their own medical records may promote the delivery of safe, efficient care across settings. Patients are rarely involved in designing digital health record systems which...

    Authors: Leigh R. Warren, Matthew Harrison, Sonal Arora and Ara Darzi

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:250

    Content type: Research article

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  2. The wide scale and severity of consequences of tobacco use, benefits derived from cessation, low rates of intervention by healthcare professionals, and new opportunities stemming from novel communications tech...

    Authors: J. F. Avila-Tomas, E. Olano-Espinosa, C. Minué-Lorenzo, F. J. Martinez-Suberbiola, B. Matilla-Pardo, M. E. Serrano-Serrano and E. Escortell-Mayor

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:249

    Content type: Study protocol

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  3. Personal health records (PHRs) provide the opportunity for self-management support, enhancing communication between patients and caregivers, and maintaining and/or improving the quality of chronic disease mana...

    Authors: Floor Sieverink, Saskia Kelders, Annemarie Braakman-Jansen and Julia van Gemert-Pijnen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:241

    Content type: Research article

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  4. There is limited information in Mexico - a middle-income country and a digital adopter with an important demographic bonus - regarding the potential use of technology and connectivity in health promotion among...

    Authors: Arturo Aguilar-Ye, Hortensia Reyes-Morales, Lourdes Campero and Nicéforo Garnelo-Bibiano

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:225

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder with a high prevalence in China. Standard diagnosis of OSA requires polysomnography (PSG). Currently, smart phone applications (apps) are widely used as an imp...

    Authors: Zhao-feng Xu, Xin Luo, Jianbo Shi and Yinyan Lai

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:224

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Interest in mHealth interventions, defined as the use of mobile phones to access healthcare is increasingly becoming popular globally. Given its technology-based applications, university students may be key cl...

    Authors: Prince Peprah, Emmanuel Mawuli Abalo, Williams Agyemang-Duah, Razak M Gyasi, Okwei Reforce, Julius Nyonyo, Godfred Amankwaa, Jones Amoako and Paulinus Kaaratoore

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:220

    Content type: Research article

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  7. The use of digital technology in healthcare has been found to be useful for data collection, provision of health information and communications. Despite increasing use of medical mobile phone applications (app...

    Authors: Jenny Carter, Jane Sandall, Andrew H. Shennan and Rachel M. Tribe

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:219

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Electronic health records (EHRs) are promising tools for routine care. These applications might not only enhance the interaction between patient and physician but also support therapy management. This is cruci...

    Authors: Toni Maria Klein, Matthias Augustin and Marina Otten

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:218

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Spatial epidemiological analyses primarily depend on spatially-indexed medical records. Some countries have devised ways of capturing patient-specific spatial details using ZIP codes, postcodes or personal num...

    Authors: Augustus Aturinde, Nakasi Rose, Mahdi Farnaghi, Gilbert Maiga, Petter Pilesjö and Ali Mansourian

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:215

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Self-management education of diabetes which is one of the most important noncommunicable diseases worldwide involves facilitating knowledge, skills, and ability required for self-care in these patients. Concer...

    Authors: Amal Mohammad Rasoul, Rostam Jalali, Alireza Abdi, Nader Salari, Mehrali Rahimi and Masoud Mohammadi

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:205

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Digital services have been found promising in managing different aspects of health, also stress. We developed a web service for cultivating the positive side of stress based on the stress experiences of entrep...

    Authors: Päivi Heikkilä, Elina Mattila and Mari Ainasoja

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:200

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Enhancing the self-management capability of asthma patients can improve their level of asthma control. Although the use of mobile health technology among asthmatics to facilitate self-management has become a g...

    Authors: Zhifang Guan, Liu Sun, Qian Xiao and Yanling Wang

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:192

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Sharing test results with patients via patient web portals is a new trend in healthcare. No research has been done examining patient web portal use with bone density test results. The objective of our study wa...

    Authors: Stephanie Edmonds, Yiyue Lou, Brandi Robinson, Peter Cram, Douglas W. Roblin, Nicole C. Wright, Kenneth Saag and Fredric D. Wolinsky

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:187

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Health research apps often do not focus on usability as a design priority. This is problematic when the population of interest is disproportionately underrepresented as users of mobile apps, especially observe...

    Authors: Y. Quintana, D. Fahy, A. M. Abdelfattah, J. Henao and C. Safran

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:181

    Content type: Study protocol

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  15. The Grog Survey App is a visual and interactive tablet computer-based survey application. It has been shown to be an accurate and acceptable tool to help Indigenous Australians describe what they drink.

    Authors: KS Kylie Lee, James H. Conigrave, Scott Wilson, Jimmy Perry, Noel Hayman, Catherine Zheng, Mustafa Al Ansari, Michael Doyle, Robin Room, Sarah Callinan, Tanya Chikritzhs, Tim Slade and Katherine M. Conigrave

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:180

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Aponjon (meaning “near and dear ones”), a mobile phone-based mHealth service, customized voice messages for expectant (6–42 weeks pregnancy) and new mothers (1–52 weeks after delivery) for promotion of recommende...

    Authors: Mahbub Elahi Chowdhury, Shafayatul Islam Shiblee and Heidi E. Jones

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:179

    Content type: Research article

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  17. This study explores opinions and experiences of people with Parkinson’s disease (PwP) in Sweden of using self-tracking. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative condition entailing varied and changing s...

    Authors: Sara Riggare, Therese Scott Duncan, Helena Hvitfeldt and Maria Hägglund

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:175

    Content type: Research article

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  18. The potential for smartphones to revolutionize the way that medical doctors practice has become a reality, particularly in specialities where visual examination is a principal step in assessing a medical case,...

    Authors: Ali Jasem Buabbas, Prem Sharma, Adel Al-Abdulrazaq and Hashem Shehab

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:155

    Content type: Research article

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  19. A user-centered design approach for eHealth interventions improves their effectiveness in stroke rehabilitation. Nevertheless, insight into requirements of end-users (patients/informal caregivers and/or health...

    Authors: Manon Wentink, L. van Bodegom-Vos, B. Brouns, H. Arwert, S. Houdijk, P. Kewalbansing, L. Boyce, T. Vliet Vlieland, A. de Kloet and J. Meesters

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:145

    Content type: Research article

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  20. The challenges faced by caregivers of the elderly with chronic diseases are always complex. In this context, mobile technologies have been used with promising results, but often have restricted functionality, ...

    Authors: Matheus Costa Stutzel, Michel Pedro Filippo, Alexandre Sztajnberg, Rosa Maria E.M. da Costa, André da Silva Brites, Luciana Branco da Motta and Célia Pereira Caldas

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:140

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Despite WHO guidelines for testing all suspected cases of malaria before initiating treatment, presumptive malaria treatment remains common practice among some clinicians and in certain low-resource settings t...

    Authors: S. Smith, R. Koech, D. Nzorubara, M. Otieno, L. Wong, G. Bhat, E. van den Bogaart, M. Thuranira, D. Onchonga and T. F. Rinke de Wit

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:139

    Content type: Technical advance

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  22. A large provider of community health services (an NHS Trust in England) deployed Apple iPads to its front-line community-based healthcare clinicians (predominantly nurses) to enable them to increase responsive...

    Authors: Jasmine Harvey and John Powell

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:134

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Electronic patient portals are increasingly being implemented, also in (haemato) oncology. However, portal usage is low and depends on user and provider engagement. We explored wishes, expectations and thought...

    Authors: Paul A. F. Geerts, Trudy van der Weijden, Pien G. M. Loeffen, Lise E. F. Janssen, Celine Almekinders, Tobias A. Wienhold and Gerard M. J. Bos

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:129

    Content type: Research article

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  24. According to WHO stroke is a growing societal challenge and the third leading cause of global disease-burden estimated using disability-adjusted life years. Rehabilitation after stroke is an area of mutual int...

    Authors: Uno Fors, Julius T. Kamwesiga, Gunilla M. Eriksson, Lena von Koch and Susanne Guidetti

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:122

    Content type: Research article

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  25. The provision of medical services by Medical Teams (MT) on Online Healthcare Communities (OHCs) is a novel method employed by geographically-dispersed healthcare professionals to serve one patient simultaneous...

    Authors: Jiaying Li, Hong Wu, Zhaohua Deng, Naiji Lu, Richard Evans and Chenxi Xia

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:119

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Poor adherence compromises medication treatment effectiveness which results in suboptimal illness control. This can lead to increased use of healthcare services, reduction in patients’ quality of life and incr...

    Authors: Bereket Senay, Kassahun Dessie Gashu, Adamu Takele Jemere and Zeleke Abebaw Mekonnen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:109

    Content type: Research article

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  27. In low-income settings, community health workers (CHWs) are frequently the first point of contact for newborns. Mobile technology may aid health workers in classifying illness and providing referral and manage...

    Authors: Lauren E. Schaeffer, Salahuddin Ahmed, Mahmoodur Rahman, Rachel Whelan, Sayedur Rahman, Arunangshu Dutta Roy, Tanzia Ahmed Nijhum, Nazmun Nahar Bably, Helen D’Couto, Carly Hudelson, Iffat Ara Jaben, Sayed Rubayet, Abdullah Baqui and Anne CC Lee

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:116

    Content type: Research article

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  28. A common challenge with all opioid use disorder treatment paths is withdrawal management. When withdrawal symptoms are not effectively monitored and managed, they lead to relapse which often leads to deadly ov...

    Authors: Joseph K. Nuamah, Farzan Sasangohar, Madhav Erraguntla and Ranjana K. Mehta

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:113

    Content type: Research article

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:126

  29. Health and social care interventions show promise as a way of managing the progression of frailty in older adults. Information technology could improve the availability of interventions and services for older ...

    Authors: Holly Gwyther, Lex van Velsen, Rachel L. Shaw, Barbara D’Avanzo, Maria Bujnowska-Fedak, Donata Kurpas, Katarzyna Szwamel, Jan-Willem van’t Klooster and Carol Holland

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:110

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Pain is the most common and distressing symptom for patients in all clinical settings. The dearth of health informatics tools to support acute and chronic pain management may be contributing to the chronic pai...

    Authors: Peng Zhao, Illhoi Yoo, Robert Lancey and Ebby Varghese

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:106

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Home monitoring of urine protein is a critical component of disease management in childhood nephrotic syndrome. We describe the development of a novel mobile application, UrApp – Nephrotic Syndrome Manager, to...

    Authors: Chia-shi Wang, Richard Boyd, Russell Mitchell, W. Darryl Wright, Courtney McCracken, Cam Escoffery, Rachel E. Patzer and Larry A. Greenbaum

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:105

    Content type: Technical advance

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  32. Although previous research showed that telehealth services can reduce the misuse of resources and urban–rural disparities, most healthcare insurers do not include telehealth services in their health insurance ...

    Authors: Ching-Chin Chern, Yu-Jen Chen and Bo Hsiao

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:104

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Patients and citizens need access to their health information to get a retrospective as well as a prospective view on their care and rehabilitation processes. However, patients’ health information is stored in...

    Authors: Nadia Davoody, Sabine Koch, Ingvar Krakau and Maria Hägglund

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:95

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Falls are the main cause of death and injury for older adults in the UK. Many of these falls occur within the home as a result of extrinsic falls risk factors such as poor lighting, loose/uneven flooring, and ...

    Authors: Arthur G. Money, Anita Atwal, Emily Boyce, Sophie Gaber, Susan Windeatt and Kyriakos Alexandrou

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:85

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Malnutrition is one of the most important reasons for child mortality in developing countries, especially during the first 5 years of life. We set out to systematically review evaluations of interventions that...

    Authors: Navisa Seyyedi, Bahlol Rahimi, Hamid Reza Farrokh Eslamlou, Toomas Timpka and Hadi Lotfnezhad Afshar

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:83

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Digital health interventions can fill gaps in mental healthcare provision. However, autonomous e-mental health (AEMH) systems also present challenges for effective risk management. To balance autonomy and safe...

    Authors: Myrthe L. Tielman, Mark A. Neerincx, Claudia Pagliari, Albert Rizzo and Willem-Paul Brinkman

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:47

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Mobile health is a fast-developing field. The use of mobile health applications by healthcare professionals (HCPs) globally has increased considerably. While several studies in high income countries have inves...

    Authors: Siti Kabanda and Hanna-Andrea Rother

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:40

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Cloud based health platforms (CBHP) have tremendous capacity to meet patient’s health needs. The benefits inherent in CBHP position it to be relevant for efficient healthcare delivery. Nonetheless, studies hav...

    Authors: Patience E. Idoga, Mehmet Toycan, Halil Nadiri and Erbuğ Çelebi

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:34

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Telemonitoring services could dramatically improve the care of diabetes patients by enhancing their quality of life while decreasing healthcare expenditures. However, the potential for implementing innovative ...

    Authors: Domenik Muigg, Peter Kastner, Georg Duftschmid, Robert Modre-Osprian and Daniela Haluza

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:26

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Assessing daily change in pain and related symptoms help in diagnosis, prognosis, and monitoring response to treatment. However, such changes are infrequently assessed, and usually reviewed weeks or months aft...

    Authors: John Bedson, Jonathon Hill, David White, Ying Chen, Simon Wathall, Stephen Dent, Kendra Cooke and Danielle van der Windt

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:24

    Content type: Research article

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  41. With the growing shortage of nurses, labor-saving technology has become more important. In health care practice, however, the fit with innovations is not easy. The aim of this study is to analyze the developme...

    Authors: Danielle M. Vossebeld, Erik C. N. Puik, Joris E. N. Jaspers and Marieke J. Schuurmans

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:11

    Content type: Research article

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  42. We developed Supportive care Prioritization, Assessment and Recommendations for Kids (SPARK), a web-based application designed to facilitate symptom screening by children receiving cancer treatments and access...

    Authors: Sadie Cook, Emily Vettese, Dilip Soman, Shannon Hyslop, Susan Kuczynski, Brenda Spiegler, Hailey Davis, Nathan Duong, Stacee Ou Wai, Robert Golabek, Patryk Golabek, Adam Antoszek-Rallo, Tal Schechter, L. Lee Dupuis and Lillian Sung

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:9

    Content type: Software

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  43. New Specific Application Domain (SAD) heuristics or design principles are being developed to guide the design and evaluation of mobile applications in a bid to improve on the usability of these applications. T...

    Authors: Alice Mugisha, Victoria Nankabirwa, Thorkild Tylleskär and Ankica Babic

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:4

    Content type: Research article

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  44. A growing number of clinical trials use various sensors and smartphone applications to collect data outside of the clinic or hospital, raising the question to what extent patients comply with the unique requir...

    Authors: Shani Cohen, Zeev Waks, Jordan J. Elm, Mark Forrest Gordon, Igor D. Grachev, Leehee Navon-Perry, Shai Fine, Iris Grossman, Spyros Papapetropoulos and Juha-Matti Savola

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:138

    Content type: Research article

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  45. Physical inactivity is associated with poor health outcomes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is therefore crucial for patients to have a physically active lifestyle. The aims of this feasibilit...

    Authors: Tatjana M. Burkow, Lars K. Vognild, Elin Johnsen, Astrid Bratvold and Marijke Jongsma Risberg

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:136

    Content type: Research article

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  46. Colorectal cancer incidence and mortality have been increasing in China and as one of the most important health problems facing the nation. Adequate dissemination of correct information about colorectal cancer...

    Authors: Shun Zhang, Yao Yang, Dongyi Yan, Biao Yuan, Xiaohua Jiang and Chun Song

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:129

    Content type: Research article

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  47. Patient portal use can be a stimulant for patient engagement. Yet, the heterogeneous landscape of tethered patient portals, is a major barrier to further portal development and implementation. A variety in por...

    Authors: Gaby Anne Wildenbos, Frank Horenberg, Monique Jaspers, Linda Peute and Danielle Sent

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:108

    Content type: Research article

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  48. Longevity creates increasing care needs for healthcare providers and family caregivers. Increasingly, the burden of care falls to one primary caregiver, increasing stress and reducing health outcomes. Addition...

    Authors: Yuri Quintana, Bradley Crotty, Darren Fahy, Lewis Lipsitz, Roger B. Davis and Charles Safran

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:105

    Content type: Study protocol

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