EN-USObservatoire international en santé et services sociauxNouvelles de l'observatoire international en santé et services sociauxhttp://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/ministere/observatoire-sss/International - The effectiveness of research implementation strategies for promoting evidence-informed policy and management decisions in healthcare: a systematic reviewhttp://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/ministere/observatoiresss/index.php?International-The-effectiveness-of-research-implementation-strategies-for-promoting-evidence-informed-policy-and-management-decisions-in-healthcareConducted by Malaysian researchers, this systematic review of 21 articles evaluates the effectiveness of research implementation strategies for promoting evidence-informed policy and management decisions in health care. It finds that workshops, ongoing technical assistance, and distribution of instructional digital materials may improve knowledge and skills around evidence-informed decision-making. The authors conceptualize interrelated factors associated with effective strategies to implement research findings.

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Sweden - Advanced nurse practitioners in municipal healthcare as a way to meet the growing healthcare needs of the frail elderly: a qualitative interview study with managers, doctors and specialist nurseshttp://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/ministere/observatoiresss/index.php?Sweden-Advanced-nurse-practitioners-in-municipal-healthcare-as-a-way-to-meet-the-growing-healthcare-needs-of-the-frail-elderly-a-qualitative-intervIn Sweden, research on nurse practitioners (NPs) is limited. This study explores the views of primary care managers, doctors and nurses on the use of NPs in municipal health care to help meet the needs of the frail elderly. Nurses viewed hiring nurse practitioners positively, while managers and doctors were more cautious about the potential responsibilities of any NP role.

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International - Healthy people, healthy planet. The role of health systems in promoting healthier lifestyles and a greener futurehttp://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/ministere/observatoiresss/index.php?International-Healthy-people-healthy-planet-The-role-of-health-systems-in-promoting-healthier-lifestyles-and-a-greener-futureThis document was produced by the OECD for the 2017 meeting of the G7 Ministers of Health. It provides an overview of policy actions health authorities can use to improve population health while decreasing pressure on the environment. The report encourages waste reduction, healthier food consumption, and cleaner energy generation in hospitals and nursing homes. 

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Thu, 23 Nov 2017 1:03:41 -0500
UK - Embedding a culture of quality improvementhttp://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/ministere/observatoiresss/index.php?UK-Embedding-a-culture-of-quality-improvementThis King’s Fund report identifies factors that help organizations launch successful quality improvement (QI) strategies. The report lists five key enablers for embedding QI culture: inclusive leadership, staff support, adequate resources, effective patient engagement, and fidelity to a chosen approach. The report finds that leadership plays a central role in creating the right conditions for quality improvement.

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UK - RightCare: wrong answershttp://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/ministere/observatoiresss/index.php?UK-RightCare-wrong-answersRightCare is a National Health Service (NHS) program that identifies opportunities for savings and quality improvements that boost patient outcomes. This article examines the indicators the program uses and determines that RightCare’s methodologies and results are flawed. The article says the program ignores the variability of comparator outcomes, leading to errors.

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Denmark - Hospital centralization and performance in Denmark – ten years onhttp://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/ministere/observatoiresss/index.php?Denmark-Hospital-centralization-and-performance-in-Denmark-ten-years-onIn 2007, Denmark restructured its 13 counties into five regions, creating administrative units large enough to allow the centralization of specialized care in fewer hospitals. This paper analyses the reorganization of the Danish hospital sector after 2007 and discusses the mechanisms behind the changes. Since the reform, hospital productivity has increased by more than 2% per year and costs have been stable.

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Thu, 23 Nov 2017 1:01:38 -0500
Canada – Survey-based patient experience measurement: from concepts to best practiceshttp://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/ministere/observatoiresss/index.php?Canada-Survey-based-patient-experience-measurement-from-concepts-to-best-practicesThis publication reports on the literature regarding the measurement of patient experience through surveys. Among other things, it presents the key underlying concepts used to measure patient experience as well as the various Québec, Canadian and international initiatives that have attempted to do so. 

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Australia - Shifting the Dial: 5 year productivity reviewhttp://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/ministere/observatoiresss/index.php?Australia-Shifting-the-Dial-5-year-productivity-reviewThis report by an Australian government commission assesses market efficiency and government productivity over the past five years, and reviews specific private and government sectors. In health care, the report recommends national and state governments increase funding for primary health networks to improve population health, manage chronic conditions and reduce hospitalizations.

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Thu, 23 Nov 2017 1:00:16 -0500
Canada - Periodic preventive health visits: a more appropriate approach to delivering preventive serviceshttp://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/ministere/observatoiresss/index.php?Canada-Periodic-preventive-health-visits-a-more-appropriate-approach-to-delivering-preventive-servicesAlthough the annual physical check-up is a medical tradition, this review by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care says best current evidence suggests adopting periodic health visits geared to individual requirements. Visit intervals should depend on the age, sex and health of the individual. Because of differences in practice settings and resource availability, visit intervals and preventive strategies may vary.

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Thu, 23 Nov 2017 12:59:42 -0500
International - New OECD data expose deep well-being divisionshttp://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca/ministere/observatoiresss/index.php?International-New-OECD-data-expose-deep-well-being-divisionsNew data on wellbeing released by the OECD shows deep divisions in the 34 OECD countries along fault lines of age, wealth, gender and education. A mere 10% of households in OECD countries own 52% of all wealth on average, while one in three people live without savings.

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