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This section features items which have recently appeared in the Observatoire international de la santé et des services sociaux (OISSS) monitoring bulletin.

UK - Alternatives to face-to-face GP consultations unlikely to deliver hoped-for benefits in practice 

02/08/2018

This National Health Service (NHS) study finds that alternatives to face-to-face consultations with general practitioners (GPs), such as telephone, email, online and video consultations, may not lead to reductions in GP workload. The authors describe significant barriers and resistance to implementation among both GP practice staff and patients....
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UK - Atlas of Social Innovation – New Practices for a Better Future 

02/08/2018

Part of a European Union project, the Atlas of Social Innovation offers a comprehensive overview of this multifaceted concept and contains 62 articles compiled by 25 international partners. The Atlas offers new insights into various types of social innovation in different regions and policy areas, including health and social care....
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International - High levels of antibiotic resistance found worldwide, new data shows 

02/08/2018

The WHO has published new data from the Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System (GLASS) that reveals the widespread occurrence of antibiotic resistance among half a million patients with bacterial infections across 22 countries. The most commonly reported resistant bacteria were Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus pneumoniae....
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Europe - Euro health consumer index 2017 

02/08/2018

The 2017 edition of the Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI) has been released, assessing the performance of healthcare systems in 35 European countries. The EHCI analyzes national health care on 46 indicators, looking into areas such as patient rights and information, access to care, treatment outcomes, range and reach of services, and use of pharmaceuticals....
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International - Inclusive growth and health 

01/24/2018

In 2012, the OECD began studying how to help governments improve living standard for marginalized social groups. This paper links health to this inclusive growth agenda and assesses the relationship between health and socioeconomic factors. It includes a review of policies across the OECD....
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International - Barriers to the Integration of Care in Inter-Organisational Settings: A Literature Review 

01/24/2018

Authored by a German academic, this systematic literature review of 40 studies analyzes barriers to integrated care in inter-organizational settings. The review identifies 20 types of barriers, which are categorized into six groups: administration and regulation, funding, intra-organizational and inter-organizational domains, service delivery, and clinical practices. The review notes that some barriers are set up intentionally....
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USA - What are effective approaches for recruiting and retaining rural primary care health professionals? 

01/24/2018

AcademyHealth undertook this review of 15 interventions to improve the recruitment and retention of primary care health professionals in rural areas. After synthesizing evidence on effectiveness, the review found that few of the individual approaches examined had positive effects on both recruitment and retention, and that combining interventional approaches may be a more effective way to expand and maintain the rural primary care workforce....
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UK - Accountable care organisations 

01/24/2018

An Accountable Care Organization (ACO) refers to an organizational model where a single provider manages the spectrum of health care for a defined population. In 2017, the National Health Service (NHS) announced eight ACO areas in England, which now face court challenges over potential private sector oversight within the public system. This briefing paper explores these developments, as well as the future roles of GPs within ACOs....
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UK - Good Work, Wellbeing and Changes in Performance Outcomes 

01/24/2018

Produced by independent consultants, this report analyzes people management within the National Health Service (NHS). It finds that NHS organizations using good people management practices were three times more likely to have the lowest levels of staff absences, and four times more likely to have the most satisfied patients. No link was found between people management practices and patient mortality....
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Germany - The relationship between nurse staffing levels and objective and subjective quality of care: A panel data approach for Germany 

01/24/2018

Investigating the relationship between nurse staffing levels and hospital quality, this study used hospital administrative data from 2002 to 2013 to gauge mortality rates and patient satisfaction measures. Results indicate a positive relationship between nurse staffing levels and hospital quality for both subjective and objective quality measures. Increasing nurse staffing levels by 10% reduced mortality rates by 0.05% and increased patient satisfaction by about 0.7%....
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