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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 - New initiatives to support staff retention 

04/19/2018

Guy’s and St Thomas, a large National Health Service (NHS) hospital in London with over 15,900 staff and two million patients per year, has developed a novel staff retention strategy that involves career coaching, flexible working schedules, and loans for accommodation costs. Initial staff turnover metrics are revealing positive results....
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USA - Value Frameworks: Value in Health Special Issue 

04/19/2018

The new issue of Value in Health includes seven papers that comprise the ISPOR Special Task Force Report on US Value Assessment Frameworks. The papers provide an introduction to value frameworks and then define elements of value, discuss opportunity costs and thresholds, present a review of existing frameworks, and outline a set of best practice recommendations....
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Canada - The CMA launches new grant program to further expand communities of interest focused on today's health care issues 

04/19/2018

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has announced a new grant program designed to create or expand communities of interest within the medical profession. The program will offer four grants of up to $5,000 and one grant of up to $10,000 to CMA members to address issues affecting patients, the health system, or the medical profession....
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International - Implementing parallel spreadsheet models for health policy decisions: The impact of unintentional errors on model projections 

04/05/2018

Spreadsheet software is increasingly used to implement systems science models informing health policy decisions, even though spreadsheet models are often prone to unintentional errors. The case study illustrates the impact of unintentional errors on model projections by implementing and analyzing parallel model versions. It determines that standard error-checking techniques do not identify all errors in spreadsheet-based models....
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Germany - Waiting times in primary care depending on insurance scheme in Germany 

04/05/2018

The aim of this study was to uncover possible differences in waiting times dependent on health insurance scheme (public or private), and to identify predictors for excessive waiting times in primary care. After analyzing data from 5,618 respondents, the study found that barriers to access most often depend on insurance status, age, and region of residence. Privately insured respondents reported shorter waiting times for appointments....
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UK - What is the impact of developing a seven day hospital service? 

04/05/2018

Providing two case studies from National Health Service (NHS) regional hospital systems, this report details the clinical, operational, and financial impacts of providing a seven-day hospital service based on findings from interviews with hospital staff and data analysis. The report assesses the costs and benefits of implementing the four priority clinical standards set by the NHS for seven-day hospital services....
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UK - Managing the hospital and social care interface: interventions targeting older adults 

04/05/2018

This report examines Britain’s national policy drive to integrate care for older adults across the health and social care sectors. It looks at examples of health and social care providers working together to reduce delays in transfers of care, length of hospital stay, and admissions for older people, while questioning the success of current approaches. The report draws on the experience of seven case study sites....
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Europe - Strengthening the measurement framework 

04/05/2018

The adoption of Health 2020, the European policy framework for health and wellbeing, marked a shift towards a values-based approach to health that has since proved complex to measure and report on. In response, the WHO convened an expert group to investigate ways to enhance Health 2020 monitoring and reporting. This report outlines recommendations made by the expert group....
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Canada - Public health leadership for action on health equity: A literature review 

04/05/2018

There is currently little literature examining action by public health leadership on health inequities. This summary by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH) highlights concepts from the leadership literature that are transferrable to health equity, including the empowerment of leaders at multiple levels, relational aspects of leadership, the use of data to demonstrate inequities, and the interdependence of leaders and followers....
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Europe - Health Expenditure, GDP Growth and the Financial Crisis: A Panel Data Analysis for OECD European Countries 

04/05/2018

This study analyses the dynamics of GDP and health expenditure for 25 European countries from 1993 to 2015. Although the study concludes that the growth dynamics of health expenditure did not change significantly during the financial crisis of 2008 and subsequent recession, it finds that deterioration in population health during the period goes beyond the effect on health spending of economic growth....
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