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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 - Lifting the Cap. The Fiscal and Economic Impact of Lifting the NHS Pay Cap 

11/09/2017

National Health Service (NHS) workers have endured a seven-year pay cap that has precipitated a staffing crisis. This report assesses the impacts of raising NHS pay, either in line with consumer price index (CPI) inflation, or with private sector earnings. The authors find that both pay raise scenarios would reduce workforce shortfalls in the NHS and boost the overall UK economy....
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Europe - A resource for developing an evidence synthesis report for policy-making 

11/09/2017

This 50th edition of the Health Evidence Network (HEN) Synthesis Reports summarizes the best available global findings on public health questions from peer-reviewed and grey literature, and proposes general directions, strategies and actions for consideration. The resource has been developed to outline key approaches, methods and considerations supporting the systematic use of the best available evidence for public health policymaking....
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Europe - Evidence on mechanisms and tools for use of health information for decision-making 

11/09/2017

Published by WHO Europe, this report describes tools and mechanisms to increase the use of health information in policy development. It describes synthesis methods, information packaging, and tools for using surveillance data and modelling. The dissemination and communication tools discussed include health information-sharing platforms and social media.  ...
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Japan - Nurse managers’ attributes to promote change in their wards: a qualitative study 

11/09/2017

Analyzing how nurse managers promote change on their wards, this study of 23 nurse managers concludes that the process of change is made up of multiple context-specific phases. It identifies four factors that influence the ability to effect change: confidence in one’s beliefs with respect to external standards; an ability to balance micro and macro perspectives; being proactive; and empathy for staff....
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UK - Innovation as a driver of quality and productivity in UK healthcare 

11/09/2017

The National Health Service (NHS) commissioned this study exploring whether innovative products, technologies, and services drive healthcare quality and productivity. It concludes that successful innovation in the NHS happens when drivers come together at national and local levels. These drivers span: skills, capabilities and leadership for innovation; motivation and accountability; information and evidence; patient and public engagement efforts; and the funding of innovation. ...
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Italy - From measuring the past to strategically framing challenges in the healthcare sector. The role of balance scorecard 

11/09/2017

The balanced scorecard (BSC) is a planning and management system used by organizations to prioritize projects and services, measure progress toward targets, and align daily work with strategy. This paper investigates potential roles for the balanced scorecard in health care and evaluates how its multidimensional framework might effectively link strategy and performance management in the sector’s fast-paced work environment. The paper includes a case study....
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Canada - Canada’s Aging Population and Implications for Government Finances 

11/09/2017

Canada’s aging population will put significant stress on government spending programs, which will result in large deficits and mounting debt in the future, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute. The study finds that from 2010 to 2063, the share of the Canadian population over the age of 65 will increase from just under 15 per cent to more than 25 per cent, which will necessitate increased government spending....
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Canada - Value of Physician Assistants: Recommandations for Action 

11/09/2017

Published by the Conference Board of Canada, this briefing is the last in a series of four reports on physician assistants (PAs) in Canadian healthcare settings. It provides five policy recommendations for optimizing PA roles, including developing appropriate funding models; addressing regulation and data tracking challenges; expanding supply and training; and enhancing evidence and understanding of the importance of PAs....
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International - OECD Reviews of Public Health 

11/09/2017

Reporting on the public health systems of the 34 countries in the OECD, these Reviews of Public Health provide analysis and policy recommendations that highlight best practices and innovation. Topics include obesity, harmful alcohol use, health checks, preventive screening, public health emergencies, and more....
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UK - Patients to get breakthrough technologies and treatments up to 4 years earlier through new accelerated access scheme 

11/09/2017

The British government has announced that the National Health Service (NHS) will fast-track breakthrough medicines and technologies, speeding up the time it takes for patients to benefit from ground-breaking products for cancer, dementia and diabetes. From April 2018, the new accelerated access scheme will make some products available up to four years sooner....
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