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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.

Ireland - Minister Catherine Byrne launches third annual Healthy Ireland Survey 

11/09/2017

Ireland’s Minister of State for Health Promotion has released the third annual Healthy Ireland Survey. The 2017 Survey of 7,500 people aged 15 and over gives an up-to-date picture of the health of the nation and reports on many lifestyle behaviours, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, diet and sexual health....
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Canada - Canadian healthcare system must brace for a technological revolution 

11/09/2017

This report on integrating robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and 3D printing technologies into health care expects these technologies to bring great benefits to patients, physicians, and the healthcare workforce. Prepared by the Senate committee on social affairs, science and technology, it cautions that everyone working in the healthcare sector must prepare for inevitable and radical change....
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Canada - Total health spending in Canada reaches $242 billion 

11/09/2017

New figures released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) show that the country’s health spending is forecast to grow by almost 4% in 2017, to $242 billion. This is a slight increase in the rate of health spending growth — since 2010, the average annual increase has been 3.2%. National Health Expenditure Trends, 1975 to 2017 finds that health costs are expected to represent 11.5% of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017, similar to last year....
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International - Managerial attitudes and perceived barriers regarding evidence-based practice: An international survey 

10/27/2017

Evidence-based practice (EBP) in mainstream management is still in its infancy. To facilitate uptake, this research surveyed 2,789 management practitioners in Belgium, the Netherlands, the US, the UK and Australia. Findings indicate that most managers have positive attitudes towards EBP, but lack of time and a limited understanding of scientific research are perceived as major barriers to uptake and implementation....
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Europe - Austerity and health: the impact in the UK and Europe 

10/27/2017

Government austerity measures have enormous social impact, including on health. This review evaluates the evidence of austerity’s health impacts using two mechanisms: a ‘social risk effect’ of catalogued socio-economic risk factors, and a ‘healthcare effect’ viewed through analysis of service cuts, reductions in coverage, and restrictions on access to care....
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USA - Follow the evidence - Care Continuum Optimization can minimize clinical variation to drive real quality in healthcare 

10/27/2017

This paper describes a care quality model called Care Continuum Optimization (CCO), which minimizes clinical variation to improve performance across the care continuum. The model involves clinical care redesign supported by data analysis, care management, and governance models managing provider accountability. Improvements are achieved through management of operational, financial, and clinical data. Advanced data and analytics are vital for identifying areas for process improvement....
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Sweden - Saint Göran: A Competitive Hospital in a Universal System 

10/27/2017

Publically funded but run by a private company, Saint Göran is a Stockholm hospital that regularly stands out in Sweden and internationally on important performance indicators such as emergency room wait times, cost effective management, and patient and staff satisfaction. This article by Quebec researchers analyzes Saint Göran in depth to see what lessons can be drawn for Canadian hospitals....
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Belgium - Required Hospital Capacity in 2025 And Criteria For Rationalisation Of Complex Cancer Surgery, Radiotherapy And Maternity Services 

10/27/2017

This report is part of Belgian reforms to improve hospital care access, quality, and affordability. It has two objectives. The first concerns overall hospital capacity: how many hospital beds will be needed in Belgium by 2025? The second objective is to assess required hospital capacity for various care assignments, including maternity services, radiotherapy centres and complex surgery for pancreatic, oesophagus, and lung cancer....
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UK - Healthy Business? Managerial Education and Management in Healthcare 

10/27/2017

Also published by the London School of Economics (LSE), this study investigates links between hospital performance and managerial education. The authors collect and assess a large database of management practices and skills in hospitals across nine countries. Analysis shows that hospitals closer to universities with medical and business faculties have better quality management, more MBA-trained managers, and lower mortality rates....
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International - Understanding effective approaches to promoting mental health and preventing mental illness 

10/27/2017

This paper from the London School of Economics (LSE) provides an overview of approaches to promoting mental health and preventing mental illness in the 34 countries of the OECD. While there is an extensive evidence base for effective interventions, the authors find the existence of prevention and promotion programs uneven both between countries and across the life course....
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