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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.

Canada - Measuring Up 2017. A yearly report on how Ontario’s health system is performing 

10/27/2017

Using 50 indicators to assess the annual performance of Ontario’s health system, this year’s report by Health Quality Ontario (HQO) finds improvements in premature mortality, care continuity, screening, surgical wait times and long-term care. It gives black marks to access, equity, caregiver support and transitional and palliative care....
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International - 7 000 newborns die every day, despite steady decrease in under-five mortality, new report says 

10/27/2017

This United Nations (UN) report reveals that although fewer children under age five are dying worldwide (5.6 million in 2016, compared with 9.9 million in 2000), newborn deaths increased from 41% to 46% during the same time period. In 2016, 7,000 babies died daily in their first 28 days of life....
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Canada - National Survey of Nurses' Perspectives on Safe Home Care 

10/27/2017

The Canadian Federation of Nurses’ Unions (CFNU) has released a nation-wide survey of nurses’ perspectives on home care. The survey of 1,116 home care and long-term care nurses provides insight into the home care client population and service quality. Most of the surveyed nurses agreed that there are safety concerns in home care at present....
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Canada - Study finds significant overlap in the drugs covered by Canadian public drug plans 

10/27/2017

The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) has published the first of three reports that compare drug coverage across provincial and federal public drug plans. The report found that plans listed a high percentage of the same drugs, especially essential medicines and generic drugs. Variation was greatest for high-cost drugs....
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Australia - New report outlines residential aged care funding reform options 

10/27/2017

This report into aged care funding highlights options to modify Australia’s residential care sector. The report reviews funding mechanisms and focuses on ways to improve delivery, including incorporating external assessments of funding needs. Australia spent a record $18.6 billion on aged care in 2016....
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Australia - New framework lays the foundation for Indigenous mental health reforms 

10/27/2017

The Australian government has published a five-year strategic framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing. It sets out a culturally appropriate stepped-care model to guide and support Indigenous mental health policy and act as a resource for policymakers, advocates, service providers, clients, consumers and researchers....
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International - Index of Access: A new innovative and dynamic tool for rural health service and workforce planning 

10/13/2017

This Australian study developed a tool to measure access to primary healthcare in rural areas. The Index of Access captures components of access and uses a floating catchment approach to define service areas and population accessibility levels, which enables the modelling of workforce supply variations. Increases in supply are modelled for a range of rural towns, with access scores informing subsequent health service and workforce planning decisions....
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International - International practice settings, interventions and outcomes of nurse practitioners in geriatric care: A scoping review 

10/13/2017

This scoping review analyzes 23 systematic reviews and 56 studies from four countries to investigate outcomes of nurse practitioner (NP) care specific to older people. Examining NP care of geriatric patients in five clinical settings (primary, home, long-term, acute and transitional care), the review finds that NPs consistently produce equivalent or better outcomes compared to usual care or physician care alone. ...
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UK - Leading Large Scale Change: A practical guide 

10/13/2017

Prepared by the National Health Service (NHS), this guide to leading large-scale organizational change in complex healthcare environments rounds up all the latest thinking and tools that can be used to advance operational change. It contains an eight-element strategic plan developed by the NHS, updates on other leading transformational change models, case studies, and links to online resources including presentations and videos....
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UK - Understanding how organisations ensure that their decision making is fair 

10/13/2017

In organizations, important decisions are often made in an environment affected by resource constraints, individual biases and time pressures. Drawing on interviews, a literature review, and the decision-making practices of three comparator sectors in the UK (healthcare, law, and security), this study provides an analysis of challenges faced by decision-makers and highlights tools, processes and methods that support fair decision-making....
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