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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 - More than 1,600 extra trauma victims alive today says major new study 

09/07/2018

Research has found that the National Health Service (NHS) in England has saved an additional 1,600 patients with severe injuries since the establishment of major trauma centres in 2012. Seriously injured patients are now sent directly to designated trauma centres, bypassing smaller local hospitals that offer less specialized care....
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Canada - Federal Minister of Health tables the 2017 Annual Report of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board 

09/07/2018

The Federal Minister of Health has tabled the 2017 Annual Report of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) with Parliament. It sets out detailed information on the PMPRB’s regulatory activities; patentees' compliance with pricing guidelines; and the sales and price trends of patented medicines sold in Canada....
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Canada - Results of the 2018 Health Care in Canada (HCIC) survey 

08/27/2018

Since 1998, the HCIC survey has collected data on how the adult public and health professionals in Canada perceive the state of our health care system. The 2018 HCIC Survey edition covers important topics including Pharmacare, medication adherence, wait times, caregiving and the opioid crisis. To learn more about the HCIC Survey and 2018 results please visit the HCIC website. ...
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UK - Understanding the effectiveness and mechanisms of a social prescribing service: a mixed method analysis 

08/23/2018

Social prescribing reflects the growing role of the voluntary and community sector in health and could help reduce the pressure on primary care services to manage patients with conditions that can be addressed without medical intervention. This research assesses a social prescribing scheme in Northern England in which ‘Wellbeing Coordinators’ offer support to individuals and provide advice on local community services. The study finds a range of positive outcomes as a result of service users engaging with the service....
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Ireland - Independent Review Group – Private Practice in Public Hospitals 

08/23/2018

In 2017, the Irish government established an Independent Review Group (IRG) to conduct an impact analysis on separating private practice from the public hospital system. This publication reports on a consultation led by the IRG that asked about existing arrangement of private practice in public hospitals and suggestions for implementing the proposed future separation. It includes submissions from 47 individuals, hospitals, healthcare professional associations and public service unions....
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International - The association between social exclusion or inclusion and health in EU and OECD countries: a systematic review 

08/23/2018

Social exclusion (SE), the inability to participate fully in society, is one of the driving forces of health inequalities. Evidence on the subject is pertinent but scarce. This review systematically summarizes 22 studies examining the association between the multidimensional concepts of SE, social inclusion (SI), and health among adults in European Union (EU) and OECD countries....
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Keyword(s) : International, Social determinants of healthDelicious Digg Facebook Stumble Upon Twitter 

UK - Guide to reducing long hospital stays 

08/23/2018

In the UK, over 350,000 patients spend more than three weeks in hospital each year. Published by Improvement NHS, this guide offers practical steps and tactics to support the National Health Service (NHS) and its partners in establishing an optimal approach to managing hospital length of stay. While aimed at acute hospitals, the guide makes reference to how system partners can play a supporting role....
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USA - Advanced Primary Care: A Key Contributor to Successful ACOs 

08/23/2018

This evidence report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) examines the contribution of patient-centred medical homes (PCMHs) to the success or failure of accountable care organizations (ACOs) using both qualitative and quantitative methods. The qualitative analysis involved two literature reviews and input from an expert committee. Quantitative analysis is based on the 2014 Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) data set. The authors find interdependence between PCMHs and ACOs in improving population health and lowering costs....
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Europe - Medical human resources planning in Europe: A literature review of the forecasting models 

08/23/2018

This paper aims to analyze models used in Europe to anticipate supply of and demand for physicians. It finds that quantitative forecasting of physician needs is limited to healthcare consumption and rarely considers overall needs and service targets. Horizon scanning enables an evaluation of the changes in supply and demand in an uncertain future, and post-hoc analysis is rarely implemented, but potentially valuable....
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Canada - Standardising costs or standardising care? Qualitative evaluation of the implementation and impact of a hospital funding reform in Ontario, Canada 

08/23/2018

Since 2011, Ontario has phased in hospital funding reforms emphasizing quality-based procedures (QBPs) with pre-set prices per episode of care. This paper explores hospital use of a standard QBP handbook that specifies episode of care pathways, intended to reduce variation in care and cost. Based on interviews with 46 informants involved in QBP design, implementation, and in-hospital support, the paper calls for a more flexible, tailored approach rather than one-size-fits-all handbooks....
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