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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.

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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Europe - Special Collection. Project INTEGRATE: Lessons for Policy, Management and Implementation of Integrated Care in Europe 

10/13/2017

Project INTEGRATE was a 2012-2016 research project investigating the leadership, management and delivery of integrated care in Europe. This collection provides some of the papers published by researchers involved, and focuses on work undertaken in the project’s final phases that examined factors in integrated care design, management, and policy. It includes case studies of care integration in four countries....
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Europe - Health system performance assessment. Reporting and Communicating. Practical guide for policy makers 

10/13/2017

Published by the European Union (EU), this paper is for policymakers conducting health system performance assessments and provides practical tips and advice on ways to effectively report and communicate their findings. Four steps in the process are described: defining performance assessment goals, identifying target audiences, determining methodology, and implementing monitoring to provide evaluation and effective feedback. Examples are provided for each step....
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Canada - The Case for Investing in Patient Safety in Canada 

10/13/2017

This analysis by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) determines that Canada experiences an average of 400,000 patient safety incidents each year that kill around 28,000 Canadians and generate $2.75 billion in extra healthcare costs. After describing Canada’s situation, the analysis discusses successful patient safety initiatives in the US, Scotland and Holland, and shows how increased investment would benefit patient safety in this country....
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Canada - Project Management and Practitioners in the Health Sector: From the Quebec Healthcare System Perspective to PM Literature Review 

10/13/2017

Authored by Quebec researchers, this article reviews 40 years of literature (1979-2017) on project management (PM) in both the health sector internationally and Quebec’s provincial healthcare system. The article describes the importance ascribed to health sector project management but finds a lack of emphasis on PM as a lever for healthcare service improvement. Most health sector PM research is not published by mainstream PM journals....
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USA - A Roadmap for Promoting Health Equity and Eliminating Disparities 

10/13/2017

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has created a roadmap to reduce US health disparities through performance measurement and policy levers. Focused on cardiovascular and kidney disease, cancer, diabetes, infant mortality and mental illness, the roadmap prioritizes identifying disparities and implementing interventions, making investments in assessment measures, and providing incentives to reduce disparities....
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UK - Health Secretary announces nursing workforce reforms 

10/13/2017

Britain’s Health Department has announced reforms to nurse training and staff retention that include a 25% increase in training posts for nurses and improvements to working conditions. Beginning in 2018, funding will be provided for an additional 5,170 pre-registration nurse degrees. A shortened nurse degree apprenticeship route will also be introduced....
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