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Japan - Nurse managers’ attributes to promote change in their wards: a qualitative study

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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Sweden - Saint Göran: A Competitive Hospital in a Universal System

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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Canada - Canada’s Aging Population and Implications for Government Finances

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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International - Health at a Glance 2017. OECD Indicators

This new edition of Health at a Glance presents the most recent comparable data on the health status of populations and health system performance in OECD countries. Where possible, it also reports data for partner countries (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Russian Federation and South Africa). This edition contains a range of new indicators, particularly on risk factors for health. It also places greater emphasis on time trend analysis.  

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Canada - Canadian healthcare system must brace for a technological revolution

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 - Value of Physician Assistants: Recommandations for Action

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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