Headlines

Australia - $110 million additional investment in child and youth mental health This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Australian government has confirmed an additional $110 million in funding to extend and expand 10 existing mental health programs for Australians below the age of 18. The funding will support the identification, assistance and referral of children and adolescents at risk of mental health difficulties and will promote resilience building.

Canada - Dramatic results show shifting chronic disease care closer to home reduces hospital use This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) is releasing results from an initiative that moves care for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from hospital to home. Conducted in six health regions across Canada, the initiative has dramatically reduced emergency department visits and hospital readmissions while improving quality of life for patients and caregivers.

Canada – New Brunswick: First team begins work under province’s new Family Medicine model This hyperlink will open in a new window.
A group of four doctors in Oromocto, New Brunswick has become the first team organized under the province’s new family medicine model. The new model aims to improve patient access and increase electronic collaboration between physicians. Participating doctors will work in teams in order to improve service to their patients, including after hours.

UK - Independent doctors to be rated by the Care Quality Commission This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Beginning in 2018, all health care offered in England will be rated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC’s current ratings program covering hospital care, social care, and general practitioners (GPs) will be extended to include more than 800 additional providers, including independent doctors who offer primary care online.

UK - New approach to NHS clinical assessment could save thousands of lives This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The National Health Service (NHS) in England is asking hospital organizations to adopt a new clinical assessment system that could save thousands of lives every year. The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) assesses patients using key health measures that reflect the level of clinical care the patient needs, along with their risk of deterioration.

Upcoming Events

Canada - Creating the Winning Conditions for Change
HealthcareCAN and the Canadian College of Health Leaders are holding the National Health Leadership Conference in St. John’s Newfoundland on June 4 and 5, 2018. The NHLC aims to explore the challenges and opportunities facing health leadership in Canada, and strives to provide an environment that will cultivate movement from knowledge to action.

UK - 5th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research
This symposium will be held in Liverpool from October 8 to 12, 2018. The theme is “Advancing Health Systems for All in the SDG Era”. It will look at new ways of financing health, delivering services and engaging the health workforce, and explore new social alliances and technologies to promote health for all. March 5, 2018, is the deadline to submit individual abstracts on themes ranging from engaging the private sector in moving towards universal health coverage, to community health systems. 

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Canada - Effect of provincial spending on social services and health care on health outcomes in Canada: an observational longitudinal study This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This study used retrospective data from provincial expenditure reports (1981-2011) to model the effects of social and health spending on life expectancy and potentially avoidable mortality. Findings showed that a one-cent increase in social spending per dollar spent on health was associated with increased life expectancy and decreased mortality. The authors conclude that health outcomes benefit from reallocating government dollars from health to social spending.

Canada - Challenge Ahead: Integrating robotics, artificial intelligence and 3D printing technologies into Canada’s healthcare systems This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This parliamentary committee report looks at the integration of robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and 3D printing technologies in Canada’s healthcare system. It lauds the potential for quicker diagnoses and reduced costs, but warns of radical changes to the current delivery of health care, along with ethical and privacy concerns. The report contains 14 recommendations focusing on healthcare delivery, workplace adjustments, and regulatory oversight.

Germany - The relationship between nurse staffing levels and objective and subjective quality of care: A panel data approach for Germany This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Investigating the relationship between nurse staffing levels and hospital quality, this study used hospital administrative data from 2002 to 2013 to gauge mortality rates and patient satisfaction measures. Results indicate a positive relationship between nurse staffing levels and hospital quality for both subjective and objective quality measures. Increasing nurse staffing levels by 10% reduced mortality rates by 0.05% and increased patient satisfaction by about 0.7%.

UK - Good Work, Wellbeing and Changes in Performance Outcomes This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Produced by independent consultants, this report analyzes people management within the National Health Service (NHS). It finds that NHS organizations using good people management practices were three times more likely to have the lowest levels of staff absences, and four times more likely to have the most satisfied patients. No link was found between people management practices and patient mortality.

UK - Accountable care organisations This hyperlink will open in a new window.
An Accountable Care Organization (ACO) refers to an organizational model where a single provider manages the spectrum of health care for a defined population. In 2017, the National Health Service (NHS) announced eight ACO areas in England, which now face court challenges over potential private sector oversight within the public system. This briefing paper explores these developments, as well as the future roles of GPs within ACOs.

USA - What are effective approaches for recruiting and retaining rural primary care health professionals? This hyperlink will open in a new window.
AcademyHealth undertook this review of 15 interventions to improve the recruitment and retention of primary care health professionals in rural areas. After synthesizing evidence on effectiveness, the review found that few of the individual approaches examined had positive effects on both recruitment and retention, and that combining interventional approaches may be a more effective way to expand and maintain the rural primary care workforce.

International - Barriers to the Integration of Care in Inter-Organisational Settings: A Literature Review This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Authored by a German academic, this systematic literature review of 40 studies analyzes barriers to integrated care in inter-organizational settings. The review identifies 20 types of barriers, which are categorized into six groups: administration and regulation, funding, intra-organizational and inter-organizational domains, service delivery, and clinical practices. The review notes that some barriers are set up intentionally.

International - Inclusive growth and health This hyperlink will open in a new window.
In 2012, the OECD began studying how to help governments improve living standard for marginalized social groups. This paper links health to this inclusive growth agenda and assesses the relationship between health and socioeconomic factors. It includes a review of policies across the OECD.