Headlines

Canada - Investments in seniors' care needed as Canada's aging population grows This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is concerned that Canada’s healthcare system isn’t keeping up with the health care needs of older Canadians. In a submission to Parliament, the organization recommended major new investments in senior care and called for a national seniors’ strategy that emphasizes primary care and the role of caregivers.

Canada - Lack of Sustainable Funding a Barrier to Physician Assistant Employment in Canada This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Although largely an area of untapped potential in most provinces, physician assistants (PAs) can help address many service gaps and health system policy goals, including improved continuity care, access, equity, and sustainability. But a new Conference Board of Canada report finds that the absence of sustainable funding models is a significant barrier for the expansion of PA employment across Canada.

France – Launch of the 2017 national health strategy This hyperlink will open in a new window.
On September 18, 2017, the Haut Conseil de la Santé Publique delivered its report on the health status of the French population. Based on the report, the Minister of Health identified four medium and long-term priority themes: prevention and health promotion, addressing social and territorial inequalities in access to health care, increasing the pertinence and quality of care, and innovation. 

International - WHO launches new NCDs Progress Monitor This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The WHO has released a progress monitor for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) that charts actions by countries to set targets; implements policies to address four NCD risk factors (tobacco, poor diet, inactivity and alcohol abuse); and builds capacities to reduce and treat NCDs. The progress monitor provides data on 19 indicators.

International - The world is running out of antibiotics, WHO report confirms This hyperlink will open in a new window.
A report by the WHO finds a serious lack of new antibiotics under development to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance. Most new drugs are modifications of existing antibiotics and offer only a short-term solution. The report found few options for antibiotic-resistant infections, especially drug-resistant tuberculosis.  

Upcoming Events

France – Research in public health celebrates 10th anniversary
The Institute of Public Health in France will mark its 10th anniversary with this conference, taking place November 23 and 24, 2017, in Paris. The event will take stock of Institute’s work over the past decade and introduce new perspectives for public health research by bringing together health system stakeholders and French and international researchers in the field.

UK - Diversity and health
The first World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health takes place in Edinburgh from May 17 to 19, 2018. The conference will explore contemporary problems across the globe, assemble research on care for migrants and other populations facing discrimination, and debate suggested solutions. Oral or poster presentations may be submitted on legislation, policy and practice; research; and training and education. Abstract submission closes on October 6, 2017.

Reports and Issue Portfolios

Canada - Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2017 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
The comparable data assembled in this study suggests that although Canada has one of the most expensive healthcare systems in the OECD, its performance is modest to poor. The study compares the cost and performance of universal healthcare systems in 29 high-income countries. Levels of expenditure are measured by two indicators, while system performance is measured using 42.

Canada - What can organizations do to improve family physicians’ interprofessional collaboration? Results of a survey of primary care in Quebec This hyperlink will open in a new window.
This Quebec survey of 375 primary healthcare organizations assessed collaboration between family physicians (FPs) and other healthcare professionals. It found that 47.1% of organizations reported a high degree of collaboration between FPs and specialists. Collaboration was less common between FPs and non-physician professionals (16.5%). Clinical relationships with a hospital, and patients with chronic disease were associated with higher FP collaboration with other professionals.

Canada - Competing demands and opportunities in primary care This hyperlink will open in a new window.
In primary care, competing demands present a substantial barrier to the provision of specific services to patients. This study estimates the feasibility of meeting all current demands in primary care and considers the relative benefits of interventions such as screening and preventive health care, chronic disease management, and caring for patients with acute medical conditions.

Europe - Key policies for addressing the social determinants of health and health inequities This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Evidence indicates that four areas (early child development, employment, security and the living environment) have the greatest effect on social determinants of health and health inequities. This WHO briefing identifies practical policy options for action that focus on early childhood education and care; child poverty; labour market programs; working conditions; social cash transfers; and regulatory mechanisms to improve air quality.

Europe - Investment for health and well-being: a review of the social return on investment from public health policies to support implementing the Sustainable Development Goals by building on Health 2020 This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Based on a scoping review, this WHO report concludes that Europe's current public health investment policies and practices are unsustainable and carry high social, economic, and environmental costs. Instead, it advocates investment in policies based on values and evidence that contribute to social, economic and environmental sustainability. Investing for health and wellbeing is a driver and enabler of sustainable development.

UK - New care models: harnessing technology This hyperlink will open in a new window.
In Britain, challenges related to demand for services, constrained funding and a large workforce have required the National Health Service (NHS) and its local government partners to think differently about the ways health and care services are delivered effectively. This publication explores how digital tools are a key part of an emerging paradigm, and demonstrates how the technology has the potential to revolutionize care delivery.

UK - How is success achieved by individuals innovating for patient safety and quality in the NHS? This hyperlink will open in a new window.
In this study, researchers interviewed 15 National Health Service (NHS) professionals who had received a national award for developing healthcare innovations improving patient safety or quality. Four themes emerged from the data: personal determination, an ability to broker relationships and navigate organizational culture, and the effective use of evidence to influence others. Focus and persistence were important personal characteristics.

UK - Person-centred care in 2017: evidence from service users This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Published by National Voices, a coalition of health charities, this report creates a snapshot of the extent of person-centred care in England's healthcare system based on how patients report experiences of treatment, care and support. The report concludes that patient-centred care is inadequately measured, with little data available, and is often implemented in piecemeal fashion. Personalized care planning is largely absent from most settings.

International - What do we know about the needs and challenges of health systems? A scoping review of the international literature This hyperlink will open in a new window.
Classifying types of health system challenges studied by researchers, this scoping review analyzed 292 papers. It found that the most frequently researched areas were mental health, infectious diseases, and primary care. Frequently studied target populations included elderly people, minorities, those living in remote or poor places, and children. The most reported health system challenges concerned human resources, governance, and health service delivery. 

International - Together on the road to universal health coverage. A call to action This hyperlink will open in a new window.
>Universal health coverage (UHC) is central to achieving better health and wellbeing for people at all ages. It delivers health promotion, disease prevention and treatment, and ensures that patients are not driven into poverty because of high costs. This WHO publication provides a comprehensive overview of UHC and discusses policies, priorities, financing, health inequities, and human rights.