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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632912/surveillance-and-early-warning-systems-of-infectious-disease-in-china-from-2012-to-2014
#1
Honglong Zhang, Liping Wang, Shengjie Lai, Zhongjie Li, Qiao Sun, Peng Zhang
Appropriate surveillance and early warning of infectious diseases have very useful roles in disease control and prevention. In 2004, China established the National Notifiable Infectious Disease Surveillance System and the Public Health Emergency Event Surveillance System to report disease surveillance and events on the basis of data sources from the National Notifiable Infectious Disease Surveillance System, China Infectious Disease Automated-alert and Response System in this country. This study provided a descriptive summary and a data analysis, from 2012 to 2014, of these 3 key surveillance and early warning systems of infectious disease in China with the intent to provide suggestions for system improvement and perfection...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627092/the-contextual-level-effects-of-social-trust-on-health-in-transitional-countries-instrumental-variable-analysis-of-26-countries
#2
Nazim Habibov, Alex Cheung
We analyse the effect of contextual-level social capital on health status in a sample of 26 transitional countries of Central and South Europe, Mongolia, and the former Soviet Union for 2006-2010 (N = 51 911). Contextual-level social capital is conceptualized as country-level social trust, while health status is conceptualized as self-rated health. We use ordinary least squares and instrumental variable regressions to address endogeneity and especially to rule out reverse causality. Both instrumental variable and ordinary least squares regressions suggest a strong positive effect of country-level trust on health...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612498/china-s-health-care-system-reform-progress-and-prospects
#3
Ling Li, Hongqiao Fu
This paper discusses the progress and prospects of China's complex health care reform beginning in 2009. The Chinese government's undertaking of systemic reform has achieved laudable achievements, including the expansion of social health insurance, the reform of public hospitals, and the strengthening of primary care. An innovative policy tool in China, policy experimentation under hierarchy, played an important role in facilitating these achievements. However, China still faces gaps and challenges in creating a single payer system, restructuring the public hospitals, and establishing an integrated delivery system...
June 14, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589685/efficiency-performance-of-china-s-health-care-delivery-system
#4
Luyu Zhang, Gang Cheng, Suhang Song, Beibei Yuan, Weiming Zhu, Li He, Xiaochen Ma, Qingyue Meng
Improving efficiency performance of the health care delivery system has been on the agenda for the health system reform that China initiated in 2009. This study examines the changes in efficiency performance and determinants of efficiency after the reform to provide evidence to assess the progress of the reform from the perspective of efficiency. Descriptive analysis, Data Envelopment Analysis, the Malmquist Index, and multilevel regressions are used with data from multiple sources, including the World Bank, the China Health Statistical Yearbook, and routine reports...
June 7, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569382/reconstruction-of-a-clinician-training-system-in-china-a-successful-5%C3%A2-%C3%A2-3-model-from-shanghai
#5
Zhaojun Chen, Ling Wang
To promote medical educational reforms and improve the quality of health care services in China, Shanghai has embarked on a pilot reform programme to combine 3-year graduate education with standardized residency training, which is called the 5 + 3 model and consists of 5 years of undergraduate studies plus 3 years of graduate studies integrated with standardized residency training. In the current review, we present the reconstruction and practice of the model in China.
June 1, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556509/regulating-the-for-profit-private-healthcare-providers-towards-universal-health-coverage-a-qualitative-study-of-legal-and-organizational-framework-in-mongolia
#6
Uranchimeg Tsevelvaanchig, Indermohan S Narula, Hebe Gouda, Peter S Hill
BACKGROUND: Regulating the behavior of private providers in the context of mixed health systems has become increasingly important and challenging in many developing countries moving towards universal health coverage including Mongolia. This study examines the current regulatory architecture for private healthcare in Mongolia exploring its role for improving accessibility, affordability, and quality of private care and identifies gaps in policy design and implementation. METHODS: Qualitative research methods were used including documentary review, analysis, and in-depth interviews with 45 representatives of key actors involved in and affected by regulations in Mongolia's mixed health system, along with long-term participant observation...
May 29, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556453/hiv-screening-in-pregnant-women-a-systematic-review-of-cost-effectiveness-studies
#7
REVIEW
Fabrizio Bert, Maria Rosaria Gualano, Paolo Biancone, Valerio Brescia, Elisa Camussi, Maria Martorana, Robin Thomas, Silvana Secinaro, Roberta Siliquini
INTRODUCTION: Vertical transmission represents the major route of HIV infection for children. However, the preventive interventions available are extremely effective. This review summarizes evidence regarding the cost-effectiveness of mother-to-child-transmission preventive screenings, to help policy makers in choosing the optimal antenatal screening strategy. METHODS: A systematic review following PRISMA guidelines was conducted, using 3 databases: PubMed, Scopus, and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Registry...
May 29, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523778/nudges-shoves-and-budges-behavioural-economic-policy-frameworks
#8
Adam Oliver
Behavioural economics-the study of human decision making and how it sometimes deviates systematically from the assumptions of standard economic theory-has attracted a lot of attention in the health policy discourse over recent years. Many appear to believe that behavioural economic findings can be used only to help inform policies that manipulate the choices made by citizens, ie, the so-called nudge policy. However, these findings can be used to inform several different policy frameworks, from seemingly innocuous liberty-preserving changes to the contexts people operate in, to the outlawing of certain corporate behaviours...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474468/the-use-and-design-of-the-bsc-in-the-health-care-sector-a-systematic-literature-review-for-italy-spain-and-portugal
#9
REVIEW
Maria Beatriz Gonzalez-Sanchez, Laura Broccardo, Amélia Maria Martins Pires
The aim of this paper is to gain a better understanding of how the balanced scorecard (BSC) has evolved in Spain, Italy, and Portugal. It reviews all the articles on the BSC in the health care sector written between 1992 and 2015 by Spanish, Italian, or Portuguese authors and published in Spanish, Italian, or Portuguese as well as in English. Our study first shows the state of knowledge on BSC in health care for a homogeneous group of Southern European countries. Second, it uncovers the perspectives, indicators, and generation used in the countries under observation to reveal the extent to which this management tool has evolved...
May 5, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393385/the-impact-of-economic-crisis-on-the-greek-hospitals-productivity
#10
Panagiotis Mitropoulos, Ioannis Mitropoulos, Haralampos Karanikas, Nikolaos Polyzos
During the recent economic crisis, Greece implemented a comprehensive reform in the health care system. The 2010 health reform occurred under the constraints imposed by the memorandum of understanding that the Greek Government signed with its EU/International Monetary Fund creditors to control its deficit. The objective of the study is to examine the impact of the reform on the efficiency and productivity of public hospitals in Greece. We use the Malmquist productivity index to comparatively examine the potential changes before and after the reform years...
April 10, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382750/performance-based-financing-in-the-heath-sector-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-is-there-anything-whereof-it-may-be-said-see-this-is-new
#11
REVIEW
Elisabeth Paul, Dimitri Renmans
Whereas performance-based financing (PBF) is now developing fast in the health sector in low- and middle-income countries and is presented an innovative approach-concomitantly, subject to a separate research stream-it shares many features of the "managing for results" (MfR) and performance-based budgeting (PBB) currents that have existed for decades. In this paper, we first argue that PBF as currently developed in the health sector in low- and middle-income countries shares many features and thus can be viewed as an avatar of MfR and more precisely PBB...
April 6, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382687/stakeholders-views-on-maternity-care-shortcomings-in-rural-ghana-an-ethnographic-study-among-women-providers-public-and-quasiprivate-policy-sector-actors
#12
Martin Amogre Ayanore, Milena Pavlova, Regien Biesma, Wim Groot
Access to skilled provider and emergency obstetric care is not universal across all districts in Ghana. The lived experiences of 3 stakeholder groups on maternity care shortcomings in 3 rural Ghanaian districts are examined in this study. We applied an ethnographic study approach where field data were collected between March to May 2015 in 3 rural districts of northern Ghana. Data were collected among women with recent births experiences (n = 90), health care providers (n = 16), and policy actors (n = 6)...
April 6, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370318/the-impact-of-change-from-copayment-to-coinsurance-on-medical-care-usage-and-expenditure-in-outpatient-setting-in-older-koreans
#13
Byoungjun Bae, Bo Ram Choi, Inmyung Song
Patient cost-sharing change was implemented on August 1, 2007, for outpatient care in the clinic setting in Korea from copayment to coinsurance. This study aims to estimate the effect of the policy change on medical care usage and expenditure in older Koreans. By using national health insurance claims data from the Health Insurance Reimbursement Assessment Service, this study analyzed the entire 137 million claims for a total of approximately 4.1 million patients aged 60 to 69 years who had been diagnosed and/or treated for outpatient care in clinics from January 1, 2007, to December 31, 2008...
April 3, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581684/editorial
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EDITORIAL
Calum Paton
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332259/the-effect-of-mobile-phone-short-message-service-on-maternal-health-in-south-west-nigeria
#15
Oluwatosin Omole, Macellina Y Ijadunola, Ezeomu Olotu, Olorunfemi Omotoso, Bamidele Bello, Olalekan Awoniran, Abimbola Phillips, Adesegun Fatusi
BACKGROUND: The maternal mortality ratio in Nigeria is estimated to be about 814 per 100,000 live births, and deliveries taken outside a health facility have been implicated as a major factor for this high number. Mobile phones interventions are continually being explored in the health field but its usefulness in maternal health in Nigeria has not been widely explored. OBJECTIVE: To determine the impact of SMS (text messages) on maternal health behaviour in Ife-Ijesa zone of Osun State, Nigeria...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332223/change-management-in-an-environment-of-ongoing-primary-health-care-system-reform-a-case-study-of-australian-primary-health-care-services
#16
Sara Javanparast, Janny Maddern, Fran Baum, Toby Freeman, Angela Lawless, Ronald Labonté, David Sanders
INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND: Globally, health reforms continue to be high on the health policy agenda to respond to the increasing health care costs and managing the emerging complex health conditions. Many countries have emphasised PHC to prevent high cost of hospital care and improve population health and equity. The existing tension in PHC philosophies and complexity of PHC setting make the implementation and management of these changes more difficult. This paper presents an Australian case study of PHC restructuring and how these changes have been managed from the viewpoint of practitioners and middle managers...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317168/the-health-policy-pendulum-cost-control-vs-activity-growth
#17
Trond Tjerbo, Terje P Hagen
BACKGROUND: Cost containment is a major policy challenge and one of the key drivers of health care reform. In this article, we focus on the role cost control has played as a reform driver in the Norwegian hospital sector between 1980 and 2014. METHODS: We use data on aggregate expenditure as well as on activity changes from year to year. We also use qualitative data for illustrative purposes. RESULTS: We identify 4 phases in the period 1980 to 2014: two where activity increases have dominated the agenda and 2 where cost control has been emphasized...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317164/analysis-and-determination-the-efficiency-of-the-european-health-systems
#18
María Del Rocío Moreno-Enguix, Juan Cándido Gómez-Gallego, María Gómez Gallego
The current economic crisis has increased the interest in analyzing the efficiency of health care systems, as their funding is a very important part of the budgets for different countries. In this work determines the efficiency in the health services in European countries applying data envelopment analysis. In addition, the combined application of data envelopment analysis methods and ACP can provide an evaluation of the efficiency with respect to differently oriented productive health systems in the different countries...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252219/the-bandung-neurosurgery-patient-outcomes-project-indonesia-part-ii-patient-pathways-and-feasibility-and-acceptability-of-telephone-follow-up
#19
Agung Budi Sutiono, Ahmad Faried, Susan McAllister, Amelia Ganefianty, Kalih Sarjono, Muhammad Zafrullah Arifin, Sarah Derrett
INTRODUCTION: Support of neurosurgery patients following discharge from hospital is important. Currently, little is known about patients' in low- and middle-income countries before and after their hospital treatment. This companion paper reports patients' pathways before and after hospital admission and the feasibility of following up this ill-patient population by telephone. METHODS: Eligible patients were aged ≥18 years admitted to the Neurosurgery Department in Dr...
March 2, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252218/the-bandung-neurosurgery-patient-outcomes-project-indonesia-part-i-methods-participant-characteristics-and-pre-discharge-outcomes
#20
Susan McAllister, Amelia Ganefianty, Ahmad Faried, Agung Budi Sutiono, Kalih Sarjono, Regina Melia, Sheila Sumargo, Muhammad Zafrullah Arifin, Sarah Derrett
INTRODUCTION: Little is known about neurosurgery patient outcomes in Indonesia. Our study sought to describe patient characteristics, health care pathways, health-related quality of life, and health/rehabilitation care needs of patients admitted to, and discharged from, a major neurosurgery department. METHODS: Eligible patients were aged ≥18 years admitted to the Neurosurgery Department in a regional referral hospital in Bandung, Indonesia. Baseline data was collected on admission...
March 2, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
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