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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616160/cardiopulmonary-arrest-in-primary-care-clinics-more-holes-than-cheese-a-survey-of-the-knowledge-and-attitudes-of-primary-care-physicians-regarding-resuscitation
#1
Sharon Einav, Oren Wacht, Nechama Kaufman, Eliezer Alkalay
BACKGROUND: Patients experiencing pre-arrest symptoms may first refer to their primary care physician. The study's aim was to determine the likelihood that a patient undergoing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest will receive appropriate resuscitation efforts in a primary care clinic in a country with a directive that clinics maintain resuscitation equipment and physicians undergo periodic resuscitation training. METHODS: An anonymous, 23-question online cross-sectional survey was created and administered to primary care physicians working in community clinics (10/1/2015-5/3/2015)...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593039/is-it-time-for-comprehensive-geriatric-assessment-to-move-beyond-primary-care-the-case-for-targeting-medical-sub-specialty-practice
#2
Laura K Byerly, G Michael Harper
Comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) as a consultative service for older adults with complex medical and psychosocial challenges has existed for decades. However, studies have often showed inconsistent acceptance and implementation of geriatric recommendations by primary care providers (PCPs) raising doubts about the overall benefits of CGA in this setting. Press and colleagues investigated the patient- and provider-related factors that affect recommendation implementation, and like previous studies, they too found similarly low rates of implementation...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593038/comprehensive-healthcare-resource-use-among-newly-diagnosed-congestive-heart-failure
#3
Lori D Bash, Dahlia Weitzman, Robert O Blaustein, Ofer Sharon, Varda Shalev, Gabriel Chodick
BACKGROUND: Congestive heart failure (CHF) is among the most common causes of hospital admissions and readmissions in the Western world. However, the burden of ambulatory care has not been as well investigated. The objective of this study was to assess the relative burden and direct medical costs of CHF including inpatient and outpatient care. METHODS: We used longitudinal clinical data from a two-million member health organization in Israel (Maccabi Healthcare Services) to identify adults with newly diagnosed CHF between January 2006 and December 2012, either in the in- or outpatient setting...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593037/targeted-approaches-to-improve-outcomes-for-highest-cost-patients
#4
EDITORIAL
Adam J Rose
Bash and colleagues, using data from Maccabi Healthcare Services, have documented increased cost and utilization attributable to patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). The CHF patients were older than the general population and had high rates of important comorbid conditions. While it is somewhat predictable that such a population would have higher healthcare utilization and costs, the extent of the difference was still surprising. Most CHF patients (78%) were hospitalized at least once, compared to only 21% of patients without CHF...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572917/mobilizing-for-a-war-on-the-home-front-against-sugar-related-morbidity-and-mortality
#5
Dean Schillinger, James G Kahn
In Israel today, there are 420,200 Israelis diagnosed with diabetes, and every year, Israelis sustain thousands of diabetes-related deaths and tens of thousands of diabetes-related amputations. As such, in Israel, as in much of the world, there is a silent and deadly public health war against obesity and diabetes taking place on the home front -- one in which clinicians, patients, and families fight thousands of life- and limb-threatening battles daily, involving preventable heart disease, diabetes, strokes and amputations...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560029/is-there-a-doctor-in-the-house-availability-of-israeli-physicians-to-the-workforce
#6
Pamela Kuflik Horowitz, Annarosa Anat Shemesh, Tuvia Horev
BACKGROUND: Israeli policymakers have expressed serious concerns about being able to meet the growing demand for physician services. For this reason, the Israel Ministry of Health (MoH) undertook studies based on 2008 and then 2012 data to obtain an accurate assessment of the size, specialty mix, demographic and geographic composition of the physician workforce. This paper highlights the findings from these studies about the number and percentage of licensed physicians in Israel who were not available, were only partially available, or were about to leave the Israeli healthcare workforce...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496968/resolving-shortages-of-prescription-drugs-the-case-for-public-private-collaboration
#7
Eric Efraim Katz
The recent IJHPR article by Schwartzberg and colleagues presents new data on the growing problem of prescription drug shortages. Resolving shortages typically involves many participants: government, industry, physicians and healthcare facilities. Israel has a strong record of informal collaboration that can fix drug shortages quickly. The success of Israel's informal collaborations, as well as its formal partnerships, deserves broader recognition at home and more attention from the international community.
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469840/do-the-equity-efficiency-preferences-of-the-israeli-basket-committee-match-those-of-israeli-health-policy-makers
#8
Amir Shmueli
BACKGROUND: Prioritization of medical technologies requires a multi-dimensional view. Often, conflicting equity and efficiency criteria should be reconciled. The most dramatic manifestation of such conflict is in the prioritization of new medical technologies asking for public finance performed yearly by the Israeli Basket Committee. The aim of this paper is to compare the revealed preferences of the 2006/7 Basket Committee's members with the declared preferences of health policy-makers in Israel...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451380/which-factors-affect-the-implementation-of-geriatric-recommendations-by-primary-care-physicians
#9
Yan Press, Boris Punchik, Ella Kagan, Alex Barzak, Tamar Freud
BACKGROUND: The overall implementation rate for outpatient comprehensive geriatric assessment (OCGAU) recommendations ranges from 48.6 to 71%. The purpose of the study was to identify factors that reduce the implementation rate of geriatric recommendations. METHODS: The medical records of patients who were assessed in the comprehensive geriatric assessment unit over an 8 year study period were surveyed. Data collected included patient's characteristics (socio-demographic, functional, cognitive, and affective condition, co-morbidity), number of recommendations, the identity of the geriatrician, and data related to the primary physician (age, sex, seniority, number of patients referred for geriatric assessment)...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439403/policy-entrepreneurship-and-policy-networks-in-healthcare-systems-the-case-of-israel-s-pediatric-dentistry-reform
#10
Nissim Cohen, Tuvia Horev
BACKGROUND: Can the entry of a policy entrepreneur challenge the equilibrium of a policy network and promote changes that might clash with the goals of powerful civil-servants and/or interest groups and, if so, why and how? Our goal is to examine two sides of the same coin: how does an in-depth analysis of Israel's dental care reform enrich our understanding of policy networks and policy entrepreneurship? Second, how does the literature on policy networks and policy entrepreneurship help us understand this reform? Based on a theoretical framework that appears in the literature of policy entrepreneurship and policy networks, we analyze the motivations, goals and strategies of the main actors involved in the process of reforming pediatric dental care in Israel...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428838/a-national-strategic-plan-for-reducing-the-burden-of-sexually-transmitted-infections-in-israel-by-the-year-2025
#11
Daniel Chemtob, Dan Gandacu, Zohar Mor, Itamar Grotto, Emilia Anis, Elliot Rosenberg
BACKGROUND: There is on ongoing debate in the literature regarding the real burden of STIs (sexually transmitted infections) in Western countries and the proper strategies needed to estimate and to prevent them. Our purpose is to present an evidence-based national strategic plan for STI prevention in Israel through assessing the current burden of illness, leading international preventive strategies, and practical policymaking experience. METHODS: Epidemiologic and health policy data on STIs were analyzed from various sources: a) systematic national surveillance data for the years 2002-2014; b) the international scientific literature (published between 2002-16; keywords: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) (or STI) AND prevention AND intervention AND gonorrhea OR chlamydia OR syphilis; c) internal Ministry of Health (MOH) analyses and reports, and d) expert opinion...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396729/individualism-and-social-solidarity-in-vaccination-policy-some-further-considerations
#12
EDITORIAL
Fiona M Sim
This commentary, in response to the paper by Boas et al [IJPHR December 2016], considers some of the wider ethical, cultural and practical factors that may influence the official response of a polio-free nation following the identification of introduced wild virus within its borders. It looks at factors influencing vaccine uptake internationally, using examples of nations striving to improve childhood vaccine uptake, the relevance of mandatory versus voluntary immunisation and the role of public education and misinformation...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392910/drug-shortages-in-israel-regulatory-perspectives-challenges-and-solutions
#13
Eyal Schwartzberg, Denize Ainbinder, Alla Vishkauzan, Ronni Gamzu
BACKGROUND: Pharmaceutical drug shortages (DSs) are a global problem which presents challenges to countries around the world. Shortages of pharmaceutical products may have a direct detrimental impact on public health and patients' wellbeing by causing delayed, or even lack of, treatment. Moreover, DSs may force both patients and caregivers to use unfamiliar drugs, which could lead to medication errors. The objective of our study was to analyze DSs in Israel during the years 2013-2015, assessing their etiology and exploring the steps taken for their mitigation and prevention...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373904/efficiency-and-equity-considerations-in-the-preferences-of-health-policy-makers-in-israel
#14
Amir Shmueli, Ofra Golan, Francesco Paolucci, Emmanouil Mentzakis
BACKGROUND: There is a traditional tension in public policy between the maximization of welfare from given resources (efficiency) and considerations related to the distribution of welfare among the population and to social justice (equity). The aim of this paper is to measure the relative weights of the efficiency- and equity-enhancing criteria in the preferences of health policy-makers in Israel, and to compare the Israeli results with those of other countries. METHODS: We used the criteria of efficiency and equity which were adopted in a previous international study, adapted to Israel...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373903/does-pain-take-holidays-non-attendance-rates-at-a-hospital-based-pain-clinic-are-elevated-during-the-jewish-high-holidays
#15
Motti Ratmansky, Nitzan Hai, Tzion Schlossberg, Aviva Mimouni-Bloch, Avraham Schweiger
BACKGROUND: Patient non-attendance is an expensive and persistent problem worldwide with rates between 5-39% reported in the literature. The objective of the study was to assess whether there is a higher incidence of non-attendance in a hospital-based pain clinic during the period of the Jewish High Holidays (Rosh-Hashanah to Sukkot) and whether this is further compounded by other factors, such as demographic characteristics and previous visits to the clinic. METHODS: Records were taken from the Lowenstein Rehabilitation Hospital appointment scheduling system...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352457/a-systems-science-perspective-on-the-capacity-for-change-in-public-hospitals
#16
EDITORIAL
J Braithwaite, J Westbrook, E Coiera, W B Runciman, R Day, K Hillman, J Herkes
Many types of organisation are difficult to change, mainly due to structural, cultural and contextual barriers. Change in public hospitals is arguably even more problematic than in other types of hospitals, due to features such as structural dysfunctionalities and bureaucracy stemming from being publicly-run institutions. The main goals of this commentary are to bring into focus and highlight the "3 + 3 Decision Framework" proposed by Edwards and Saltman. This aims to help guide policymakers and managers implementing productive change in public hospitals...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344768/an-end-to-lifetime-blood-donation-ban-in-israel-for-msm-would-be-a-major-step-toward-a-science-based-policy-that-reduces-stigma
#17
EDITORIAL
Sean Cahill, Timothy Wang
In recent years, countries around the world have revised their blood donation policies regarding gay and bisexual men, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). The United States lifted the lifetime ban on MSM from donating blood in 2015, replacing it with a 1 year deferral policy allowing MSM to donate if they abstain from sex for 12 months. Other countries followed suit, while Italy and Spain have implemented deferral policies based on individual risk assessments regardless of sexual orientation. If Israel were to adopt a one year deferral policy for MSM, as recommended by Drs...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344767/finding-truth-across-different-data-sources
#18
EDITORIAL
Alison Rein, Lisa A Simpson
The proliferation of new technology platforms and tools is dramatically advancing our ability to capture, integrate and use clinical and other health related data for research and care. Another critical and increasingly common source of data comes directly from patients - often in the form of Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO). As more providers and payers recognize that patient experiences reflect a critical dimension of the value proposition, these data are informing broader strategies to achieve performance improvement and accountability in health systems...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321291/re-thinking-barriers-to-organizational-change-in-public-hospitals
#19
Nigel Edwards, Richard B Saltman
Public hospitals are well known to be difficult to reform. This paper provides a comprehensive six-part analytic framework that can help policymakers and managers better shape their organizational and institutional behavior. The paper first describes three separate structural characteristics which, together, inhibit effective problem description and policy design for public hospitals. These three structural constraints are i) the dysfunctional characteristics found in most organizations, ii) the particular dysfunctions of professional health sector organizations, and iii) the additional dysfunctional dimensions of politically managed organizations...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286644/soldiers-as-subjects-of-medical-research-comments-on-hassidim-et-al-on-ethical-standards-of-the-israel-defense-force
#20
EDITORIAL
Asa Kasher
In 2008 a group of former soldiers of the Israel Defense Force (IDF) sued the Ministry of Defense and others, claiming they had suffered from medical problems that resulted from an IDF medical experiment in which they had participated in the 1970s. There was no compelling medical evidence with respect to causal relationships between their participation in the experiment and their later medical problems. The President of the District Court, Justice Hila Gerstl, appointed me, with the consent of the parties, to write a deposition with respect to the ethical aspects of the case...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
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