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#1
REVIEW
Ronen Avraham, Charles Silver
Nissanholtz-Gannot and Yenkellevich (NGY) explore the impact of a 2010 amendment to the Israeli National Health Insurance Law that requires annual reporting of payments from pharmaceutical companies (PCs) to doctors and healthcare organizations. The amendment was adopted to ensure transparency and to facilitate appropriate regulation of interest conflicts. To learn whether the amendment was having the desired effects, NGY interviewed multiple representatives of an assortment of stakeholders. They found broad agreement among the respondents that financial relationships between PCs and physicians should be transparent...
May 14, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743092/the-association-between-caries-related-treatment-needs-and-socio-demographic-variables-among-young-israeli-adults-a-record-based-cross-sectional-study
#2
Dan Henry Levy, Alon Livny, Harold Sgan-Cohen, Nirit Yavnai
BACKGROUD: The need for dental treatments, especially those related to dental caries, may be associated with and influenced by a wide range of demographic variables. The aim of this study was to describe caries related treatment needs among young Israeli adults and the association with several socio-demographic factors, including socio-economic cluster (SEC), intellectual capabilities, ethnicity and other variables. METHODS: Data were collected from dental records of army recruits between 2012 and 2013...
May 9, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29728124/the-evolution-of-israeli-public-policy-for-drug-using-backpackers
#3
Hagit Bonny-Noach
BACKGROUND: Over the past 20 years, the young-adult backpacking trip has emerged as a significant social phenomenon in Israeli society. This has received attention from scholars specializing in anthropology and tourism research, but only a few analytical studies exist on the drug policy processes and few provide Israeli social and health perspectives. The interaction of policymakers, media, and health deviancy is an important focus of inquiry. This study charts the establishment of a drug policy for Israeli backpackers...
May 4, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29724239/defining-and-measuring-population-health-quality-of-outpatient-diabetes-care-in-israel-lessons-from-the-quality-indicators-in-community-health-program
#4
REVIEW
Leonard M Pogach, David C Aron
In Israel, as in other Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, performance measurement is a key public health strategy in monitoring and improving population health outcomes. The Israeli Quality Indicators in Community Healthcare (QICH) program has utilized electronic health records to monitor ambulatory care for the entire Israeli population since 2002. In 2006 the measures were updated to include laboratory values. They have been subsequently revised by stratifying by age, duration, adding medications, and changing frequency of testing for certain process measures...
May 3, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669573/medical-specialty-selection-criteria-of-israeli-medical-students-early-in-their-clinical-experience-subgroups
#5
Alexander Avidan, Charles Weissman, Uriel Elchalal, Howard Tandeter, Rachel Yaffa Zisk-Rony
BACKGROUND: Israeli medical school classes include a number of student subgroups. Therefore, interventions aimed at recruiting medical students to the various specialties should to be tailored to each subgroup. METHODS: Questionnaires, distributed to 6 consecutive 5th-year classes of the Hebrew University - Hadassah School of Medicine, elicited information on criteria for choosing a career specialty, criteria for choosing a residency program and the importance of finding a specialty interesting and challenging when choosing a residency...
April 18, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29642949/estimated-frailty-prevalence-among-israeli-elderly-results-from-a-cross-sectional-national-survey
#6
Assaf Buch, Lital Keinan-Boker, Yitshal Berner, Eli Carmeli, Rebecca Goldsmith, Naftali Stern
BACKGROUND: Increasing longevity presents new social and medical challenges in developed countries. The prevalence of frailty is of interest because of its association with health prognosis and outcomes, but so far there is no single best diagnostic tool for this entity. Therefore, estimated prevalence of frailty in countries varies considerably and ranges between 5% and 58%. In Israel, the nation-wide prevalence of frailty in the elderly population is presently unknown. The objective of our study was to assess the rate of the frailty in elderly Israelis...
April 12, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29587869/perspectives-of-health-professionals-on-the-best-care-settings-for-pediatric-trauma-casualties-a-qualitative-study
#7
Raya Madar, Bruria Adini, David Greenberg, Yehezkel Waisman, Avishay Goldberg
BACKGROUND: Critically-injured children are frequently treated by providers who lack specialty pediatric training in facilities that have not been modified for the care of children. We set out to understand the attitudes and perspectives of policy makers, and senior nursing and medical managers in the Israeli healthcare system, concerning the provision of medical care to pediatric trauma casualties in emergency departments. METHODS: We conducted semi-structured interviews with 17 health professionals from medical centers across Israel and the Ministry of Health...
March 28, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29562929/the-influence-of-an-accredited-pediatric-emergency-medicine-program-on-the-management-of-pediatric-pain-and-anxiety
#8
Tali Capua, Zohar Bar Kama, Ayelet Rimon
BACKGROUND: The emergency department (ED) setting is an environment where children may experience intense physical pain and emotional stress. This study sought to determine the availability of pain and anxiety management practices in all Israeli emergency departments which accept children, specifically looking for differences between accredited pediatric emergency medicine departments and others. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of all Israeli emergency departments that accept children was performed...
March 21, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29551095/concurrent-medical-conditions-among-pregnant-women-ignore-at-their-peril-report-from-an-antenatal-anesthesia-clinic
#9
Carolyn F Weiniger, Sharon Einav, Uriel Elchalal, Vladislav Ozerski, Daniel Shatalin, Alexander Ioscovich, Yehuda Ginosar
BACKGROUND: Care of pregnant women with concurrent medical conditions can be optimized by multidisciplinary antenatal management. In the current study we describe women with concurrent medical conditions who attended our antenatal anesthesia clinic over a 14-year period, 2002-2015 and, based on the findings, we suggest new policies, strategies and practices to improve antenatal care. METHODS: In 2002, an antenatal anesthesia clinic was established in Hadassah Medical Center...
March 19, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29544525/israel-s-2008-organ-transplant-law-continued-ethical-challenges-to-the-priority-points-model
#10
Corinne Berzon
In 2008, responding to a widening gap between need and availability of transplant organs, Israel's Ministry of Health adopted a program of incentivized cadaveric organ donation. The Organ Transplant Law rewards individuals with prioritized access to organs on the condition that they participate in procurement efforts. Priority is awarded in the form of additional points allocated to the individual's organ recipient profile. Although Israel has experienced moderate gains in the years since the law's implementation, these have not been sufficient to satisfy the demand...
March 16, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29540237/what-s-in-an-eye-roll-it-is-time-we-explore-the-role-of-workplace-incivility-in-healthcare
#11
REVIEW
Sharone Bar-David
A recent study of patient violence toward hospital physicians and nurses offers a welcome perspective in its classifying of aggressive behaviors as workplace violence. While patients and families are widely recognized as sources of rude behaviors, we need to shed light on passive aggressive and other low-level rude behaviors that take place frequently amongst hospital personnel as well. Studied under the term "workplace incivility," these seemingly insignificant behaviors that show lack of regard for colleagues have far reaching negative consequences...
March 14, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29490695/health-disparities-monitoring-in-the-u-s-lessons-for-monitoring-efforts-in-israel-and-other-countries
#12
Kathleen Abu-Saad, Shlomit Avni, Ofra Kalter-Leibovici
BACKGROUND: Health disparities are a persistent problem in many high-income countries. Health policymakers recognize the need to develop systematic methods for documenting and tracking these disparities in order to reduce them. The experience of the U.S., which has a well-established health disparities monitoring infrastructure, provides useful insights for other countries. MAIN BODY: This article provides an in-depth review of health disparities monitoring in the U...
February 28, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29463297/implementation-of-a-competency-based-medical-education-approach-in-public-health-and-epidemiology-training-of-medical-students
#13
Rachel Dankner, Uri Gabbay, Leonard Leibovici, Maya Sadeh, Siegal Sadetzki
BACKGROUND: There is increasing agreement among medical educators regarding the importance of improving the integration between public health and clinical education, understanding and implementation of epidemiological methods, and the ability to critically appraise medical literature. The Sackler School of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University revised its public health and preventive medicine curriculum, during 2013-2014, according to the competency-based medical education (CBME) approach in training medical students...
February 20, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429409/medical-students-perceptions-of-a-career-in-family-medicine
#14
Sody Naimer, Yan Press, Charles Weissman, Rachel Yaffa Zisk-Rony, Yoram G Weiss, Howard Tandeter
BACKGROUND: In Israel, there is a shortage of family medicine (FM) specialists that is occasioned by a shortage of students pursuing a FM career. METHODS: A questionnaire, based on methods adapted from marketing research, was used to provide insight into the medical specialty selection process. It was distributed to 6th -year medical students from two Israeli medical schools. RESULTS: A response rate of 66% resulted in collecting 218 completed questionnaires...
February 12, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343291/trends-in-the-performance-of-quality-indicators-for-diabetes-care-in-the-community-and-in-diabetes-related-health-status-an-israeli-ecological-study
#15
Ronit Calderon-Margalit, Michal Cohen-Dadi, Dana Opas, Dena H Jaffe, Jacob Levine, Arie Ben-Yehuda, Ora Paltiel, Orly Manor
BACKGROUND: Israel is one of the few countries that have a national program for quality assessment of community healthcare. We aimed to evaluate whether improved performance in diabetes care was associated with improved health of diabetic patients on a national level. METHODS: We conducted a nationwide ecological study estimating improvements in diabetes-related quality indicators and health outcomes. We estimated both correlations between composite measures of diabetes-related quality indicators and selected outcomes, and assessed through a joinpoint analysis whether trends in selected outcomes changed 4 years after the inception of the national program...
January 17, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335028/towards-a-21st-century-health-care-system-advancing-the-case-for-telecare
#16
Karen B DeSalvo, Christine Petrin
Telecare is increasingly recognized as an essential tool for a contemporary twenty-first century health care system even though the evidence is still emerging on its effectiveness. The need to find delivery models like telecare that improve both the convenience and value of care is universal, but particularly pressing for countries like the U.S. and Israel who are facing rising costs related to the needs of individuals with multiple complex conditions. This commentary provides highlights of the current state of practice and policy for telecare and the challenges that remain ahead as it is adopted into the mainstream...
January 15, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335019/patient-blood-management-programs-how-to-spread-the-word
#17
Shoshana Revel-Vilk, Mira Naamad
Red blood cell (RBC) transfusions save lives and improve health; however, unnecessary transfusion practice exposes patients to immediate and long-term negative consequences. Indirect consequences of unnecessary transfusions are the reduced availability of RBC units for patients who are in need. Accumulating evidence shows that restricting RBC transfusions improves outcomes and current guidelines suggest limiting RBC transfusion to the minimum number of units required to relieve symptoms of anemia or to return the patient to a safe hemoglobin range (7-8 g/dl in stable, non-cardiac inpatients)...
January 15, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307308/what-are-the-appropriate-methodological-standards-for-international-comparisons-of-health-data
#18
Peter S Hussey, Maria O Edelen
International comparisons of health systems are frequently used to inform national health policy debates. These comparisons can be used to gauge areas of strength and weakness in a health system, and to find potential solutions from abroad that can be applied locally. But such comparisons are methodologically fraught and, if not carefully performed and used, can be misleading.In a recent IJHPR article, Baruch Levi has raised concerns about the use of international comparisons of self-reported health data in health policy debates in Israel...
January 8, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304877/what-is-required-for-community-based-participatory-research-to-be-effective-studying-asylum-seekers-access-to-healthcare
#19
Ifat Vainer, Tamy Shohat
This commentary on the paper by Gottlieb et al. [IJPHR November 2017] expands the discussion of the community-based participatory research approach, which is based on equal partnership between researchers and community members. We emphasize the essential principles that were originally introduced in order for this approach to be effective.
January 5, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301563/factors-related-to-negative-feelings-experienced-by-emergency-department-patients-and-accompanying-persons-an-israeli-study
#20
Simha F Landau, Judy Bendalak, Gila Amitay, Ohad Marcus
BACKGROUND: Studies on hospital violence have emphasized the importance of staff- service recipient interaction in leading to violent incidents. These incidents are the extreme result of service recipients' frustration and anger in their interaction with staff. The aim of this study was to analyze factors related to negative experiences of emergency department (ED) patients and accompanying persons in Israeli hospitals. METHODS: Structured interviews with 692 participants in seven major general Israeli hospitals: 322 patients and 370 accompanying persons...
January 4, 2018: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
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