IPCHS. Integrated People-Centred Health Services

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May 26, 2016 Europe

Reshaping the workforce to deliver the care patients need

Workforce structure is one of the most difficult things to modulate in health systems. Current transition to new models of care could be a good opportunity to make workforce structure match actual needs of systems and populations. In this report, published by the Nuffield Trust, it is analyzed how organizations could reshape their current workforce and what the benefits would be:

There is a need to evolve from an illness-based system to a patient-centred system.
Workforce should meet future needs by incorporating professionals with a vision aligned with future models of care.
There are opportunities to develop the current workforce ...

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May 26, 2016 Europe

Developing care for a changing population: Learning from GP-led organisations

The way a health system is organized may influence the care this system provides. In this Nuffield Trust report some GP-led experiences are described, analyzing what are the internal characteristics and external context that have affected GP-led progress.

The intra-organizational characteristics listed are: (I) strong links between clinical leaders and GP member practices, (II) sophisticated strategic and operational management support, (III) use of multiple forms of peer-led improvement, (IV) organizations are both entrepeneurial and pragmatic, (V) linked data between the organization’s own services and other providers.

In what concerns to external context, the three characteristics listed are: (I) a ...

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May 26, 2016 Europe

Developing care for a changing population: Supporting patients with costly, complex needs

Patients with multiple chronic conditions are a challenge for health care organization. In this report, it is offered a review of the most recent evidence regarding new models of care, and they are summarized in 10 points: (I) There are no specific ‘European’ answers to the problem of high cost/complexity, but a growing body of policy-relevant evidence is emerging, (II) Multifaceted interventions seem to work best for complex problems , (III) Identifying who is at risk of complexity is a crucial first step , (IV) The needs of patients identified as ‘complex’ are likely to vary considerably , (V) Good outcomes for ...

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May 25, 2016 Americas

Integrating health care and housing to promote healthy aging.

In recent decades, the influence between health status and social conditions has been broadly studied; one of the conditions that has been strongly linked to health status has been housing.

Population ageing and the increase of chronic conditions are two of the drivers that have made that housing conditions become an important factor influencing health.

Many different proposals have been made regarding home care, most of them trying to take hospital care to patient’s home; in this post, some different aspects are discussed, mainly related to what Medicare could do in order to improve housing conditions and its influence ...

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May 25, 2016 Europe

Exploring payment schemes used to promote integrated chronic care in Europe

The rising burden of chronic conditions has led several European countries to reform healthcare payment schemes. This paper aimed to explore the adoption and success of payment schemes that promote integration of chronic care in European countries. A literature review was used to identify European countries that employed pay-for-coordination (PFC), pay-for-performance (PFP), and bundled payment schemes. Existing evidence from the literature was supplemented with fifteen interviews with chronic care experts in these countries to obtain detailed information regarding the payment schemes, facilitators and barriers to their implementation, and their perceived success.

Austria, France, England, the Netherlands, and Germany have implemented ...

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May 25, 2016 Europe Global

State humanitarian verticalism versus universal health coverage: a century of French international health assistance revisited

The French contribution to global public health over the past two centuries has been marked by a fundamental tension between two approaches: State-provided universal free health care and what we propose to call State humanitarian verticalism. Both approaches have historical roots in French colonialism and have led to successes and failures that continue until the present day. In this paper, the second in The Lancet's Series on France, we look at how this tension has evolved. During the French colonial period (1890s to 1950s), the Indigenous Medical Assistance structure was supposed to bring metropolitan France's model of universal ...

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May 25, 2016 Western Pacific

Consolidating the social health insurance schemes in China: towards an equitable and efficient health system

Fragmentation in social health insurance schemes is an important factor for inequitable access to health care and financial protection for people covered by different health insurance schemes in China. To fulfil its commitment of universal health coverage by 2020, the Chinese Government needs to prioritise addressing this issue. After analysing the situation of fragmentation, this Review summarises efforts to consolidate health insurance schemes both in China and internationally. Rural migrants, elderly people, and those with non-communicable diseases in China will greatly benefit from consolidation of the existing health insurance schemes with extended funding pools, thereby narrowing the disparities among health ...

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May 24, 2016 Global

Briefing note: Policy dialogue: What it is and how it can contribute to evidence-informed decision-making

This briefing note brings together knowledge generated through the EU-Luxembourg-WHO Universal Health Coverage Partnership, which currently supports policy dialogue processes in 28 countries.

Good governance for health (part of Strategy 3 of the Framework on Integrated People-Centred Health Services) involves broad, continuous and consultative policy dialogue on crucial health sector issues amongst and between all relevant social, technical and political stakeholders. Yet there exists little guidance and analysis on what actually constitutes policy dialogue, how it can contribute to better policies, and what countries can concretely do to better engage in participatory dialogue processes. This Briefing note is a first ...

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May 24, 2016 Africa

Health service planning contributes to policy dialogue around strengthening district health systems: an example from DR Congo 2008–2013

Good governance for health (part of Strategy 3 of the Framework on Integrated People-Centred Health Services) involves broad, continuous and consultative policy dialogue on crucial health sector issues amongst and between all relevant social, technical and political stakeholders. Ideally, policy dialogue should also be based on the best available evidence. This paper demonstrates how building and maintaining data and evidence on relevant health sector issues, in this case the essential health services package in DRC, can contribute to rational policy dialogue over a sustained period of time. 

Background

This case study from DR Congo demonstrates how rational operational planning based ...

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May 24, 2016 Europe

Presentation on the European Framework for Action on Integrated Health Services Delivery

This presentation from the WHO Regional Office for Europe sets out the four key domains of the European Framework for Action on Integrated Health Services Delivery: people, services, system and change. It was delivered during the 2-day final consultation of the Framework that took place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 2-3 May 2016. Over 170 participants debated the specificities of transforming health service delivery.

WHO/ Europe is developing the Framework for Action on Integrated Health Services Delivery for the European Region. The Framework’s goal is to support countries with policy options and recommendations that target key areas for strengthening the ...

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