Policy, performance and finance are the issues currently headlining the healthcare agenda and are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. Drawing on experiences from around the world, this essential collection examines the key strategic issues facing health services and analyzes the policy implications of leading new research. The volume brings together 16 newly-commissioned studies from leading experts in health studies, in particular: policy, economics, health care management and health services research. International in perspective and scope, it draws on empirical evidence from East and West Europe, Canada, New Zealand and the Middle East. Themes covered include: health policy and technology assessment, policy and performance, international policy innovation, and organizational innovation. This ground-breaking collection will prove a valuable guide for policy makers, managers, practitioners, researchers and students.
Contents: Section I: Health Policy and Technology Assessment: Health technology assessment: more questions than answers for clinical practice?, Mattia J. Gilmartin, David Melzer and Pamela H. Donaghy; NICE works? A case study of the local implementation of NICE guidance, Richard Gleave; The effect of the United Kingdom neonatal staffing study results on the prior views of neonatal doctors: a Bayesian analysis, Gareth J. Parry and Janet S. Tucker. Section II: Policy and Performance: Hospital-physician relationships: comparing administrators' and physicians' perceptions, Thomas G. Rundall; The invisible costs of repeated cycles of organizational restructuring: a theory of (dis)engagement, Jason Nickels; Themes for a system of medical error disclosure: promoting patient safety using a partnership of provider and patient, Bryan A. Liang; Accountability in Canadian health care systems: fitting the pieces of the puzzle together, Carl-Ardy Dubois and Jean-Louis Denis; Building an organizational framework for effective clinical governance, Elaine Moss and Peter Totterdill. Section III: International Policy Innovation: Roemer's Law: does it apply in Greece?, Natasa V. Daniilidou, Kyriakos Souliotis and John Kyriopoulos; Reflections of globalization on public health, Nesrin Çilingiroglu and Hilal Özcebe; Opportunity knocks: 10 years of health care reform, strategic policy implementation and Maori health development in New Zealand, Lynette Stewart, Louise Kuraia and Karleen Everitt; Reorganizing health care delivery in hospitals: structure and processes to serve quality, Federico Lega; Access to pharmaceuticals in transition countries, Maria M. Hofmarcher and Christine Lietz; Health insurance in Iran: opportunities and complexities, Mehdi Russel. Section IV: Organizing Innovation: Improving the operation of operating theatres: data triangulation, change management and action research in operating theatres, R.J. Boaden and J. Bamford; Job satisfaction and the modernization pr