Digital governance in tax-funded European healthcare systems: from the Back office to patient empowerment
This article aims to discuss the benefits offered by digital technologies in tax-based European healthcare systems against the backdrop of structural bureaucratic rigidities and a slow pace of implementation.Artificial intelligence (AI) will transform the existing delivery of healthcare services, inducing a redesign of public accountability systems and the traditional relationships between professionals and patients. Despite legitimate ethical and accountability concerns, which call for clearer guidance and regulation, digital governance of healthcare is a powerful means of empowering patients and improving their medical t...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - January 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Paramedics and Physician Assistants in Israel
AbstractIsraeli emergency medicine is undergoing change. The paramedic is experiencing high separation rates because the position is understaffed, overworked, and underpaid. Physician assistants (PAs) were introduced into the emergency department by training paramedics and to date they seem satisfied with this new role. Experience in other countries indicates that PAs can improve access to care, reduce errors, increase efficiency and have satisfying roles in health systems. The Israeli health system will need to determine if additional roles for PAs will be accepted by the public and physicians alike. (Source: Israel Journ...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - January 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

From civilian service to military service: what led policy-makers to remove nursing care from field units of the Israeli defense force (IDF) and return it later?
ConclusionsThe removal of nursing care from the IDF field units was provided as a response to the needs of the health demands of the emerging state. Until 2018 there was no significant need for military nurses except in emergency time. This is in contrast to other military nursing units. (Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research)
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - December 31, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

A survey of primary-care pediatricians regarding the management of Helicobacter pylori infection and celiac disease
ConclusionsAdherence to the guidelines on management ofH. pylori infection was low, while adherence to the guidelines on celiac disease management was high among primary-care pediatricians. Educational interventions are needed to improveH. pylori infection management among primary-care pediatricians. (Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research)
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - December 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Private expenditures on healthcare: determinants, patterns and progressivity aspects
ConclusionsOverall, the financing of national health expenditures in Israel is slightly regressive, but the progressivity of public financing is almost enough to offset the regressive effect of out-of-pocket payments and payments for voluntary complementary insurance. (Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research)
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - December 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Integrating Israeli Defense Force (IDF) veterans with disabilities into the workforce: characteristics and predictors
ConclusionThe results may enable developing more accurate intervention plans, with more efficient use of resources, including consolidation of existing information systems and monitoring the processes and outcomes of rehabilitation. (Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research)
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - December 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

The Israeli national population program of genetic carrier screening for reproductive purposes. How should it be continued?
AbstractThe Israeli population genetic screening program for reproductive purposes, is a population-specific screening that includes all known, severe diseases and relatively frequent in a specific population (carrier frequency at or above 1:60 and/or disease frequency at or above 1 in 15,000 live births). The carrier screening program is free of charge and offers testing according to disease frequency in the different groups within the population.The extraordinary technical changes that occurred in the last decade as well as the changes in the type of marriages within the Israeli population necessitate a revision in the b...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - December 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

International workshop on the future of community child healthcare
AbstractIncreasing numbers of children with developmental, emotional, and psychosocial issues require adaptation of the services provided by pediatricians in the community. An international workshop that took place in Israel on June 3 –4, 2019, addressed this need. Local policy makers and international experts discussed the following topics: (1) the future of training in community pediatrics; (2) enhancing the prestige of the community pediatrician; (3) development of management and research skills; (4) academic advancement wit hin community pediatrics; (5) the future content of community pediatric practice; (6) visi...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - December 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Preferences for mental health treatment for post-partum depression among new mothers
ConclusionsThe study findings support the formulation of mother-sensitive health policies based on understanding mothers ’ preferences, and thus, help prepare treatment alternatives that will suit different groups of mothers with PPD, for the benefit of mothers, newborns, and families. Disseminating the results of this study among professionals as part of professional training, can promote appropriate treatment faci lities and modes of care for mothers with PPD. (Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research)
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - December 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Innovation and The Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
AbstractThe Israel Journal of Health Policy Research (IJHPR) is a peer-reviewed, on-line, open access journal, sponsored by Israel ’s National Institute for Health Policy Research. We believe that it is both an innovative platform and a platform for innovation. Within just 2 years of its launch in 2012, the IJHPR was accepted into the prestigious Web of Science – primarily because of its innovative positioning as a journal that is simultaneously national and international. This positioning has contributed to annual growth of over 20% in both submissions and publications and to the IJHPR being ranked among ...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - December 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Factors associated with childhood influenza vaccination in Israel: a cross-sectional evaluation
ConclusionsWe found that certain demographic factors were associated with childhood influenza vaccination in Israel. Several reasons described by the parent for not vaccinating their children indicate that outreach efforts are likely to increase childhood influenza vaccination. Addressing population group-specific needs is recommended to optimize the success of influenza vaccine outreach efforts. (Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research)
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - November 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

The prevalence of iron deficiency anemia among African asylum seeking children residing in Tel Aviv
ConclusionsLow hemoglobin levels are four-fold more prevalent among the African asylum seeking children. The dietary data suggest iron deficiency as a major cause, although other etiologies need to be ruled out. Because of the adverse long term impact of early anemia on child development, new policies need to be developed to ensure that refugee children develop in a healthy manner. These should include routine mandatory supplements of iron for all refugee children, in parallel to developing an educational program for parents how to achieve iron-sufficient diets for their children. Further research is needed to guide public...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - November 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Ensuring HIV care to undocumented migrants in Israel: a public-private partnership case study
ConclusionsTo our knowledge, this study documents the first example of a successful PPP with government partnership in a high-income country to address undocumented migrants ’ lack of access to health services in general and HIV care in particular. In light of the intensification of North-South migration, this Israeli case study could be useful for other countries facing similar challenges. It also has lessons within Israel, as the country grapples with other health p roblems among uninsured communities. (Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research)
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - November 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

“Death is inevitable – a bad death is not” report from an international workshop
AbstractPalliative care is an approach meant to improve the quality of life of patients facing life-threatening illness and to support their families. An international workshop on palliative care took place in Caesarea, Israel under the auspices of the National Institute for Health Policy Research on July 4-5th, 2018, with the goal of discussing challenges to the development and integration of palliative care services in Israel. At the workshop, both national and international figures in the field of palliative care and health policy addressed several issues, including truth telling, religious approaches to end of life car...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - November 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Disruptive behaviors among nurses in Israel – association with listening, wellbeing and feeling as a victim: a cross-sectional study
ConclusionsDisruptive behavior is a major challenge to the workplace well-being for nurses. The victim mentality has an adverse impact on nurses. Preventive efforts aimed at reducing disruptive behaviors among nurses and decreasing their sense of victimization are crucial for the well-being of nurses. (Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research)
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - November 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Factors that affect Israeli paramedics ’ decision to quit the profession: a mixed methods study
ConclusionsIt seems that work conditions, including the lack of opportunities for promotion, lack of professional prospects, and inappropriate compensation for hard work are crucial factors in the decision to leave.RecommendationsA joint committee of the Ministries of Health, Justice, and Finance and MDA (Magen David Adom, the national EMS in Israel) should be established for the purpose of improving the conditions and modalities of employment of paramedics and providing appropriate emotional support for paramedics who are exposed daily to work under extreme conditions of stress and human suffering. A joint effort could gr...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - November 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Prevention of postpartum suicidality in Israel
AbstractPostpartum suicidality in Israel had not been systematically studied until the recent important investigation by Glasser and colleagues. The authors review rates, trends, and characteristics of postpartum women who considered, attempted, or completed suicide in Israel. This commentary argues that, although postpartum suicidality is relatively rare, it is extremely tragic —not just for the women, but for the entire family and community. The main aim of this commentary is to emphasize that preventive efforts should continue and expand, especially among at-risk groups. At-risk groups include the youngest age gro...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - October 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Harm reduction drug policy in Israel: what has been accomplished and what still needs to be done?
ConclusionsAlthough it is a major challenge to translate worldwide evidence and research findings into action and social change, recommendations are offered to implement a comprehensive harm reduction drug policy led by a multidisciplinary group of policy-makers across all areas of drug policy. These focus on expanding and developing more services for Opioid Maintenance Therapy patients and people who inject drugs as well as a national effort to reduce high levels of stigma and discrimination against them, encompassing other common substances and focusing on populations such as adolescents and young adults that engage in o...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - October 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Commentary: seclusion and mechanical restraint of psychiatric patients in Israel - an update
AbstractRecently, Miodownik et al. reported in this journal the results of a study on seclusion and mechanical restraint of psychiatric patients in Israel (Isr J Health Policy Res 8:9, 2019). The study was a retrospective examination over a year of one inpatient ward in a psychiatric hospital. They found negative associations between length of use of coercive measures and the diagnosis of schizophrenia, being single, and the presence of academic nurses. Positive associations were found between length of use of coercive measures and the use of antipsychotic medications, violence towards oneself, and the use of restraint com...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - October 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Financial incentives as a governmental tool to bridge the medical manpower gap between Israel ’s center and periphery
AbstractOne of the major health disparities between Israel ’s center and periphery relates to the physician to population ratio. To overcome it, the Israeli government launched a financial incentive program in 2011, in an attempt to encourage physicians to work in the periphery and in specialties experiencing major shortages. A recent IJHPR study found th at residents who choose to work in a peripheral institution gave more weight to the grant in their decision-making process than did residents from central institutions. This finding lends support to the rationale behind the government program and suggests that it is...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - October 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Correction to: Hierarchy of hair loss stigma: media portrayals of cancer, alopecia areata, and ringworm in Israeli Newspapers
The original publication of this article [1] contained an incorrect title. (Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research)
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - October 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

The number of acute cerebrovascular events in Israel: a forecast until 2040
ConclusionsIn view of the expected increase in the number of acute cerebrovascular events and the changes in the demographic composition of adults suffering from such events, and in order to allow for optimal care and equity, it is imperative to evaluate the preparedness of care provision and the geographical deployment of treatment services in the short and long term. (Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research)
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - October 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Maximizing influenza vaccination uptake among healthcare personnel in Israel: lessons learned from mandatory vaccination policy in the United States
This article attempts to fuse these topics by investigating how to apply aspects of American mandatory influenza vaccination policy targeted at HCP in an Israeli context.MethodsCritical document analysis was conducted on relevant literature and policy discussing influenza prevention interventions among HCP within the United States.  Mandatory vaccination policies were highlighted. A discussion of the professional responsibility of HCP to vaccinate against influenza serves as background. Case studies of hospitals in the United States that implemented mandatory vaccination policies for their employees are anal...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - September 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Evidence-based preschool-age vision screening: health policy considerations
ConclusionsFurther research should be conducted in Israel to determine the prevalence of refractive errors, so that best practices can be established for Israel ’s population and social needs. In the interim, the Ministry of Health should promptly implement the inclusion of preschool visions screening for children in the approved “basket of services” covered by the National Health Insurance Laws, using photo-screening, including collection of the clin ical data. (Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research)
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - September 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Abstracts from the 7th International Jerusalem Conference on Health Policy
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Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - September 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Hierarchy of hair loss stigma: media portrayals of cancer, alopecia areata, and ringworm in Israeli newspapers
ConclusionsOur results revealed a hierarchy of stigmas against hair loss, in which the media coverage marginalized this experience. The omission of hair loss by the media may explain, at least in part, why health professionals often ignore the psychosocial needs of these patients. Health insurance funding of wigs is a helpful but nevertheless insufficient solution to coping with feminine hair loss. Our findings may encourage media leaders to conduct planned media interventions to increase awareness of clinicians and health policymakers about the unique challenges faced by women coping with hair loss and promote health poli...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - September 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Hierarchy of hair loss stigma: media portrayals of cancer, alopecia areata, and cancer in Israeli newspapers
ConclusionsOur results revealed a hierarchy of stigmas against hair loss, in which the media coverage marginalized this experience. The omission of hair loss by the media may explain, at least in part, why health professionals often ignore the psychosocial needs of these patients. Health insurance funding of wigs is a helpful but nevertheless insufficient solution to coping with feminine hair loss. Our findings may encourage media leaders to conduct planned media interventions to increase awareness of clinicians and health policymakers about the unique challenges faced by women coping with hair loss and promote health poli...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - September 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Correlates of gastroenterology health-services utilization among patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease: a large database analysis
ConclusionsPatient and physician ’s characteristics were related to high utilization of gastroenterology services among GERD patients. The associations with age and country of birth might reflect more severe disease. The regional differences warrant further research and interventions at the district level. Training in gastroenter ology of primary care physicians without a board certification is warranted. (Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research)
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - August 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Measuring the academic value of academic medical centers: describing a methodology for developing an evaluation model at one Academic Medical Center
ConclusionsWe have found a gap in the ability to measure academic value provided by AMCs. The main contribution of this research is the development of methodology for constructing evaluation models for AMCs academic performance. Further studies are needed to further test the validity and reliability of the proposed methodology at other sites. (Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research)
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - August 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

No-shows in ambulatory clinics and non-utilized appointments for elective operations in selected surgical departments at a tertiary hospital in Israel
ConclusionsIn this study, the non-utilized appointment rate for elective operations was found to be lower than those noted in the medical literature, while the no-show rate for ambulatory visits was found to be similar to that found in the literature. There is room to question the necessity of certain types of postoperative follow-up appointments since they are at “high risk” for no-show. One promising way to reduce the no-show rate would involve improving the hospital’s information and computing systems in order to identify patients who are susceptible to a no-show incident. (Source: Israel Journal of He...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - July 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Geographic variation of hysterectomy rates in the Israeli health care system during the years 2007 –2016
ConclusionsHysterectomy rates have declined in the past decade due to the implementation of new technologies allowing earlier diagnosis and minimally invasive surgery on top of offering alternative, non-surgical treatment modalities. Uneven allocation of resources and manpower allowing technology implementation and optimal medical services may have contributed to the findings. (Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research)
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - July 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Vaccination uptake and income inequalities within a mass vaccination campaign
ConclusionsPublic health professionals promoting vaccine programs need to make specially-designed efforts both in localities with high average income and in localities with a high level of income diversity/inequality. Such practice will better utilize funds, resources, and manpower dedicated to increasing vaccination uptake across varying populations and communities. (Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research)
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - July 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Specialty services offered by pharmacists in the community
AbstractIn a recent IJHPR article, Schwartzberg and colleagues report on clinical and other specialty services offered by pharmacists in the community in Israel and in the international arena. The article covers examples of activities recently introduced due to legislative changes which expanded the pharmacist ’s scope of practice, along with obstacles that are serving to slow broader expansion and availability of these services. This commentary details the success of clinical pharmacy services being provided by the United States Veterans Health Administration, and offers a framework of elements that su pport clinica...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - July 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Health literacy in an Israeli elderly population
ConclusionsMedical teams have an obligation to be alert and attentive to the level of health literacy of elderly patients and to modify communication and information to an accommodating degree, so that elderly patients can better manage their health. (Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research)
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - July 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Retraction Note to: Workplace bullying and its preventive measures and productivity among emergency department nurses
This article is republished in BMC Health Services Research [2]. (Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research)
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - July 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Language practice and policy in Israeli hospitals: the case of the Hebrew and Arabic languages
ConclusionsOur analysis of language practice and policy as a multi-leveled phenomenon, where the micro-level of everyday interactions is influenced by the macro-level of political life, indicates a need for meso-level policy, led by the Ministry of Health. A policy of linguistic competency should be publicized and enforced to ensure that in the presence of the patient, practitioners speak a language s/he understands. This policy should also stipulate that among mixed teams of healthcare professionals every language is permissible, while the language spoken in a particular context should be understood by everyone present. (...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - July 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Digital recording and documentation of endoscopic procedures: physicians ’ practice and perspectives
AbstractBackgroundIn recent years, it has become increasingly prevalent internationally to record and archive digital recordings of endoscopic procedures. This emerging documentation tool raises weighty educational, ethical and legal issues – which are viewed as both deterrents and incentives to its adoption. We conducted a survey study aimed at evaluating the use of DRD in endoscopic procedures, to examine physicians’ support of this practice and to map the considerations weighed by physicians when deciding whether or not to suppo rt a more extensive use of DRD.MethodsIsraeli physicians from specialties that e...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - July 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Correction to: home hospice for older people with advanced dementia: a pilot project
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Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

The Holocaust, medicine and becoming a physician: the crucial role of education
AbstractLearning about the abandonment of moral principles of healthcare professionals and scientists, their societies and academic institutions, to a murderous ideology yields fundamental concerns and global implications for present and future healthcare professionals ’ education and practice. Medicine’s worst-case scenario raises deeply disturbing yet essential questions in the here and now: Could the Holocaust, one of the greatest evils ever perpetrated on humankind, have occurred without the complicity of physicians, their societies, and the scientific pro fession community? How did healers become killers? ...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - June 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Pharmacovigilance strategy: opportunities for cross-national learning
AbstractThe Israeli Ministry of Health has set up the foundations of a National Pharmacovigilance System. The next step is to adopt the best of the international ideas, trends and approaches which are shaping the future of pharmacovigilance. Specifically: 1) The risk management approach requires proactively preventing or minimizing risks, starting in early clinical development and extending all along the lifecycle of a pharmaceutical. 2) Drug safety is a multidisciplinary discipline where all stakeholders should be involved. 3) Clinical trials provide an ideal safety profile limited to the restrictive conditions of the tri...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - June 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Ethnic disparities in cardiac transplantation: opportunities to improve long-term outcomes in all cardiac transplant recipients
AbstractEthnic disparities in cardiovascular outcomes have been increasingly recognized in the medical literature. In a recent paper in this journal, Peled et al. provide evidence that Arab Israelis may have worse outcome after cardiac transplant than their Jewish counterparts. This commentary explores possible explanations for the differing outcomes and suggests potential solutions that may improve outcomes for cardiac transplant recipients regardless of ethnicity. (Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research)
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - June 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Cultural competence in a context of ethnic tension
AbstractThis commentary describes how the first program for enhancing cultural competence in an Israeli healthcare facility was implemented at the ALYN Hospital Pediatric and Adolescent Rehabilitation Center in Jerusalem, and the lessons that can be learned from the ALYN experience for other healthcare facilities attempting to enhance their cultural competence, particularly in environments of heightened inter-cultural tension. A structured program was developed to educate hospital staff and optimize the hospital ’s administrative functioning towards the goal of enhanced cultural competence. The program was initiated ...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - June 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Multidisciplinary work promotes preventive medicine and health education in primary care: a cross-sectional survey
ConclusionsThe Teamwork and Collaboration models presented higher rates of preventive medicine and health education implementation as well as higher rates of patients ’ positive health behaviours documented in these models.This suggests multidisciplinary primary care models may contribute to population ’s health by enhancing preventive medicine and health education implementation alongside health professionals’ characteristics. (Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research)
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - June 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Applying local epidemiological data to national policy – the case study of the epidemiology of wrist and hand injury in Jerusalem
AbstractRecently, Luria et al. (2019) published a paper inThe Israeli Journal for Health Policy Research describing the epidemiology of wrist and hand injuries in two hospitals in Jerusalem. In this important paper, the authors were able to identify two subpopulations at higher than average risk for such injuries.It should be noted that local epidemiological findings could differ from findings for regional, national and international settings. Therefore, it is important to explore the extent to which these findings can be further generalized to other contexts, especially when considering health policy changes.In this comme...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - June 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Mechanical ventilation in medical departments: a necessary evil, or a blessing in bad disguise?
AbstractIn most countries there is a mismatch between demand for intensive care unit (ICU) beds and ICU bed availability. Because of a policy of low ICU-bed reimbursement this mismatch is much more profound in Israel, which arguably has the lowest number of ICU beds/1000 population of OECD countries. Increasing demand for mechanical ventilation has led to an ever-rising presence of ventilated patients in medical departments, which may reach up to 15% or more of medical beds, especially during winter months, posing serious challenges such as: delivery of adequate treatment, guaranteeing patient safety, nosocomial infections...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - June 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

The economic burden of health disparities related to socioeconomic status in Israel
ConclusionsOur estimates underline the substantial economic impact of SES-related health disparities in Israel. The descriptive evidence presented in this paper highlights possible benefits to the economy from policies that will improve health outcomes of low SES groups. (Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research)
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - May 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Point-of-sale marketing of heated tobacco products in Israel: cause for concern
AbstractUnderstanding how PMI markets IQOS at the point-of-sale in Israel is critical to determining whether marketing practices adhere to regulations and appeal to groups most at risk at initiating new tobacco products, such as adolescents. An article by Bar-Zev, Levine, Rubinstein, Khateb, and Berg (2019) examined the marketing of IQOS in retail stores in Israel. They found that while no free samples or promotions were provided at the point-of-sale, IQOS and their related HEETS (HeatSticks) were placed near youth-oriented merchandise and in prominent locations easily seen by youth. Further, package colors were used to in...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - May 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Barriers to help-seeking in Israeli Arab minority adolescents with mental health problems: results from the Galilee study
AbstractBackgroundThe Galilee Study assessed mental health service needs among Israeli Muslim and Druze adolescents and their mothers. Studies show that mothers of adolescents belonging to the Arab minority have much lower help-seeking rates than Jewish mothers. This paper examines mothers ’ structural and cultural barriers to help-seeking.MethodsAll 9th grade students living in 5 towns representative of Muslim and Druze localities in northern Israel, were eligible for the study and 1639 (69.3%) obtained parental agreement and participated. Emotional or behavioral problem were assessed in the classroom using the Stre...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - May 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

RETRACTED ARTICLE: Workplace bullying and its preventive measures and productivity among emergency department nurses
ConclusionBullying is prevalent among ED nurses in Jordan; it has significantly influenced the nurses ’ perception of their productivity and the quality of care they provide. Although nurses reported adopting measures to prevent bullying, they were insufficient to address this widespread problem.Implications for nursing and health policyBullying is a common occurrence in nursing practice in Jordan, as in other places. It has a detrimental effect on the quality of health care. Accordingly, interventions, which we describe, should be undertaken to minimize the incidence and impact of bullying. (Source: Israel Journal o...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - May 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Workplace bullying and its preventive measures and productivity among emergency department nurses
ConclusionBullying is prevalent among ED nurses in Jordan; it has significantly influenced the nurses ’ perception of their productivity and the quality of care they provide. Although nurses reported adopting measures to prevent bullying, they were insufficient to address this widespread problem.Implications for nursing and health policyBullying is a common occurrence in nursing practice in Jordan, as in other places. It has a detrimental effect on the quality of health care. Accordingly, interventions, which we describe, should be undertaken to minimize the incidence and impact of bullying. (Source: Israel Journal o...
Source: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research - May 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research