READ in Review: Top 5 Posts from May

READ in Review highlights the top posts on the READ Portal from each month, as determined by how many readers click the link to each article. The following were the top posts for May, 2012:

1. A Snapshot of Health Care in Canada as Demonstrated by Top 10 Lists, 2011

“The purpose of this publication is to provide an overview of health care use and resource demands. As questions rise about the sustainability of our health care systems in Canada, it is important to identify what our uses and needs are. By analyzing current health care data, we can ensure resources are being used in the best way possible…”

2. Knowledge mobilization in the context of health technology assessment: an exploratory case study

“Finding measures to enhance the dissemination and implementation of their recommendations has become part of most health technology assessment (HTA) bodies’ preoccupations. The Quebec government HTA organization in Canada observed that some of its projects relied on innovative practices in knowledge production and dissemination. A research was commissioned in order to identify what characterized these practices and to establish whether they could be systematized…”

3. Reporting, Learning and the Culture of Safety

“Reporting systems do not necessarily equate to safer patient care and have been criticized for capturing too many mundane events but only a small minority of important events. Reporting has been inappropriately equated with patient safety activity and mistakenly used for “measuring” system safety. However, if properly designed and supported, a reporting system can be an important component of an organizational strategy to foster a safety culture…”

4. Measuring and reporting on health system performance in Canada: Opportunities for improvement

“In this paper, we discuss the current capacity for governments and their health information and quality agencies to report on the performance of their health systems. We also provide international and Canadian examples of governments that are using improved performance reporting mechanisms to support their health care priorities and goals. To do this, they rely on strategic health plans to guide service implementation, complemented by reporting frameworks that use health indicators to monitor performance over a set period of time, and report their achievements regularly to the public…”

5. 10 Pillars of Success for Top Healthcare Workplaces

“While tangible benefits, such as health insurance and compensation, are important to employee satisfaction, what may be more important are intangible benefits, such as respect and recognition. “It’s not about the money,” says Paul Spiegelman, founder and CEO of BerylHealth, a company focused on the patient experience. “People want to feel valued.” In fact, most of the following pillars of success involve abstract concepts that, while difficult to define, may ultimately separate a “good” workplace from a “great” one…”

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