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Quality of care in Israel and beyond

This thematic series in Israel Journal of Health Policy Research (IJHPR) considers quality of care not just in Israel but internationally. Health care systems around the world are intensively engaged in efforts to monitor and improve the quality of care. Empirical studies and scholarly publication have played a central role in these efforts. Israel has been an active participant in these world-wide efforts. Its system for monitoring the quality of care in community-based services covers all of Israel's citizens and is among the most advanced in the world. That effort is supported by the sophisticated information systems of Israel's health plans, which also provide a fertile ground for additional types of quality monitoring and evaluation.

In the hospital arena, until recently, Israel's quality monitoring effort was less well-developed. However, five years ago the Ministry of Health initiated hospital monitoring efforts as well. Since then, rapid progress has been made, with almost all Israeli hospitals participating in international accreditation processes, and nation-wide systems being put into place to monitor clinical quality. In both hospital and community settings, there is an ongoing exchange of ideas between Israel and other countries. In both settings, the issue of sharing information on quality with the general public is increasingly coming to the fore, and here too, Israel is simultaneously learning from the international experience and contributing to it.

Israeli studies of quality of care have been, and continue to be, published in such established journals as the BMJ, Health Services Research, Health Affairs, and the International Journal for Quality in Health Care. At the same time, IJHPR is emerging as an important vehicle for exploring the policy implications of Israeli efforts to improve quality and for facilitating cross-national learning in this area.

This article collection brings together, in a convenient setting, the IJHPR articles published to date on quality of care, broadly defined. We look forward to seeing this collection grow over the coming years.

  1. Content type: Original research article

    Simulation-based training improves residents’ skills for end-of-life (EOL) care. In the field, staff providers play a significant role in handling those situations and in shaping practice by role modeling. We ...

    Authors: Mayer Brezis, Yael Lahat, Meir Frankel, Alan Rubinov, Davina Bohm, Matan J Cohen, Meni Koslowsky, Orit Shalomson, Charles L Sprung, Henia Perry-Mezare, Rina Yahalom and Amitai Ziv

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2017 6:48

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    A Letter has been published.

  2. Content type: Original research article

    ‘Out of Hours Surgery Service’ (OHSS) was implemented in Israel, amongst other reasons, in order to reduce the time interval between hospital admission and surgery and consequently improve outcomes. The OHSS i...

    Authors: Yaniv Keren, Sybil Sailofsky, Doron Keshet and Michal Barak

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2017 6:27

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  3. Content type: Commentary

    Out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality. The survival rates are poor and even more frustrating are the rates of neurologically favorable outcomes at hospital disc...

    Authors: Shlomo Vinker

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2017 6:36

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    The original article was published in Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2017 6:22

  4. Content type: Original research article

    Congestive heart failure (CHF) is among the most common causes of hospital admissions and readmissions in the Western world. However, the burden of ambulatory care has not been as well investigated. The object...

    Authors: Lori D. Bash, Dahlia Weitzman, Robert O. Blaustein, Ofer Sharon, Varda Shalev and Gabriel Chodick

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2017 6:26

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  5. Content type: Commentary

    The proliferation of new technology platforms and tools is dramatically advancing our ability to capture, integrate and use clinical and other health related data for research and care. Another critical and in...

    Authors: Alison Rein and Lisa A. Simpson

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2017 6:14

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    The original article was published in Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2016 5:50

  6. Content type: Commentary

    Despite widespread agreement that nursing homes’ use of antipsychotic medications for residents without specific psychiatric diagnoses is a marker of poor quality of care, prevalence remains high. Additionally...

    Authors: Rosa R. Baier and Vincent Mor

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2017 6:5

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  7. Content type: Original research article

    Intravenous potassium chloride (IV KCl) solutions are widely used in hospitals for treatment of hypokalemia. As ampoules of concentrated KCL must be diluted before use, critical incidents have been associated ...

    Authors: Fanny Ofek, Racheli Magnezi, Yaffa Kurzweil, Inbal Gazit, Sofia Berkovitch and Orna Tal

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2016 5:30

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  8. Content type: Original research article

    Antipsychotic medications (APMs) are commonly prescribed in nursing homes (NHs) and their excessive use raises concerns about the quality of care. They are often seen as “chemical restraints”, and were shown t...

    Authors: Dvora Frankenthal, Gisele Zandman-Goddard, Yael Ben-Muvhar and Bat Sheva Porat-Katz

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2016 5:12

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  9. Content type: Commentary

    Two important considerations arise from this IJHPR article from Zimmerman and colleagues. First, is the question regarding what can be considered a “common” procedure in primary care and whether the designatio...

    Authors: Gary L. Freed

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2015 4:57

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  10. Content type: Commentary

    ED crowding is a prevalent and important issue facing hospitals in Israel and around the world, including North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. ED crowding is associated with poorer qual...

    Authors: Jesse M. Pines and Steven L. Bernstein

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2015 4:52

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  11. Content type: Original research article

    Length of stay (LOS) is considered a key measure of emergency department throughput, and from the perspective of the patient, it is perceived as a measure of healthcare service quality. Prolonged LOS can be ca...

    Authors: Osnat Bashkin, Sigalit Caspi, Rachel Haligoa, Sari Mizrahi and Ruth Stalnikowicz

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2015 4:38

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  12. Content type: Commentary

    A lack of respect between nursing and medical disciplines can lead to a lack of trust and disruptive behaviors that are a significant part of the culture of health care today. In order to ensure the best care ...

    Authors: Erin S. DuPree

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2015 4:51

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  13. Content type: Original research article

    The demand for endocrinology services is growing worldwide, particularly among minority and underserved populations, mainly due to the rapid global increase of diabetes. The medical education of endocrinologis...

    Authors: Anat Jaffe, Aviva Yoselis and Liana Tripto-Shkolnik

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2015 4:28

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  14. Content type: Commentary

    EMR use during medical visits has been found to distract physicians and negatively influence their ability to deliver patient-centered care. In this issue, Assis-Hassid and colleagues propose a redress of this...

    Authors: Debra L Roter

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2015 4:17

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  15. Content type: Original research article

    The traditional dyadic dynamics of the medical encounter has been altered into a triadic relationship by introducing the computer into the examination room. This study defines Patient-Doctor-Computer Communica...

    Authors: Shiri Assis-Hassid, Iris Reychav, Tsipi Heart, Joseph S Pliskin and Shmuel Reis

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2015 4:4

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  16. Content type: Original research article

    The aim of this study is to examine the joint impact of preventive health behavior (PHB) and social and demographic factors on the utilization of primary and secondary medical care under a universal health car...

    Authors: Gregory Yom Din, Zinaida Zugman and Alla Khashper

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2014 3:41

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  17. Content type: Commentary

    Spiritual care is a relatively new healthcare discipline in Israel. It has evolved over the past decade through the collaboration of multiple Israeli healthcare professionals, with assistance from interested p...

    Authors: Barry M Kinzbrunner and Bryan D Kinzbrunner

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2014 3:32

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  18. Content type: Original research article

    Cultural and language discordance between patients and providers constitutes a significant challenge to provision of quality healthcare. This study aims to evaluate minority patients’ discharge from hospital t...

    Authors: Nosaiba Rayan, Hanna Admi and Efrat Shadmi

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2014 3:24

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  19. Content type: Commentary

    Implementation of practice guidelines is a beguilingly complex activity that requires attention to the task of clinicians, the constraints they face, and the social practice of medicine. Local clinical opinion...

    Authors: Saul N Weingart

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2014 3:20

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  20. Content type: Integrative article

    Many countries have devoted considerable efforts in an attempt to improve the performance of their health care systems. National Medical Associations (NMAs), along with other stakeholders, play a part in the p...

    Authors: Baruch Levi, Malke Borow and Michelle Glekin

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2014 3:14

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  21. Content type: Original research article

    Influenza vaccination is the most efficient and cost-effective method to prevent influenza. To increase vaccination coverage, health authorities use various intervention programs (IPs), such as cost subsidies ...

    Authors: Dan Yamin, Arieh Gavious, Nadav Davidovitch and Joseph S Pliskin

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2014 3:13

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  22. Content type: Original research article

    Aseptic technique and handwashing have been shown to be important factors in perioperative bacterial transmission, however compliance often remains low despite guidelines and educational programs. Infectious c...

    Authors: Alex Ioscovich, Elyad M Davidson, Sharon Orbach-Zinger, Zvia Rudich, Simon Ivry, Laura J Rosen, Alexander Avidan and Yehuda Ginosar

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2014 3:9

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  23. Content type: Integrative article

    The economic impact and ease of measurement of all-cause hospital readmission rates (HRR) have led to the current debate as to whether they are reducible, and whether they should be used as a publicly reported...

    Authors: Jochanan Benbassat and Mark I Taragin

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2013 2:1

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  24. Content type: Original research article

    Mortality from causes amenable to health care is a valuable indicator of quality of the health care system, which can be used to assess inter-regional differences and trends over time. This study investigates ...

    Authors: Nehama Goldberger and Ziona Haklai

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:41

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  25. Content type: Original research article

    Since 2000, Israel has had a national program for ongoing monitoring of the quality of the primary care services provided by the country's four competing non-profit health plans. Previous research has demonstr...

    Authors: Rachel Nissanholtz-Gannot and Bruce Rosen

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:26

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  26. Content type: Original research article

    The study goal was to assess indices of continuity of care in the primary care setting and their association with health outcomes and healthcare services utilization, given the reported importance of continuit...

    Authors: Jacob Dreiher, Doron S Comaneshter, Yael Rosenbluth, Erez Battat, Haim Bitterman and Arnon D Cohen

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:21

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  27. Content type: Commentary

    Continuity of care is critical to achieving the best outcomes, especially for patients with chronic conditions. Israel’s strong commitment to primary care as a central organizing concept of the health system, ...

    Authors: Janet M Corrigan

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:22

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  28. Content type: Original research article

    The National Program for Quality Indicators in Community Healthcare in Israel (QICH) was developed to provide policy makers and consumers with information on the quality of community healthcare in Israel. In w...

    Authors: Dena H Jaffe, Amir Shmueli, Arie Ben-Yehuda, Ora Paltiel, Ronit Calderon, Arnon D Cohen, Eran Matz, Joseph K Rosenblum, Rachel Wilf-Miron and Orly Manor

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:3

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  29. Content type: Commentary

    Israel has made impressive progress in improving performance on key measures of the quality of health care in the community in recent years. These achievements are all the more notable given Israel's modest ov...

    Authors: Mark R Chassin

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:4

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