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The healthcare workforce

This thematic series in Israel Journal of Health Policy Research considers the healthcare workforce. The physicians, nurses, and other professionals who provide direct patient care are vital to the success of the health care systems within which they operate. Accordingly, policymakers around the world are deeply concerned about such issues as whether they have enough professionals, whether they are being adequately trained and their skills used to the fullest, and whether they are appropriately distributed between and within countries. This article collection explores how these and related issues are playing out, both in Israel and internationally.

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  1. Content type: Original research article

    The State of Israel is preparing to transfer legal responsibility for mental- health care from the government to the country’s four competing, nonprofit health-plans. A prominent feature of this reform is the ...

    Authors: Nurit Nirel and Hadar Samuel

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2014 3:25

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  2. Content type: Commentary

    Reducing health inequalities and enhancing the social accountability of medical students and physicians is a challenge acknowledged by medical educators and professionals. It is usually perceived as a macro-le...

    Authors: Orit Karnieli-Miller, Yaara Zisman-Ilani, Dafna Meitar and Yoseph Mekori

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2014 3:26

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  3. Content type: Integrative article

    The role of medical schools is in a process of change. The World Health Organization has declared that they can no longer be ivory towers whose primary focus is the production of specialist physicians and cutt...

    Authors: Mary CJ Rudolf, Shmuel Reis, Trevor J Gibbs, Deborah Murdoch Eaton, David Stone, Michael Grady, Anita Berlin, Mitch Blair, Jumanah Essa-Hadad, Sivan Spitzer-Shohat and Michael Weingarten

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2014 3:17

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  4. 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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  5. Content type: Original research article

    Since minor surgical and musculoskeletal problems are commonly seen in primary care, primary care physicians are expected to possess the skills required to perform minor surgical procedures (MSP) and musculosk...

    Authors: Sasson Menahem, Andrey Nazarenko and Pesach Shvartzman

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2014 3:12

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  6. Content type: Commentary

    Israel has a low density of professional nurses. New evidence suggests less than optimal hospital work environments may undermine efficient and effective delivery of nursing care and contribute to job dissatis...

    Authors: Linda H Aiken and Matthew D McHugh

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2014 3:10

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  7. Content type: Original research article

    Female physicians have become an increasing proportion of the medical workforce in Israel. This study investigates this trend and discusses its likely impact on the quantity and quality of medical care available.

    Authors: Ziona Haklai, Yael Applbaum, Orna Tal, Myriam Aburbeh and Nehama F Goldberger

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2013 2:37

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  8. Content type: Commentary

    Drawing upon the literature on physicians’ strikes from other OECD countries, the experience with physician strikes in Israel is put into comparative perspective. There are both structural and ideological fact...

    Authors: Gregory P Marchildon

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2013 2:34

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  9. Content type: Integrative article

    In 2011, a series of physician strikes in Israel followed eight months of unsuccessful negotiations with the government (Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance). Strikes by physicians may be a warning ...

    Authors: Leonora G Weil, Gabi Bin Nun and Martin McKee

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2013 2:33

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  10. Content type: Original research article

    Compassion fatigue among health care professionals has gained interest over the past decade. Compassion fatigue, as well as burnout, has been associated with depersonalization and suboptimal patient care. Prof...

    Authors: Nurit El-bar, Amalia Levy, Hedy S Wald and Aya Biderman

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2013 2:31

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  11. Content type: Original research article

    Choosing a medical specialty requires medical students to match their interests and social-cultural situations with their perceptions of the various specialties.

    Authors: Charles Weissman, Howard Tandeter, Rachel Yaffa Zisk-Rony, Yoram G Weiss, Uriel Elchalal, Alex Avidan and Josh E Schroeder

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2013 2:19

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  12. Content type: Integrative article

    In many countries, NMAs, along with other stakeholders, play a part in the regulation of physicians. The purpose of this paper is to compare and explain the level of involvement of NMAs in physician regulation...

    Authors: Malke Borow, Baruch Levi and Michelle Glekin

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2013 2:8

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  13. Content type: Original research article

    Obstetric anesthesia workload demand in Israel has increased due to both an increase in the requests for labor analgesia and a marked increase in the cesarean delivery rate. We propose a new workload-driven pe...

    Authors: Yehuda Ginosar, Alex Ioscovich, Charles Weissman, Ronit Calderon-Margalit and Carolyn F Weiniger

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:48

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  14. Content type: Commentary

    In Hirschman’s classic formulation, physicians can signal discontent with their conditions of work by “exiting” (leaving the profession or not entering it in the first place) or by giving “voice” to their conc...

    Authors: Richard L Kravitz

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:51

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  15. Content type: Original research article

    Specialty selection by medical students determines the future composition of the physician workforce. Selection of career specialties begins in earnest during the clinical rotations with exposure to the clinic...

    Authors: Charles Weissman, Rachel Yaffa Zisk-Rony, Josh E Schroeder, Yoram G Weiss, Alex Avidan, Uriel Elchalal and Howard Tandeter

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:13

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  16. Content type: Original research article

    Surveys of nursing supplies around the world have furnished a better understanding of the structure of the workforce, helped identify shortages, and plan professional training. This study aimed to examine the ...

    Authors: Nurit Nirel, Shoshana Riba, Sima Reicher and Orly Toren

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:11

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  17. Content type: Commentary

    National planning and management of the physician workforce is a multifaceted, difficult, and even controversial activity. It is an important subset of overall health workforce planning and management, which c...

    Authors: Stephen C Schoenbaum

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:14

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  18. Content type: Commentary

    This commentary on the article by Nirel, Riba, Reicher and Toren, "Registered nurses in Israel - workforce employment characteristics and projected supply", describes major findings from this important Israeli...

    Authors: Greer Glazer

    Citation: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:12

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