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Health system indicators everywhere! Will we know success when we see it?

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I am attending the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Cape Town this week. The central focus and theme of the conference this year is on people-centered health systems, putting patients, their families, and communities at the center of everything that we do. Intersecting this goal is, of course, a need to measure […]

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We Need to Break Out of the Bubble – My Response to the HCC Report “How do Canadian Primary Care Physicians Rate the Health System?”

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This article appears on the Health Council of Canada‘s blog Canada Values Health and can be viewed, along with several other commentaries on this report (here and here), on their site. Because of our need to strengthen capacity within the primary care system, it is of extreme importance that we pay attention to the perspectives […]

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Eliminating the Harms of Counterfeit and Substandard Medicines in Anesthesia

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Poor-quality medicines are found all over the world, and can be of poor quality for a variety of reasons: they might be made with poor-quality chemicals, they may contain toxic substances instead of the proper active ingredients, they may contain inactive or ineffective preparations, or they might be deliberately mislabeled. The World Health Organization calls […]

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Childhood Pneumonia – What’s the Problem?

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An article caught my eye in last week’s Lancet. Soofi and colleagues conducted a cluster-randomised controlled trial of community case management of severe pneumonia in children aged 2-59 months in a rural district of Pakistan to try and understand how community health workers might be able to recognize and diagnose pneumonia in this population. Basically, […]

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