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Document Typology: Report
Methodology addressed by the publication:Parents pedagogy
Title of document: Assessing future
Name of author(s): Gilles Dussault, James Buchan,Walter Sermeus, Zilvinas Padaiga
Name of publisher: Policy summary prepared for the Belgian EU Presidency Conference
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
Many countries face difficulties in adequately deploying the health workforce (HW) and the mobility of health personnel between countries in Europe makes planning at national level difficult, in part, because migratory flows are poorly documented.The aim of this summary is to inform policy- and decision-makers of the state
of knowledge about how best to assess and respond to future HW needs.It first discusses the nature of the challenge in assessing the future HW. It then introduces available tools and strategies; discusses their strengths and weaknesses; presents lessons learned from relevant country experiences, and summarizes the key messages from the review of the state of the art.This summary identifies several main areas of challenge: challenges in relation to the needs and demand of services and of health workers; challenges in relation to supply; methodological challenges, and policy/political challenges.
Identifying and assessing these challenges are preconditions for sensitizing policy-makers and planners to the need to create the conditions that will make the critical task of HW assessment worth doing and effective/
Reviewer's comments on the document:
The choice of a strategy to assess future HW is value-based and depends on what health outcomes and service objectives policy-makers have set.Economic evaluations in health care involve the identification, measurement, valuation, and then comparison of the costs (inputs) and outcomes of treatments or preventive activities. Our project,s aim also is to analyze the health service programme and in a Lithuanian primary health care setting.
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