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  • Health service coverage is considered as a concept expressing the extent of interaction between the service and the people for whom it is intended. For the measurement of coverage, several key stages are first identified, each of them involving the realization of an important condition for providing the service: a coverage measure is then defined for each stage, namely the ratio between the...

  • Paul De Raeve, Secretary General of the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN), discusses the impact of austerity budgets on nurses and nursing…

    Since the onset of the global financial crisis in early 2008, EFN has been vigilantly observing the effects on nurses and nursing in Europe. The effects are obvious: an actual reduction in nurses' posts; pay cuts and...

  • THE mantra ‘no decision about me without me’ is all the rage here in health policy circles in England.

    While the health reforms in the UK are being hotly debated, there is one thing everyone agrees: that people should have more say in their health and social care. By ‘everyone’ I mean politicians of all flavours; health professionals and, most of all, service...

  • Envy of the world

    There are good reasons to think that healthcare in the UK is amongst the best in the world, and we are all rightly proud of the NHS. It has some of the world’s leading hospitals, a strong system of community General Practice, and it has improved significantly in recent years. This has been sustained by more...

  • UK healthcare was nationalised in 1948 to create the National Health Service (NHS), a comprehensive tax-funded service free at the point of care. Designed to banish the financial spectre of costly treatment, the NHS was long cherished for good care and good value. In recent years however annual costs have escalated to over £100bn to meet the demands of an ageing population for...

  • According to the US Institute of Medicine, comparative effectiveness is “the extent to which a specific intervention, procedure, regimen, or service does what it is intended to do when it is used under real world circumstances.”

    Thus, comparative effectiveness research aims to provide better evidence for thousands of health care decisions that are made daily despite the low...

  • The single biggest challenge facing the global healthcare sector is an ageing population that is living with disease for longer periods of time. By 2050, 20 to 30 percent of the world’s population, depending on the region, will be over 65. As the ageing population grows, the number of chronic conditions grows with it.

    Indeed, these conditions already account for around 70 % of...