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Optimizing Health Worker Roles to Improve Access to Key Maternal and Newborn Health Interventions Through Task Shifting

The recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) to optimize the roles of health workers aims to address shortages in the health workforce that slow progress toward the health-related Millennium Development Goals. Optimization is expected to improve access and cost-effectiveness by...

Differences in Preferences for Rural Job Postings Between Nursing Students and Practicing Nurses: Evidence from a discrete choice experiment in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

A discrete choice experiment was conducted to investigate preferences for job characteristics among nursing students and practicing nurses to determine how these groups vary in their respective preferences and to understand whether differing policies may be appropriate for each group.

Sector Skills Plan Update 2014-2015 for the Period 2015-2020

The article highlights the impact of policies in the health and social development sectors and the factors that constitute major shifts in the sector. The Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority's (HWSETA) skills development priorities were identified, together with the...

Building the Skills of Direct Care Workers: The Alaskan core competencies initiative

This article details the development of a set of cross-sector core competencies relevant to workers in the fields of mental health, addictions, developmental and physical disabilities, and the long-term care of older adults. Also described are the related assessment tools, curriculum, and train-the...

Health Information Systems-Past, Present, Future

The article discusses the development in Health Information Systems (HIS) from the past, present, and future. It enumerates the progress that has been made and continuous research in developing the HIS while addressing potential consequences.

Effectiveness of Alliances and Partnership for Health Promotion

The purpose of this paper is to assess the impact of alliances and partnerships for initiating health promotion, well-being in populations in a sustainable manner, and for promoting individual health-related behavior change. 

Continuing Education Meetings and Workshops: Effects on professional practice and health care outcomes

This paper describes research assessing the effects of educational meetings on professional practice and healthcare outcomes. The authors found educational meetings, alone or combined with other interventions, can improve professional practice and healthcare outcomes for the patients. They also...

Task Shifting of Antiretroviral Treatment From Doctors to Primary-Care Nurses in South Africa (STRETCH): A pragmatic, parallel, cluster-randomised trial

The article aims to assess the effects on mortality, viral suppression, and other health outcomes and quality indicators for streamlining tasks from doctors to other health care workers. 

Not Enough There, Too Many Here: Understanding geographical imbalances in the distribution of the health workforce

The objective of this paper is to provide better a understanding of the determinants of geographical imbalances in the distribution of health personnel, and to identify and assess the strategies developed to correct and enhance them because vulnerable population do not have access to skilled...

Identifying Factors for Job Motivation of Rural Health Workers in North Vietnam

Exploratory qualitative research was conducted among health workers in two provinces in North Viet Nam as an entry point for developing strategies that would improve their performance by identifying their major motivational factors. The study found that motivation was influenced both by financial...

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