Review Article
1. Unintended Consequences of Hospital Payment: The Case of Swiss Diagnosis Related Groups

Philippe Widmer; Peter Zweifel

Volume 1, Issue 4 , Autumn 2016, Pages 105-113

http://dx.doi.org/10.21859/hpr-0104105

Abstract
  Background: In 2012, Switzerland changed from retrospective to prospective hospital payment based on diagnosis related groups (DRGs), following the example of the United States, Australia, and Germany. As in these countries, the objective of this transition was to motivate hospitals to improve efficiency ...  Read More

Original Article
2. Access of Discharged Schizophrenia Patients to Employment and Association Memberships in Turkey

Nermin Gürhan; Neşe Uğurlu; Burhanettin Kaya

Volume 1, Issue 4 , Autumn 2016, Pages 121-128

http://dx.doi.org/10.21859/hpr-0104121

Abstract
  Background: Patients with schizophrenia can experience a deteriorated performance in many of the skills needed in daily life, the workplace, the family circle, or in social interactions.Objective: This definitive study used comparison to evaluate the functionality, treatment compliance to therapy, ...  Read More

Original Article
3. Effects of Patient Education Program on the Quality of Nursing Care and Inpatient Satisfaction in Surgical Wards of Selected Hospitals in Isfahan, Iran

Shahnaz Keifi; Mohsen Shahriari; Zahra Baghersad; Donya Sheibani-Tehrani; Farzaneh Rejalian

Volume 1, Issue 4 , Autumn 2016, Pages 129-134

http://dx.doi.org/10.21859/hpr-0104129

Abstract
  Background: The implementation of patient education within a hospital is a difficult task that plays a key role in improving and controlling diseases and providing quality healthcare services. Objective: The current study evaluated the effect of patient education on the quality of nursing care and inpatient ...  Read More

Original Article
4. Do Hospitals Affiliated With the Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences Perform Efficiently? Non-parametric Data Envelopment Analysis

Satar Rezaei; Nooredin Dopeykar; Mohsen Barouni; Mohammad Jafari; Fardin Gharibi

Volume 1, Issue 4 , Autumn 2016, Pages 135-140

http://dx.doi.org/10.21859/hpr-0104135

Abstract
  Background: One way to improve the performance of hospitals, the largest resource-consuming units in the healthcare sector, is to continuously evaluate their performance.Objective: The current study assessed the performance of hospitals affiliated with the Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences using ...  Read More

Brief Report
5. Drug Supply Chain Management and Implementation of Health Reform Plan in Teaching Hospital Pharmacies of Ahvaz, Iran

Effat Jahanbani; Reza Shakoori; Masoume Bagheri-Kahkesh

Volume 1, Issue 4 , Autumn 2016, Pages 141-145

http://dx.doi.org/10.21859/hpr-0104141

Abstract
  Background: Drugs play a strategic role as a health commodity. Thus, the supply chain management of drugs is an important issue to reducing costs and thereby improving patient health. Objective: This study evaluated the status of drug supply chain management and health reform in the pharmaceutical sector ...  Read More

Letter to Editor
6. The Need for Complementary Health Insurance in Iran and Suggestions for Its Development

Seyed Morteza Adyani; Ezzatollah Gol-Alizadeh

Volume 1, Issue 4 , Autumn 2016, Pages 146-146

http://dx.doi.org/10.21859/hpr-0104146

Abstract
  International experience has shown that the increasing diversity in healthcare services precludes the integration of all services under a government health insurance plan in terms of performance and economy; no institution receiving a fixed amount of money per capita is able to provide all services. ...  Read More