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

Philippe Widmer; Peter Zweifel

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

  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
Evaluation of Quality of Life and Symptoms of Menopause in Women with and Without Breast Cancer

Maryam Javadian KutanaeeI; Azra Sadeghi; Donya Sheibani Tehrani

Volume 1, Issue 4 , November 2016, Pages 114-120

  Background: Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women. Objective: This study was performed to determine the symptoms of menopause and quality of life in women with and without breast cancer. Methods: This descriptive-analytical and cross-sectional study was performed in hospitals ...  Read More

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

Nermin Gürhan; Neşe Uğurlu; Burhanettin Kaya

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

  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
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 , November 2016, Pages 129-134

  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
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 , November 2016, Pages 135-140

  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
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 , November 2016, Pages 141-145

  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
The Need for Complementary Health Insurance in Iran and Suggestions for Its Development

Seyed Morteza Adyani; Ezzatollah Gol-Alizadeh

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

  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