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  • Date
    2007-11-21
  • Title
    Cross-National Comparisons of Human Resources for Health - What Can We Learn?
  • Journal

  • Publisher
    Cambridge University Press - Health Economics, Policy and Law
  • Year
    2006
  • Author
    Dubois CA and McKee M
  • Description
    [Excerpt from authors] After a long period of neglect, the issue of human resources for health (HRH) has recently emerged as a core component on the international health agenda, with policy makers increasingly eager to learn from experience elsewhere. This article investigates systematically the opportunities and challenges associated with the use of cross-national comparisons of HRH policies and practices. It reviews the evidence in favour of using international comparative studies on HRH, discusses emerging opportunities for developing a cross-national research agenda to guide HRH policies in Europe, and highlights obstacles which may hinder the implementation of comparative studies on HRH. While demonstrating many opportunities offered by the comparative approach to improve understanding of human resources processes in the health sector, this article also emphasizes the dangers of simplistic pleas for the transfer of human resource policies without taking into account the context-specific factors and the generative capacity of the social actors in the design and implementation of policy changes.
  • Categories
    Workforce Assessment, Planning and Policy
  • Keywords
    Workforce Assessment, Planning and Policy
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