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ICHRN Knowledge Library
  • Date
    2009-12-21
  • Title
    From staff-mix to skill-mix and beyond: towards a systematic approach to health workforce management
  • Journal

  • Publisher
    Human Resources for Health
  • Year
    2009
  • Author
    Dubois C-A & Singh D
  • Description
    "Policy-makers and system managers have developed a range of methods and initiatives to optimise the available workforce and achieve the right number and mix of personnel needed to provide high-quality care. Our literature review found that such initiatives often focus more on staff types than on staff members' skills and the effective use of those skills. Our review describes evidence about the benefits and pitfalls of current approaches to human resources optimisation in health care. We conclude that in order to use human resources most effectively, health care organisations must consider a more systemic approach - one that accounts for factors beyond narrowly defined human resources management practices and includes organisational and institutional conditions." (Excerpt from abstract)
  • Categories
    Workforce Assessment, Planning and Policy, Nursing Human Resources Management
  • Keywords
    management, skill mix, staff mix
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