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Title: Developing an agenda for future health services research in Malta
Authors: Tomaselli, Gianpaolo
Azzopardi Muscat, Natasha
Buttigieg, Sandra C.
Calleja, Neville
Grech, Kenneth
Keywords: Health services administration -- Malta
Medical care -- Forecasting
Medical care -- Development
Health care reform -- Malta
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Medical Portals Ltd.
Citation: Tomaselli, G., Azzopardi-Muscat, N., Buttigieg, S. C., Calleja, N., & Grech, K. (2018). Developing an agenda for future health services research in Malta. The Synapse : the Medical Professionals' Network, 17(5), 7-10.
Abstract: The Maltese health system is undergoing a period of change and transformation. This is partly in response to the changing socio-economic environment within the country. Planning and delivering adequate and appropriate health services necessitates that relevant local research on the health system takes place. In order to identify the top priorities for the Maltese health system, a National Round Table Consultation was organised by the Department of Health Services Management at the University of Malta and the Directorate for Health Information and Research on the 14 December 2017. This was conducted within the framework of the HORIZON 2020 EU project “Transfer of Organisational Innovations for Resilient, Effective, equitable, Accessible, Sustainable and Comprehensive Health Services and Systems (TOREACH)”, setting a future research agenda for health systems in which 28 partners from 20 countries are participating. 45 stakeholders from academia, the public service, private sector and NGOs attended and participated in the round table meeting. Reports from interactive workshops were collated and compiled into an overall report. Document analysis using a structured health systems analysis framework was carried out. There was broad consensus on several priorities and challenges that health systems are facing today at both national and European levels. Access to health services and universal health coverage were identified as key research priorities. Furthermore, it was felt that particular attention should be devoted to research on health workforce planning and on the effects of the implementation of new technologies within health systems (including digital health and social media). Research on hospital leadership and governance within the changing health system context was also identified as important. Local stakeholders believe that better collaboration and networking between countries would be beneficial for the sustainability of the national health sector. As a way forward, knowledge gaps should be bridged through the collection/collation of evidence gathered through research conducted within the Maltese health system, leading to a more solid, efficient, evidencebased and responsive national health system.
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