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The importance of human resources management in health care: a global context

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This paper addresses the health care system from a global perspective and the importance of human resources management (HRM) in improving overall patient health outcomes and delivery of health care services. Methods We explored the published literature and collected data through secondary sources. Results Various key success factors emerge that clearly affect health care practices and human resources management. This paper will reveal how human resources management is essential to any health care system and how it can improve health care models. Challenges in the health care systems in Canada, the United States of America and various developing countries are examined, with suggestions for ways to overcome these problems through the proper implementation of human resources management practices. Comparing and contrasting selected countries allowed a deeper understanding of the practical and crucial role of human resources management in health care. Conclusion Proper management of human resources is critical in providing a high quality of health care. A refocus on human resources management in health care and more research are needed to develop new policies. Effective human resources management strategies are greatly needed to achieve better outcomes from and access to health care around the world.
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Human Resources for Health
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Open Access Research The importance of human resources management in health care: a global context 1,3 32 1 Stefane M Kabene*, Carole Orchard, John M Howard, Mark A Soriano 1 and Raymond Leduc
1 2 Address: Managementand Organizational Studies, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada,Schulich School of Medicine, 3 The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada andSchool of Nursing, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada Email: Stefane M Kabene*  skabene@uwo.ca; Carole Orchard  corchard@uwo.ca; John M Howard  johnmhoward@rogers.com; Mark A Soriano  msoriano@uwo.ca; Raymond Leduc  rleduc@uwo.ca * Corresponding author
Published: 27 July 2006Received: 13 April 2006 Accepted: 27 July 2006 Human Resources for Health2006,4:20 doi:10.1186/1478-4491-4-20 This article is available from: http://www.human-resources-health.com/content/4/1/20 © 2006 Kabene et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract Background:This paper addresses the health care system from a global perspective and the importance of human resources management (HRM) in improving overall patient health outcomes and delivery of health care services. Methods:We explored the published literature and collected data through secondary sources. Results:Various key success factors emerge that clearly affect health care practices and human resources management. This paper will reveal how human resources management is essential to any health care system and how it can improve health care models. Challenges in the health care systems in Canada, the United States of America and various developing countries are examined, with suggestions for ways to overcome these problems through the proper implementation of human resources management practices. Comparing and contrasting selected countries allowed a deeper understanding of the practical and crucial role of human resources management in health care. Conclusion:Proper management of human resources is critical in providing a high quality of health care. A refocus on human resources management in health care and more research are needed to develop new policies. Effective human resources management strategies are greatly needed to achieve better outcomes from and access to health care around the world.
Background Defining human resources in health care Within many health care systems worldwide, increased attention is being focused on human resources manage ment (HRM). Specifically, human resources are one of three principle health system inputs, with the other two major inputs being physical capital and consumables [1].
Figure 1 depicts the relationship between health system inputs, budget elements and expenditure categories.
Human resources, when pertaining to health care, can be defined as the different kinds of clinical and nonclinical staff responsible for public and individual health inter vention [1]. As arguably the most important of the health
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