The IHF World Hospital Congress is a unique global forum where multidisciplinary exchange of knowledge, expertise and experiences in health sector management and service delivery is facilitated. This forum brings together leaders, gurus, delegates and participants conversant in healthcare policies and reforms, management practices, financing trends and solutions, quality and safety, to engage in constructive dialogue on best practices and innovations in hospital and healthcare management and leadership aimed at improving the overall health and wellness of our patients and communities. 

Hosted by the Ministry of Health of the Sultanate of Oman, the 43rd World Hospital Congress will be held on 6 - 9 November 2019 in Muscat, Oman with the theme: People at the heart of health services in peace and crisis.

Submission of Abstracts
Health sector leaders and professionals wishing to present their work, orally or as a poster, at the 43rd World Hospital Congress are invited to submit an abstract to the Scientific Committee for consideration through the IHF website

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International Hospital Federation Official Journal 2018 Volume 54 Number 4 

This fourth issue of the World Hospitals and Health Services Journal, second part describes the repercussion of environmental pollution on health expenditures and raises the awareness of policy makers, health care providers and others of the analysis and recommendations for a strong action plan by the recent Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health. 

In the first part, (International Hospital Federation Official Journal 2018 Volume 54 Number 3) it was discussed about the focuses on how global identifiers (barcoding) can support the monitoring of safe healthcare and improve efficiency while reducing waste.

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Dementia is a dreadful disease and a growing global challenge. The number of people living with dementia across the OECD reached nearly 19 million people in 2017, while millions of family members and friends provide care and support to loved ones with the condition throughout their lives. Beyond the personal and emotional toll of dementia, its financial costs are vast. The worldwide health and social costs of dementia were estimated to reach USD 1 trillion per year in 2018. Dementia is strongly associated with age. This makes the ageing of the population in many OECD countries the main factor associated with the growing dementia prevalence. As the share of the population aged above 80 years continues to rise, and until a cure or disease modifying treatment is found, the number of people living with dementia will continue to grow, and is likely to reach nearly 41 million people in the OECD by 2050.

Despite significant research efforts, much about the condition remains a mystery. No treatments have yet been developed that can effectively cure or halt the progression of dementia. Many recent late stage clinical trial failures have frustrated efforts and investment by the pharmaceutical industry. Further, today, too many people living with dementia go without a diagnosis. Even when they may be diagnosed, care systems are often fragmented, and the stigma surrounding dementia has led many people to believe that
nothing can be done.

Yet the lack of a cure does not mean that there are no options. A range of beneficial services are available that can improve the health and quality of life of people living with dementia. However, in many cases, too few people have been able to access them. OECD countries urgently need to improve access to and quality of these services.

In recent years, dementia has received growing attention as governments begin to recognise the scope of the challenge ahead. As many as 22 OECD countries have developed national plans and strategies for addressing dementia, and have moved to make diagnosis and follow-up care more accessible and of higher quality. Treatment and care services can be further improved, and better monitoring and comparing of processes and outcomes will play an important role.

Read more: CARE NEEDED: Improving the Lives of People with Dementia

A systematic approach to develop a core set of parameters for boards of directors to govern quality of care in the ICU

International Journal for Quality in Health Care, Volume 30, Issue 7, 1 August 2018




Hospital boards are legally responsible for the quality of care delivered by healthcare professionals in their hospitals, but experience difficulties in overseeing quality and safety risks. This study aimed to select a core set of parameters for boards to govern quality of care in the intensive care unit (ICU).


Two-round Delphi study.


Two university hospitals in the Netherlands.


An expert panel of 12 former ICU patients or their family members, 12 ICU nurses, 12 ICU physicians and 12 members of boards of directors and quality managers.

Read more: A systematic approach to develop a core set of parameters for boards of directors to govern...

Measuring health and economic well being in the Sustainable Development Goals era: development of a poverty-free life expectancy metric and estimates for 90 countries

The purpose of this article published in The Lancet is to propose a poverty-free life expectancy (PFLE) as a new metric to provide a composite measure of population health and economic well-being. As part of the Sustainable Development Goals, which emphasize the link between health and development policies, it responds to a need of having a monitoring tool that incorporate measures of both health and economic status. The authors computed the PFLE for 90 countries and interpreted the results. 



The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in September, 2015, emphasise the link between health and economic development policies. Despite this link, and the multitude of targets and indicators in the SDGs and other initiatives, few monitoring tools explicitly incorporate measures of both health and economic status. Here we propose poverty-free life expectancy (PFLE) as a new metric that uses widely available data to provide a composite measure of population health and economic wellbeing.


We developed a population-level measure of PFLE and computed this summary measure for 90 countries with available data. Specifically, we used Sullivan's method, as in many health expectancy measures, to incorporate the prevalence of poverty by age and sex from household economic surveys into demographic life tables based on mortality rates from the 2015 Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD). For comparison, we also recalculated all PFLE measures using life tables from WHO and the UN. PFLE estimates for each country, stratified by sex, are the average number of poverty-free years a person could expect to live if exposed to current mortality rates and poverty prevalence in that country.


The average PFLE in the 90 countries
Read more: Measuring Health and Economic well being in the Sustainable Development Goals Era
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