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  • Jones, Marjaana; Pietilä, Ilkka Veikko (2020)
    Health policies and strategies promote the involvement of people with illness experiences in service development and production, integrating them into settings that have traditionally been domains of health professionals. In this study, we focus on the perspectives of people with personal illness experiences and explore how they justify involvement, position themselves as legitimate actors and forge collaborative relationships with health professionals. We have used discourse analysis in analysing individual interviews conducted with peer support workers and experts by experience (n = 17) who currently work in Finnish health services. The interviewees utilised discourses of empowerment, efficiency and patient-centeredness, aligning themselves with the justifications constructed by patient movements additionally to those found in current health policies. Both groups wanted to retain critical distance from professionals in order to voice criticisms of current care practices, yet they also frequently aligned themselves with professionals in order to gain legitimacy for their involvement. They adopted professional traits that moved them further from being lay participants sharing personal experiences and adopted an expert position. Although national-level policies provided backing and legitimacy for involvement, the lack of local-level guidance could hinder the practical implementation and make involvement largely dependent of professionals' discretion.
  • Tarkiainen, Lasse; Moustgaard, Heta; Korhonen, Kaarina; Noordzij, J. Mark; Beenackers, Marielle A.; van Lenthe, Frank J.; Burstrom, Bo; Martikainen, Pekka (2021)
    Background Research evidence on the association between neighbourhood characteristics and individual mental health at older ages is inconsistent, possibly due to heterogeneity in the measurement of mental-health outcomes, neighbourhood characteristics and confounders. Register-based data enabled us to avoid these problems in this longitudinal study on the associations between socioeconomic and physical neighbourhood characteristics and individual antidepressant use in three national contexts. Methods We used register-based longitudinal data on the population aged 50+ from Turin (Italy), Stockholm (Sweden), and the nine largest cities in Finland linked to satellite-based land-cover data. This included individual-level information on sociodemographic factors and antidepressant use, and on neighbourhood socioeconomic characteristics, levels of urbanicity, green space and land-use mix (LUM). We assessed individual-level antidepressant use over 6 years in 2001-2017 using mixed-effects logistic regression. Results A higher neighbourhood proportion of low-educated individuals predicted lower odds for antidepressant use in Turin and Stockholm when individual-level sociodemographic factors were controlled for. Urbanicity predicted increased antidepressant use in Stockholm (OR=1.02; 95% CI 1.01 to 1.03) together with more LUM (OR=1.03; 1.01-1.05) and population density (OR=1.08; 1.05-1.10). The two latter characteristics also predicted increased antidepressant use in the Finnish cities (OR=1.05; 1.02-1.08 and OR=1.14; 1.02-1.28, respectively). After accounting for all studied neighbourhood and individual characteristics of the residents, the neighbourhoods still varied by odds of antidepressant use. Conclusions Overall, the associations of neighbourhood socioeconomic and physical characteristics with older people's antidepressant use were small and inconsistent. However, we found modest evidence that dense physical urban environments predicted higher antidepressant use among older people in Stockholm and the Finnish cities.
  • Silander, Katariina; Särkilahti, Anna; Torkki, Paulus; Peltokorpi, Antti; Tarkkanen, Maija; Kaila, Minna (2019)
    Mass customisation and modularisation are considered means to enhance patient-centredness and control increasing healthcare expenditures. The purpose of this study is to identify existing knowledge regarding the application of mass customisation and modularisation in healthcare delivery while focusing specifically on outcomes. A scoping review was conducted with various combinations of search terms using Scopus. Nearly 2,000 studies were identified of which 18 met inclusion criteria. Patient experience, customisation, and the economic impact on service delivery were analysed. Mass customisation and modularisation may be applicable in healthcare. The model may increase patient satisfaction. However, more knowledge of the outcomes of mass customisation is needed. As the number of studies in this area is limited, more empirical mixed methods research on the implementation and outcomes of mass customisation is needed to understand the expected benefits and to determine the possible effects on patient satisfaction and financial implications.
  • Pekola, P (Kela, 2018)
    Studies in social security and health 148
    Erilaisten markkinamekanismien käyttö on yleistynyt eri maiden terveyspalveluissa. Yleisesti ajatellaan, että kilpailu lisää laatua erityisesti silloin, kun hinnat ovat kiinteät ja asiakkaat voivat vapaasti valita palveluntuottajansa. Intuitiivisesti järjestelmä toimii seuraavasti: kilpailun kiristyessä valinnanvapauden myötä asiakkaat valitsevat tuottajikseen parempaa laatua tuottavat yksiköt, ja siten parempaa laatua tuottavien yritysten voitot kasvavat. Aikaisemmat kilpailua ja laatua käsittelevät tutkimukset analysoivat enimmäkseen sairaalamarkkinoita, ja tutkimuksia on tehty erityisesti Yhdysvalloissa ja Britanniassa. Tämän väitöskirjatutkimuksen tarkoituksena oli arvioida kilpailun ja sääntelyn vaikutuksia laatuun Kelan järjestämissä vaikeavammaisten fysioterapiapalveluissa. Näin ollen tämä väitöskirja laajentaa aikaisemman kirjallisuuden näkökulmaa kuntoutuspalveluihin, kuten fysioterapiaan, joita ei ole aikaisemmin tästä näkökulmasta tutkittu. Yleensä Kela järjestää fysioterapiapalvelut kilpailuttamalla tuottajat. Osallistuessaan kilpailutukseen yritykset määrittelevät tarjouksessaan sekä hinnan että laadun, ja Kela pisteyttää nämä tekijät. Sopimuskaudella 2011–2014 fysioterapiapalveluiden järjestämisessä kokeiltiin kiinteähintaista palveluseteliä kahdessa Kelan vakuutuspiirissä. Tässä järjestelmässä sopimuksen saaneet yritykset tuottivat voittoa vain, jos asiakkaat valitsivat heidät tuottajakseen. Fysioterapian asiakkaat eivät maksa palvelusta omavastuuta. Edellä mainittu toimintaympäristön muutos todennäköisesti vaikutti yritysten insentiiveihin tuottaa laatua. Tulokset osoittivat, että kilpailu laski laatua huolimatta siitä, miten palvelut järjestettiin tai miten hinta määräytyi. - Englanninkielinen julkaisu
  • Tusa, Nina; Koponen, Hannu; Kautiainen, Hannu; Korniloff, Katariina; Raatikainen, Ilkka; Elfving, Pia; Vanhala, Mauno; Mäntyselkä, Pekka (2019)
    Objective: To examine health service (HS) utilization profiles among a non-depressive population and patients with depressive symptoms (DS) with and without clinical depression. Design, subjects and setting: The study population was based on primary care patients with DS scoring >= 10 in the 21-item Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and who were at least 35 years old and had been referred to depression nurse case managers (n = 705). Their psychiatric diagnosis was confirmed with the Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview (M.I.N.I.). Of these patients, 447 had clinical depression. The number of patients with DS without clinical depression was 258. The control group consisted of a random sample of 414 residents with a BDI score <10. Use of HS (visits and phone calls to a doctor and a nurse) was based on patient records. Main outcome measures: Number of visits and calls to physicians and nurses. Results: Patients with DS regardless of their depression diagnosis used primary health care (PHC) services three times more than the controls (p <0.001). In the secondary care, the differences were smaller but significant. Of the controls, 70% had 0-4 HS contacts per year whereas a majority of the patients having DS had more than 5 contacts per year. The number of contacts correlated with the BDI from a score of 0 to 10 but not as clearly in the higher scores. Conclusion: Depressive symptoms, both with or without clinical depression, are associated with increased HS use, especially in PHC. This study suggests that even mild depressive symptoms are associated with an increased use of HS.
  • Kemppainen, Laura M.; Kemppainen, Teemu T.; Reippainen, Jutta A.; Salmenniemi, Suvi T.; Vuolanto, Pia (2018)
    Aims: The aim of this research was to study health-related and sociodemographic determinants of the use of different complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments in Europe and differences in CAM use in various European countries. Methods: The study was based on a design-based logistic regression analysis of the European Social Survey (ESS), Round 7. We distinguished four CAM modalities: manual therapies, alternative medicinal systems, traditional Asian medical systems and mind-body therapies. Results: In total, 25.9% of the general population had used CAM during the last 12 months. Typically, only one CAM treatment had been used, and it was used more often as complementary rather than alternative treatment. The use of CAM varied greatly by country, from 10% in Hungary to almost 40% in Germany. Compared to those in good health, the use of CAM was two to fourfold greater among those with health problems. The health profiles of users of different CAM modalities varied. For example, back or neck pain was associated with all types of CAM, whereas depression was associated only with the use of mind-body therapies. Individuals with difficult to diagnose health conditions were more inclined to utilize CAM, and CAM use was more common among women and those with a higher education. Lower income was associated with the use of mind-body therapies, whereas the other three CAM modalities were associated with higher income. Conclusions: Help-seeking differed according to the health problem, something that should be acknowledged by clinical professionals to ensure safe care. The findings also point towards possible socioeconomic inequalities in health service use.