March/April 2014.

Can the location of a patient’s hospital ward affect the quality of care they receive and their overall health outcomes? A study from St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne suggests patients do better when they are cared for in home wards, which are specialised to their condition.

This HARC e-Bulletin also examines the quality of evidence from systematic reviews, after a new study found poor reporting of adverse events in systematic reviews was hampering the ability of patients and healthcare professionals to make balanced decisions about the risks of interventions.

Meanwhile, a systematic review on patient decision support systems has found insufficient evidence that they lead to system-wide health savings.

And on the issue of health systems, WHO systems expert Dr Hernan Montenegro spoke to HARC members on the issue of primary care integration during a recent Australian visit.

As always, your feedback, letters and suggestions are welcome. As this is my last issue in the editor’s chair, please send correspondence to

And please forward this edition on to those colleagues you think may be interested.

Melissa Davey
Editor, HARC e-Bulletin