Quality of Primary Health Care in Developing Countries: Recent Experiences and Future Direction

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In industrialized countries, quality of care is widely debated in the context of health sector reform [I]. A wealth of literature reflects the progress made in developing tools to monitor and improve the quality of health care. In developing countries, however, interest in the issue has been surprisingly low until recently. This is so, in spite of overwhelming published and anecdotal evidence of low quality of care in these countries (for an overview, see [2]). In this paper, we give a brief review of published work on quality of care in developing countries, and trace the reasons behind the paradoxically low interest of both the academic and the donor communities as well as national decision makers on the issue.

Link to material: http://intqhc.oxfordjournals.org/content/8/2/131.full.pdf