A Framework for the Monitoring and Evaluation of International Surgical Initiatives in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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A Framework for the Monitoring and Evaluation of International Surgical Initiatives in Low- and Middle-Income Countries


JournalPLoS One
Publication date – Mar – 2015
Authors – George M. Ibrahim, David W. Cadotte, Mark Bernstein
KeywordsNone listed
Open access – Yes
SpecialitySurgical Education
World region Global

Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on July 31, 2018 at 12:50 am
Abstract:

Background
An estimated two billion people worldwide lack adequate access to surgical care. To address this humanitarian emergency, an increasing number of international surgical partnerships are emerging between developed and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). At present, there are no clear indicators that may be used to assess the effectiveness of such initiatives.
Study Design
We conducted an international qualitative study of 31 surgeons from developed and LMICs involved in international partnerships across a variety of subspecialties. Thematic analysis and grounded theory were applied in order to develop a practical framework that may be applied to monitor and evaluate global surgical initiatives.
Results
Several themes emerged from the study: (i) there is a large unmet need to establish and maintain prospective databases in LMICs to inform the monitoring and evaluation of international surgical partnerships; (ii) assessment of initiatives must occur longitudinally over the span of several years; (ii) the domains of assessment are contextual and encompass cultural, institutional and regional factors; and (iv) evaluation strategies should explore broader impact within the community and country. Based on thematic analysis within the domains of inputs, outputs and outcomes, a framework for the monitoring and evaluation of international surgical initiatives, the Framework for the Assessment of InteRNational Surgical Success
(FAIRNeSS) is proposed.
Conclusions
In response to the increasing number of surgical partnerships between developed and LMICs, we propose a framework to monitor and evaluate international surgical initiatives.

OSI Number – 10204
PMID – 25821970

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