Considerations for service delivery for emergency care in low resource settings

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Considerations for service delivery for emergency care in low resource settings


JournalAfrican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Publication date – Aug – 2020
Authors – Harveen Bal Bergquist, Taylor W.Burkholder, Osama A.Muhammad Ali, Yasein Omer, Lee A. Wallis
KeywordsAccess, Emergency care systems, quality improvement, Service delivery
Open access – Yes
SpecialityEmergency surgery, Health policy
World region Global

Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on August 31, 2020 at 6:52 am
Abstract:

In a shift from the more traditional disease focused model of global health interventions, increasing attention is now being placed on the importance of strengthening healthcare systems as a key component for achieving improved health outcomes. As emergency care systems continue to develop and strengthen around the world, the concept of service delivery provides one way to assess how well these systems are functioning. By focusing on service delivery, a system can be evaluated based on its ability to provide patients with access to the high-quality emergency care that they deserve. While the concept of service delivery is commonly used to evaluate the effectiveness of care in high-resource settings, its use in low resource settings has previously been limited due to challenges in operationalizing the concept in a context appropriate way. This article will begin by discussing the concept of service delivery as it specifically applies to emergency care systems and then discuss some of the challenges in defining and assessing this concept in low resource settings. The article will then discuss several new tools that have been developed to specifically address ways to evaluate emergency care service delivery in low-resource settings that can be used to inform future systems strengthening activities.

OSI Number – 20650

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