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Motivating provision of high quality care: It is not all about the money

Lagarde, Mylène ORCID: 0000-0002-5713-2659, Huicho, Luis and Papanicolas, Irene ORCID: 0000-0002-8000-3185 (2019) Motivating provision of high quality care: It is not all about the money. The BMJ, 366 (74). ISSN 0959-8146

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The inclusion of universal health coverage as a target in the sustainable development goal for health has boosted the global movement to improve access to healthcare services. To improve health, the services accessed must be high quality,1 yet there is mounting evidence that the quality of care delivered to populations in many low and middle income countries is inadequate.2345 Governments must consider strategies that will not only improve accessibility to care for their populations but also substantially improve quality. A priority in achieving universal health coverage is the recruitment, training, and retention of healthcare workers. However, there is widespread concern that health systems are not getting the most out of their workforce. Recent evidence shows that the quality of care provided by healthcare workers is often lower than what they are able to demonstrate in the context of a test2 or under the watchful eyes of an observer.6 The existence of such “know-do” gaps shows that substandard care cannot be fully explained by low competence or inadequate training. Low quality of care and medical errors occur more often when providers are demotivated, which can be fuelled by inadequate working conditions such as shortages of basic drugs and equipment or staff.789 Yet, although good working conditions are an important part of delivering good quality of care, they are not sufficient to ensure that health professionals are motivated and adhere to recommended treatment guidelines.1011 Here, we discuss the evidence on different approaches that can be used to increase provider motivation and ultimately improve quality of care.

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Divisions: Health Policy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2020 10:54
Last Modified: 30 May 2024 07:42

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