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Socializing accountability for improving primary healthcare: an action research program in rural Karnataka

Madon, Shirin and Krishna, S. (2017) Socializing accountability for improving primary healthcare: an action research program in rural Karnataka. In: Choudrie, Jyoti, Islam, M. Sirajul, Wahid, Fathul, Bass, Julian M. and Priyatma, Johanes Eka, (eds.) Information and Communication Technologies for Development, ICT4D 2017. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 307-320.

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Identification Number: 10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7_26


The Alma Ata Declaration of 1978 invoked a socialising form of accountability through which communities and health workers participated in and were jointly accountable for primary healthcare. Aside from a few experiments, by the 1990s these ideals were quickly replaced by policy prescriptions based on increasing efficiency in data quality and reporting through the introduction of health information systems. More recently, there has been a revival of interest in community participation as a mechanism for improving the poor status of primary healthcare in developing countries through the constitution of village health committees. This paper documents and reflects on nine years of research on interventions aimed at improving primary healthcare accountability in rural Karnataka. Over this period, our focus has shifted from studying how computerised health information systems can strengthen conventional accountability systems to a period of extended participatory action research aimed at socialising accountability practices at village level. The findings from this study constitute vital knowledge for reforming the primary healthcare sector through different policy measures including the design of appropriate technology-based solutions.

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Additional Information: © 2017 Springer
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2017 10:22
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2021 00:35

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