The Quality of Medical Advice in Low-Income Countries
World Bank - Development Economics Research Group (DECRG)
Jeffrey S. Hammer
Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Kenneth L. Leonard
University of Maryland
January 1, 2008
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4501
This paper provides an overview of recent work on quality measurement of medical care and its correlates in four low and middle-income countries-India, Indonesia, Tanzania, and Paraguay. The authors describe two methods-testing doctors and watching doctors-that are relatively easy to implement and yield important insights about the nature of medical care in these countries. The paper discusses the properties of these measures, their correlates, and how they may be used to evaluate policy changes. Finally, the authors outline an agenda for further research and measurement.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 38
Keywords: Health Monitoring & Evaluation, Health Systems Development & Reform, Gender and Health, Health Economics & Finance, Disease Control & Preventionworking papers series
Date posted: February 8, 2008
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