Title

Hospital management training for the Eastern Mediterranean Region: time for a change?

Document Type

Article

Department

Community Health Sciences

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office has emphasized health system strengthening among the top five strategic priorities. One of the integral elements of health systems are the hospitals. The purpose of this paper is to review the need for formalized training in hospital management to improve the quality of care.

DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH:

Literature review and hands on experience of conducting a regional training in hospitalmanagement for Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) countries.

FINDINGS:

Majority of patients in EMR bypass Primary Health Care facilities due to inadequate quality of services and prefer seeking specialized care at a tertiary level. There is mounting evidence of mediocre to poor patient satisfaction due to inefficient health care practices in hospitals of EMR. Strengthening the management capacity of the hospitals through a formal training programme is therefore necessary for improving the performance of health care delivery and the overall health system. Hospital management encompasses hospital planning and operational activities including development and implementation of organizational strategies to ensure adequate numbers and quality of trained human resources and effective financial management, disaster management, health management information system utilization, support services, biomedical engineering, transport and waste management. Such training will prepare health care professionals with leadership skills to deliver quality hospital services.

Publication

Journal of Health Organization and Management

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