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Cardiothoracic Surgery


With progressive globalisation enabled by technology, there is an increased interest in finding viable solutions to the myriad health problems faced by developing countries. In countries like Pakistan, occasionally the challenge is not a dearth of material resources but rather unavailability of expertise. The current paper was planned to share a model that was successfully implemented in the urban setting of Karachi, Pakistan, from 2012 onwards which significantly improved access to thoracic surgery for underprivileged individuals. Our model focussed on a qualified thoracic surgeon reviving a defunct thoracic surgical unit thereby optimising the use of resources already available in the community. The key to efficient outcomes was direct managerial control by the surgeon who first educated himself in the various processes involved. The model, with its challenges and solutions, has good potential for adaptation in other urban settings in the developing world


The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association

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