Policy challenges to the quality of child health services in Bulgaria
Rechel, Boika, Spencer, Nick, Blackburn, Clare and Rechel, Bernd. (2010) Policy challenges to the quality of child health services in Bulgaria. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, Vol.25 (No.4). pp. 350-367. ISSN 0749-6753Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hpm.1030
Background Our study aimed to explore policy challenges to the quality of child health services in Bulgaria.
Methods The study was based on qualitative in-depth interviews, analysis of regulatory documents, and review of the literature. Respondents included policy-makers, providers and users of health services, from both rural and urban areas.
Results Problems identified included insufficient training of general practitioners, medical errors, delays in response to emergencies, inadequate information provided to patients, and underdeveloped child public health. A common view was that paediatricians provide better quality care than general practitioners. Respondents described a lack of clinical guidelines for rational use of pharmaceuticals, overprescribing of antibiotics, reliance on pharmaceutical companies for information, and unrestricted sales of drugs over-the-counter. 'Clinical pathways', introduced as a payment mechanism in hospitals, were perceived as lacking transparency, complicating clinical practice, and forcing doctors to record wrong diagnoses and conduct unnecessary investigations.
Conclusions Our findings indicate the need to develop evidence-based clinical guidelines for primary and secondary care, establish payment mechanisms that facilitate quality improvements, promote rational use of pharmaceuticals, improve continuing training of physicians and strengthen child public health. Copyright (C) 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Health and Social Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Journal of Health Planning and Management|
|Publisher:||John Wiley & Sons Ltd.|
|Official Date:||October 2010|
|Number of Pages:||18|
|Page Range:||pp. 350-367|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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