“India looks to a new course to fix rural doctor shortage” – 10/13/13 – Taylor Muentener

India looks to a new course to fix rural doctor shortage                                     Dinsa Sachan 10/5/13

The lack of doctors working in rural communities is a public health problem that plagues countries around the world. Several countries have tried to remedy this issue, but usually the solution requires foreign health professionals.  In India, the rural areas have a shortage of fully trained doctors; the shortage was previously compensated with mid-level health professionals.  The nation’s newest solution is creating a community health worker program that would result in a bachelor’s degree in community health. However, the Indian Medical Association is putting up strong resistance in the implementation process.  A similar version of this system was run in the Chhattisgarh state, their program graduates performed as well as traditionally trained doctors on common disease diagnosis and treatment. The model seems to be the most viable solution to the age-old problem.  The program is being seen by the IMA Union Cabinet, and will hopefully be implemented soon.

Find the full text here:http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)62058-9/fulltext

The Lancet, Volume 382, Issue 9899, Page e10, 5 October 2013 doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62058-9

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