Health Impact Assessment and Short-term Medical Missions: A Methods Study to Evaluate Quality of Care

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Health Impact Assessment and Short-term Medical Missions: A Methods Study to Evaluate Quality of Care

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dc.contributor.author Maki, Jesse
dc.contributor.author Qualls, Munirih Leona
dc.contributor.author White, Benjamin Alden
dc.contributor.author Kleefield, Sharon F.
dc.contributor.author Crone, Robert
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-09T16:09:32Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Maki, Jesse, Munirih Qualls, Benjamin White, Sharon Kleefield, and Robert Crone. 2008. Health impact assessment and short-term medical missions: A methods study to evaluate quality of care. BMC Health Services Research 8:121. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1472-6963 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:4621706
dc.description.abstract Background: Short-term medical missions (STMMs) are a well-established means of providing health care to the developing world. Despite over 250 million dollars and thousands of volunteer hours dedicated to STMMs, there is a lack of standardized evaluation to assess patient safety, quality control, and mission impact. The objective of this project is to design and implement an assessment tool that defines objective parameters of quality of care as identified by STMMs. Methods: The study was conducted in 3 phases: 1) Base-need analysis to determine factors critical to the quality of STMMs, 2) Design of 5 surveys for mission personnel and patients to enable 360-degree evaluation based on factors from phase 1, and 3) Field testing of the surveys with 5 STMMs. Results: An evaluation tool was created assessing 6 major and 30 minor factors identified as important to the quality of STMMs. 5 mission directors, 43 personnel, 10 local hosts, and 55 patients completed the surveys. Of the 6 major measures of quality, missions performed best in Cost (mean score 86%), and Impact (84%). The poorest performance was in Education (64%). Efficiency, Sustainability, and Preparedness showed mean scores of 76%, 77%, and 73%, respectively. Conclusion: Our study provides a novel standardized tool for STMM evaluation. Use of the assessment instrument identified areas of strength and weakness of a particular mission, and delineated general trends in performance compared to other STMMs. We anticipate that the use of this tool may improve the quality of care provided by missions, and stimulate solution-sharing and scholarly discussion among missions. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher BioMed Central en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1186/1472-6963-8-121 en_US
dc.relation.hasversion http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/8/121 en_US
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dc.title Health Impact Assessment and Short-term Medical Missions: A Methods Study to Evaluate Quality of Care en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
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dc.relation.journal BMC Health Services Research en_US
dash.depositing.author Qualls, Munirih Leona
dc.date.available 2010-12-09T16:09:32Z
dash.affiliation.other HMS^Medicine-Brigham and Women's Hospital en_US

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