Journal article

The transferability of task-shifting practices from developing nations to the developed world

Kannan Sethuraman, Budhaditya Gupta, Vikas Wadhwa

The Quarterly | The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators | Published : 2018


Task-shifting, the transfer of clinical activities to less-specialised health workers, has been extensively adopted in secondary and tertiary care delivery in developing nations. In contrast, the extent to which task-shifting practices have been implemented in developed countries has remained limited. We suggest that in response to increasing demand from an ageing population, rising healthcare costs, excess wait times and poor access to care in remote areas, policy-makers and healthcare practitioners in developed nations should reassess the barriers inhibiting the adoption of task-shifting and explore the potential of leveraging task-shifting to a greater extent.

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