Journal article

Quality of hospital care for seriously ill children in less-developed countries

T Nolan, P Angos, AJLA Cunha, L Muhe, S Qazi, EAF Simoes, G Tamburlini, M Weber, NF Pierce

LANCET | LANCET LTD | Published : 2001

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Improving the quality of care for sick children referred to hospitals in less-developed countries may lead to better outcomes, including reduced mortality. Data are lacking, however, on the quality of priority screening (triage), emergency care, diagnosis, and inpatient treatment in these hospitals, and on aspects of these potential targets that would benefit most from interventions leading to improved health outcomes. METHODS: We did a qualitative study in 13 district hospitals and eight teaching hospitals in seven less-developed countries. Experienced paediatricians used a structured survey instrument to assess initial triage, emergency and inpatient care, staff knowledge and p..

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