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Responding to the Syrian health crisis : the need for data and research

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March 2015

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This article assesses the impact of the war in Syrian the context of the health system and neighbouring countries and the rise in non-communicable diseases. The authors advocate that  urgent policy and research attention needs to be given to the generation of timely and high-quality evidence on the effectiveness of the humanitarian health response, the capacity of health systems within Syria, and the issue of non-communicable diseases among internally displaced people and refugees

The Lancet, Vol 3

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Research & humanities in medical education (RHiME)

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March 2014

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Research and Humanities in Medical Education (RHiME) is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal with the vision to blend humanities with the sciences in medical education. It aims to encourage contributions from and discussion between teachers and students, doctors and patients, the sick and their care-providers, and between health policy makers and policy users

Priority medicines for mothers and children 2011


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This resource presents a list of priority medicines for mothers and children to help countries and partners select and make available those medicines that will have the biggest impact on reducing maternal, newborn and child morbidity and mortality

Getting education right : first steps for quality assurance for students and tutors

BATES, Imelda
October 2006

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This is a practical guide for tutors and students aimed at making sure that educational initiatives for health professionals, including university degrees, workshops and training, meet international educational standards. Originally developed for the teaching hospital in Kumasi, Ghana, it outlines principles and practice of educational quality assurance drawing from UK national and institutional recommendations. The handbook covers key aspects of teaching practice, including recruitment and admissions, course design and delivery, assessment strategies, supporting students and developing tutors' skills

Working together for health : the world health report 2006


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"The 'World Health Report 2006 - Working together for health' contains both an expert assessment of the current crisis in the global health workforce and an ambitious set of proposals to tackle it over the next ten years, starting immediately"

Starting or strengthening a drug bulletin : a practical manual


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Access to independent and reliable drug information is key to the promotion of rational prescribing and use of medicines. Bulletins are essential tools for information dissemination and this manual aims to provide guidelines, tips and examples on how to start or improve drug bulletins. It covers all aspects of production, providing a comprehensive overview of the editorial process, the reviewing of new drugs and the design, production and distribution of the bulletin. The manual is an essential guide for anyone starting or running a drug bulletin, but may also be of interest to health professionals and others

Features and uses of high-fidelity medical simulations that lead to effective learning : a BEME systematic review

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January 2005

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Systematic review on the use of simulations in medical education selected 109 studies meeting meeting criteria. High fidelity medical simulations facilitate learning under the right conditions. These include providing feedback, repetitive practice, curriculum integration, range of difficulty level, multiple learning strategies, capture clinical variation, controlled environment, individualised learning, defined outcomes and simulator validity. Does not specifically mention resource-poor contexts

Directory : health and medicine


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The INASP Database lists and profiles organisations working to improve and support networking, accessing, sharing, and publishing of information in developing and transitional countries. It is divided into various sections, one of which is health and medicine. Organisations can be searched for under specific topics: medicine, epidemiology, eye health, HIV/AIDS, mother and child health, neurology, nursing, nutrition, pharmacology, primary health care, surgery, tropical medicine, orgainisations focused on information development in the health sector; or by country, or by entering a query on the entire database.

Learning Resource Center (LRC) Project best practices and lessons learned : a guide to improving healthcare through information and communication technology


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This report provides specific guidelines and recommendations that can be applied wholly or in part by healthcare institutions worldwide that are seeking to adapt the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) model to improve the quality of healthcare they provide, through improving the access of health professionals to healthcare information resources. The LRC model, which was initially developed in Central and Eastern Europe and the Newly-Independent States, has two components - dedicated resources and appropriate personnel - which it identifies as necessary for the successful application of information and communication technologies to healthcare improvement

Amazon telehealth program


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This website describes the Amazon Telehealth Program, a project for distance education and telemedicine support to a rural medical internship in the Amazon. It is being developed by the EduMed Institute for Education in Medicine and Health, a Brazilian not-for-profit foundation, in collaboration with the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Amazonas. The programme facilitates remote communication between medical students completing an internship in rural and aboriginal communities in the Amazon jungle and their teachers in  Manaus' University Hospital and other supporting hospitals, in order to solve the problems they face, by means of voice and video transmissions over the Internet and satellite. It helps them to improve the public services for health prevention and care in those regions, thus increasing the quality of life of their populations

A comparison of graduates of an innovative medical school and a conventional school in relation to primary health care

AZIZ, Farouk Abdel
MALIK, Malik Bashir
August 1997

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A comparative study of the attitudes and performances of graduates from an innovative medical school and a conventional one in relation to primary health care (PHC) was conducted. The aim was to identify the impact of a community-oriented medical education. The results showed that both groups were aware of PHC but those of the innovative school had received practical training in PHC centres, had skills to approach solving community problems, and gave due emphasis to promotional and preventive aspects of patient management. The study concludes that a community-oriented medical education is more appropriate to community needs [Author's abstract]



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