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Session: Measuring Health Systems Performance
3436.0: Monday, November 06, 2006: 8:30 PM-10:00 PM
Measuring Health Systems Performance
When the phrase "What gets measured gets done" was used in the 1992 landmark book "Reinventing Government," the era of performance, results, and accountability began. In healthcare globally, ever since the WHO report on health system performance there has been an increasing focus on both the efficiency and efficacy of health systems. Yet, by many standards and measures--external and internal--health systems in most developed and developing countries are currently underperforming. A plethora of performance models have been developed of differing value and application. What has become clear, however, is that there is no "one size fits all" model for measuring and improving the performance of health systems. Instead, health systems worldwide are working to find the best performance model(s) to fit their unique culture, priorities, limitations and their vision for what being a high-performing health system means. Thus, the best way to learn about measuring performance is to learn from the successes and lessons of others. In this session we look at different approaches to measuring health system performance at various levels, with some specific examples and best practices.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, the participant (learner) will be able to: 1. Evaluate whether their current approach to measurement is providing sufficient evidence that performance is getting better, worse or staying the same. 2. Recognize various performance models and their unique characteristics and application. 3. Describe the critical success factors associated with what works and what doesn't when measuring performance. 4. Construct a mental model of the type of performance framework(s) and measures that would work at various levels of their unique health system and culture.
Moderator(s):Michael Paskavitz
8:30 PMApplication of Burden of Disease Analyses for Policy, Planning and Management of Health Systems in Developing Countries
Li Liu, MBBS, MHS, Adnan A. Hyder, MD, MPH, PhD, Richard H. Morrow, MD, MPH, Abdul Ghaffar, MBBS, MHA, PhD
8:45 PMWHO's Health Research Systems Analysis Initiative: Tool Kit and Collective Benchmarking Effort
Ritu Sadana, MSPH, SD, Shook-Pui Lee-Martin, DES, MSc, Jennifer Lee, MPH
9:05 PMRole of health facility assessment in health systems performance: Use of Core Indicators
Bolaji M. Fapohunda, PhD, Nancy Fronczak, PhD
9:25 PMMeasuring health system performance across states in Mexico
Christopher Murray, MD, PhD, Chunling Lu, PhD, Rafael Lozano, cecilia Vidal
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:International Health
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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