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Role of Evidence-Based Medicine in improving the quality of healthcare

Improvement of health care quality is an important deliverable in all healthcare organizations in the country today as they face pressures of keeping up with an increasingly digital ecosystem, amongst other key pressing concerns of the financial health of the organization, defining cost-efficient workflows and enhancing the patient experience.

According to a study published in the BMJ, it has been observed that if the medical error was a disease, it would be the third largest killer in the US. There hasn't been an equivalent study for India, but a study conducted in 2013 by Harvard University estimates that 5.2 million injuries occur across India each year (out of the 43 million globally) due to medical errors and adverse events.


AN INSIGHT ON HEALTH PROMOTING UNIVERSITIES (HPU) AT THE ROUND TABLE CONVENED BY THE UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION (UGC)

  • 12 April 2019

“When a plant’s leaves are turning brown, you don’t paint the leaves green. You look at the cause of the problem. If only we treated our bodies the same way” ………. Dr. Frank Lipman

Since the mid-1980s, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has sought to define and encourage the implementation of concerted health promotion programmes that adopt a ‘setting-based’ approach. Recently, the literature has begun to identify the emerging role and function of the Health Promoting University (HPU) as another component of the settings-based movement.


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