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Title: Non-physician Clinicians in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Evolving Role of Physicians
Authors: Kyamanywa, Patrick
Keywords: Physician Assistants
Professional Delegation
Human Resources for Health
Rural Health Services
Developing Countries
Emigration and Immigration
Delivery of Healthcare
Medical Education
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: International Journal of Health policy and management
Citation: Eyal N, Cancedda C, Kyamanywa P, Hurst SA. Non-physician clinicians in sub-Saharan Africa and the evolving role of physicians. Int J Health Policy Manag. 2016;5(3):149–153. doi:10.15171/ijhpm.2015.215
Series/Report no.: ;Int J Health Policy Manag 2016, 5(3), 149–153
Abstract: Responding to critical shortages of physicians, most sub-Saharan countries have scaled up training of non-physician clinicians (NPCs), resulting in a gradual but decisive shift to NPCs as the cornerstone of healthcare delivery. This development should unfold in parallel with strategic rethinking about the role of physicians and with innovations in physician education and in-service training. In important ways, a growing number of NPCs only renders physicians more necessary – for example, as specialized healthcare providers and as leaders, managers, mentors, and public health administrators. Physicians in sub-Saharan Africa ought to be trained in all of these capacities. This evolution in the role of physicians may also help address known challenges to the successful integration of NPCs in the health system.
Description: Patrick Kyamanywa is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor Kampala International University, Western Campus
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