Quality Healthcare: The global picture


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Sep 14, 2018, 07.24 AM IST

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Of these excess deaths amenable to health care, 5 million were due to poor quality of available care and 3.6 million due to non-utilisation of health care services
The number of deaths attributable to poor health care is more than that due to lack of access to care, finds a Lancet study covering 137 low and middle-income countries. Of the 8.6 million deaths per year in LMICs due to treatable conditions, 5 million lives could potentially be saved through quality improvements. The remaining 3.6 million deaths occur from lack of access. At 1·9 million deaths, South Asia had the greatest mortality due to use of poor-quality healthcare

  • As many as 15·6 million excess deaths — loss of life that could have been averted — occurred in low and middle income countries in 2016
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  • After excluding 7 million deaths preventable through public health interventions or actions on a population level, 8·6 million excess deaths were amenable to health care
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  • Of these excess deaths amenable to health care, 5 million were due to poor quality of available care and 3.6 million due to non-utilisation of health care services…
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Note: Avertable mortality was defined as the sum of preventable deaths (averted through public health and other population-level intersectoral policies or interventions that prevent the disease or condition in the first place) and amenable deaths (averted by health care once a condition occurs). Amenable deaths comprised deaths due to use of poor-quality services and deaths due to non-utilisation of health services.

Source: Lancet

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