Process for Creating Prototypes Started

An analysis done by the Results for Development Institute (R4D), in consultation with Commission members, has identified countries that perform better on health outcome measures than might be expected based on health system-related socieconomics. It is speculated that these countries—Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam—may perform so well at least in part because of their approach to training human resources for health (HRH). Further analysis may show that one or more of these countries could serve as prototypes of high-performing medical education. 

This is part of a follow-up effort on the Commission report to find methods, checklists, and prototypic models to assist those undertaking national initiatives to reform the education of their health professionals.

The Results for Development Institute (R4D) developed background materials and then organized and conducted a meeting at the Harvard School of Public Health on potential prototypes of high-performing medical education. They used data sets for the analysis of country variables hypothesized to be related to high-performing medical education. Their analyses included examining the relationships between health outcome measures and income, total health expenditure, density of human resources for health (HRH) and medical schools, as well as HRH and income.

Here is the R4D report on the bi-variate analysis of data on variables expected to influence health performance.