The safety of health care for ethnic minority patients: A systematic review
Presenter: Ashfaq Chauhan
Supervisory team: Associate Professor Reema Harrison, Dr Ramesh Walpola, Dr Holly Seale
Date of PhD commencement: June 2019
Evidence to date indicates that patients from ethnic minority backgrounds may experience disparity in the quality and safety of health care they receive due to a range of socio-cultural factors. Although the heightened risk of patient safety events is of key concern, there is a dearth of evidence regarding the nature and rate of safety events occurring amongst ethnic minority consumers, which is critical for the development of relevant intervention approaches to enhance the safety of their care. We conducted a systematic review to establish the evidence base regarding the nature and rate of safety events arising amongst ethnic minority healthcare consumers internationally; the individual, service, and system factors that contribute to safety; how ethnic minority populations are conceptualized in the international literature, and the implications of this in shaping the data.
Mandatory CME in four countries in the South-East Asia and Eastern Mediterranean regions - Lessons to practice for developing nations
Presenter: Farhan Saeed Vakani
Supervisory team: Dr Kerry Uebel, A/Professor Chinthaka Balasooriya, A/Professor Apo Demirkol
Date of PhD commencement: February 2018
Mandatory continuous medical education linked with physician re-registration has been implemented in most developed countries but remains a challenge in developing countries. Our initial review concluded that 12 of 33 countries in the SEAR and EMR regions have implemented mandatory CME. We conducted an in-depth analysis of 4 of these countries (India, Indonesia, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia) comparing the scope and coverage of CME, the regulatory mandate and organizational structure governing CME and the standards of accreditation of providers and educational activities. Various models of implementation and accreditation of providers and educational activities could provide lessons for other developing countries.