Providers' perspectives on the performance of primary healthcare centres in India: The missing link

R.B. Sathyananda*, A. Krumeich, U. Manjunath, A. de Rijk, C.P. van Schayck

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Abstract

Background Primary healthcare centres (PHCs) form the foundation of the Indian public health system, and thus their effective functioning is paramount in ensuring the population's health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has set six aspects of performance assessment for general health systems, which are hardly applicable to the PHC setup in a low- and middle-income country. The Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI) has prescribed a framework with five domains consisting of 36 indicators for primary healthcare performance assessment from a policy point of view. For the assessment to be realistic, it should include inputs from stakeholders involved in care delivery, so this study examines the perspectives of healthcare providers at PHCs in India.Methodology The authors used qualitative research methodology in the form of responsive evaluations of healthcare provider's interviews to understand the indicators of PHC performance.Results and Conclusion The study results showed that healthcare providers considered efficient teamwork, opportunities for enhancing provider skills and knowledge, job satisfaction, effective PHC administration, and good community relationship as PHC performance assessment. These domains of performance could be considered the 'missing link' in PHC assessment, since they are deemed important by providers and did not coincide with the WHO aspects and the PHCPI performance assessment framework.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1533-1552
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Health Planning and Management
Volume36
Issue number5
Early online date2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

Keywords

  • developing countries
  • healthcare provider&apos
  • s perspective
  • primary health centres
  • performance assessment
  • Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI)
  • INTERNAL CUSTOMER SATISFACTION
  • TURNOVER INTENTION
  • PATIENT SATISFACTION
  • NURSES
  • VIOLENCE
  • DOCTORS
  • ORGANIZATIONS
  • MOTIVATION
  • COUNTRIES
  • PHYSICIAN

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