WHO: Low quality healthcare is increasing the burden of illness and health costs globally

7 July, 2018

5 July 2018 News Release Geneva

Extracts below. Full text here: http://www.who.int/news-room/detail/05-07-2018-low-quality-healthcare-is...

Poor quality health services are holding back progress on improving health in countries at all income levels, according to a new joint report by the OECD, World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank.

Today, inaccurate diagnosis, medication errors, inappropriate or unnecessary treatment, inadequate or unsafe clinical facilities or practices, or providers who lack adequate training and expertise prevail in all countries.

The situation is worst in low and middle-income countries where 10 percent of hospitalized patients can expect to acquire an infection during their stay, as compared to seven percent in high income countries. This is despite hospital acquired infections being easily avoided through better hygiene, improved infection control practices and appropriate use of antimicrobials.. At the same time, one in ten patients is harmed during medical treatment in high income countries... the broader economic and social costs of poor quality care, including long-term disability, impairment and lost productivity, are estimated to amount to trillions of dollars each year...

Other key findings in the report paint a picture of quality issues in healthcare around the world:

Health care workers in seven low- and middle-income African countries were only able to make accurate diagnoses one third to three quarters of the time, and clinical guidelines for common conditions were followed less than 45 percent of the time on average...

The three organisations outline the steps governments, health services and their workers, together with citizens and patients, urgently need to take to improve health care quality...

The full report is available at http://www.who.int/servicedeliverysafety/quality-report/en/

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