Three methods to monitor utilization of healthcare services by the poor
Abbas Bhuiya, SMA Hanifi, Farhana Urni, Shehrin Shaila Mahmood
Social and Behavioural Sciences Unit, Public Health Sciences Division, ICDDR,
International Journal for Equity in Health 2009, 8:29 doi:10.1186/1475-9276-8-29
Available online as PDF file at: http://www.equityhealthj.com/content/pdf/1475-9276-8-29.pdf
“……Achieving equity by way of improving the condition of the economically poor or otherwise disadvantaged is among the core goals of contemporary development paradigm. This places importance on monitoring outcome indicators among the poor.
National surveys allow disaggregation of outcomes by socioeconomic status at national level and do not have statistical adequacy to provide estimates for lower level administrative units. This limits the utility of these data for programme managers to know how well particular services are reaching the poor at the lowest level. Managers are thus left without a tool for monitoring results for the poor at lower levels.
This paper demonstrates that with some extra efforts community and facility based data at the lower level can be used to monitor utilization of healthcare services by the poor…..”
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