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URC Contributes to African Patient-Centered Care Initiative
Dr. Stephen N. Kinoti, URC’s Senior Quality Improvement and Research Advisor, and Dr. Peter Arimi, Senior Regional Care and Treatment Specialist for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) East Africa Regional Health Office, co-facilitated the African Patient-Centered Care Initiative (APCCI) Task Force on Leadership and Education Workshop in Mombasa, Kenya, in May.
Dr. Kinoti also presented two papers: “Principles of Patient Centered Health Care” and “The Role of Implementation Research in Patient-Centered Health Care.” He is a member of the Task Force and APCCI’s Scientific Advisory Committee, which comprise leading African health experts committed to the institutionalization of continuous quality improvement of Africa’s health care systems.
Planetree President Dr. Susan Frampton and her team presented their approach to effective patient-centered care and shared assessment, implementation, and designation tools. Planetree is a non-profit organization that provides patients and caregivers with education, information, and tools to create patient-centered care in healing environments.
The U.S. Institute of Medicine of the National Academies defines patient-centered care as “health care that establishes a partnership among practitioners, patients, and their families (when appropriate) to ensure that decisions respect patients' wants, needs, and preferences and that patients have the education and support they need to make decisions and participate in their own care.”
The Task Force pledged to develop an African patient-centered health care model and provide leadership and advocacy to advance application of the model throughout sub-Saharan Africa. USAID/East Africa will provide technical assistance to develop pilot programs at selected health care facilities.
USAID/East Africa partner, the Regional Center for Quality of Health Care, led by Professor Fred Wabwire-Mangen, convened the workshop and acts as APCCI’s interim Secretariat. The center provides leadership in building regional capacity to improve quality of health care by promoting better practices.
June 11, 2012