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Health System Reform and Ethics: Private Practitioners in Poor Urban Neighbourhoods in India, Indonesia and Thailand

Project: Research

  • Seeberg, Jens (Project manager)
  • Pandav, C. S. (Participant)
  • Barua, Nupur (Participant)
  • Pannarunothai, Supasit (Participant)
  • Sornngai, Angkhanaporn (Participant)
  • Sastrowijoto, Soenarto (Participant)
  • Padmawati, Retna Siwi (Participant)
  • Section for Anthropology and Ethnography
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Naresuan University
  • Sirindhorn College of Public Health
  • University Gadjah Mada
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The overall purpose of the project is to identify viable strategies for strengthening ethical practice in the private healthcare sector in poor neighbourhoods through feasible and locally acceptable control mechanisms and other possible means. It is believed that this is only possible, if the project supplements an understanding of the patients’ perspectives with an understanding of the private practitioners’ and drug vendors’ perspectives. Health ethics, in this connection, may be broadly understood as a consensus-based normative regulatory framework that primarily works to protect patients against iatrogenic adverse events when utilizing the health system. The existing scientific literature shows that a framework of this type is not in place, or is not working to the desired effect, in some countries in South- and Southeast Asia. However, it should be emphasized that very few studies exist on this topic, and that the situation may vary considerably from country to country, and within countries. Therefore, it will be an important achievement to provide a systematic mapping of the problem, based on a comparative case-study for selected cities in India, Indonesia and Thailand, where a ‘case’ will be constituted by a local, micro-level healthcare system (i.e., a ‘neighbourhood’).

Effective start/end date01/04/200431/12/2008

Research outputs

ID: 128931199