Mid-level Health Workers as Effective as Physicians
(Ivanhoe Newswire) –Countries facing severe shortages and poor distribution of health workers could benefit from training and employing more mid-level health workers, like nurses, midwives, surgical clinicians, and medical assistants, according to recent research.
The study conducted at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, shows that when care for mothers and newborn babies is provided by midwives, compared to physicians working with midwives, the rates are lower for episiotomy (a surgical incision to ease a baby’s delivery that can lead to complications) and the use of painkillers. Researchers also found that care provided by nurses in various fields of health, including prevention and treatment of heart disease, mental health conditions, diabetes, and HIV infection, is as effective as that care provided by physicians.
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SOURCE: Bulletin of the World Health Organization, October 2013
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