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Time to go global: a consultation on global health competencies for postgraduate doctors.

Walpole, Sarah C, Shortall, Clare, van Schalkwyk, May Ci, Merriel, Abi, Ellis, Jayne, Obolensky, Lucy, Casanova Dias, Marisa, Watson, Jessica, Brown, Colin S, Hall, Jennifer, Pettigrew, Luisa M and Allen, Stephen ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6675-249X (2016) 'Time to go global: a consultation on global health competencies for postgraduate doctors.'. International Health, Vol 8, Issue 5, pp. 317-323.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND
Globalisation is having profound impacts on health and healthcare. We solicited the views of a wide range of stakeholders in order to develop core global health competencies for postgraduate doctors.

METHODS
Published literature and existing curricula informed writing of seven global health competencies for consultation. A modified policy Delphi involved an online survey and face-to-face and telephone interviews over three rounds.

RESULTS
Over 250 stakeholders participated, including doctors, other health professionals, policymakers and members of the public from all continents of the world. Participants indicated that global health competence is essential for postgraduate doctors and other health professionals. Concerns were expressed about overburdening curricula and identifying what is 'essential' for whom. Conflicting perspectives emerged about the importance and relevance of different global health topics. Five core competencies were developed: (1) diversity, human rights and ethics; (2) environmental, social and economic determinants of health; (3) global epidemiology; (4) global health governance; and (5) health systems and health professionals.

CONCLUSIONS
Global health can bring important perspectives to postgraduate curricula, enhancing the ability of doctors to provide quality care. These global health competencies require tailoring to meet different trainees' needs and facilitate their incorporation into curricula. Healthcare and global health are ever-changing; therefore, the competencies will need to be regularly reviewed and updated.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: W General Medicine. Health Professions > W 21.5 Allied health personnel. Allied health professions
W General Medicine. Health Professions > Professional practice > W88 Administrative work. Teaching. Research
WA Public Health > WA 30 Socioeconomic factors in public health (General)
WA Public Health > Health Administration and Organization > WA 530 International health administration
WA Public Health > Health Administration and Organization > WA 590 Health education, Health communication
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1093/inthealth/ihw019
Depositing User: Jessica Jones
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2016 13:15
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 10:26
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/5927

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