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Barriers and facilitators to health information exchange in low- and middle-income country settings: a systematic review

The exchange and use of health information can help healthcare professionals and policymakers make informed decisions on ways of improving patient and population health. Many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have however failed to embrace the approaches and technologies to facilitate health information exchange (HIE). We sought to understand the barriers and facilitators to the implementation and adoption of HIE in LMICs.

Continuing professional development training needs of medical laboratory personnel in Botswana

Background: Laboratory professionals are expected to maintain their knowledge on the most recent advances in laboratory testing and continuing professional development (CPD) programs can address this expectation. In developing countries, accessing CPD programs is a major challenge for laboratory personnel, partly due to their limited availability. An assessment was conducted among clinical laboratory workforce in Botswana to identify and prioritize CPD training needs as well as preferred modes of CPD delivery.

Access to Pain Treatment as a Human Right (5)

I think the trend or "fear" of not prescribing or not administering the opiates comes from the pharmacology lessons or lectures at medical school (medical doctors) or the nursing schools (nurses) during training. There is so much emphasis on how morphine can depress the respiratory centre and cause death in a patient than emphasis on the beauty of the magic pain relief. That is the fundamental reason I believe.

The role of folk media in health knowledge transfer (9)

As a student of mass communication I find oral media as sometimes referred to very essential in communicating health information awareness or campaigns for health promotion because it cuts across all boundaries in terms literacy or illiteracy. Communicators identify themselves with recipients of such messages in a manner similar to daily situations, the langauge used is spontaneous and invokes some sense of belonging, actors are real people and in most cases friends and colleagues who have a lot in common.

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