Formulating a health quality improvement strategy for a developing country

John Øvretveit (Director of Research, Medical Management Centre, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; Professor of Health Management, The Nordic School of Public Health, Stockholm, Sweden and Bergen University Faculty of Medicine, Bergen, Norway (

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

ISSN: 0952-6862

Publication date: 1 December 2004


The purpose of this paper is to present the idea of a national health quality plan as a way of mobilising and organising effort towards quality improvement, and stimulate debate and interest in the West in the subject, showing how quality improvement can be developed and invigorated by engaging in issues arising from quality strategies in developing countries. Considers why developing countries are concerned to improve the quality of health care and the different methods which can be used. Stresses the importance of recognising the starting‐point and what can help and hinder this work. Concentrates on improving the quality of health care, rather than the wider and important question of improving health. Concludes that developing countries do have the exerptise and that extra resources are needed, mostly for training and supervision. Opines that if implementation is not managed then the investment will be wasted.



Øvretveit, J. (2004), "Formulating a health quality improvement strategy for a developing country", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 17 No. 7, pp. 368-376.

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