Bibhav Acharya

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PROBLEM In hospitals in rural, resource-limited settings, there is an acute need for simple, practical strategies to improve healthcare quality. SETTING A district hospital in remote western Nepal. KEY MEASURES FOR IMPROVEMENT To provide a mechanism for systems-level reflection so that staff can identify targets for quality improvement in healthcare(More)
Over the last decade, extensive scientific and policy innovations have begun to reduce the "quality chasm"--the gulf between best practices and actual implementation that exists in resource-rich medical settings. While limited data exist, this chasm is likely to be equally acute and deadly in resource-limited areas. While health systems have begun to be(More)
1 Nyaya Health, Bayalpata Hospital, Ridikot VDC, Achham, Nepal, 2 Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, 3 Children’s Hospital of Boston, Department of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, 4 Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Martinez, California, United States of(More)
OBJECTIVE In low- and middle-income countries, the majority of individuals with mental illness go untreated largely because of a severe shortage of mental health professionals. Global initiatives to close the mental health treatment gap focus on primary care providers delivering this care. For this to be effective, primary care providers require the skills(More)
BACKGROUND Patients in isolated rural communities typically lack access to surgical care. It is not feasible for most rural first-level hospitals to provide a full suite of surgical specialty services. Comprehensive surgical care thus depends on referral systems. There is minimal literature, however, on the functioning of such systems. METHODS We(More)
The collaborative care model is an evidence-based intervention for behavioral and other chronic conditions that has the potential to address the large burden of mental illness globally. Using the World Health Organization Health Systems Framework, the authors present challenges in implementing this model in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and(More)
BACKGROUND Global health academic partnerships are centered around a core tension: they often mirror or reproduce the very cross-national inequities they seek to alleviate. On the one hand, they risk worsening power dynamics that perpetuate health disparities; on the other, they form an essential response to the need for healthcare resources to reach(More)