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  • Date
    2010-09-17
  • Title
    Task Shifting for a Strategic Skill Mix
  • Journal

  • Publisher
    Capactiy Project
  • Year
    2006
  • Author
    Bluestone J
  • Description
    [Excerpt from author]In countries with critical shortages of physicians and nurses, the skill mix and distribution of available health care workers are often out of sync with national health care needs (WHO, 2006). Task shifting is increasingly considered a promising intervention for strengthening national health coverage by improving the strategic skill mix in the country's health care system. In this technical brief, task shifting refers to two processes: 1) shifting tasks from one cadre of health care worker to an existing, lower-level cadre and 2) shifting tasks to a new cadre developed to meet specific health care goals. Based on a review of the literature and country examples, the brief describes why task shifting is important and highlights some key steps in planning for, developing and supporting cadres involved in task shifting.
  • Categories
    Nursing Human Resources Management
  • Keywords
    task shifting
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