Presentation Title

Efficiency within Peruvian Hospitals: The Perspectives of Health Professionals and Patients on Health Care

Faculty Mentor

Lia Roberts

Start Date

17-11-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 5:00 PM

Location

CREVELING 89

Session

POSTER 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

humanities_letters

Abstract

Studies show that the Peruvian population lacks medical professionals to serve the indigenous and other underrepresented communities. According to a study conducted by the Universidad Privada Antenor Orrego regarding the Santa Rosa Puira hospital in Peru, providers and patients have different views of factors affecting hospital efficiency. In Santa Rosa Puira study, patients stated that doctors failed to provide proper consultations, while doctors specified lack of resources as a main factor of inefficiency. Reflecting this trend in contradictory perspectives, interviews collected in Cusco in 2017-18 show that, despite the wait time, patients will stay to meet with a doctor (and will meet with several nurses), but providers claim wait times are not reasons for lack of access to care. Further, Ewig (2010) states “that male family members’ health is often prioritized over that of females”(p. 128). Peruvian women have a higher cancer risk than men, and are often diagnosed late or left untreated due to these long waiting times and distance of hospitals and medical posts. This study explores the role of medical efficiency in the utilization of preventive services among indigenous women in Peruvian communities. Based on 99 interviews collected in the Cusco Province this research analyzes provider and patient perspective on efficiency. In analyzing the surveys, this study controls for financial barriers and geographic and personal physical autonomy to examine the effect of efficiency on the use of preventative medicine. Efficiency is measured through variables such as wait times, travel times, confidence in medical professionals, confidence in visiting health clinics, mistrust, along with others. The results show that variables such as mistrust, confidence in medical professionals, family and language are contributors to inefficiency with the Peruvian health care system

Summary of research results to be presented

Based on 99 interviews collected in the Cusco Province this research analyzes provider and patient perspective on efficiency. In analyzing the surveys, this study controls for financial barriers and geographic and personal physical autonomy to examine the effect of efficiency on the use of preventative medicine. Presented results will show how certain variables contribute to inefficiency within the Peruvian health care system.

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Efficiency within Peruvian Hospitals: The Perspectives of Health Professionals and Patients on Health Care

CREVELING 89

Studies show that the Peruvian population lacks medical professionals to serve the indigenous and other underrepresented communities. According to a study conducted by the Universidad Privada Antenor Orrego regarding the Santa Rosa Puira hospital in Peru, providers and patients have different views of factors affecting hospital efficiency. In Santa Rosa Puira study, patients stated that doctors failed to provide proper consultations, while doctors specified lack of resources as a main factor of inefficiency. Reflecting this trend in contradictory perspectives, interviews collected in Cusco in 2017-18 show that, despite the wait time, patients will stay to meet with a doctor (and will meet with several nurses), but providers claim wait times are not reasons for lack of access to care. Further, Ewig (2010) states “that male family members’ health is often prioritized over that of females”(p. 128). Peruvian women have a higher cancer risk than men, and are often diagnosed late or left untreated due to these long waiting times and distance of hospitals and medical posts. This study explores the role of medical efficiency in the utilization of preventive services among indigenous women in Peruvian communities. Based on 99 interviews collected in the Cusco Province this research analyzes provider and patient perspective on efficiency. In analyzing the surveys, this study controls for financial barriers and geographic and personal physical autonomy to examine the effect of efficiency on the use of preventative medicine. Efficiency is measured through variables such as wait times, travel times, confidence in medical professionals, confidence in visiting health clinics, mistrust, along with others. The results show that variables such as mistrust, confidence in medical professionals, family and language are contributors to inefficiency with the Peruvian health care system