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Learning from low income countries: Summary of webchat

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7489.479-a (Published 24 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:479
  1. Birte Twisselmann, technical editor
  1. BMJ

    EDITOR—The question whether or what the developed world can learn from developing countries was not answered as such in the webchat, but the debate was lively.1

    Whether developed countries could learn in terms of misuse or overuse of new technologies and the need to resist commercial pressures was tackled first by trying to identify where the “push” to adopt new technologies comes from in developing countries. Industry was the stimulus for tertiary healthcare organisations that have no public health or primary care focus and no evidence base. Curiosity may be a factor, as were doctors wanting to use new equipment, or even consumers not liking low-tech solutions. Donors also don't necessarily fund the most appropriate, relevant, and evidence …

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