Bridging the human resource gap in surgical and anesthesia care in low-resource countries: a review of the task sharing literature

by Tigistu Ashengo, Alena Skeels, Elizabeth J. H. Hurwitz et al.
Human Resources for Health, 2017 15:77 – Published: 7 November 2017

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https://human-resources-health.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/s12960-017-
0248-6?site=human-resources-health.biomedcentral.com

Task sharing, the involvement of non-specialists (non-physician clinicians or non-specialist physicians) in performing tasks originally reserved for surgeons and anesthesiologists, can be a potent strategy in bridging the vast human resource gap in surgery and anesthesia and bringing needed surgical care to the district level especially in low-resource countries. Although a common practice, the idea of assigning advanced tasks to less-specialized workers remains a subject of controversy. In order to optimize its benefits, it is helpful to understand the current task sharing landscape, its challenges, and its promise.

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