Thursday, 21 January 2016

IIHMR University responds WHO’s finding of 10% of patients worldwide are affected due to errors in medical care

IIHMR University responds WHO’s finding of 10% of patients worldwide are affected due to errors in medical care
Conducts a training programme on Patient Medication Safety and Communication Skills for Hospital Pharmacists

Jaipur, January 12, 2016: Unsafe use of medication is a major issue in health care in both developed and developing countries, causing millions of patient injuries and costing billions of dollars to health-care systems. WHO reports that 10% of patients worldwide are affected due to errors in medical care.  This also estimates that in developed nation between 7.5% and 10.4% of patients in acute care settings and 13% in ambulatory settings experience adverse drug events. The financial burden of these errors is as high as US$ 4 billion a year, not counting lost wages, productivity or additional health-care costs. Hence this similar level of harm from unsafe medication is prevailed in both developed and developing nations which confirm that patient medication safety and quality management is a global priority.

The IIHMR University, Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur has been contributing towards this very topical issue of international importance through its flagship yearly WHO sponsored International Courses in Promoting Rational Drug Use in Communities (PRDUC) for last 11 years. Following the need of communication skills amongst the hospital Pharmacists, The India Institute of Health Management and Research, University (IIHMR), Jaipur has initiated a Management Development Programme on ‘Patient Medication Safety and Communication Skills for Hospital Pharmacists’    

Speaking about this Management Development Programme Dr. SD Gupta, President, IIHMR University said, “The adverse drug events and medication errors cause significant health and economic repercussions both in developed and developing countries. Therefore a global concerted effort is needed to address patient medication safety and it needs by involving all healthcare stakeholders, including patients. Communication has become the buzzword for healthcare professionals, in part due to the overwhelming reports of medication misuse. According to a healthcare research report majority of population are failing to comply some way with their medication regimens. Better communication skills in pharmacy practice enhance the pharmacist's ability to develop professional relationships with their patients, co-workers and other healthcare providers to optimize health care. . To addresses the issues related to Patient medication safety and medicines management, a Management Development Program on "Patient Medication safety and Communication Skills for Hospital Pharmacist" is being organized at IIHMR from January 11-15, 2016.”

Abhishek Dadhich, Assistant Professor and Programme Co-coordinator, IIHMR University said, “This program is designed for public health professionals and pharmacists currently holding positions of responsibility within health systems. The objective of the management development programme on Patient Medication Safety and Communication Skills for Hospital Pharmacists is to enable participants understand the concepts and need of medication safety culture in organization,  develop error-reduction strategies around the use of high-alert medications, The program enable participant to make effective communication techniques to prevent human error while patient medication is going on, The program also focus on  how to promote two-way communication with patients and health care professionals and enable participants to identify common barriers to verbal communication and describe ways to overcome each barrier.”

The program will use a mix of lecture by resource persons to introduce the lead concept and
encourage active interaction by the participants through classroom discussions, group work
and presentations.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

IIHMR University invites PhD Application for Hospital, Health, Pharmaceutical and Rural Management

IIHMR University has introduced PhD Program in 2014. It is a doctoral program in the health sector with a multidisciplinary focus. The areas of research include public health, health and hospital management, nursing management, pharmaceutical management, population and reproductive health, health economics and finance, urban health, rural health, health nutrition, health communication and behavior change, information technology in the health sector, health systems and related areas. The program is open to postgraduates and health professionals in the field of management, public health and medicine, nursing, ISM, health economics and finance, demography, and allied sciences.

There are 20 Seats in the PhD programme for 2016-18 batch.

 PhD Application in Hospital, Health, Pharmaceutical and Rural Management

Objectives of the Programme
The PhD Program broadly aims at building and strengthening research capacity in the management of health care in order to improve the standards of health of people through accessible, affordable and equitable health services. The following are the objectives of the proposed program:
  • Building capacity in research to strengthen health systems through enhanced efficiency and effectiveness, developing evidence based policies, strategies and interventions in the health sector.
  • Developing high quality human resources for conducting management research in health care in the area of policy, strategy and program management, and evaluation.
  • Developing outstanding academicians and management Professionals for higher level management teaching and research in postgraduate institutions, universities, health care industry, and government and consulting organizations

The Program is Designed to Enable the Students:
To meet the needs of research competency and skills of postgraduates, researchers, academicians and teachers, health administrators and mid-career health care professionals in private and government health sectors in policy and program management research in the health sector including hospitals, health systems and services, pharmaceutical management.

Duration of the Programme
The minimum program duration is three years including period of registration. Registration in PhD is subject to passing qualifying examination which will be based on the course work in the first year of the program. Program has three important mile stones; namely; course work with 32 credits; writing research proposal and data collection; and thesis writing and submission.
The maximum period allowable to complete PhD is five years. The candidate will have to re-register if he/she does not complete PhD in 5 years.

Masters’ Degree or Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) from a UGC/AICTE recognized institution or university, with at least 55% marks (or equivalent grade) for general category and 50% marks for SC and ST candidates in hospital and health management, general management, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health informatics, social and behavioral sciences, economics, commerce, science, demography and statistics.

Faculty in the teaching institutions, researchers/ scientists in research organizations and working professionals with relevant qualifications and experience are encouraged to join the program and will be given preference in selection.

The IIHMR University encourages working professionals (health administrators, policy makers, medical/ nursing and management professionals) to undertake the PhD Program to enhance competence in evidence based research for policy and program development. They will be given adequate weightage in admission. Such candidates should have minimum five years experience of working in the health sector.