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Time for action: key considerations for implementing social accountability in the education of health professionals

Published on Oct 1, 2018in Advances in Health Sciences Education 2.55
· DOI :10.1007/s10459-017-9792-z
William Ventres10
Estimated H-index: 10
(University of El Salvador),
Charles Boelen5
Estimated H-index: 5
(World Health Organization),
Cynthia Haq12
Estimated H-index: 12
(University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Within health professional education around the world, there exists a growing awareness of the professional duty to be socially responsible, being attentive to the needs of all members of communities, regions, and nations, especially those who disproportionately suffer from the adverse influence of social determinants. However, much work still remains to progress beyond such good intentions. Moving from contemplation to action means embracing social accountability as a key guiding principle for change. Social accountability means that health institutions attend to improving the performance of individual practitioners and health systems by directing educational and practice interventions to promote the health of all the public and assessing the systemic effects of these interventions. In this Reflection, the authors (1) review the reasons why health professional schools and their governing bodies should codify, in both curricular and accreditation standards, norms of excellence in social accountability, (2) present four considerations crucial to successfully implementing this codification, and (3) discuss the challenges such changes might entail. The authors conclude by noting that in adopting socially accountable criteria, schools will need to expand their philosophical scope to recognize social accountability as a vitally important part of their institutional professional identity.
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Estimated H-index: 5
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Angus Dawson17
Estimated H-index: 17
(University of Birmingham),
Bruce Jennings26
Estimated H-index: 26
(Center for Humans and Nature)
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Charles Boelen2
Estimated H-index: 2
Shafik Dharamsi14
Estimated H-index: 14
(University of British Columbia),
Trevor Gibbs12
Estimated H-index: 12
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Estimated H-index: 2
(University of the Witwatersrand),
Laetitia C. Rispel14
Estimated H-index: 14
(University of the Witwatersrand)
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Estimated H-index: 30
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Estimated H-index: 28
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Estimated H-index: 43
Bridget O'Brien13
Estimated H-index: 13
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Estimated H-index: 3
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Estimated H-index: 4
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Estimated H-index: 31
(Ghent University)
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Estimated H-index: 16
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Estimated H-index: 8
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Estimated H-index: 8
(Medical College of Wisconsin)
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Estimated H-index: 10
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Estimated H-index: 5
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Estimated H-index: 41
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Estimated H-index: 22
(Murdoch University)
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