Promotion of health sector reforms for health systems strengthening in Nigeria: Perceptions of policy makers versus the general public on the Nigeria health systems performance
Social Work in Public Health
Department of Medical Microbiology/Parasitology, Faculty of Clinical Medicine, Ebonyi State University, PMB 053, Abakaliki, Nigeria; Department of Banking and Finance, Faculty of Management Sciences, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria; Department
The objectives of this cross-sectional intervention study were to improve policy makers' understanding of health sector reforms through a training workshop and to assess the perception of policy makers and the general public about health systems performance in Nigeria. Health systems performance was generally rated low by respondents (< 2.5 out of 4). Health service delivery and health workforce were the lowest rated health systems components (< 2.2 out of 4). Efforts need to be intensified to enhance competencies of policy makers to adopt an evidence-informed process in health reform programs. Inputs from the public must be given adequate consideration in addressing the challenges of health systems. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
health policy; health services; perception; policy making; policy reform; social work; Nigeria; administrative personnel; article; attitude to health; cross-sectional study; health care delivery; health care policy; human; Nigeria; organization and management; psychological aspect; public opinion; Administrative Personnel; Attitude to Health; Cross-Sectional Studies; Delivery of Health Care; Health Care Reform; Health Policy; Humans; Nigeria; Public Opinion
World Health Organization