An approach to prioritization of medical devices in low-income countries: an example based on the Republic of South Sudan

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Abstract

Background
Efficient and evidence-based medical device and equipment prioritization is of particular importance in low-income countries due to constraints in financing capacity, physical infrastructure and human resource capabilities.

Methods
This paper outlines a medical device prioritization method developed in first instance for the Republic of South Sudan. The simple algorithm offered here is a starting point for procurement and selection of medical devices and can be regarded as a screening test for those that require more labour intensive health economic modelling.

Conclusions
A heuristic method, such as the one presented here, is appropriate for reaching many medical device prioritization decisions in low-income settings. Further investment and purchasing decisions that cannot be reached so simply require more complex health economic modelling approaches.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Article number2
JournalCost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation
Volume13
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • Medical devices, Equipment, Prioritization, Purchasing, Selection, Low-income country