Grace Irimu: Participatory action research in clinical settings
Grace Irimu's talk is based on participatory action research in the largest referral hospitals in Kenya, Kenyatta National Hospital. The hospital records a high mortality rate of up to 15% which is consistent with other similar health facilities in low-income countries. Her presentation with illustrative graphics indicates how poor quality of care is documented in low income countries. Examples of what is documented are: errors in patient assessment, errors in illness classification and treatment. What is of interest to note is that despite the availability of WHO guidelines, many health workers are unaware of updated practices and policy recommendations and therefore this translates to poor quality of care.
Dr Grace Irimu evaluates the effect of introducing Ministry of Health basic pediatric protocols and ETAT+ in a university teaching hospital.