Scalable, sustainable cost-effective surgical care: A model for safety and quality in the developing world, part III: Impact and sustainability

Alex Campbell, Carolina Restrepo, Don Mackay, Randy Sherman, Ajit Varma, Ruben Ayala, Hiteswar Sarma, Gaurav Deshpande, William Magee

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Abstract

Background: The Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care Center (GCCCC) utilizes a high-volume, subspecialized institution to provide safe, quality, and comprehensive and cost-effective surgical care to a highly vulnerable patient population.

Results: During this time period, the GCCCC provided free operations to 7,034 patients, with improved safety, outcomes, and multidisciplinary services while dramatically decreasing costs and increasing investments in the local community. The center has become a regional referral cleft center, and governments of surrounding states have contracted the GCCCC to provide care for their citizens with cleft lip and cleft palate. Additional regional and global impact is anticipated through continued investments into education and training, comprehensive services, and research and outcomes.

Methods: The GCCCC utilized a diagonal model of surgical care delivery, with vertical inputs ofmission-based care transitioning to investments in infrastructure and human capital to create a sustainable, local care delivery system. Over the first 2.5 years of service (May 2011-November 2013), the GCCCC made significant advances in numerous areas. Progress was meticulously documented to evaluate performance and provide transparency to stakeholders including donors, government officials, medical oversight bodies, employees, and patients.

Conclusion: The success of this public private partnership demonstrates the value of this model of surgical care in the developing world, and offers a blueprint for reproduction. The GCCCC experience has been consistent with previous studies demonstrating a positive volume-outcomes relationship, and provides evidence for the value of the specialty hospital model for surgical delivery in the developing world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1685-1689
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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