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BRIEF COMMUNICATION
Year : 2000  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 227-230

Quest for Social Accountability: Experiences of a New Health Sciences University in Nepal


1 B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
2 WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland
3 University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA

Correspondence Address:
M L Chapagain
Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Education, B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan
Nepal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


Context: B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS), a new Health Sciences University in Nepal has taken several steps to respond to the societal needs and has adopted an integrated, partially problem based and community oriented curriculum. Objective: The objective of this study was to measure the school's achievements in responding to societal needs. Methodology: A descriptive cross sectional questionnaire survey (N = 46) of the administrators, faculty, students/residents and the community. The questionnaire included statements on relevance, quality, cost effectiveness and equity in the education, service and research domains of a medical school. The data were analyzed by using WINKS 4.5, a statistical package for Windows. Results: The responders satisfactorily rated BPKIHS. The mean rating (mean 3.11, SD = 1.06) was more than the satisfactory score (3). The responders were satis. ed with the education (Mean = 3.26, SD = 1.06) and research (Mean = 3.12, SD = 1.10) but were less satis. ed with the service domain (Mean = 2.94, SD = 0.98). The majority believed that the service is based on health care priorities (72%), and includes primary care (80%). A fair proportion felt the need for improvements in quality of care (50%) and cost effectiveness of care (46%). In general the faculty and administrators groups were more satis. ed than the community and students/residents groups. Conclusion: The study was useful in identifying the school's strengths as well as weaknesses in responding to the societal needs.


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