Health information systems and disability in the Lao PDR: a qualitative study

Durham, Jo, Sychareun, Vanphanom, Rodney, Anna, Gouda, Hebe N., Richards, Nicola, Rampatige, Rasika , and Whittaker, Maxine (2016) Health information systems and disability in the Lao PDR: a qualitative study. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 31 (4). pp. 446-458.

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Abstract

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities provides an opportunity to strengthen disability-related health information. This study analysed the health information system in Lao PDR and sought evidence of interventions to improve disability-related health information. The study was based on a literature review and key informant interviews (N = 17) informed by the Health Metrics Network's Framework and Standards and the Performance of Routine Information System Management framework. The Lao health information system is in an embryonic stage with health data often incomplete, inaccurate and poorly used. Indicators related to disability or functioning are not included, and capacity to diagnose the health condition of disability is limited. No studies of health information interventions were found. As a State Party to the CRPD, the Lao PDR has a legal obligation to collect health-related information on people with disabilities. Given the nascent stage of development of the health information system in the Lao PDR and diagnostic capacity, indicators related to basic functioning and access to services should be integrated into household level surveys. As the health information system further develops, small, incremental changes in the type of disability information and rehabilitation and the way it is collected can be implemented.

Item ID: 43875
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1099-1751
Keywords: Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; health information systems; International Classification of Functioning; disabilities; Lao PDR
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Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2016 03:57
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111711 Health Information Systems (incl Surveillance) @ 60%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services @ 40%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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