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OPHTHALMIC EDUCATION UPDATE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 128-133

Training the eye care team: Principles and practice


Academy of Eye Care Education, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Prashant Garg
Associate Director and G Chandra Sekhar Distinguished Chair of Education, Kallam Anji Reddy Campus, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500 034, Andhra Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-9233.129757

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One of the crucial factors to make high quality eye care services available, accessible and affordable to all is the availability of appropriately trained human resources. Providing health through a health care team is a better and cost effective alternative. The concept of the team approach is based on the principles of working together; task shifting; and ensuring continuity of care. Composition of a team varies based on the community needs, population characteristics and disease burden. But for it to be effective, a team must possess four attributes - availability, competency, productivity, and responsiveness. Therefore, training of all team members and training the team to work together as a unit are crucial components in the success of this concept. Some of the critical attributes include: Training across the health spectrum through quality and responsive curricula administered by motivated teachers; accreditation of programs or institutions by national or international bodies; certification and recertification of team members; and training in working together as a team through inter- and intra- disciplinary workshops both during training and as a part of the job activity.


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