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August 17, 2016

On the Road to Better National Surgical Data in Low-Income and Middle-Income Countries

Author Affiliations
  • 1King’s Centre for Global Health, King’s College London, King’s Health Partners, London, England
  • 2Centre for Global Health Research, St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 3Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
JAMA Surg. 2016;151(8):e161264. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.1264

Major strides have been made in recent years illuminating and defining the need for better surgical care for the world’s poor.1-3 In 2015, the Lancet Commission in Global Surgery proposed 6 key global surgical indicators for measuring and monitoring progress toward universal access to safe, affordable, and timely surgical care at national, regional, and global levels.1 Four of these key surgical indicators (operative volume, surgical workforce density, catastrophic expenditure, and impoverishment from accessing surgical care) have just this April been adopted into The World Bank’s 2016 World Development Indicators.4 The 2 remaining indicators, population access to surgical care and perioperative mortality rate, will be included pending further data.

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