Words to hear and use less (2)

28 January, 2020

Chris’s points in this posting are very interesting.

One can see how ‘Social change and behaviour change’ should be alternatives to ‘social behavioural change’, but not in the other two examples: Just ‘valuable’ is not a suitable alternative for ‘"EVIDENCE BASED" or " RESULTS DRIVEN" because just saying ‘valuable’ does not fully describe ‘evidence based’ or ‘results driven’.

The same applies to using only ‘works’ as alternative to ‘sustainable’, particularly because, again, it does not fully represent what ‘sustainable’ means in various contexts; e.g. when economists or project managers / policy makers use the word ‘sustainable’, they mean project that is ‘able to be maintained at a certain rate or level’ usually following say a pilot and they are considering whether to scale up. Similarly in an educational practice context, the word sustainable is used when thinking ‘able to be upheld or defended’. The use of ‘works’ does not fully represent all the considerations.

Joseph Ana.


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HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: www.hriwestafrica.com Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.



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