Health Workforce Best Practices and Model Programs
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At the most general level, “best practices” refers to methods or techniques which are determined to be superior to others in terms of achieving a desired outcome or goal in the most efficient and/or effective manner possible. The term takes on added complexities when used in conjunction with health care, as ethical beliefs and values must be taken into consideration on individual, social, and cultural levels. The IDM Manual: A Guide to the IDM (Interactive Domain Model) Best Practices Approach to Better Health defines “best practices in health promotion” as “those sets of processes and activities that are consistent with health promotion values/goals/ethics, theories/beliefs, evidence, and understanding of the environment, and that are most likely to achieve health promotion goals in a given situation.” Many believe that recognizing and promoting best practices will strengthen the existing health workforce and aid recruitment of new workers.
Model programs are examples of activities people have undertaken to achieve a goal or address a problem. Health workforce model programs may address issues such as recruitment, retention, health care provider education, continuing education, and other programs intended to ensure an adequate health workforce. Model programs can be used as a source of ideas for how to address a problem and as a learning tool, providing lessons learned by program staff and contact people who can provide more details about their projects.
Page last updated January 11, 2013