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Northwestern: Study Finds Many Visiting Healthcare Professionals Perform Outside their Training Overseas

A Northwestern Medicine study has found that almost 30 percent of healthcare professionals and trainees from high-income countries have performed outside the scope of their clinical and non-clinical training while working or volunteering in low- and middle-income countries, according to a study published in Globalization and Health.

As participation in short-term global health experiences among health professionals and trainees has increased, ethical challenges such as professionals performing tasks and services outside of their training have become a common dilemma, according to Dr. Ashti Doobay-Persaud, co-director of the Center for Global Health Education at the Institute for Global Health and lead author of the study.

Dr. Doobay-Persaud was also an author of an additional correspondence discussing the study, published in The Lancet Global Health.

“Our findings shed a light on the fact that we need to be thinking more about global health professional activities that involve patients and that everything we do in these programs must meet the highest quality and safety standards of practice,” said Dr. Doobay-Persaud, who is also an assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine and of Medical Education.

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