Health Practitioners Believe Global Accreditation Authority Would Benefit Medical Field

Sep 10, 2013, 08:30 ET from St. George's University

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- More than ninety percent of doctors, veterinarians, and public health specialists responding to the second "One World, One Health, One Medicine" poll from St. George's University believe that a global accreditation authority would be beneficial for medicine. However, they disagreed on the impact/result such an authority would have as well as whether one could ever be established due to perceived obstacles. 

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The international University recently polled 269 alumni from the Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine to weigh in on the following question:

Is there a need for international accrediting authorities for medicine, veterinary medicine, and public health?

Here are the results:

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62% responded, "Yes, global accreditation authorities would help improve standards, promote continuous review and improvement in competencies and would provide a valuable way for those qualified with these professional degrees to be recognized internationally." 

24% responded, "Yes, but given the complexity and differences in the "health" needs in different parts of the world, one size will never fit all."

6% responded, "Yes, such accreditations would facilitate a greater potential for international travel, which would enable such professionals to learn from one another. "

6% responded, "No, the current system is adequate."

2% responded, "Yes, but an agreement on such standards could never be reached."

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