The development of a tool to estimate human resource requirements for improved health in low-income countries is described. The original version of this model was tested in case studies in Tanzania and Chad and was named NTTP with N for need, T for target, T for task and P for productivity. The results of the case studies led to revision of the NTTP model. The revisions prompted the renaming of the model as QTP where Q stands for service quantity, T for task and P for productivity.
With this report, a detailed description of the revised model is provided. After a brief introduction, Section 2 of the working paper, describes the reasons that prompted the development of the methodology, including a brief summary of the model's methodological strengths and limitations. Section 3 describes the features and calculus of the model, illustrated with an example of a priority intervention. Section 4 presents the conclusions, and Section 5 the references. Annex A tabulates the service categories, intervention groups, interventions and treatment lines included in the model. Annex B and C specify the data inputs (B) and equations (C) that the model uses to calculate service quantity. Annex D provides the results of the task analysis, illustrated with data from the Tanzania case study.
A methodology based on service quantity, tasksand productivity (THE QTP METHODOLOGY), HEFP working paper 01/06, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK, 57 pp.