The importance of human resources in health is overwhelmingly acknowledged in national and international policy and strategy documents but much of what has been done to date to solve human resource problems particularly in poor and transitional countries (PTC) has not achieved the desired results. Section 2 of the paper presents a summary of the main human resource issues raised by the 4 Health Systems Development Programme partner countries at the Manchester workshop in October 2001. These concerns provide the foundation for the generic research questions presented in Section 3. Section 4 presents a generic conceptual framework for carrying out human resource studies, using a systems approach. The last section of the paper considers some of the key research questions and data requirements for studying human resources and possible ways of generating and analysing the requisite data.
Hongoro, C.; Oliveira-Cruz, V.; McPake, B.; Ssengooba, F. Human resource studies in health for poor and transitional countries. (2004) 26 pp.