Who is filling what? The contrast between oral health and human health resources in Mexico

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Veney et al. (1997) made a list of inadequate approaches that have been ineffective and inefficient for many health systems in less-developed countries in their quest for better health of the population. Given the constraints imposed by limited resources, many authorities behave as if their goal were not success but rather failure. This paper argues that the Veney et al. (1997) list omitted a fundamental component: the creation of health care personnel largely irrelevant to the actual solution of the population's health problems. A symbiotic relationship between a higher educational system and a professional body can easily be established (e.g., by limiting the access to teaching positions and administration of clinical facilities in educational systems to highly specialized clinicians). Since this interaction between the sophisticated clinical systems, the modalities of professional practice, and the highly artificial educational settings supports the rationales behind each one of these three factors, the system as a whole can be detached from the reality of the population group. This arrangement usually has strong internal consistency but limited relevance to epidemiologically important challenges. There is an indissoluble link between the profile, limitations and goals of a profession and those of the educational system that underlies the profession. A critical appraisal is made of how successful the priorities within this approach to human health resources planning in dentistry can be, in terms of the number and clinical profiles of dental personnel created to solve oral health problems in the Mexican setting during the last 25 years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-166
Number of pages6
JournalCritical Public Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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