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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 180-194

The Social Accountability of Medical Schools and its Indicators

1 Independent Consultant in Health System and Personnel, Former WHO Program Coordinator, France
2 Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and Co-Lead Faculty of the Social Accountability and Community Engagement Initiative, Canada
3 Development Officer, Association for Medical Education in Europe, Independent Consultant in Medical Education and Primary Care, United Kingdom

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1357-6283.109785

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Context : There is growing interest worldwide in social accountability for medical and other health professional schools. Attempts have been made to apply the concept primarily to educational reform initiatives with limited concern towards transforming an entire institution to commit and assess its education, research and service delivery missions to better meet priority health needs in society for an efficient, equitable an sustainable health system. Methods : In this paper, we clarify the concept of social accountability in relation to responsibility and responsiveness by providing practical examples of its application; and we expand on a previously described conceptual model of social accountability (the CPU model), by further delineating the parameters composing the model and providing examples on how to translate them into meaningful indicators. Discussion : The clarification of concepts of social responsibility, responsiveness and accountability and the examples provided in designing indicators may help medical schools and other health professional schools in crafting their own benchmarks to assess progress towards social accountability within the context of their particular environment.

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