An approach to prioritization of medical devices in low-income countries: an example based on the Republic of South Sudan
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Lilford, R., Burn, S., Diaconu, K., Lilford, P., Chilton, P., Biob, V., Cummins, C. & Manaseki-Holland, S. (2015) An approach to prioritization of medical devices in low-income countries: an example based on the Republic of South Sudan, Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation, vol. 13, , ,
Background: Efficient and evidence-based medical device and equipment prioritization is of particular importance in low-income countries due to constraints in financing capacity, physical infrastructure and human resource capabilities. Methods: This paper outlines a medical device prioritization method developed in first instance for the Republic of South Sudan. The simple algorithm offered here is a starting point for procurement and selection of medical devices and can be regarded as a screening test for those that require more labour intensive health economic modelling. Conclusions: A heuristic method, such as the one presented here, is appropriate for reaching many medical device prioritization decisions in low-income settings. Further investment and purchasing decisions that cannot be reached so simply require more complex health economic modelling approaches.