PARI: Strengthening Health Research in Nepal

Authors: Van Teijlingen, E.

Conference: Social Science Baha Lecture series VXXXIII

Dates: 6 April 2015



Nepal has limited capacity in health research. As a result, it leads to a restriction in the ability to implement evidence-based health care. PARI (Partnership on Improving Access to Research Literature for Higher Education Institutions in Nepal), a partnership between Tribhuvan University, three UK universities (Bournemouth, Sheffield and Aberdeen), and the Development Resource Centre, Kathmandu, is a project aimed at supporting and enhancing health research in Nepal.

The main objective of PARI is to move university lecturers away from textbook teaching and make them more critical of the academic literature available on the Internet. This lecture will dwell on the experience of PARI so far as it conducts workshops in Nepali universities introducing the foundations of evidence-based practice and outline key electronic databases of health care and health service literature available to Nepali academics. These workshops were informed by: i) a curriculum review of all health-related courses at the major universities in Nepal; and ii) a needs assessment with lecturers, librarians and students of the major universities. Learning from this experience, the lecture will suggest how best we can move away from textbook teaching in health care and teach health-care discipline students how to find the most appropriate evidence-based treatment for each patient.

Source: Manual

Preferred by: Edwin van Teijlingen