Surgery: Filling in the Evidence Gap

Back in August, Yusra Ribhi Shawar and colleagues provided an analysis of factors preventing surgery from becoming a global health priority in the Lancet Global Health. They underscored the need to find consensus on training and supervising non-surgeons to deliver surgical services in remote areas.

But evidence on the feasibility, safety, cost-effectiveness, and outcomes to support that approach has been lacking. 2 studies from Clinical Officer Surgical Training in Africa (COST-Africa), a cluster of randomized controlled trials, will soon help fill in the gap. COST-Africa aims to share its study design and results of its programs training clinical officers to perform essential elective and emergency surgery in Malawi and Zambia will be published soon.
The Lancet Global Health

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