Your browser doesn't support javascript.

Biblioteca Virtual em Saúde

BVS - Literatura Científico-Técnica

Home > Pesquisa > ()
Imprimir Exportar

Formato de exportação:


Adicionar mais destinatários
| |

Frugal innovation in medicine for low resource settings.

Tran, Viet-Thi; Ravaud, Philippe.
BMC Med; 14(1): 102, 2016 07 07.
Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27383644
Whilst it is clear that technology is crucial to advance healthcare: innovation in medicine is not just about high-tech tools, new procedures or genome discoveries. In constrained environments, healthcare providers often create unexpected solutions to provide adequate healthcare to patients. These inexpensive but effective frugal innovations may be imperfect, but they have the power to ensure that health is within reach of everyone. Frugal innovations are not limited to low-resource settings: ingenuous ideas can be adapted to offer simpler and disruptive alternatives to usual care all around the world, representing the concept of "reverse innovation". In this article, we discuss the different types of frugal innovations, illustrated with examples from the literature, and argue for the need to give voice to this neglected type of innovation in medicine.