NUCHSM postgrad students share cultural influences in respective countries health systems design and management

The College of Health Systems Management, Naresuan University (NUCHSM) under the stewardship of Asst. Prof. Dr. Phudit Tejativaddhana conducted a seminar on Comparative analysis of respective national cultures from NUCHSM postgraduate students utilizing various sources including https://www.hofstede-insights.comthrough a video teleconferencing for its postgraduate students with Adjunct Professor Dr. David Briggs.

In one of the scheduled video teleconferences with Adjunct Prof. Dr. David Briggs held last February 22, 2017, NUCHSM students taking up Ph.D. and MSc in Health Systems Management from Bangladesh and Bhutan shared their countries respective cultures and how it shaped and influenced the design and the management of their countries health systems.

Students from Bangladesh shared that their country’s culture is viewed from the following six cultural dimensions; people accept hierarchical order, an interdependence society, managers are expected to be decisive and assertive, beliefs on equity, competition, performance, and conflicts solving. Additionally, Bangladesh has typical traditional beliefs and practices that influence modern health-seeking behaviors. Retrieved from: https://www.hofstede-insights.com/country/bangladesh/

Bhutanese students mentioned that in Bhutan, Buddhism influences both the daily lives of its people as well as the Government and the country has a strong identity and unity. It has a self-disciplined society, govern by rules, citizens are loyal and honest to superiors, and superiors show benevolence to its subordinates. Additionally, people value gender equality and a culture of interdependent society striving towards gross national happiness. Retrieved from: http://www.everyculture.com/A-Bo/Bhutan.html#ixzz4ZP6jlmUR

Moreover, using hofstede-insights.com, a comparison was made to compare Thailand, Bangladesh and Bhutan’s power distance, individualism, masculinity, uncertainty avoidance, long-term orientation, and indulgence. The table below shows the comparison.

Source: https://www.hofstede-insights.com/country-comparison/bangladesh,bhutan,thailand/

After the student’s reports, Adj. Prof. Dr. David Briggs shared his wisdom and rich experiences on the culture and health systems management. He briefed the students on how to integrate the culture and systems management in providing desired results and outcomes.

During the same event with Adj. Prof. Dr. David Briggs, the postgraduate students individual research topic and general feedback on the research pertaining to health system management were also discussed. The students were given the opportunity to present their research plans to Prof. David in the presence also of Dr. Phudit, NUCHSM’s Director. The students presented their ideas and plans and received the much-needed insights from Prof. David and Dr. Phudit. The students were told to shape and reshape their proposed research based on global, national, and local scenarios.

In addition, Prof. David informed the students to choose a topic that interests global and national agenda and more importantly, the study that should be able to make a positive change in the health system management and benefit the general population.

Some of the renowned research websites and research tools and techniques were also shared to the students during the discussion. Some research topics such as assessment of competencies of the health managers, the importance of focusing on SDGs, the role of primary health care, and the noble strategies for the prevention of Non-communicable Diseases were also highlighted. The next video teleconference with Adj. Prof. David will be held in March 2017.