Publication Date

Spring 5-29-2014

Degree Name

MA in Sustainable Development

First Advisor

Nikoi Kote-Nikoi, Ph.D

Abstract

One of my objectives in conducting this research is to enhance my skills in data collection while simultaneously improving my writing skills. More substantively, I wanted to explore how access to healthcare in a developing country like the Dominican Republic can contribute to sustainable development. As good health is fundamental and vital for all human beings, it is important in the context of this study to understand how the healthcare system in a particular country gives the population access to quality healthcare. Referring myself specifically to the situation at Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) Dominicana medical center in the Dominican Republic , I decided to do a patient satisfaction survey at my practicum site to see how people evaluated the medical service they received. Patient satisfaction is one of the key factors to determine how well the medical center of Batey Relief Alliance (BRA) Dominicana is doing. Its measures include access, outcome, effectiveness of service provided, and other variables intended to improve the community health. Therefore important economic decisions and judgments are being influenced with the result of this survey.

My practicum opportunity helped me understand the basic requirements of a community’s health needs while learning how to approach community members to collect the primary data which would help me analyze and understand on a bigger scale the basic healthcare systems and the determinants of a country’s sustainable development.

Disciplines

Clinical and Medical Social Work | Community Health | Health and Medical Administration | Health Communication | Health Economics | Income Distribution | International and Intercultural Communication | Medical Education | Nature and Society Relations | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social and Cultural Anthropology