Transformative Education
for Health Professionals

Expected beneficiaries and benefits

The primary beneficiaries of these guidelines are policy and decision-makers in the health and education sectors, educators, and future and current health professionals. However, the guidelines are conceived for the ultimate benefit of users of health services, whose needs should determine the quantity, quality and relevance of the education of health professionals. The guidelines recommendations can be strong or conditional depending on the quality of the supporting evidence, the balance of benefits and harms, resource use, feasibility and acceptability. In no case should the guidelines be seen as a blueprint, which can be applied without taking into account the context. They are orientations that stakeholders should consider in developing their own responses to their country’s problems. Not all needs to change; some practices may be maintained and improved, others should be abandoned and new ones introduced. Policy-makers must decide what is most relevant for their population.

Civil society can also benefit from these recommendations and can contribute to their successful implementation through advocacy and policy dialogue, and by demanding accountability from government, training institutions and development partners.