The impact of training informal health care providers in India: A randomized controlled trial

By Jishnu Das, Abhijit Chowdhury, Reshmaan Hussam, and Abhijit V. Banerjee
Health Affairs, 27 October 2016

Health care providers without any formal medical training provide more than 70% of all primary care in rural India. This study combines unique data from standardized patients (“mystery clients”) with random assignment to a training program conducted by The Liver Foundation in West Bengal to assess whether training can improve their quality of care. The paper is jointly authored with Abhijit V. Banerjee at MIT, Abhijit Chowdhury at SSKM hospitals in Kolkata and Reshmaan Hussam at Yale University.