Examining healthcare systems: a market analysis for Kenya

Elise Catherine Davis, Terri Menser, Alondra Cerda Juarez, Lesley E. Tomaszewski, Bita A. Kash

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Purpose: This paper aims to present a literature review of the health workforce, hospital and clinic systems, infrastructure, primary care, regulatory climate, the pharmaceutical industry and community health behavior of the Kenyan health-care system with the purpose of providing a thorough background on the health-care environment in Kenya. Design/methodology/approach: A systematic literature review was conducted using Pub Med, searching for “Kenya” in the title of articles published from January 1, 2015 to February 24, 2016; this provided a broad overview of the type of research being conducted in Kenya. Other data provided by governmental agencies and non-governmental agencies was also reviewed to describe the current state of population health in Kenya. Findings: An initial review of 615 Pubmed articles included 455 relevant articles. A complete review of these studies was conducted, resulting in a final sample of 389 articles. These articles were categorized into three main subject areas with 14 secondary subject areas (Figure 1). Research limitations/implications: The narrow scope of the search parameters set for the systematic review was a necessary limitation to focus on the most relevant literature. The findings of this study provide a thorough background on health care in Kenya to researchers and practitioners. Originality/value: This compilation of data specific to Kenya provides a detailed summary of both the country’s health-care services and health status, focusing on potential means of realizing increased quality and length of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-20
Number of pages19
JournalEuropean Journal of Training and Development
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Feb 20 2019


  • Health workforce
  • Healthcare systems
  • Infrastructure
  • Innovation
  • Kenya
  • Market analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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