(Source: BMC Public Health)

In 2019, the results of a bibliography research were published after reporting relevant entries in the Medline and Web of Science databases to find scientific reports evaluating the effectiveness of Public-Private Partnerships in Health (PPPs) with regards to the health impact on human populations.

In the frame of 36 studies a total of 25 PPPs have been evaluated. Assessments that were positive for the effective use of PPPs and the positive impact on health care outcomes were more often classified as ‘non-independent’ and of poor quality. On the other hand, negative ratings were more common where PPPs included a high-potential and competing private partner in the health activities in which they participated.

There is still a lack of credible evidence to support the effectiveness of public-private interaction and relationships in health promotion, and the evidence is currently reflected by non-independent evaluations. The study concludes that public health bodies should refrain from concluding agreements with sectors whose business interests have a high potential for competition in the health service activities undertaken.

For more information, please press here.