Evaluating a South African mobile application for healthcare professionals to improve diagnosis and notification of pesticide poisonings

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Rother, Hanna-Andrea en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Kabanda, Siti en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-22T12:07:28Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-22T12:07:28Z
dc.date.issued 2017 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Kabanda, S. 2017. Evaluating a South African mobile application for healthcare professionals to improve diagnosis and notification of pesticide poisonings. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25311
dc.description.abstract Acute pesticide poisoning (APP) is a major global public health problem, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) including South Africa. However, healthcare professionals (HCPs) worldwide have limited training in handling environmental health risks such as from pesticide exposures. Most HCPs lack basic training on APP and, this presents a challenge to HCPs when diagnosing and notifying pesticide-related poisonings. With a recent increase in mobile application technology, this gives a convenient platform to provide training support for HCPs in their clinical practice. An example is the integration of a South African pesticide notification guideline into an existing Emergency Medicine (EM) mobile application. This pesticide notification guideline (PNG) within the EM mobile application aims to provide an immediate point-of-care tool to help HCPs in diagnosis and notify pesticide poisoning cases. Despite this useful platform for training HCPs, there are limited studies that have evaluated mobile applications or technologies to promote HCPs training in LMICs. This study, therefore, aimed to evaluate the Centre for Environmental and Occupational Health Research (CEOHR)'s PGN adapted for the EM mobile application as a tool for improving HCP's ability to diagnose and report APPs. The protocol (Part A) provides information and a justification for the research study and, describes the methods used to gather and analyse the data. The extended literature review (Part B) provides an overview of studies assessing HCPs' knowledge of and training in pesticide poisonings and the role mobile health technologies play in improving HCPs' knowledge and training in clinical practice. Furthermore, the literature review illustrates the relevant theoretical frameworks and concepts that helps to understand HCPs' behaviour changes when using clinical guidelines or algorithms. The journal manuscript article (Part C) provides this study's research findings and how it could contribute to the body of knowledge. A total of 50 emergency medicine physicians and registrars participated in the en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Public Health en_ZA
dc.title Evaluating a South African mobile application for healthcare professionals to improve diagnosis and notification of pesticide poisonings en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Public Health and Family Medicine en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MPH en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Kabanda, S. (2017). <i>Evaluating a South African mobile application for healthcare professionals to improve diagnosis and notification of pesticide poisonings</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,Department of Public Health and Family Medicine. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25311 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Kabanda, Siti. <i>"Evaluating a South African mobile application for healthcare professionals to improve diagnosis and notification of pesticide poisonings."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,Department of Public Health and Family Medicine, 2017. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25311 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Kabanda S. Evaluating a South African mobile application for healthcare professionals to improve diagnosis and notification of pesticide poisonings. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,Department of Public Health and Family Medicine, 2017 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25311 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Kabanda, Siti AB - Acute pesticide poisoning (APP) is a major global public health problem, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) including South Africa. However, healthcare professionals (HCPs) worldwide have limited training in handling environmental health risks such as from pesticide exposures. Most HCPs lack basic training on APP and, this presents a challenge to HCPs when diagnosing and notifying pesticide-related poisonings. With a recent increase in mobile application technology, this gives a convenient platform to provide training support for HCPs in their clinical practice. An example is the integration of a South African pesticide notification guideline into an existing Emergency Medicine (EM) mobile application. This pesticide notification guideline (PNG) within the EM mobile application aims to provide an immediate point-of-care tool to help HCPs in diagnosis and notify pesticide poisoning cases. Despite this useful platform for training HCPs, there are limited studies that have evaluated mobile applications or technologies to promote HCPs training in LMICs. This study, therefore, aimed to evaluate the Centre for Environmental and Occupational Health Research (CEOHR)'s PGN adapted for the EM mobile application as a tool for improving HCP's ability to diagnose and report APPs. The protocol (Part A) provides information and a justification for the research study and, describes the methods used to gather and analyse the data. The extended literature review (Part B) provides an overview of studies assessing HCPs' knowledge of and training in pesticide poisonings and the role mobile health technologies play in improving HCPs' knowledge and training in clinical practice. Furthermore, the literature review illustrates the relevant theoretical frameworks and concepts that helps to understand HCPs' behaviour changes when using clinical guidelines or algorithms. The journal manuscript article (Part C) provides this study's research findings and how it could contribute to the body of knowledge. A total of 50 emergency medicine physicians and registrars participated in the DA - 2017 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2017 T1 - Evaluating a South African mobile application for healthcare professionals to improve diagnosis and notification of pesticide poisonings TI - Evaluating a South African mobile application for healthcare professionals to improve diagnosis and notification of pesticide poisonings UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/25311 ER - en_ZA


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