An assessment of the management of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in a rural district health ward of Northern Kwazulu

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Karim, Salim S Abdool en_ZA
dc.contributor.author McCoy, David en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-16T06:33:33Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-16T06:33:33Z
dc.date.issued 1997 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation McCoy, D. 1997. An assessment of the management of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in a rural district health ward of Northern Kwazulu. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26287
dc.description.abstract This study is an assessment of the quality of sexually transmitted disease (STD) management and control in a rural district of South Africa. A semi-structured questionnaire was administered to 5 nurses from public sector primary health care clinics, 5 doctors from the public district hospital, 5 private general practitioners, 6 traditional healers and 7 STD patients. A patient simulation exercise involving 6 nurses and 6 general practitioners was also conducted. Using routine data collection forms, the spectrum of STD syndromes and the contact tracing rate were assessed. The private sector treated nearly a third of the STDs even though they charge about ten times the price of the public sector services. In general, the clinical skills of all providers were poor. While hypothetical patient histories produced reasonable responses on STD management during the interviews, the patient simulation results showed that health service providers provided STD management that was much poorer than the questionnaires indicated. The private general practitioners did not practice syndromic STD management and often did not use laboratory tests appropriately resulting in incorrect diagnosis and inappropriate treatment for STDs. All health service providers did not counsel, promote condoms or encourage contact notification adequately. All health service providers were keen to participate in continuing medical education that better equip them to manage STDs. Any attempts at improving the quality of care in the district must therefore include private general practitioners as an important and central component of STD policy and planning. Interviews with traditional healers and patients showed the importance of using non-biomedical constructs of health and illness in developing health promotion strategies. There is an urgent need to improve STD management at district level in an attempt to meet the first milestone of ensuring that a patient presenting with an STD to a health service is correctly managed. This can be done through the design of simple quality assurance methods as demonstrated in this paper. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Quality Assurance, Health Care - South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject.other Sexually Transmitted Diseases - South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject.other Maternal and Child Health en_ZA
dc.subject.other Maternal and Child Health en_ZA
dc.title An assessment of the management of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in a rural district health ward of Northern Kwazulu en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
dc.date.updated 2017-05-03T14:16:11Z
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 Paediatrics and Child Health en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MPhil en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation McCoy, D. (1997). <i>An assessment of the management of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in a rural district health ward of Northern Kwazulu</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,Department of Paediatrics and Child Health. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26287 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation McCoy, David. <i>"An assessment of the management of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in a rural district health ward of Northern Kwazulu."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, 1997. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26287 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation McCoy D. An assessment of the management of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in a rural district health ward of Northern Kwazulu. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Health Sciences ,Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, 1997 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26287 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - McCoy, David AB - This study is an assessment of the quality of sexually transmitted disease (STD) management and control in a rural district of South Africa. A semi-structured questionnaire was administered to 5 nurses from public sector primary health care clinics, 5 doctors from the public district hospital, 5 private general practitioners, 6 traditional healers and 7 STD patients. A patient simulation exercise involving 6 nurses and 6 general practitioners was also conducted. Using routine data collection forms, the spectrum of STD syndromes and the contact tracing rate were assessed. The private sector treated nearly a third of the STDs even though they charge about ten times the price of the public sector services. In general, the clinical skills of all providers were poor. While hypothetical patient histories produced reasonable responses on STD management during the interviews, the patient simulation results showed that health service providers provided STD management that was much poorer than the questionnaires indicated. The private general practitioners did not practice syndromic STD management and often did not use laboratory tests appropriately resulting in incorrect diagnosis and inappropriate treatment for STDs. All health service providers did not counsel, promote condoms or encourage contact notification adequately. All health service providers were keen to participate in continuing medical education that better equip them to manage STDs. Any attempts at improving the quality of care in the district must therefore include private general practitioners as an important and central component of STD policy and planning. Interviews with traditional healers and patients showed the importance of using non-biomedical constructs of health and illness in developing health promotion strategies. There is an urgent need to improve STD management at district level in an attempt to meet the first milestone of ensuring that a patient presenting with an STD to a health service is correctly managed. This can be done through the design of simple quality assurance methods as demonstrated in this paper. DA - 1997 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 1997 T1 - An assessment of the management of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in a rural district health ward of Northern Kwazulu TI - An assessment of the management of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in a rural district health ward of Northern Kwazulu UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/26287 ER - en_ZA


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