Article

The effect of an automated integrated management of childhood illness guideline on the training of professional nurses in the Western Cape, South Africa

Published in: South African Family Practice
Volume 57, issue 2, 2015 , pages: 100–105
DOI: 10.1080/20786190.2014.995914
Author(s): Hilary RhodeFaculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, South Africa, Bob MashFaculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, South Africa

Abstract

Background: Reducing under-five mortality rates is a global priority. Although under-five mortality has decreased in South Africa, it is still unacceptably high. The implementation of the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) guideline is a key World Health Organization intervention aimed at reducing under-five mortality. Most primary care consultations are with professional nurses and they are usually trained in IMCI in a year-long primary healthcare diploma, which qualifies them to be a clinical nurse practitioner. This study aimed to evaluate the effect on training outcomes of introducing an automated IMCI guideline.

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