Brief Report

Experiences of the health care delivery system in a rural South African setting

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 27, issue 4, 2017 , pages: 385–387
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2017.1347769
Author(s): Joan E. StoyanovPsychology Department, South Africa, Stephen D. EdwardsPsychology Department, South Africa


This exploratory study aimed to examine health care provider work-related experiences in a rural South African context. Participants were a convenient sample of 12 medical practitioners (private sector = 55%). The practitioners responded to an open-ended question on their health care delivery-related experiences. Thematic analysis of the data revealed that the medical officers experienced both care provider fatigue and satisfaction from their work roles. Experiences of care provider fatigue were characterised by stress, anxiety, hopelessness, depression, burnout, frustration, and anger. Care provider satisfaction was associated with happiness, ability to cope, security, conscience, and commitment. Job retention and satisfaction of the health care providers were dependent on material and manpower resourcing of health services.

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