Health SA Gesondheid (Online)
On-line version ISSN 1025-9848
RICKS, Esmeralda J.; STRUMPHER, Johanita and VAN ROOYEN, Dalena. A model for higher education campus health services. Health SA Gesondheid (Online) [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.1, pp. 1-7. ISSN 1025-9848.
This study was undertaken in order to develop a holistic healthcare model that would assist registered nurses who are employed at a higher education campus' health service to render a healthcare service relevant to the healthcare needs of the campus healthcare consumers. A theory-generative, qualitative, explorative, descriptive and contextual research design for theory generation was used to develop a holistic healthcare model for a higher education campus' health service. It became evident throughout the study that the participants experienced a need for a more comprehensive healthcare service on campus. The main concepts of holistic healthcare were identified from the information obtained from the in-depth, focus group interviews that were conducted with the participants. The process of theoretical model generation was conducted according to the steps of theory generation as proposed by Walker and Avant (1995:39), namely that of concept analysis, the placing of concepts in relationships, a description of the model and guidelines to operationalise the model. This model provides a structured holistic healthcare frame of reference for registered nurses employed in a campus health service at a Higher Education Institution (HEI) and could be used to assist all campus healthcare consumers to become balanced whole persons who are able to realise their dreams and maintain consistency with regard to optimal health and capacity.
Keywords : healthcare consumer; healthcare needs; holistic healthcare; primary health care; theory-generation.