Health SA Gesondheid (Online)
On-line version ISSN 2071-9736
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KAGASI, Linda V.; ZUNGU, Lindiwe and HOQUE, Muhammad E.. Factors influencing the quality of patient data captured by nurses for the tuberculosis control programme in Oshakati District, Namibia. Health SA Gesondheid (Online) [online]. 2013, vol.18, n.1, pp.1-7. ISSN 2071-9736.
Effective tuberculosis control relies heavily upon the general health system of the country, particularly on well-functioning primary healthcare services. This study investigated factors influencing the quality of data for the tuberculosis control programme in Oshakati district in Namibia. A quantitative, contextual, cross-sectional descriptive survey was conducted using 50 nursing personnel of different cadres who were sampled from five departments in Oshakati State Hospital. Data was collected by means of a self-administered questionnaire. Most participants reported that tuberculosis-related training improved correct recording and reporting amongst nursing personnel, which is a requirement for a quality tuberculosis control programme. The number of documents to be completed for each patient influences the quality of data recording and completeness. Factors such as the lack of resources and of adequate training as well as knowledge of tuberculosis control guidelines, in particular the use of records to capture the core tuberculosis indicators, influence the quality of data in the tuberculosis control programme. Knowledge, attitudes and practice are the main factors influencing the quality of data in the tuberculosis control programme in Oshakati district.