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Health SA Gesondheid (Online)

On-line version ISSN 2071-9736
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NAIDOO, Saloshni; MAHOMED, Ozayr H.; ASMALL, Shaidah  and  TAYLOR, Myra. Nurses' knowledge of chronic disease management. Health SA Gesondheid (Online) [online]. 2014, vol.19, n.1, pp.1-8. ISSN 2071-9736.

BACKGROUND: Chronic diseases of lifestyle are detrimentally affecting South Africans. National Health Insurance, which is intended to improve care, requires capacity building for nurses at primary care clinics to ensure appropriate service provision OBJECTIVE: This study's objective was to evaluate the impact of the 'Primary Care 101' chronic disease management guideline and training on nurses' knowledge of chronic diseases management METHOD: A population-based, unblinded, stratified cluster randomised controlled trial with intervention (n = 20) and control clinics (n = 10) in three South African districts was conducted over six months in 2012. Nurses in the clinics participated in surveying knowledge on management of tuberculosis, human immunodeficiency virus infection, mental health, epilepsy, diabetes, hypertension and asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). All nurses were surveyed at baseline and six months later. Intervention clinic nurses were also surveyed immediately after training and three months post-training. Data were analysed using SPSS version 19 (SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL).Total mean knowledge percentage scores were calculated for each chronic disease. Mean knowledge percentage score changes between baseline and six months amongst all nurses and between intervention and control clinic nurses were compared using the paired samples t-test and independent samples t-test respectively RESULTS: There were significant improvements in nurses' knowledge of hypertension and diabetes management over six months. Knowledge about asthma and COPD management decreased in all districts and nurse categories CONCLUSION: The improvements in nurses' knowledge can ensure improved patient management, but attention to asthma and COPD management is required

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