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Health SA Gesondheid (Online)

versión On-line ISSN 2071-9736
versión impresa ISSN 1025-9848


MALAN, Marguerette-Francoisé; RABIE, Tinda  y  MULLER, Catherina E.. Evaluating the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness counselling skills of professional nurses in the North West Province of South Africa. Health SA Gesondheid (Online) [online]. 2018, vol.23, pp.1-6. ISSN 2071-9736.

BACKGROUND: The Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) strategy provides guidelines for supporting and improving the health system to reduce under-5 children's mortality rates. This strategy specifically assists professional nurses with the case management of children aged birth-5 yearsAIM: The purpose of this study was to investigate how professional nurses provided counselling to caregivers of under-5 children based on the IMCI strategy in Primary Health Care facilities of one district in the North West Province of South AfricaSETTING: Primary Health Care (PHC) facilities of one district in the North West ProvinceMETHOD: A quantitative, descriptive and observational design was used. Counselling provided by the professional nurses was observed and a checklist was completed. This IMCI counselling checklist was based on aspects in the counselling section of the Health Facility Survey, formulated according to the IMCI strategy's requirementsRESULTS: Counselling that focused on feeding, administration of medication and counselling skills used during the consultation were good. However, counselling of caregivers of children aged 13 months to 5 years could be improved and the caregivers' health status should also be addressedCONCLUSION: Counselling provided to caregivers of under-5 children regarding feeding, administering of medication and caregivers' health status used effective communication skills. However, technicalities of feeding such as lactation and nutritional guidance posed challenges

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