Original Research

Professional nurses’ perceptions and experiences with the implementation of an integrated chronic care model at primary healthcare clinics in South Africa

Ozayr H. Mahomed, Shaidah Asmall
Curationis | Vol 40, No 1 | a1708 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v40i1.1708 | © 2017 Ozayr H. Mahomed, Shaidah Asmall | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 May 2016 | Published: 23 May 2017

About the author(s)

Ozayr H. Mahomed, School of Nursing and Public Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Shaidah Asmall, National Department of Health, Civitas Building, South Africa


Background: An integrated chronic disease management model has been implemented across primary healthcare clinics in order to transform the delivery of services for patients with chronic diseases. The sustainability and rapid scale-up of the model is dependent on positive staff perceptions and experiences.
Objectives: The aim of the study was to determine the perceptions and experiences of professional nurses with the integrated chronic care model that has been implemented.
Method: A cross-sectional descriptive survey utilising a self-administered questionnaire was conducted amongst all professional nurses who were involved in delivering primary healthcare services at the 42 implementing facilities in September 2014. Each facility has between four and eight professional nurses providing a service daily at the facilities
Results: A total of 264 professional nurses participated in the survey. Prior to the implementation, 34% (91) of the staff perceived the model to be an added programme, whilst 36% (96) of the staff experienced an increased workload. Staff noted an improved process of care, better level of interaction with patients, improved level of knowledge and better teamwork coupled with an improved level of satisfaction with the work environment at the clinic after implementation of the integrated chronic disease model.
Conclusion: Professional nurses have a positive experience with the implementation of the integrated chronic disease management model.


Experiences; attires; perceptions; integrated chronic disease


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