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Formal clinical primary health care training. Does it make a difference?

G.M.C. Louwagie, M.O. Bachmann, M. Reid
Curationis | Vol 25, No 4 | a799 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v25i4.799 | © 2002 G.M.C. Louwagie, M.O. Bachmann, M. Reid | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2002 | Published: 28 September 2002

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G.M.C. Louwagie, Dept of Community Health, University of the Free State, South Africa
M.O. Bachmann, Dept of Community Health, University of the Free State, South Africa
M. Reid, Senior Professional Nurse Training Mangaung Municipality, South Africa

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Abstract

Throughout South Africa, primary clinical care is mainly provided by nurses. In line with this, most professional nurses of the former Bloemfontein local authority completed a one year “Advanced Diploma in Health Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment” course at the University of the Free State. This study aimed to compare the clinical competencies of nurses who obtained this diploma with those who did not. The primary objective was to assess the clinical management of one chronic and one acute disease (diabetes mellitus and acute respiratory tract infections in adults, respectively) for these two groups of nurses. Relationships between quality of care and nurses1 and clinics1 characteristics were also examined since they could be predictors of quality of care, independent of the influence of training.

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