Healthcare professionals’ perceptions of community-based rehabilitation in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine

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Title Healthcare professionals’ perceptions of community-based rehabilitation in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Creator Blose, Sithembiso B. Deoraj, Sudipa Padia, Sabiha Pillay, Kaveshan Reddy, Kinita Chetty, Verusia
Subject Physiotherapy; primary health care Community-based rehabilitation; healthcare professionals; people with disabilities; KwaZulu-Natal; CBR Worker
Description Background: People with disabilities (PWDs) continue to experience challenges with access to healthcare. Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) is an approach that advocates for equal opportunities and social inclusion of PWDs to enhance their quality of daily life. Healthcare professionals are crucial in the implementation of CBR. However, little is known about the perception of healthcare professionals on this approach to rehabilitation in South Africa.Aim: This study sought to explore perceptions of healthcare professionals on CBR in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.Setting: This study was located across four public healthcare facilities spanning districts to tertiary levels care in KwaZulu-Natal, situated in rural and peri-urban areas.Methods: An explorative qualitative approach using focus group discussions was used to collect data from healthcare professionals employed at these public hospitals in the province. Twenty-five healthcare workers participated in four focus group discussions, with four to eight participants per group. Data were transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis.Results: The findings revealed four dominant themes, namely, the CBR conundrum, CBR enablers, perceived impediments to CBR implementation and a proposal for the implementation of CBR.Conclusion: Continual promotion of, as well as education and training on, CBR for healthcare professionals, was understood as an imperative for the development and roll-out of CBR programmes in South African communities. Excellent communication about CBR programmes was described as key to ensuring social inclusion, quality of life and access to services for PWDs.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2021-01-27
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/phcfm.v13i1.2461
Source African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine; Vol 13, No 1 (2021); 9 pages 2071-2936 2071-2928
Language eng
Coverage KwaZulu-Natal — —
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