Healthcare workers’ perceptions on collaborative capacity at a Referral Hospital in Malawi

Health SA Gesondheid

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Title Healthcare workers’ perceptions on collaborative capacity at a Referral Hospital in Malawi
Creator Soko, Tulipoka N. Jere, Diana L. Wilson, Lynda L.
Subject — collaborative capacity; healthcare workers; interprofessional team; perception; quality of care; patient-centred care
Description Background: Lack of collaborative capacity results in provision of fragmented health services that do not meet the needs of patients. Collaborative capacity refers to the extent to which providers have influence over other healthcare workers’ decision-making, and can be assessed by measuring perceptions of task interdependence, quality of interaction and collaborative influence. However, each healthcare worker may present differing perceptions that can influence their ability to collaborate effectively during provision of care. No studies that specifically assessed healthcare workers’ perception of collaborative capacity in Malawi were identified.Aim: To assess the perceptions of healthcare workers regarding collaborative capacity in Malawi.Setting: The study was conducted at a tertiary public hospital in Blantyre city, Malawi.Methods: The study employed a quantitative cross-sectional correlational design. The instrument used was a Care Coordination survey that had been used previously in similar studies in the United States of America. Descriptive statistics as well as univariate and multivariate analysis were computed using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) program version 21.0 (IBM, Armonk, NY, USA).Results: A total of 384 healthcare workers participated in the study, with a response rate of 100%. There were differences in perceptions of collaborative capacity based on the cadre of the respondent (p 0.005). Medical staff reported higher mean scores on quality of interaction (2.94) and collaborative influence (2.65), whereas technical support staff reported the lowest mean scores across all three measures of collaborative capacity (≤ 2.4).Conclusion: Differences in perceptions about collaborative capacity suggest the need for interventions to enhance interprofessional collaboration.Contribution: The study will inform strategies to promote interprofessional collaboration.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Contributor The Nursing Education partnership Initiative (NEPI) through ICAP Columbia provided the financial support.
Date 2021-07-30
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Quantitative research
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/hsag.v26i0.1561
Source Health SA Gesondheid; Vol 26 (2021); 8 pages 2071-9736 1025-9848
Language eng
Relation info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/130032
Coverage Africa; Malawi Not Applicable Sex; Education; Years of Experience; Roles/Cadres
Rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess Copyright (c) 2021 Tulipoka N. Soko, Diana L. Jere, Lynda L. Wilson