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Stretched beyond our capacity: The voices of operational managers from Ekurhuleni clinics during COVID-19


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Title Stretched beyond our capacity: The voices of operational managers from Ekurhuleni clinics during COVID-19
Creator Wopula, Siyabulela N. Nene, Sanele E. Nkosi, Elizabeth
Subject Health; Primary healthcare Operational manager; COVID-19 pandemic; primary healthcare; primary health care facilities; experiences
Description Background: Operational Managers (OMs) in primary health care (PHC) experienced new management dynamics during the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). They were not sufficiently prepared to deal with the extraordinary challenges brought by this global pandemic.Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore and describe the PHC OMs’ experiences of new management dynamics in PHC facilities, created by COVID-19 pandemic.Method: This study used a qualitative, exploratory, descriptive and contextual research design and a phenomenological approach. Data were collected using in-depth semi-structured individual interviews. Data saturation was reached by the 7th interview and two more interviews were done to confirm data saturation. Data analysis was conducted using Giorgi’s descriptive thematic phenomenological data analysis method. An independent coder was implored to confirm the findings. This study was guided by Rogers Diffusion of Innovation Theory. Ethical considerations were applied throughout the research process.Results: One central theme and three main themes emerged as; stretching of inadequate resources. themes; (1) budgetary cuts and increasing demands of resources, (2) insufficient of personal protective equipment, other general supplies and human resources, and (3) compromised service delivery and increased client’s dissatisfaction.Conclusion: This study revealed that OMs were over stretched and overwhelmed by the management on PHC facilities due to COVID-19 pandemic dynamics.Contribution: The findings of this study can be implemented in PHC facilities to effectively deal with future pandemics of such a nature.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor None
Date 2022-12-02
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative research, phenomenological approach
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/curationis.v45i1.2376
Source Curationis; Vol 45, No 1 (2022); 7 pages 2223-6279 0379-8577
Language eng
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