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dc.contributor.advisor Matlala, S. F. Mothoa, Patrick Mashilo 2019-12-05T09:36:42Z 2019-12-05T09:36:42Z 2019
dc.description Thesis (MPH.) -- University of Limpopo, 2019 en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Tuberculosis still continues to be a global public health problem and leads to many deaths. In an effective TB control strategy, TB patients are allocated to community care workers who provide care to these patients in their homes. It is important to understand the experiences of community care workers in order to strengthen TB control in the country. Objective(s): The purpose of this study was to explore lived experiences of community care workers of supporting patients taking Tuberculosis treatment. Methods: The design of the study was phenomenological, exploratory, descriptive, and contextual. The study site was Hlogotlou area in Limpopo Province. The target population was all community care workers supporting patients on Tuberculosis treatment. Purposive sampling was used with a sample of 13 participants, which was determined by the saturation of data. Semi-structured interviews were conducted using an interview guide and all sessions were audio recorded. The data were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Results: The results highlighted certain challenges met by community care workers. Patients thought that community care workers are there to kill them with treatment, they had mood swings during treatment and this caused them to use vulgar words and become aggressive to their community care workers. Most community care workers did not have enough information about Tuberculosis. This made it difficult for them to support patients on tuberculosis treatment. Conclusions: A good relationship with patients enhances treatment compliance. The researcher recommends that intensive training about tuberculosis should be provided to community care workers. en_US
dc.format.extent ix, 62 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.requires Adobe Acrobat Reader en_US
dc.subject Community care workers en_US
dc.subject Supporting en_US
dc.subject Tuberculosis (TB) treatment en_US
dc.subject Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis en_US
dc.subject DOTS en_US
dc.subject Tuberculosis patients en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Tuberculosis -- Patients -- South Africa -- Limpopo en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Tuberculosis -- Alternative treatment en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Volunteer workers in community health services en_US
dc.title Community care workers' experiences of supporting patients on tuberculosis treatment at Hlogotlou Area, Limpopo Province en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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