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Experiences of the Mobile Injection Team for Multidrug Resistant-Tuberculosis Patients in Ugu District, Kwazulu-Natal

Volume 9 - Issue 1

Sitha Devi Arjun*, DLitt et Phil and Bethabile L Dolamo DCur

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    • Department of Health Studies, University of South Africa, South Africa

    *Corresponding author: Sitha Devi Arjun, Department of Health Studies, University of South Africa, South Africa, Email: arjunnsd@vodamail.co.za

Received: August 14, 2018;   Published: September 14, 2018

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2018.09.001736

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to describe the experiences of the mobile injection team (MTI) for multidrug resistant- tuberculosis with an aim of identifying the challenges facing the team and the institution providing the service. Giorgi’s essential phenomenological research method was conducted. Convenience census sampling was used as all the seven members of the MIT were included. The inclusion criteria were that at least six months’ working experience with MDR-TB patients in a MIT at Ugu District. And be an enrolled nurse registered with SANC, and/or be a TB assistant, be willing to participate in the study and be located at the decentralised or satellite site. Data were collected through individual in-depth interviews with the participants during November to December 2014 at both the decentralised and satellite hospitals and were analysed using Giorgi’s method of data analysis. The research findings revealed four broad themes (the perceptions held by the team, challenges, available support and needs to promote the service) and 73 sub-themes. The findings of the study indicated that the MIT experiences many challenges in the community and need to be supported in order to provide quality care to the patients.

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