A qualitative study of caregivers' expectations and communication desires during medical consultation for sick children in Uganda.
SourcePatient Education and Counseling, 84, 2, (2011), pp. 217-22
01 augustus 2011
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Primary and Community Care
Patient Education and Counseling
SubjectNCEBP 7: Effective primary care and public health
OBJECTIVE: Little data exist on patients' expectations and communication desires during medical consultation in Non-Western settings. We conducted a qualitative study to compare expectations and communication desires of sick children's caregivers at Mulago Hospital, Uganda, to those of patients in Western countries. METHODS: Three Focus Group Interviews and three Key Informant Interviews were conducted with 24 caregivers of sick children in Mulago Hospital Kampala, Uganda. An interview guide adapted from the Calgary-Cambridge Guide was used to conduct focus group and Key Informant Interviews. Two investigators worked independently to review transcripts and analyse them for content and emerging themes. RESULTS: Caregivers of sick children in Mulago Hospital expect attending doctors to build a relationship with them, by demonstrating the verbal and nonverbal skills outlined in the CCG including maintaining eye contact, using appropriate gestures and voice during communication, and being nonjudgmental. CONCLUSION: The communication needs and expectations of caregivers of sick children in Mulago Hospital are similar to those of patients and caregivers in Western countries. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: The CCG can be used as a training guide to enhance the communication skills of current and future doctors in Mulago Hospital.
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