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South African primary health care allied health clinical practice guidelines: the big picture

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Health Services Research, January 2018
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South African primary health care allied health clinical practice guidelines: the big picture
Published in
BMC Health Services Research, January 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12913-018-2837-z
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J. M. Dizon, K. A. Grimmer, S. Machingaidze, Q. A. Louw, H. Parker


Good quality clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are a vehicle to implementing evidence into allied health (AH) care. This paper reports on the current 'state of play' of CPGs in a lower-to-middle-income country (South Africa), where primary healthcare (PHC) AH activities face significant challenges in terms of ensuring quality service delivery in the face of huge PHC need. A qualitative study was conducted, using semi-structured interviews with purposively-sampled individuals involved in AH PHC CPGs in South Africa. They included national and state government policy-makers, academics and educators, service managers, clinicians, representatives of professional associations, technical writers, and members of informal professional networks. The interview data was transcribed and de-identified, and analysed descriptively by hand-coding. The COREQ statement guided study conduct and reporting. A framework to guide research in other countries into perspectives of AH PHC CPG activities was established. Of the 32 invited, 29 people participated: of these 25 were interviewed and four provided meeting notes. Most participants had multiple professional roles, being engaged concurrently in clinical practice, academia, professional associations and / or government. Key themes comprised Players (sub-themes of sampling frame, participants, advice, role players and collaboration); Guidance (sub-themes of nomenclature, drivers, purpose, evidence sources) and Role of AH in PHC (sub-themes of discipline groupings, disability and rehabilitation, AH recognition). There was consistently-expressed desire for quality guidance to support better quality AH PHC activities around the country. However no international CPGs were used, and there were no South African CPGs specific to local PHC AH practice. The guidance gap was filled by non-evidence-based documents produced often without training, to deal with specific clinical situations. This led to frustration, duplication and fragmentation of effort, confusing nomenclature, and an urgent need for standardised and agreed guidance. We provided a standardised framework to capture perspectives on CPGs activities in other AH PHC settings.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 64 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 11 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 13%
Student > Bachelor 7 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 9%
Researcher 5 8%
Other 12 19%
Unknown 15 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 19 30%
Medicine and Dentistry 12 19%
Psychology 5 8%
Immunology and Microbiology 2 3%
Social Sciences 2 3%
Other 9 14%
Unknown 15 23%

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