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Exploring perceptions of health care workers and caregivers on causes of poor treatment response of malnourished children at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi

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dc.contributor.author Ilepere, Sakina Gloria
dc.date.accessioned 2021-08-09T15:44:00Z
dc.date.accessioned 2021-11-03T06:47:06Z
dc.date.available 2021-08-09T15:44:00Z
dc.date.available 2021-11-03T06:47:06Z
dc.date.issued 2019-06-01
dc.identifier.uri http://nkhokwe.kuhes.ac.mw:8080/handle/20.500.12845/274
dc.description.abstract Malnutrition continues to be a major public health problem worldwide including Malawi as it leads to high morbidity and mortality rate in children less than five years. At Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH), malnutrition remains a big problem with poor treatment response. For instance, the average mortality rate at QECH in 2014-2015 was at 20.8% which is two times higher compared to the World Health Organization (WHO) cut off point of less than 10%. This poor response might be contributed by household and health management factors. This was a descriptive qualitative study which aimed at exploring perceptions of health care workers and caregivers on causes of treatment response of malnourished children at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital-Nutritional Rehabilitation Unit. The study was conducted at QECH. Both caregivers taking care of malnourished children and healthcare workers participated in the study. Pre-testing of the study tool was conducted at Zomba Central Hospital Nutritional Rehabilitation Unit. Sampling was done using purposive sampling technique. The study recruited 13 participants; 10 caregivers and 3 nurses. Data was collected using semi structured in-depth interviews through face to face interviews and analysis was done using simple thematic analysis. The study findings revealed inadequate knowledge among caregivers regarding causes of malnutrition, poor relationship between caregivers and health care workers, impact of other conditions, inadequate resources and poor adherence to guidelines as some of the factors that contributed to the treatment outcome of malnourished children. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Exploring perceptions of health care workers and caregivers on causes of poor treatment response of malnourished children at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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