PRIMARY CARE 101
Developed by the Knowledge Translation Unit over a five-year period, Primary Care 101 is a comprehensive clinical practice guideline that aims to equip nurses and other clinicians to diagnose and manage common adult conditions at primary level.
The starting point is any of 40 common symptoms (1), each of which provides the opportunity to identify one or more of 20 important chronic conditions in the second half of the guideline. These include infectious diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, cardiovascular risk, hypertension and diabetes, mental health conditions, musculoskeletal disorders, epilepsy and women’s health.
Primary Care 101 was introduced in 2011 into public sector primary care initially as a pragmatic randomised trial in the Eden and Overberg districts of the Western Cape. It has since been adopted by the South African Department of Health as a key component of the Integrated Chronic Disease Management Model, itself part of the Re-engineering of Primary Health Care strategy. With support from the KTU, Primary Care 101 has been rolled out in all National Health Insurance pilot districts and implementation has commenced in the rest of country.
Primary Care 101 contents pages (click images to enlarge)
Primary Care 101 example pages
- Mash, Bob, Lara Fairall, Olubunmi Adejayan, Omozuanvbo Ikpefan, Jyoti Kumari, Shaheed Mathee, Ronit Okun, and Willy Yogolelo. A Morbidity Survey of South African Primary Care. PLoS ONE 7, no. 3 (March 16, 2012): e32358. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0032358.