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Bridging the gap between what we know and what we do in healthcare
Our Vision is to improve the quality of primary healthcare for underserved communities through pragmatic research, evidence-based implementation, evaluation, and engagement of health systems, their planners, providers and communities.
Scott Mahoney attended the 2023 Grand Challenge Event in Dakar, showcasing the AI evidence scanning app that uses ChatGPT-4 to analyse text-based medical content sets that he developed.
The Knowledge Translation Unit (KTU) has two affiliations:
The academic and research component affiliated to the Department of Medicine at University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences.
The health services component, a Not-for-Profit (NPO) organisation forming part of The Health Foundation South Africa.
Guide development & maintenance
Ongoing commitment to provide up-to-date clinical decision support through frequent updates and localisations of the PACK guides that cover a life-course approach.
Health systems strengthening by developing and providing access to engaging, high quality and up to date healthcare training and implementation strategy and support.
Through health systems research, we ensure our clinical decision support tools are impactful for uptake into routine practice for improved quality and effectiveness of health services delivery.
Providing impactful clinical innovation that aims to improve patient outcomes and access to quality care through novel and cost-effective solutions.
Health Systems Strengthening
Through roles clarification, streamlining patient journeys and empowering clinical scopes of practice.
PACK - Practical Approach to Care Kit
PACK (Practical Approach to Care Kit) is a health systems strengthening intervention that simplifies, standardises, and optimises the delivery of primary care. PACK consists of a comprehensive clinical guide and a training program, both designed to seamlessly integrate into everyday clinical practice.
The PACK clinical guide serves as a robust clinical decision support tool, symptom-based approach, enabling efficient screening and diagnosis of common ailments, including priority chronic conditions. Furthermore, the guide facilitates routine care for patients managing one or multiple chronic conditions.
Our comprehensive approach to healthcare through the lens of the life course guidelines are PACK Child, PACK Adolescent and PACK Adult. In addition we have developed PACK Community and PACK Home.
- Empowering frontline providers to deliver universal primary healthcare using the Practical Approach to Care Kit.
- The Practical Approach to Care Kit (PACK) guide: developing a clinical decision support tool to simplify, standardise and strengthen primary healthcare delivery.
- The Practical Approach to Care Kit (PACK) training programme: scaling up and sustaining support for health workers to improve primary care.
- Crossing borders: the PACK experience of spreading a complex health system intervention across low-income and middle-income countries.
- Using a mentorship model to localise the Practical Approach to Care Kit (PACK): from South Africa to Nigeria.
- Using a mentorship model to localise the Practical Approach to Care Kit (PACK): from South Africa to Brazil.
- Using a mentorship model to localise the Practical Approach to Care Kit (PACK): from South Africa to Ethiopia.
- Effects of PACK guide training on the management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by primary care clinicians: a pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial in Florianópolis, Brazil.