PACK and APC supporting health worker education at Higher Education Institutions

Several higher education institutions have adopted PACK in the Western Cape and APC in the rest of South Africa to support undergraduate and postgraduate health worker education.

With support from the KTU to design the curriculum, implementation and student evaluation, four nursing schools - Western Cape College of Nursing, Stellenbosch University, Cape Peninsula University of Technology and University of the Western Cape - and three medical schools - Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town and Walter Sisulu University have included PACK or APC in their respective curriculums. Walter Sisulu have also included APC into their clinical associate curriculums.

A bank of on-screen case scenarios forms the curriculum for the training of medical students.

Stellenbosch University undertook a mixed methods quasi-experimental study to understand the impact of PACK on undergraduate medical students and found that students performed significantly better in exams when exposed to the PACK guide (1).

Feedback from Walter Sisulu medical student about their experience of APC:

"Awesome, has everything in it and whenever you need to check something just a quick peruse and you find it"

“The APC guide was useful and vital, it made it easier to deal with all the new cases we came across"

“APC guide provided me with an effective and easy step by step guide to approaching and managing patients in most useful and accurate way"

“It was helpful in terms of stepwise management of non-communicable disease but it needs a person to be informed about the disease. It does not educate on the disease."

“It made the consultation much faster, and the patient would be satisfied and felt they were managed well"

“I loved using APC it is so simple and straight forward, it is not time consuming and helps when seeing many patients a day"
Page reference
  1. Mash R, Pather M, Rhode H, et al. Evaluating the effect of the practical approach to care kit on teaching medical students primary care: Quasi-experimental study. African Journal of Primary Health Care and Family Medicine 2017;9(1):. doi: 10.4102/phcfm.v9i1.1602