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A medical audit of the managment of cryptococcal meningitis in HIV-positive patients in the Cape Winelands (East) district, Western Cape

dc.contributor.authorVon Pressentin, Klaus B.
dc.contributor.authorConradie, Hoffie H.
dc.contributor.authorMash, Bob
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-07T06:18:44Z
dc.date.available2012-09-07T06:18:44Z
dc.date.issued2012-08
dc.identifier.citationVon Pressentin, K. B., Conradie, H. H. & Mash, R. 2012. A medical audit of the managment of cryptococcal meningitis in HIV-positive patients in the Cape Winelands (East) district, Western Cape. South African Family Practice, 54(4), 339-346.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2078-6204 (online)
dc.identifier.issn2078-6190 (print)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/70380
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.safpj.co.za/index.php/safpj/indexen_ZA
dc.description.abstractBackground: Cryptococcal meningitis (CM) has become the most common type of community-acquired meningitis. CM has a poor outcome if the initial in-hospital treatment does not adhere to standard guidelines. The aim of this audit was to improve the quality of the care of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive patients with CM in the Cape Winelands District. Method: Following an initial audit in 2008, the researchers and a new audit team introduced interventions, and planned a second audit cycle. The folders of 25 HIV-positive adults (admitted to three district hospitals, one regional hospital, and one tuberculosis hospital) were audited. Results: Spinal manometry was performed more consistently in the regional hospital, than in the district hospitals. Reasons for failing to reach the 14-day amphotericin B target were in-patient deaths, drug stock problems, and renal impairment. The renal monitoring of amphotericin B treatment was suboptimal. The quality of care at district hospitals appeared to be comparable to that found at the regional hospital. The in-patient referral for antiretroviral treatment (ART) counselling was better in the district hospital setting. However, both levels of care had difficulty in achieving the four-week target between the onset of amphotericin B and onset of ART. Conclusion: Deficiencies in the quality of care remained. Between the prior and current audit cycles, there was no consistent improvement in care at the regional hospital. An integrated care pathway document has been developed, and adopted as policy in the Cape Winelands district. Its impact on the quality of care will be evaluated by a dedicated audit team in the future.en_ZA
dc.format.extentp. 339-346 : ill.
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherMedpharm Publications (Pty) Ltden_ZA
dc.subjectFamily medicineen_ZA
dc.subjectMedical auditen_ZA
dc.subjectCryptococcal meningitisen_ZA
dc.subjectHIV-positive patientsen_ZA
dc.subjectDistrict hospital care for HIV patientsen_ZA
dc.subjectintegrated care pathway documenten_ZA
dc.subjectHealth facilities -- South Africa -- Western Cape --Quality controlen_ZA
dc.subjectHIV patients with cryptococcal meningitis -- Medical care -- Auditingen_ZA
dc.subjectCryptococcal meningitis -- Prevention -- Western Cape Winelandsen_ZA
dc.subjectRegional hospital care for HIV patientsen_ZA
dc.titleA medical audit of the managment of cryptococcal meningitis in HIV-positive patients in the Cape Winelands (East) district, Western Capeen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublishers' Versionen_ZA
dc.description.versionPeer reviewed
dc.rights.holderSouth African Academy of Family Physiciansen_ZA


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