Perception and valuations of community-based education and service by alumni at Makerere University College of Health Sciences

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dc.contributor.author Mwanika, Andrew
dc.contributor.author Okullo, Isaac
dc.contributor.author Kaye, Dan K.
dc.contributor.author Muhwezi, Wilson
dc.contributor.author Atuyambe, Lynn
dc.contributor.author Nabirye, Rose C.
dc.contributor.author Groves, Sara
dc.contributor.author Mbalinda, Scovia
dc.contributor.author Burnham, Gilbert
dc.contributor.author Chang, Larry W.
dc.contributor.author Oria, Hussein
dc.contributor.author Sewankambo, Nelson
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-05T07:54:00Z
dc.date.available 2013-07-05T07:54:00Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Mwanika, A., Okullo, I., Kaye, D.K., Muhwezi, W., Atuyambe, L., Nabirye, R.C, Groves, S., Malinda, S., Burnham, G., Chang, L.W., Oria, H., Sewankambo, N. (2011). Perception and valuations of community-based education and service by alumni at Makerere University College of Health Sciences. BMC International Health and Human Rights, 11(Suppl 1):S5 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1472-698X
dc.identifier.uri http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-698X/11/S1/S5
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10570/1797
dc.description.abstract Background: Training of health professionals can be deliberately structured to enhance rural recruitment by exposing the trainees to the realities of rural life and practice through Community-Based Education and Service (COBE) programs. Few studies have surveyed the alumni of these programs to establish their post-university views and whether the positive impact of COBE programs endures into the post-university life. This study surveyed the alumni of COBE at Makerere to obtain their perceptions of the management and administration of COBE and whether COBE had helped develop their confidence as health workers, competence in primary health care and willingness and ability to work in rural communities. Objectives: i. To assess the efficiency of the management and administration of COBES. ii. To obtain the views of the impact of COBES on its alumni. Methods: A mixed qualitative and quantitative study was conducted using focus group discussions (FGD) and a telephone administered questionnaire. From a total of 300 COBES alumni 150 were contacted. Twenty four Alumni (13 females and 11 males) were purposefully selected by discipline, gender and place of work, and invited for the focus group discussion. The discussions were transcribed and analyzed using a manifest content analysis table. The thematic issues from the FGDs were used to develop a structured questionnaire which was administered by telephone by the authors. The data were entered into Microsoft excel template and exported to Stata for analysis. The findings of the telephone survey were used to cross-match the views expressed during the focus group discussions. Results: The alumni almost unanimously agree that the initial three years of COBES were very successful in terms of administration and coordination. COBES was credited for contributing to development of confidence as health workers, team work, communication skills, competence in primary health care and willingness to work in rural areas. The COBES alumni also identified various challenges associated with administration and coordination of COBES at Makerere. Conclusions: This study has established that the positive impact of COBES endures with the alumni of the program. Health planners should take advantage of the impact of COBES and provide it with more support. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher BioMed Central en_US
dc.subject Health professionals - Study and teaching en_US
dc.subject Community-Based Education and Service (COBE) en_US
dc.subject College of Health Sciences - Makerere University en_US
dc.subject Makerere University - Alumni and alumne en_US
dc.subject Rural education en_US
dc.subject Rural communities en_US
dc.subject Health workers en_US
dc.subject Communication skills en_US
dc.subject Primary health care en_US
dc.title Perception and valuations of community-based education and service by alumni at Makerere University College of Health Sciences en_US
dc.type Journal article, peer reviewed en_US

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